Pay and dismay: UK drivers pay up to £42 a day to park at work
Jan19

Pay and dismay: UK drivers pay up to £42 a day to park at work

• Londoners are likely to pay 170% more than other UK city parkers • London drivers spend on average of £40.25 per day to park while at work • Birmingham drivers can pay as little as £5.20 for the same parking stay • A nine-hour stay in a car park could set you back a massive £42     With the average UK driver now spending £168,880* running a car over their lifetime, there’s no doubt that owning a car can be an expensive business.    ...

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Former police officers launch company dedicated to keeping staff out of trouble
Jan19

Former police officers launch company dedicated to keeping staff out of trouble

Two senior retired police officers with 60 years’ experience between them have launched a company dedicated to helping people make better life decisions by teaching them how to avoid or deal with threats or vulnerabilities that could have a negative impact on their career and lives. Professional Together has been formed by Phil Davies, the former chief superintendent of South Wales Police who served with the Metropolitan Police and...

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Improving your company culture to attract the best candidates.
Jan19

Improving your company culture to attract the best candidates.

Guest Blog from Ben Edwards of www.benedwards.com   Company culture, by definition, can include anything from working hours to social calendars and the design of an organisation’s physical space; it is essentially the personality of a business. Unsurprisingly, company culture therefore has a significant impact on employee wellbeing and retention, as well as indicating the extent to which a company values its staff, beyond the...

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What should employers have in place to support employees’ mental health which has deteriorated due to social media?
Jan19

What should employers have in place to support employees’ mental health which has deteriorated due to social media?

Guest Blog by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price   Social media is a powerful online tool that can be used positively for business and for pleasure. However, research by social media giant Facebook has now found that spending time on social media can adversely affect mental health as people who “passively consume information” through these platforms are more likely to “feel worse”. To combat the negative impact of...

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Seven questions HR professionals should be asking themselves now
Jan18

Seven questions HR professionals should be asking themselves now

Guest Blog by Dean McGlone, Sales Director at V1 According to the head of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), businesses have a crucial role in fighting cybercrime. As custodians of sensitive ‘people data’, HR professionals naturally have a role to play too. But while ongoing stories about data breaches have haunted HR professionals because of the weight of the sensitive information they hold, the General Data Protection...

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Live to work or work to live?  72% of Brits go to work just to get by
Jan18

Live to work or work to live? 72% of Brits go to work just to get by

Ever sat and assessed why you actually go to work? Are you career driven and want to build your knowledge or do you go to work just to afford to get by, pay the rent and support the family?   According to a recent survey conducted by Paymentsense, the majority of Brits simply work to live. 72% of Brits say they wake up every day and head to the office just to be able to pay the bills. 1 in 3 working employees are unhappy in their jobs...

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Employers should consider the health and wellbeing of the children of overseas staff
Jan18

Employers should consider the health and wellbeing of the children of overseas staff

Guest Blog from Sarah Dennis, Head of International, The Health Insurance Group     Moving abroad to accept an expat position can have huge benefits for an employee, as well as their family. It brings with it the excitement of discovering a new country and its culture and a breadth of experience that is difficult to rival. However, there is a flip side and recent research has shown that moving to a new home during childhood can be...

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Stats from IScreenYouScreen state that 1 in 5 people lie on their CV’s
Jan18

Stats from IScreenYouScreen state that 1 in 5 people lie on their CV’s

Guest Blog from Simon Houlton, CEO of IScreenYouScreen.   This can be misrepresented information in the form of: exam results, work experience or even the reason for leaving a previous position. However, it is still known that many companies skip the screening process entirely.     As a candidate, it is far too easy to assume that people won’t double check, so bumping a grade or adding something to make you come across better on...

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Gender pay gap revealed across the UK as over 500 businesses submit their internal pay statistics
Jan18

Gender pay gap revealed across the UK as over 500 businesses submit their internal pay statistics

Gender pay gap map shows the UK’s forecast for closing the gap on pay equality. Northern Ireland is vastly out in front, whereas London drags behind as official government statistics are visualised.   The map was created by Distinct Recruitment by comparing 1997 and 2017 gender pay gap statistics, with a focus on full-time pay per hour.     Data was sourced from the Office for National Statistics which breaks down the UK by region in...

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More Brits Than Ever Before Want To Be Their Own Boss: 3.5 Million Expected To Start Their Own Business In 2018
Jan18

More Brits Than Ever Before Want To Be Their Own Boss: 3.5 Million Expected To Start Their Own Business In 2018

The survey of 1,000 working British people, carried out by award-winning cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent, found that 11% intend to start their own business within the year of 2018. With over 32 million people currently working in the UK, according to ONS Statistics, that means 3.5 million more Brits are expected to become their own boss before the start of 2019.   FreeAgent conducted a similar poll last year and found...

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Squeeze on living standards will last well into 2018 – CIPD
Jan18

Squeeze on living standards will last well into 2018 – CIPD

The CIPD’s annual labour market predictions also point to a tightening of the labour market as well as continued poor productivity 2018 will see pay, productivity and migration top the agenda as the UK looks ahead to its exit from the European Union according to the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. Following a year in which there has been ever-increasing pressure on the cost of living, the CIPD predicts:    ...

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Key 2018 legal changes every SME should know about
Jan18

Key 2018 legal changes every SME should know about

Employers are being urged to ensure their businesses are prepared for forthcoming legal changes before the New Year kicks in – or risk falling foul of the law. Employment law and corporate and commercial solicitors at Kirwans law firm have issued a warning prior to a raft of new legislation taking effect next year, reminding business owners of the dangers of ignoring the legal updates.   Lindsey Knowles, employment solicitor at...

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Are our jobs making us fat and unhappy? One third of UK professionals say so
Jan17

Are our jobs making us fat and unhappy? One third of UK professionals say so

Many of us will have no doubt be gained a few pounds over the festive season. But, for nearly one third of the nation’s professionals, it doesn’t stop there, with 29.1% admitting that their job has led them to gain weight. That’s according to the latest study from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board.     The survey of 1,200 workers sought to explore the affect our jobs have on our health, our weight and our happiness....

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Almost 1 In 4 Brits Own A Pair Of Lucky Pants
Jan17

Almost 1 In 4 Brits Own A Pair Of Lucky Pants

Almost of quarter of superstitious Brits own a pair of lucky pants, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 UK adults by online games destination, Wink Slots revealed that 26% of Brits own a good luck charm that they wear for prosperity. Pants proved to be the most common wearable good luck charm, as a staggering 24% claim to own a pair, while a further 17% own a lucky piece of jewellery.   thumbs 1 in 10 (11%) own a lucky pair...

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Employee Issues that Severely Impact Productivity
Jan17

Employee Issues that Severely Impact Productivity

No matter how talented or professional your workforce is, human nature and emotions will come into play from time to time. Employee issues such as divorce and financial difficulty can have a severe impact on their ability to work efficiently and productively.   In an era where the business world is more competitive than ever thanks to the evolution of modern technology and the rise of small businesses, the need for efficiency and...

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