Does AI herald the end for external recruitment agencies? 
Sep06

Does AI herald the end for external recruitment agencies? 

David Bernard, CEO & Founder of AssessFirst gives us his opinion… For years, recruitment agencies had the good life! They were a crucial partner to anyone willing to attract and sign the better candidates. They were the magic weapon for each and every company who wanted to stay at the top of their game. Contracting with a recruitment agency – if you wanted to get the best candidates – was just a no brainer, plain...

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What Makes a Good Mentor? Christine Macdonald explains…
Sep06

What Makes a Good Mentor? Christine Macdonald explains…

Last month, LinkedIn announced the trialling of a mentoring scheme. It’s a response to the changing nature of the workplace, as it allows mentoring to take place online, anytime, anywhere. Mentoring has been highly praised by plenty of big names in business. Many owe their success to their mentors. Mentoring is something that people are very keen on; 94% of employees said they would find a mentor beneficial to progress in their...

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Communicate mental wellbeing benefits of group risk to all employees, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)
Sep06

Communicate mental wellbeing benefits of group risk to all employees, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

Rates of female suicide in the UK are at their highest in a decade, up 3.8%* on last year, nonetheless, men are three times more likely to commit suicide. GRiD is urging employers to ensure they communicate the mental wellbeing support available via group risk products to all employees. In addition, the organisation suggests that HR teams should ensure that they too know how to access the support available from their group risk...

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Aon says employers may need significant benefit redesign as a result of OPRA regulations
Sep05

Aon says employers may need significant benefit redesign as a result of OPRA regulations

Employers and employees warned of tax charges Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), has said that tax advantages removed with new Optional Remuneration Arrangement (OPRA) rules, mean both employers and employees will need to be ready for tax charges. The tax changes impact two of the mainstays of flexible benefit arrangements, group life assurance and group income protection, and will apply...

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Paul Finch discusses “how to support the well being of your remote workers”
Sep05

Paul Finch discusses “how to support the well being of your remote workers”

Paul Finch, CEO A People Business and Founder Red Trouser Day UK organisations are currently losing £100m every year because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety and as more employees work from home or remotely, poorly managed flexible working practices could mean this figure will rise. Many employees already feel uncomfortable talking about mental health in the workplace, but less contact with teams and management only...

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Enhance your CSR Strategy this International Day of Charity
Sep05

Enhance your CSR Strategy this International Day of Charity

‘International Day of Charity’ will be observed this year today, Tuesday 5th September. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness and providing a platform for all things charity-related. Originally declared an awareness day back in 2012 by the United Nations, it has since developed into a successful campaign which spans the globe and reaches millions of individuals. All sectors and industries are encouraged to take part, in a bid to...

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Major employers to lead disability inclusion event in Wales
Sep05

Major employers to lead disability inclusion event in Wales

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI), in partnership with specialist People and Development consultancy Delsion, is hosting a round table in South Wales where business leaders will discuss the relationship between skills, disability inclusion and the future of work. Attended by the Welsh Government and hosted by the University of South Wales Exchange, the event on the 27th of September will bring together influential...

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Why employees should learn from people that have nothing to do with their industry
Sep04

Why employees should learn from people that have nothing to do with their industry

Chris Rawlinson is the co-founder of 42courses, an e-learning site that fast-tracks your understanding of a wide range of subjects, from FinTech to behavioural economics. For me, education was the sound of doors slamming shut. Like all UK kids, I was forced to begin dropping subjects when I was sixteen. Geography and history? Tough. Choose one. Chemistry and French? Can’t do both. For some kids, that works perfectly well. If you’re...

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New Survey Sheds Light On Recruitment Challenges
Sep04

New Survey Sheds Light On Recruitment Challenges

Recruitment remains as one of the main functions in Human Resources and for many, is a mainstay on the list of major challenges facing HR professionals. Furthermore, the challenge is believed to be getting greater. In 2010, 23% of HR professionals reportedly deemed recruitment their greatest challenge and this figure rose to 36% by 2015. More recently, Forde HR Cloud conducted a survey among one hundred management professionals to...

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The Secret Isolation of Sole Traders
Sep04

The Secret Isolation of Sole Traders

Whilst it can seem like a dream set up, if you’ve ever owned your own business, or work from home on a regular basis, there will undoubtedly be times where you’ve felt isolated, alone or questioned your decision. In fact, research from Acas found that around a fifth (20 per cent) of homeworkers often feel socially isolated – a figure which is expected to grow in 2017. (source) But is this feeling of isolation normal? And what can you...

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What Employees Expect from Work in 2017
Sep04

What Employees Expect from Work in 2017

Reports show that by 2020 millennials will make up a third of the global workforce. Instant Offices take a look in to what members of this digital generation really look for in a career. The ManpowerGroup, whose job is to find work for 3.4 million people, about half of whom are millennials, surveyed the careers and working environments of 19,000 millennials to find out. The report aimed to find out how different they are from the rest...

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Revealed: The most ridiculous workplace rules in the UK
Sep01

Revealed: The most ridiculous workplace rules in the UK

New research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , has found that one third (36.8%) of workplaces in the UK have ridiculous rules in place, with one in five (22.5%) workers stating that they feel they can’t be trusted as a result. The study, which asked 1,000 UK workers whether their employer had any silly or unnecessary rules in place, found that over half (57.2%) of workers will disobey any rules they deem as...

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REVEALED: The Professions Where Tattoos Are Still Taboo.
Sep01

REVEALED: The Professions Where Tattoos Are Still Taboo.

• Brits are more likely to be comfortable with a tattooed politician than air hostess. • Men are more likely than women to discriminate against a tattooed job candidate • 54% of those hiring think tattoos can have a negative impact on the workplace • The characteristics we most associate with people who have tattoos include being rebellious, less intelligent, and unhealthy. The Police Federation announced earlier this month that their...

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Half of Brits looking to leave their current job
Sep01

Half of Brits looking to leave their current job

50% of Brits want to leave their job in the next 12 months Workers in London most likely to leave Most are on the hunt for a better salary £30,000 recruitment costs will be a big blow for UK businesses A study conducted by Citation has revealed that 50% of full or part-time workers in the UK want to leave their current job in the next 12 months. With the average cost of recruitment coming in at a whopping £30,000**, UK business owners...

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Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend
Sep01

Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend

Research shows 65 per cent of UK office workers have to work at the weekend to get the job done Office workers could earn an extra £3,359 per year on average if paid for weekend work Over a quarter of weekend workers have worked almost a full day (5-8 hours) on a Saturday 9% have pretended they had worked at the weekend when they hadn’t Full-time office employees are finding that their precious weekends are becoming the ‘workend’,...

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