Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes
Jul19

Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes

In order to comply with the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May’s rules requiring the identification of BBC staff earning more than £150,000 a year, the corporation has today released the salaries of 96 of its top stars. The total pay for those on the list is almost £30million. The data released today shows a definite pay gap between top BBC male and female presenters. Only a third of the 96...

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Good news for whistleblowers as Court of Appeal provides wide definition of ‘Public interest’
Jul12

Good news for whistleblowers as Court of Appeal provides wide definition of ‘Public interest’

The Court of Appeal has for the first time considered the new ‘public interest’ element of the whistleblowing law, the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA). Public Concern at Work intervened in Chesterton Global Ltd vs Nurmohamed held at the Royal Courts of Justice last week. In a judgment that is good news for whistleblowers, the Court of Appeal has found in favour of the individual making the disclosure, providing a wide...

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What to tell your staff after Friday’s workplace hack
May15

What to tell your staff after Friday’s workplace hack

The Wannacry ransomware attack which attacked workplaces worldwide and affected much of the UK’s NHS network was stopped in its tracks accidentally by registering a new domain, which acted as a ‘kill switch’ – but not before many huge organisations had been massively impacted. The problem is that many of the Nation’s computers have been turned off all weekend – and there are fears that when users return to work today, the virus could...

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Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality
May10

Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality

The Welsh Government’s campaign to recruit and train nursing students starts as Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years. The...

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Teacher recruitment and retention will remain a significant challenge, says Education Committee
May02

Teacher recruitment and retention will remain a significant challenge, says Education Committee

The Education Committee has today published the Government response to the Committee’s Recruitment and Retention of Teachers report. The Committee’s original report had covered a range of issues relating to teacher recruitment and retention, highlighting concerns over teacher workload, the status of teachers, shortcomings in the Department for Education’s teacher supply data, and the ability of teachers to undertake high...

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Free IR35 reforms guide published to help public sector bodies retain valuable contractor talent
Apr20

Free IR35 reforms guide published to help public sector bodies retain valuable contractor talent

Responding to confusion around IR35 changes that came into effect in the public sector on April 6th that could generate significant risks to public sector hirers, ContractorCalculator, the UK’s leading online portal for contractors and freelancers, has published an IR35 guide to help hirers better understand the IR35 reforms and their implications to ultimately secure and retain the best contractors. The 18 page guide, Public Sector...

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Unsung Hero Award celebrates the very best in non-medical NHS staff
Feb24

Unsung Hero Award celebrates the very best in non-medical NHS staff

Winners announced for award honouring NHS staff who have gone above and beyond in their roles The winners of GoToJobBoard’s Unsung Hero Award have been announced and they include Security Operatives, Medical Receptionists and Volunteers from NHS trusts around the country. The winners were announced at an event at The Place Aparthotel in Manchester on 3rd February 2017. The event included guest speakers, including Roy Lilley, NHS...

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Don’t lose staff – Important changes for non-EU medical and teaching professionals applying to work in the UK
Feb24

Don’t lose staff – Important changes for non-EU medical and teaching professionals applying to work in the UK

Public and private sector employers in the medical and education sectors are being advised to start preparing for the Home Office’s latest changes if they want to avoid losing or delaying the recruitment of new non-EU medical and teaching professionals from overseas. With the latest changes as of 6 April 2017, immigration law firm, Migrate UK , is warning any sponsors to start checking whether those skilled Tier 2 employees, applying...

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‘Worried’ contractors set to shun public sector following Autumn Statement IR35 ruling
Dec07

‘Worried’ contractors set to shun public sector following Autumn Statement IR35 ruling

New research* from Crunch Accounting has revealed that two thirds (66%) of contractors surveyed are ‘very worried’ about the public sector IR35 tax reforms given the go ahead in last week’s Autumn Statement. Additionally, nearly half (42%) said they would no longer work in the public sector as a result of the outcome. Philip Hammond confirmed that the controversial changes, which will see employers or agencies assume responsibility...

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Public sector job satisfaction hits four-year high
Nov30

Public sector job satisfaction hits four-year high

CIPD/Halogen survey finds post-referendum optimism among UK employees, but more work needed on development and career progression Job satisfaction in the public sector is at its highest level in four years and wider post-referendum optimism is evident among UK employees. However, there is still ample room for improvement in employee development and career progression which employers must address quickly so as not to lose valuable...

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WEC report calls for more transparency from HM Treasury on equality analysis
Nov18

WEC report calls for more transparency from HM Treasury on equality analysis

The Government must do more to demonstrate that it has fulfilled its obligations to assess the equalities impacts of future Spending Reviews, Budgets and Autumn Statements, says a report released today by the Women and Equalities Committee.   The Committee recommends that the Treasury’s compliance with this duty for the 2015 spending review and autumn statement should be independently evaluated.   The Equality Impact...

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Nurse, 57, disbarred for racist assault on cab driver
Oct05

Nurse, 57, disbarred for racist assault on cab driver

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel has found that mental health nurse Elaine Roots is unfit to continue practising as a nurse for 6 months following her conviction for assaulting an islamic taxi following after a racist row about women’s rights in islamic culture. Roots has already retired from her job since the incident.  She had taken a cab home after a night out, during which she had drunk a quantity of wine and...

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CIPD: New Memo of Understanding set to strengthen the capabilities of HR professionals in the UK Civil Service
Sep29

CIPD: New Memo of Understanding set to strengthen the capabilities of HR professionals in the UK Civil Service

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Civil Service HR (CSHR), which will outline how the two organisations will collaborate to professionalise and upskill HR professionals in the UK Civil Service. There are around 4,000 staff in CSHR who will benefit from the arrangement, which comes at a crucial time, given the inevitable changes taking place in the UK...

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Ashford Borough Council Scores a Double at Engagement Awards
Sep29

Ashford Borough Council Scores a Double at Engagement Awards

  Ashford Borough Council picked up two awards at the national Engagement Excellence Awards. The Engagement Excellence Awards seek to celebrate excellence in employee engagement. Ashford Borough Council was one of only a few local authorities to be nominated against national and global brands such as Vodafone, Vue Entertainment, London City Airport, AXA UK, Specsavers and the Royal Albert Hall. The awards took place at the...

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MI6 on a mission to recruit new talent as 1,000 new jobs created
Sep22

MI6 on a mission to recruit new talent as 1,000 new jobs created

If you are looking to put your HR skills to work in an unusual role, Sky News has reported this week that the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6 has been given more funding to recruit up to 1,000 new staff in order to deal with a whole range of threats facing the UK.  This represents a substantial increase in staff, taking the agency from about 2,500 staff to as many as 3,500 by 2020. No details have been given about where...

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