CIPD:  A third of UK employees say remote access to work means they can’t switch off
Apr27

CIPD: A third of UK employees say remote access to work means they can’t switch off

Almost a third of UK workers (32%) feel that having remote access to the workplace means they can’t switch off in their personal time, according to the latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook report. The survey of over 2,000 UK employees found that workers are divided on whether remote access to the workplace is a positive or negative development. Two-fifths of UK workers (40%) admit to actively checking their work mobile or emails at...

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UK’s skills crisis laid bare as new CIPD report shows nation is bottom of international class on key measures
Apr19

UK’s skills crisis laid bare as new CIPD report shows nation is bottom of international class on key measures

New analysis from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, shows that two decades of under-investment and failed policy on skills in the UK has contributed to the country lagging well behind its competitors in Europe and most of the OECD on at least four key measures, including literacy and numeracy, learning and development, and digital skills. In its report – From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making the UK’s...

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New ONS stats show low unemployment – but CIPD warns of ‘pay squeeze’
Apr12

New ONS stats show low unemployment – but CIPD warns of ‘pay squeeze’

The Office for National Statistics has today released UK Labour Market statistics for the three months ending February 2017. The figures show: The unemployment rate was 4.7% in the 3 months to February 2017, down from 5.1% a year earlier; it has not been lower since June to August 1975. Strong demand for labour is translating into a shift from part-time to full-time employment, and an increase in the average hours worked per week by...

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Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts
Apr06

Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts

Thousands of employers will publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time from today, helping break the glass ceiling and create a more modern workforce. The UK is one of the first countries in the world to require gender pay gap reporting and follows the government’s commitment to introduce the requirements at the last election. This is a key part of the government’s work to eliminate the gender pay gap. Voluntary, private...

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Article 50 triggered: CIPD calls on UK to address immigration & worker rights as soon as possible
Mar29

Article 50 triggered: CIPD calls on UK to address immigration & worker rights as soon as possible

As the Prime Minister, Teresa May triggers Article 50 today, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, issued the following statement: “The triggering of Article 50 marks the start of a process that we expect to have significant implications for our immigration policy and access to EU migrant workers, as well as other possible changes to our employment legislation and frameworks....

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CIPD: Gig economy boosts income for 1.3 million workers – but thousands could be missing out on employment rights
Mar17

CIPD: Gig economy boosts income for 1.3 million workers – but thousands could be missing out on employment rights

New CIPD research provides first robust estimate of the size of the gig economy and highlights the need for greater clarity over and enforcement of employment rights New research published today shows 4% of UK working adults aged between 18 and 70 are working in the ‘gig economy’, and nearly two-thirds of them (63%) believe the Government should regulate to guarantee them basic employment rights and benefits such as holiday pay. That...

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CIPD: a third of UK adults fear their financial situation will get worse in 2017
Mar16

CIPD: a third of UK adults fear their financial situation will get worse in 2017

Rising inflation and stagnant pay has left many people struggling financially, with just 15% of the population saying they are living comfortably. A third (32%) of adults aged 18-70 surveyed believe their financial situation will get worse over the next 12 months according to new research published by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. The survey also reveals that while 15% of UK adults say that they are...

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More people in work, and less people unemployed – but real wages are falling despite living wage, says CIPD
Mar16

More people in work, and less people unemployed – but real wages are falling despite living wage, says CIPD

New estimates from the Labour Force Survey released this week show that, between August to October 2016 and the 3 months to January 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell. However, according to HR commentators, while employment levels are good, the picture may not...

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CIPD: Over 55s braced to work until 70 to ‘stay mentally fit’
Feb28

CIPD: Over 55s braced to work until 70 to ‘stay mentally fit’

Older workers (55+) in the UK are bracing themselves to continue working until they are 70 years old, according to new research by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. In a survey of more than 1,600 UK employees, more than a third (37%) of all workers believe they will have to work past the widely accepted retirement age of 65, a figure which jumps to 49% among workers over 55 years old. Among those who...

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Time to put the corporate ‘Fat Cats’ on a diet – CIPD & High Pay Centre
Feb23

Time to put the corporate ‘Fat Cats’ on a diet – CIPD & High Pay Centre

A major re-think of corporate governance is needed to improve CEO pay transparency and ensure boards recognise their broader responsibility towards the workforce when decisions on executive pay and business investment are made. This is the message from the CIPD and High Pay Centre’s joint response to the Government’s green paper on corporate governance, which seeks views on how to curb excessive CEO pay and boost employee voice at...

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New ONS stats: CIPD claims fall in real wage growth highlights cracks in buoyant labour market
Feb15

New ONS stats: CIPD claims fall in real wage growth highlights cracks in buoyant labour market

Commenting on today’s ONS Labour Market Statistics, which once again show a record number of people in employment, Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments: “The record number of people in employment is, of course, good news. However there are a number of underlying factors that remain problematic, for example the fall in real wage growth from 1.7% to 1.4%...

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CIPD: employers may laugh at excuses on National Sickie Day, but are we creating supportive workplaces?
Feb06

CIPD: employers may laugh at excuses on National Sickie Day, but are we creating supportive workplaces?

As the UK’s HR community get together to have a giggle at some of the silliest excuses for sickness absence today, the CIPD are warning employers to think about flexible working, mental health issues and creating a pleasant work environment before we point the finger crying ‘sickies’:   Dr Jill Miller, Research Adviser at the CIPD, comments: “Although National Sickie Day is a chance for us to chuckle at the bizarre...

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CIPD: 53% of HR professionals think business leaders are ‘unequipped to manage people’
Jan26

CIPD: 53% of HR professionals think business leaders are ‘unequipped to manage people’

Around half of HR professionals believe that senior business leaders don’t have the people management behaviours and skills needed to get the best from their people, according to the latest CIPD HR Outlook survey of HR professionals. Performance management and people management were voted the top leadership behaviours and skills needed by organisations over the next three years. However, out of those who chose performance management,...

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ONS shows Wales is ‘less productive’, blaming ‘family run businesses’ for poor productivity
Jan06

ONS shows Wales is ‘less productive’, blaming ‘family run businesses’ for poor productivity

Productivity started to slump during the credit crunch, and despite today’s figures showing a tiny improvement, solving the productivity puzzle is one of the biggest challenges facing HR at the moment.  The lack of productivity among UK workers is making headlines – with small family firms and Wales, Northern Ireland and Sheffield showing the biggest productivity gap. Here is a summary of today’s findings: Output per...

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CIPD: Brexit, gig economy & pay will define labour market in 2017
Jan05

CIPD: Brexit, gig economy & pay will define labour market in 2017

CIPD calls on UK Government to focus on workplace investment to boost economy After a turbulent 2016, the next 12 months are set to prove even more challenging for the UK Government and businesses as the key issues of Brexit, the gig economy, pay and productivity will continue to dominate the labour market, according to the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. In the CIPD’s annual labour market predictions, Ian...

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