New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders
May18

New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders

A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys. Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge...

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Wales HR Network announces new programme of events
May18

Wales HR Network announces new programme of events

Following the success of the first ever Wales HR Awards, the Wales HR Network has announced three new seminar dates to address key topics within HR. The Wales HR Network, created by Wales’ leading recruitment and training agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray, offers HR professionals across the country the opportunity to network and engage with others in the industry, swapping experience and best practice. The first event,...

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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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Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues
May08

Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues

As part of our series on this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Fflur Jones, Partner and Head of Employment and HR at Darwin Gray, shares her top tips on making reasonable workplace adjustments for workers who have a mental illness.   Mental health issues are becoming an increasingly talked-about topic, but it can be difficult for employers to identify, support and manage employees suffering from mental health problems....

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London businesses lead the way for flexible working – but don’t forget Wales, says Lewis!
May04

London businesses lead the way for flexible working – but don’t forget Wales, says Lewis!

London-based businesses are leading the way in flexible working in the UK – at least, according to new research. The research, conducted by Powwownow, found that business leaders in the capital let their staff spend the most time working out of the office during an average week – a total of 3 hours and 31 minutes, compared to the UK average of 2 hours and 34 minutes. The survey of 2,000 working professionals found that young people,...

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Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap
Apr28

Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap

To coincide with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, global office solutions brand, Fellowes, has today launched new research urging business leaders to tackle the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ across Britain. More than half (52%) of UK workers are currently going to work when their performance is negatively affected by work-related health issues – and a third (34%) of workers have admitted they have even considered moving...

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What does it take to be an HR award winner in Wales?
Apr19

What does it take to be an HR award winner in Wales?

  One of the organisers of the Wales HR Awards: Paula Morris, Head of Marketing, Darwin Gray, shares her perspective on what it takes to win an HR award in Wales. The first Wales HR Awards ceremony was held on 23rd March 2017 at the SSE SWALEC in Cardiff. With almost 350 people at the event, it’s fair to say it was a roaring success, far outstripping expectations in terms of the sheer volume of nominees, the quality of the...

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Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement
Apr18

Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement

Office Genie surveyed 2,000 UK office workers and asked them about factors affecting their happiness in the workplace. Happiness levels were rated out of 5, with the average level of workplace happiness for British employees scoring at 3.63/5.  The findings made interesting reading: Welsh workers are happiest and Northern Ireland workers the least happy Overall, the report found little differentiation between the regions, but of the...

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HR acquisition aids growth at EST
Apr03

HR acquisition aids growth at EST

Professional advisory firm EST has acquired a HR consultancy to grow the HR division it established last year. The Cardiff-based firm, which has divisions offering accountancy, tax, payroll, auto-enrolment, commercial finance and HR services, has bought Julie Kelly HR, a trading style of Risk Monitor Limited, for an undisclosed fee. The acquisition sees HR officer Lucy-Ann Thomas join the 15-strong team and follows the recruitment of...

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Apprenticeship Levy imposed without consultation, future Wales taxes need Welsh consent, warns Assembly Committee
Mar28

Apprenticeship Levy imposed without consultation, future Wales taxes need Welsh consent, warns Assembly Committee

A Welsh Assembly Committee is warning that new taxes in devolved areas must have consent from the devolved institutions. The recommendation is one of thirteen in the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s report on the Apprenticeship Levy – a UK government charge on large employers which comes in to force next week. Committee chair Russell George AM said: “The introduction on 6 April 2017 of a UK-wide Levy has raised a number...

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Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”
Mar27

Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”

I think if you drew up a wish list for HR folks, a crystal ball would claim the top spot. And yes, some might use it to get the winning lotto numbers – and then it would be goodbye HR, hello Barbados – but those of us… ahem ..committed  folk would use it as an opportunity to see what changes are coming down the road in order to prepare accordingly. ​A lot of Employers forget HR is about being proactive rather than reactive …....

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Comedy Gala in Wales to support World Autism Awareness Day
Mar27

Comedy Gala in Wales to support World Autism Awareness Day

Wales’ leading provider of education and care for people with autism has joined forces with a Cardiff-based charity to host a star-studded comedy gala marking the 9th World Autism Awareness Day with a five-figure fundraising goal. Orbis Group is an award-winning provider of specialist services for children, young people and adults with complex needs associated with autism; a spectrum condition often characterised by complex sensory,...

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Wales HR Awards – an amazing evening – who won?
Mar24

Wales HR Awards – an amazing evening – who won?

HR News was proud to attend the inaugural Wales HR Network awards last night at the SSE Swalec Stadium with Solicitors Darwin Gray and recruitment consultants Acorn Recruitment. It was a well attended event which brought together more than 300 HR Welsh HR professionals at a Gala Dinner to celebrate the best HR talent in the principality. Presented by Sian Lloyd, guests and award winners heard an inspiring speech from Lord Price,...

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Welsh bereavement charity raises £24,000 through annual ‘Little Ball of Hope’
Mar14

Welsh bereavement charity raises £24,000 through annual ‘Little Ball of Hope’

Welsh Charity 2 Wish Upon A Star has raised over £24,000 at its annual Little Ball of Hope, smashing last year’s total of £18,000. The ball was held at The Celtic Manor Hotel on Saturday night (4th March) and saw over 320 people attend in full masquerade ball attire. The evening also featured a performance from Cȏr Seren, a choir devised of 2 Wish Upon A Star volunteers and supported families. The funds were raised through ticket...

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Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support
Mar10

Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support

A project created to support people with work limiting health conditions and their carers, many of whom juggle their caring responsibilities with employment, is set to lose funding. The Disability Advice Project (DAP) targeting indviduals living in the Bridgend, Neath and Port Talbot areas provides free life coaching which empowers people to gain confidence, achieve personal goals and improve their lives, as well as move towards...

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