Young and old: Getting the benefits from a diversely aged workforce
Sep20

Young and old: Getting the benefits from a diversely aged workforce

Guest Blog by Aliya Vigor- Robertson, co-founder of JourneyHR   In the UK, the older demographic is rising. In just 10 years, we’ll see the number of over-50s increase to around 27 million. As a result, there’s a growing trend of older, pre-retirement applicants looking to re-enter the workplace or reskill in their current role.   Although it should be easy to see the value that these experienced workers can bring to a company,...

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Inequality Starts At Interview
Sep17

Inequality Starts At Interview

  AN ALARMING 85% of interviewers have admitted asking off limits questions during the interview process, new research by UK science and technology recruitment specialists, Hyper Recruitment Solution (HRS) has today revealed.   The research also unveiled confusion among hiring managers over what can and cannot be asked, with nearly half (47%) saying they have never had official training on what questions to ask in an interview.    ...

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Managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse
Aug16

Managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse

Guest Blog by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price   Most employers strive to create a happy and positive working environment, ensuring staff remain safe and protected whilst they undertake their work duties. However, for a significant number of workers, the threat of domestic abuse in their personal lives often looms large once they return home. With this in mind, there are several measures employers can take to...

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Three in ten UK employees discriminated against at work
Mar22

Three in ten UK employees discriminated against at work

More than a third of UK employees (37%) have felt discriminated against in the workplace, according to a new study of 1,300 working adults by ADP®. The research reveals that age is the most common reason for discrimination, cited by one in 10 employees (12%), while 8% feel they’ve been discriminated against due to their gender – rising to 11% amongst women.   UK employers are obliged by law to ensure equal treatment of workers...

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Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?
Feb23

Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?

Guest Blog  by Health Assured CEO and Wellbeing Expert David Price   A study carried out by scientists has revealed that anti-depressants are more efficient than previously thought at reducing the symptoms of depression. The use of anti-depressants has soared in recent years, with 64.7 million prescriptions made in England in 2016. As use increases, the likelihood is that nearly all workplaces will have an employee who is suffering...

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FT reveals gaps in Gender Pay Gap Reporting
Jan11

FT reveals gaps in Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Guest Blog by Lorraine Heard, Legal Director at transatlantic law Womble Bond Dickinson.   The Financial Times investigation into the accuracy of the gender pay gap information published to date highlights a growing concern that some companies are not reporting accurate figures (Financial Times 8 December 2017).     Whilst it is not impossible for a Company to have a zero gender pay gap it is highly improbable that the gap would be...

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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 would...

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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 stats from...

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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 the...

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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 the...

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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 invited.   But...

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