54,000 women are being forced out of their jobs each year after returning from maternity leave.
Nov20

54,000 women are being forced out of their jobs each year after returning from maternity leave.

New stats have been released from Equality Human Rights recently which has revealed some shocking figures. Around one in nine mothers reported the following: – They were dismissed – Made compulsorily redundant – Treated so poorly that they felt they had no choice other than to leave their role       If these figures are scaled up to the whole population, this could mean as many as 54,000 mothers a year...

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JobLift Publishes Report Analysing UK Startups In Comparison To European Neighbours
Nov07

JobLift Publishes Report Analysing UK Startups In Comparison To European Neighbours

Job meta-search engine Joblift has conducted the European Startup Report 2017 – an extensive insight into the job markets and working conditions in four of Europe’s major startup hubs. Joblift’s report uses job vacancy data from the 1st September 2016 to 1st September 2017, alongside survey answers from around 500 interviewees to focus on every aspect of the British startup workplace. Given the competition from other European...

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Bullying Rife In British Workplaces As 75% Encounter Beastly Behaviour
Oct23

Bullying Rife In British Workplaces As 75% Encounter Beastly Behaviour

THREE in four British employees say they’ve witnessed bullying in their workplace, according to shocking new research. Workplace Bullying is mistreatment in the form of humiliating and intimidating conduct, such as gossiping about colleagues, excluding them from activities or name-calling – and in severe cases, work sabotage. And it appears that the beastly behaviour is rife in firms across the nation.     According to new...

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Revealed: One in 10 professionals have experienced homophobic bullying at work
Oct20

Revealed: One in 10 professionals have experienced homophobic bullying at work

While many others have witnessed a colleague falling victim to this prejudice Concerning new research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has revealed that over one in 10 (11.7%) professionals have experienced homophobic bullying at work, with a further 15.4% having witnessed a colleague being subject to this kind of prejudice.     The survey of 1,200 UK workers sought to explore the topic of diversity in...

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1 in 5 Brits ‘Would Consider Cosmetic Procedures to Boost Career Prospects’
Oct17

1 in 5 Brits ‘Would Consider Cosmetic Procedures to Boost Career Prospects’

The majority of British people believe there is a beauty bias in the workplace that favours those who are deemed most attractive, with one-fifth considering a cosmetic procedure in order to improve their career prospects.   According to new research conducted by Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, 72% of people believe there is a beauty bias in the workplace, with 28% saying they are treated more positively at work as a direct result of...

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Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination
Oct12

Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination

A new report by Young Women’s Trust shows that under-25s are missing out on between £820 and £6,300 a year because they are not entitled to the legal ‘National Living Wage’. The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, found that more than a million young people are being paid as much as £3.45 an hour less for doing the same jobs as older workers, despite having the same responsibilities and the same outgoings. Over the...

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Brits fear they’re not taken seriously due to their age, gender and appearance
Oct12

Brits fear they’re not taken seriously due to their age, gender and appearance

21 per cent of employees are worried they’re not taken seriously due to their age, with women notably more concerned than men (25 per cent to 17 per cent of men). Almost half (43 per cent) of 16-24 year olds feared judgement 16 per cent of women feel held back by their gender 42 per cent of HR Directors prioritise output over employee wellbeing, highlighting employee struggle New research from CABA, the charity that supports the...

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Flexible working: employer obligations
Oct02

Flexible working: employer obligations

Joanne Payne, Solicitor in PwC’s Employment Team According to a recent survey undertaken by the TUC, two in five low paid young parents are treated badly by their employer following their requests to work flexibly. Examples of the poor treatment cited include being offered fewer hours or less desirable shift patterns or ultimately, losing their jobs. If correct, this demonstrates worrying workplace practices which may be in...

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Should non-smokers get fresh-air breaks?
Oct02

Should non-smokers get fresh-air breaks?

  According to a recent survey conducted by Flavour Boss, they had found 80% of people don’t think it’s fair that smokers get breaks but non-smokers don’t whilst 58% of people think that non-smokers should get regular fresh-air breaks at work.   While smokers could argue five minutes here and there doesn’t make much difference to the day, it all adds up to one significant cigarette social event, and non-smokers aren’t...

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Gender pay gap: Female managers in HR earn £4.5K less than male colleagues
Sep25

Gender pay gap: Female managers in HR earn £4.5K less than male colleagues

· New research reveals the gender pay gap for HR managers is 10% – an average £4,469 per year · This is considerably lower than the average gender pay gap across all UK industries – currently 26.8% · Study comes six months after Government’s new reporting regulations · As of 22nd September, just 77 out of 7,850 eligible employers have fulfilled their obligations     New ways of measuring how much men and women are paid...

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We need to talk about Mental Health in the Workplace
Aug23

We need to talk about Mental Health in the Workplace

By Liam Butler, VP, Corporate Sales, SumTotal, EMEA Over the past number of years we have made strides in moving discussions around mental health into the public arena and consequently have, to some degree, ameliorated the stigma surrounding what is a highly complex and sensitive subject. So when I read about Olark employee Madalyn Parker, and her very bold and brave decision to explain her absence from work, I felt it was an issue we...

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Race pay gap shock as research shows black workers with A-levels earn 10% less than white colleagues
Aug17

Race pay gap shock as research shows black workers with A-levels earn 10% less than white colleagues

– Black workers with A-levels earn £1.20 an hour less than whites – Black pay gap widest for those with degrees (14%) and higher education certs and diplomas (20%) Black workers whose highest qualifications are A-levels earn 10% less than their white peers – missing out on an average £1.20 per hour. The new analysis was published by the TUC this week, in advance of A-level results. Race pay gap increases in line with...

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Is it illegal and/or outdated to advertise for ‘attractive’ staff?
Aug03

Is it illegal and/or outdated to advertise for ‘attractive’ staff?

A London bar has drawn criticism after posting a job advert for bar staff. The ad, by House of Wax, stated that “physical attractiveness is unfortunately necessary for this role” and, as well as a having a fun, lively attitude, it also specified that female applicants “must be comfortable wearing black heels during their shift”. Predictably, the backlash has been swift with Nicola Thorp, whose petition regarding the requirement to...

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Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work
Aug02

Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work

Mike James of Planday.com discusses the role and responsibility of employers in dealing with racially abusive employees. The increase in race-hate incidents since the Brexit vote is a worrying trend. A report by the BBC last year illustrated a 41% increase in incidents of racist or religious abuse incidents in the month following the referendum compared to the same month the previous year. Britain enjoys an increasingly diverse...

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1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview
Jul31

1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview

The latest study from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has found that nearly one in four (22%) professionals in the UK have experienced discrimination during an interview, and for the majority (39.3%) it was because of their age. The survey of 1,200 workers, sought to reveal how many professionals in the UK have been affected by interview discrimination, and the reasons for this. The data found that over half of...

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