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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Welsh Government ‘Jobs Week’ sees announcement of 256 new jobs for Wales
Mar10

Welsh Government ‘Jobs Week’ sees announcement of 256 new jobs for Wales

The Welsh Government ‘Jobs Week’ has got off to a strong start, with Economy Secretary, Ken Skates announcing over 250 new jobs across Wales that have been created as a result of Welsh Government support.   The 256 jobs at BBI Group in Caerphilly,  BT in Swansea, Siltbuster in Monmouth  and SPC in Maerdy , kick off a week of jobs announcements by the Economy Secretary, which demonstrate the positive impact that Welsh...

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Finalists announced for first Wales HR Awards
Mar09

Finalists announced for first Wales HR Awards

The finalists have been announced for the first ever Wales HR Awards. This event will recognise and celebrate the achievements of HR professionals in a black tie ceremony taking place at The SSE SWALEC Cardiff on 23rd March, hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd. Over the past few months, nominations have flooded in with a total of 28 HR professionals and 8 HR teams being named as finalists, putting them in the running to win one of the...

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Mind Cymru launches free workplace wellbeing resources for Welsh employers
Feb13

Mind Cymru launches free workplace wellbeing resources for Welsh employers

It is estimated that poor mental health costs the Welsh economy £7.2 billion per year, so looking after your employees’ mental health isn’t just the right thing to do – it also means better performance, less time off sick and more loyal staff. New package of information and advice for employers Charity Mind Cymru believe that the way mental health issues are managed by employers can make a massive difference to outcome – which...

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Want a payrise?  Move to Cardiff!
Jan31

Want a payrise? Move to Cardiff!

According to the latest quarterly Job Market Report from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, key UK regions and industries witnessed standout rises in salaries in Q4 2016, when comparing year-on-year data.   The report, which looked at fluctuations in jobs, applications and pay throughout the last quarter of 2016 (October, November and December), found that the following locations and sectors saw the biggest hikes...

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The top 10 locations to look for work in 2017 (and Cardiff made the list!)
Jan18

The top 10 locations to look for work in 2017 (and Cardiff made the list!)

New data from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, has found that Liverpool, Edinburgh and London are the top locations to find a new job this year, showing great promise for local job hunters looking for work in these areas. The data, which analysed the average number of jobs in the UK’s key cities in 2016, found that the top ten cities to look for work in 2017 are: Liverpool – up 23% Edinburgh – up 20% London – up 19%...

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ONS shows Wales is ‘less productive’, blaming ‘family run businesses’ for poor productivity
Jan06

ONS shows Wales is ‘less productive’, blaming ‘family run businesses’ for poor productivity

Productivity started to slump during the credit crunch, and despite today’s figures showing a tiny improvement, solving the productivity puzzle is one of the biggest challenges facing HR at the moment.  The lack of productivity among UK workers is making headlines – with small family firms and Wales, Northern Ireland and Sheffield showing the biggest productivity gap. Here is a summary of today’s findings: Output per...

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Autistic youngsters turn Advent on its head to help the hungry
Dec19

Autistic youngsters turn Advent on its head to help the hungry

Young people living with autism are doing their part to combat hunger in Wales this Christmas as part of a ‘reverse’ advent calendar project being run by a leading provider of care for young people living with autism. Pupils from Orbis Education and Care aged from eight to 19 years of age are collecting items urgently required by food banks, such as tinned vegetables, fruit juice, and UHT milk. Each day in December, instead of opening...

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Bereavement Charity holds Christmas Siblings Party

Miskin-based, child bereavement charity 2 Wish Upon A Star has welcomed children from across Wales to its Christmas Siblings Party. The event held at the Miskin Manor Hotel on the 27th November saw siblings that have been supported by the charity enjoy a day of fun, crafts and afternoon tea. There was even a special guest appearance by Santa and his reindeer. The day saw over 55 children aged between one and 16 join together at the...

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