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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Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears
Jul20

Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears

Despite the Government announcing a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to maternity discrimination back in February, newly released research has found that it is still a massive problem for UK parents and parents-to-be.  The problem is contributing to women feeling unable to take their full maternity leave, with researchers finding: Only 12% of working mothers take a full year’s maternity leave and almost one in five (18%) take...

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Worried about gender pay reporting?  Why not tackle the gender pay gap!
Jul19

Worried about gender pay reporting? Why not tackle the gender pay gap!

Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer discusses how businesses can take positive action to reduce the gender pay gap in their organisation. From 2014-2016 Peninsula experienced a 83% increase in advice requests regarding gender discrimination with the on-going gender pay gap discussion being the most prevalent issue for business owners.  Following today’s BBC report, which saw the corporation admitting that two-thirds of its...

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Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes
Jul19

Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes

In order to comply with the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May’s rules requiring the identification of BBC staff earning more than £150,000 a year, the corporation has today released the salaries of 96 of its top stars. The total pay for those on the list is almost £30million. The data released today shows a definite pay gap between top BBC male and female presenters. Only a third of the 96...

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Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace
Jul18

Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace

“My confidence hit rock bottom – but now I’ve been employed for three years and am excited for the future” A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are currently unemployed. Many face barriers including gaps on their CV, low confidence and lack of skills when going back to work, as well as misunderstanding from employers about the condition. Many of these individuals are skilled, trained professionals who are overlooked or...

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