Five steps to best prepare for the end of furlough on September 30
Sep24

Five steps to best prepare for the end of furlough on September 30

THE Government’s furlough scheme is set to end on September 30 – bringing an end to a safety net which has helped support millions of UK businesses.  At its peak almost one third of the country’s workforce were on furlough and the scheme is reported to have cost upwards of £65bn. Experts believe it has probably saved more than two million jobs and propped up tens of thousands of start-ups from closing down. But with the...

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What the Covid-19 winter plan means for employers
Sep23

What the Covid-19 winter plan means for employers

On Tuesday 14 September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out his Covid-19 Winter Plan to the public. Anil Champaneri, Senior HR Consultant and Technical Lead, Alcumus HR and Advisory explains what it means for employers and how it impacts existing policies: Under Plan A, which includes offering booster doses to individuals who received vaccination in phase one of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, there appears little impact on...

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UK Tech job openings increase for the first time since pandemic began
Sep23

UK Tech job openings increase for the first time since pandemic began

Demand for tech professionals in the U.K. increased by 10% over the first six months of 2021 – the first time the tech job market has grown since the pandemic – according to the latest UK Tech Talent Tracker from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). The tracker, which analysed LinkedIn’s Professional Network data, recorded over 93,000 tech jobs openings in July 2021, up from 85,000 in January. However, tech job listings are still well below...

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Employers worry about remote work productivity
Sep22

Employers worry about remote work productivity

New research released today by Ricoh Europe reveals that employers are failing to invest in technology to maintain productivity across their remote workforce, despite concerns about their output. More than 18 months since the Coronavirus pandemic took hold across Europe, forcing businesses to adopt remote working practices, just over a third (36%) of employers say their organisation has provided the tools and technology to maintain...

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Tech job seekers clash with employers over remote working expectations
Sep22

Tech job seekers clash with employers over remote working expectations

A new report from hackajob reveals that while the Covid-19 pandemic has changed tech workers expectations on remote working, it has set them up for a clash with employers.  The research among 2,000 tech job seekers and employers reveals the extent to which remote working is now an expectation among staff in the industry. 67% of UK technology candidates are now looking to work entirely remotely, with only 13% reporting that locality is...

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Time’s up – new research reveals almost three quarters of businesses don’t have the skills to succeed in a post pandemic world
Sep17

Time’s up – new research reveals almost three quarters of businesses don’t have the skills to succeed in a post pandemic world

A new study into the concerns business leaders in the UK currently hold in relation to a post-pandemic world, has highlighted that a staggering 73% of businesses don’t believe they have the skills needed to succeed. The research has shown that communication skills are where the gaps lie with 50% of business professionals picking up bad habits over lockdown. Commissioned by global sales, negotiation and communication experts, Huthwaite...

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UK workers more financially aware and cautious in wake of Covid-19
Sep17

UK workers more financially aware and cautious in wake of Covid-19

New research from Intuit QuickBooks* – the financial management software provider – reveals that UK workers are adopting a far more cautious approach to spending as lockdown lifts, as their finances bear the battle scars of the pandemic. Yet there is still low uptake on taking steps to maintain financial health, such as checking payslips.   60% of UK employees surveyed will be keeping their spending to a minimum going...

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Prepare now to prevent pandemic woes this winter
Sep16

Prepare now to prevent pandemic woes this winter

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement today of the Government’s winter COVID plan, the UK’s largest HR and employment law consultancy is stressing the importance of employers planning ahead. Kate Palmer is HR Advice and Consultancy Director at Peninsula. She says: “While the main focus of the Prime Minister’s plan is vaccine rollout and booster jabs, he also mentioned the possibility of a Plan B, including a potential return to home...

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Pandemic sparks surge in over 50s seeking advice
Sep16

Pandemic sparks surge in over 50s seeking advice

The Covid pandemic has sparked a surge in people over 50 seeking professional financial advice, according to new research from Scottish Widows. Almost half (46%) of Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) in the UK have reported an increase in the number of over 50s reaching out to them for help over the last 18 months. Some over 50s have been hit by a volatile stock market, furlough and job losses, plus low interest rates and fears of...

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Nearly two thirds of Brits admit to ‘wasting’ up to £100 more a week post ‘Freedom Day
Sep15

Nearly two thirds of Brits admit to ‘wasting’ up to £100 more a week post ‘Freedom Day

Nearly two thirds (61%) of UK workers say they waste an extra £100 each week on booze, shopping, and other ‘unnecessary luxuries’ since lockdown ended, according to new data released today by Hastee. The research, produced in collaboration with Sapio, which surveyed 2,000 workers as part of the financial health platform’s 2021 annual Workplace Wellbeing Study*, also found that, over a third (34%) feel their financial health improved...

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From Covid Tests to Flying – How You Can Manage Stress and Tackle Work related Travel Anxiety Post-Pandemic
Sep14

From Covid Tests to Flying – How You Can Manage Stress and Tackle Work related Travel Anxiety Post-Pandemic

Travelling around the world often sparks thoughts of holidays and rest bite however, much of the UKs workforce is required to travel for work purposes.  As the world is beginning to open, workplace travel is beginning to resume. For many the anxiety of thinking about COVID-19 tests and what you need to do before booking a test and hitting the road might be something that stands between you and really getting away from it all. To...

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Employee Experience Is Everything in a Post-Pandemic World
Sep13

Employee Experience Is Everything in a Post-Pandemic World

By Sam Smith, Vice President & Managing Director, KellyOCG EMEA As the UK continues to open up, some organisations are making the mistake of looking to the past rather than the future when it comes to the employee experience. They are turning away from remote work and attempting to rebuild workplaces that look very similar to ones those that existed before the pandemic. But as employee needs and expectations shift, could failure...

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Survey reveals 81% of younger workers fear loneliness from long-term home working
Sep09

Survey reveals 81% of younger workers fear loneliness from long-term home working

New research* from Chargifi reveals that since working from home, Gen Z and Millenials feel disproportionately isolated, and say it is negatively impacting their ability to build and develop relationships at work – and potentially harming their career progress. The survey of 2,000 US and UK office workers found that over two-thirds of workers aged 18 – 34 (67%) say since working from home, they’ve found it harder to make...

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9 in 10 business leaders say young people hit by COVID-19 “development dip”
Sep09

9 in 10 business leaders say young people hit by COVID-19 “development dip”

The overwhelming majority (87%) of UK business leaders say young people have been hit by a “development dip” during COVID-19 as a result of the prolonged period of working from home, according to new research from LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.  The study of 250 C-level executives in the UK – at companies with 1,000+ employees and £250+ million annual turnover – finds that nearly a third (30%) of...

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5 Ways to Improve Employee Wellbeing Post-COVID
Sep08

5 Ways to Improve Employee Wellbeing Post-COVID

COVID-19 left people being isolated for a year and a half with very little means of seeing loved ones. Life, as we normally would experience, changed and greatly impacted the wellbeing of many people. As a result of this, workplaces must understand that their staff have been through a completely unique time that will affect how they work. This is why having extra focus and attention to employee wellbeing is absolutely essential in a...

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