Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?
Apr11

Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?

  Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the Government’s new apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for graduates. “Employers have struggled to train in the last few years and this new funding could help upskill our...

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As MPs publish “unintelligible” gig economy contracts, when is self-employed not self-employed?
Apr11

As MPs publish “unintelligible” gig economy contracts, when is self-employed not self-employed?

Guest blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price The Work and Pensions Committee has published contracts from Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon as part of its review in to the gig economy, with one MP calling the Uber contract “gibberish”. The gig economy has encouraged an increase in businesses which provide work to individuals, often through technology and smartphone apps, where they are paid a set price per “gig”, or piece of...

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Don’t tar all ‘gig economy’ companies with same brush, says gig employer
Apr11

Don’t tar all ‘gig economy’ companies with same brush, says gig employer

Steve Byrne, chief executive at Travel Counsellors, discusses some misconceptions about businesses operating in the ‘gig economy’ and offers advice on how to make this model work Undoubtedly, you’ll have seen the headlines around the so-called ‘gig economy’. The common conception of businesses operating in this space has been one of exploitation, with a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)...

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James Devine’s blog: Swmpus!
Apr11

James Devine’s blog: Swmpus!

Guest Blog by HR Manager of the Year 2016, James Devine. I opened up my timehop app this week, to learn that it was a year ago since I won the HR News HR Manager of the year award How fast a year flies by. I remember travelling to the awards ceremony in Bridgend, Wales – at the time that the news of possible closures at Tata Steel was breaking. Arriving in Bridgend, I was greeted by the ‘lovelylisabaker’ –...

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Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?
Apr10

Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?

Guest blog by Andrew Tamplin, Canna Consulting “I’m having a meltdown” – when it’s more than a metaphor Those of us who’ve worked in the corporate world are used to hearing terms related to mental health being thrown around – usually to describe nothing more than a bad day at the office. How many of us have used terms like … “I’m having a meltdown”, “I’m...

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Why microdosing is a worrying trend, and how HR can protect the business from it’s effects
Apr10

Why microdosing is a worrying trend, and how HR can protect the business from it’s effects

According to Wikipedia, Microdosing (or micro-dosing) is a technique for studying the behaviour of drugs in humans through the administration of doses so low (“sub-therapeutic”) they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular response to be studied. Unfortunately, it seems to be emerging as the latest trend as some professionals take a ‘little something’ to start the day....

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Europeans ready to embrace the gig economy
Apr07

Europeans ready to embrace the gig economy

2 in 3 European employees are interested in self-employment or freelancing 33% of UK employees say work-life balance is a key motivating factor Pay is still the ultimate driver for European employees European employees appear ready to embrace the gig economy, according to research by ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions. The new study of nearly 10,000 European working adults reveals how employees...

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How to hire digital marketing talent in a challenging market
Apr07

How to hire digital marketing talent in a challenging market

Digital marketing talent is increasingly challenging to hire at the moment, as demand for their expertise is increasing, alongside the salary digital professionals expect to earn for their skills.   However, it isn’t only about ‘the skills’, especially in digital marketing, where professionals need to liaise with other parts of the business. While it is important to find someone with the skills to drive your online...

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Productivity vs Procrastination – A losing battle
Apr06

Productivity vs Procrastination – A losing battle

Guest blog by HR commentor Olivia Stone Why do you think it is that UK workers are around 30% less productive than in the US, Germany and France? Could it be the inclination to check our Facebook feeds every 2 minutes, the British tendency to have a little moan, or just simply undesirable working conditions? There is no certain answer, but we can allude to what may be affecting productivity in the workplace, and gain an insight into...

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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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How can UK employers prepare for Brexit?
Apr06

How can UK employers prepare for Brexit?

XpertHR has launched a new guide for UK employers on how to prepare for Brexit, after Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 on 29th March beginning the divorce proceedings. The guide, which will be updated as negotiations between the UK and EU progress, focuses on how employers can prepare for potential changes to the right of free movement. It outlines the practical steps employers can take and suggests how they could...

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The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!
Apr06

The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!

Guest blog by Roxanne Stockwell, Principal, Pearson College London You may have missed it, but today the Government will implement the biggest shake up of workplace training and funding for a generation through the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The idea behind the Levy is very simple. The Government is committed to recruiting 3 million apprentices by 2020 and is introducing the Levy to both fund this reform and, crucially,...

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Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems
Apr06

Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems

Guest blog by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind Workplace wellbeing is increasingly at the top of employers’ agendas, and rightly so. After all, we all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and it fluctuates from good to poor. Employers have a responsibility to promote workplace wellbeing and help prevent poor mental health, and it’s in their interests to take workplace wellbeing seriously, as those that...

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What really works in workplace wellness
Apr06

What really works in workplace wellness

An international review of evidence on workplace learning shows workplace training specifically designed to improve wellbeing is effective. Majority of techniques had a positive impact The study, from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, reveals that regardless of what kind of training is used, the majority of techniques had a positive impact: from mindfulness to problem solving, life skills to happiness.   Training to improve...

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Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme
Apr06

Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme

  Executive Director of social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport & Business has backed MP’s criticisms of the Government’s “blunt tool” apprenticeship initiatives. Caroline Adair said it was important that young people were not just started in schemes, but offered support and training throughout the process until they complete. Speaking after the publication of the critical report by the Education, Skills and Economy...

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