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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UNISON launches biggest ever homecare case, workers paid as little as £3.27 an hour
Sep14

UNISON launches biggest ever homecare case, workers paid as little as £3.27 an hour

Seventeen homecare workers employed across the London Borough of Haringey – and backed by their union UNISON – are taking care company Sevacare and the council to court in a dispute involving illegal wages, over the widespread non-payment of the minimum wage. The group – all but one of whom are women – are employed on controversial zero-hours contracts and care for elderly and disabled residents across the borough. The women visit...

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BBC staff: 92,000 sick days, and a £12.2 million sick bill
Sep11

BBC staff: 92,000 sick days, and a £12.2 million sick bill

The Sun newspaper reports over the weekend allege that information acquired under a Freedom of Information request showed that staff working for the BBC had 91,992 days off sick last year — with licence fee payers picking up the £12.5million bill. It means nearly 250 years’ worth of working days were lost due to illness in the past 12 months, working out at an average of nearly eight days off per staff member, per year in the...

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FCSA: Planned changes to public sector intermediaries legislation not a ‘silver bullet’
Aug18

FCSA: Planned changes to public sector intermediaries legislation not a ‘silver bullet’

  The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has submitted its official response to HMRC outlining its concerns if IR35 proposals for the public sector go ahead.  The association has included some alternative solutions for HMRC to consider. The planned new rules will apply to all businesses that supply individuals to the public sector if they are not paid via RTI payroll, i.e. freelancers, interims and...

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Contractor survey: IR35 reforms will ‘decimate public sector’ & won’t increase revenue
Aug11

Contractor survey: IR35 reforms will ‘decimate public sector’ & won’t increase revenue

ContractorCalculator, an online resource that provides expert advice and information to contractors every month, has released the results of a survey which found that Government services will be decimated if proposed reforms to IR35 in the public sector go ahead. They learned that 80% of contractors plan on abandoning the sector rather than accepting a contract inside IR35. The Government will also lose out on £115m in taxes and could...

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New report reveals gender equality at senior levels can be achieved in a major employer
Jul28

New report reveals gender equality at senior levels can be achieved in a major employer

With a near-equal gender mix at the top of their organisation, Lewisham Council has successfully overcome the continuing gender pay and position inequality that still persists in many organisations across the UK. A new Institute for Employment Studies (IES) report investigates how Lewisham, with 56 per cent of those in senior grades female and a pay gap slightly in favour of women, has achieved this. Although many organisations have...

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Head of voluntary sector disability group warns, “the future funding for adult social care is very bleak”
Jul14

Head of voluntary sector disability group warns, “the future funding for adult social care is very bleak”

This week saw the release of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) 2016 budget survey. The annual ADASS Budget Survey is an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst...

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