The Frugal Four: First-time buyers (FTBs) spend four years adjusting lifestyle to save for their dream starter home
Sep13

The Frugal Four: First-time buyers (FTBs) spend four years adjusting lifestyle to save for their dream starter home

New Post Office Money research reveals the average FTB will spend four years carefully saving towards their deposit FTBs commit to saving almost 20% of their average joint household salary Blackpool, Lincoln and Hull are identified as the affordability hotspots for first-time buyers, along with other areas across the country Overall, 57% of all properties sold in the UK last year were in areas affordable for first-time buyers Post...

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UK workers likely to change companies for more job satisfaction
Sep13

UK workers likely to change companies for more job satisfaction

57% of UK workers have moved companies for greater job satisfaction – 22% didn’t feel appreciated for their hard work – JOB SECURITY is not enough for today’s workers, as many are willing to move jobs or even change careers to get more job satisfaction, according to new research. The survey of 1,001 UK adults carried out by Cygnet Jobs, one of the UK’s leading healthcare recruitment companies, has revealed that more than 1 in 2...

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Perkbox unboxes: UK Google searches for sports jobs nearly twice as high as office and hospital jobs
Sep13

Perkbox unboxes: UK Google searches for sports jobs nearly twice as high as office and hospital jobs

Perkbox, Europe’s fastest growing employee engagement  platform has today partnered with SEMrush, the online marketing suite, to examine the trends in industry jobs according to online searches. The findings represent figures from July 2017-June 2018 in the UK only. The sector with the most interest according to online searches is the arts. ‘Arts jobs’ are searched an average of 44,900 times/monthly every year. ‘Environmental jobs’...

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Winning the war for Gen Z talent: How SMEs can attract the best graduates
Sep13

Winning the war for Gen Z talent: How SMEs can attract the best graduates

With 37% of students and graduates* who planned on starting a new job or career within 12 months, saying they hoped to work for an SME – now is the time to attract the best talent, or risk missing out, according to The Health Insurance Group.   Many graduates will be on the hunt for their first role in September, once they find out their exam results over summer, and SMEs are in prime position to pick from the best from...

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Public and private sector workers – Smiles apart!
Sep13

Public and private sector workers – Smiles apart!

Public sector workers are more miserable than private sector workers with a worrying 42 per cent of UK public sector employees stating that their situation at work is hurting their ability to be happy away from work. This compares to just 29 per cent of private sector workers! And if you’re a ‘Generation X’ man working in ‘operations’ for the public sector, you’re among the unhappiest workers in the UK! Those who work in the public...

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Offices waste thousands a year on unused electricity
Sep13

Offices waste thousands a year on unused electricity

Failing to switch off electrical equipment when not in use is needlessly costing companies thousands of pounds each year. Office computers are left unattended for at least two hours every day due to breaks, meetings and lunches. During this time, each PC uses around 200 watts—0.2 kilowatts—of electricity, an expense of 1.5p per hour. And while that might seem insignificant, calculated for a workforce of 100 it amounts to £15 of unused...

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10 office hacks you need to improve back to work productivity
Sep13

10 office hacks you need to improve back to work productivity

As the summer weather starts to dwindle and we all flock back from our sun-soaked vacations, it usually proves difficult to get back into the swing of things, as you find yourself sitting back at your desk and wondering just what it was you did on a daily basis 2 weeks ago. Much like the refresh you have with your work wardrobe, it can help to give your work routine a little upgrade. These tips from outsourcing platform Airtasker are...

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Private sector strike days hits highest level in over twenty years – 346,000 in last year
Sep12

Private sector strike days hits highest level in over twenty years – 346,000 in last year

Recent high profile strikes by workers at McDonald’s and TGI Friday’s The number of working days lost to strike action in the private sector has hit a twenty year high of 346,000 in the last year, says EMW, the commercial law firm. The number of private sector days lost to strikes more than doubled (140%) in the past year, up from 144,000 from 2016-17. The 346,000 days lost is the highest number of days lost in a single year since...

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Brits long for a hobby career
Sep12

Brits long for a hobby career

Half of Brits wish they could take up their favourite hobby as a full time job, according to new research. A survey of 1,000 people, carried out by Europe’s number one sports retailer, Decathlon, found that 50% of workers would like to turn their hobby into a career, with 23% more passionate about their hobby than their current profession. The majority of Brits (30%) would want to turn their passion of caring for animals or children...

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Oleeo Launches Intelligent Recommendation Platform to Foster Diversity and Compliance in High-Volume Recruiting Events
Sep12

Oleeo Launches Intelligent Recommendation Platform to Foster Diversity and Compliance in High-Volume Recruiting Events

New algorithms equip global customers to balance quality candidate selection and compliance with EEOC standards Oleeo, the award-winning provider of innovative talent acquisition technology, has announced the integration of built-in prescriptive recommendations to its Event Management, CRM and ATS products. Built on 120 data points derived from candidates’ CVs and profiles to foster diversity and accelerate candidate selection, the...

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Over half of teens are influenced by ethics when buying a brand
Sep12

Over half of teens are influenced by ethics when buying a brand

Teenagers are becoming increasingly careful about the products they buy, questioning some of the world’s biggest brands in favour of more ethically-produced goods, according to new research from MediaCom. Over half of teenagers (54%) aged 16-19 surveyed in the Connected Kids report have either deliberately purchased or stopped using a brand because of its ethics. Brands that are seen to have strong ethics are likely to reap revenue...

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Should employers play a greater role in funding childcare?
Sep11

Should employers play a greater role in funding childcare?

by Peninsula Associate Director Kate Palmer Balancing childcare commitments with a full-time job can often be difficult for employees, who can find themselves faced with additional costs for facilitating appropriate care. As a result, organisations may consider implementing company funded initiatives that can assist with the cost of childcare and encourage the worker’s continued commitment to their role. In these situations, employers...

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Interviewers come under fire after survey reveals 8 out of 10 are guilty of asking off-limits questions
Sep11

Interviewers come under fire after survey reveals 8 out of 10 are guilty of asking off-limits questions

An alarming 85% of interviewers have admitted asking off limits questions during the interview process, new research by UK science and technology recruitment specialists, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) has today revealed.[1] The research also unveiled confusion among hiring managers over what can and cannot be asked, with nearly half (47%) saying they have never had official training on what questions to ask in an interview. The...

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Brits name commute as ‘number 1 reason’ to work from home
Sep11

Brits name commute as ‘number 1 reason’ to work from home

The majority of Britons believe that a lack of commute is the prime benefit to working from home, with flexible hours coming a close second, according to new research from World Options. Both office-based staff and those who already work from home were polled by the shipping solutions provider and franchisor World Options, with respondents from both sides in agreement that a lack of commute is the number one draw to working from home....

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Childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages since 2008, TUC analysis reveals
Sep11

Childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages since 2008, TUC analysis reveals

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to new TUC analysis published today (Monday). The analysis shows that childcare costs have rocketed by 52% per week since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working parent. Over the same period their wages have gone up by just 17%. The situation is even worse for lone parents....

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