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News in 2016
05 Dec 2016 Employee survey reveals Britain´s top employers

A survey conducted by job website Indeed has revealed the top employers to work for in Britain, according to the people who work for them, This Is Money writes. The survey data consisted of reviews left by UK employees, which was then processed using an algorithm that took into account ...

21 Nov 2016 Employee perks face tax threat from Treasury

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond is expected to announce a so-called ‘tax raid´ on the employee benefit perks currently enjoyed by millions of workers, the Telegraph reports. As part of his autumn statement, due to be announced on the 23rd November 2016, th...

16 Nov 2016 Unemployment in UK plummets to 11-year low

New figures reveal that UK unemployment plummeted to an 11-year low in September this year, the BBC website reports. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, unemployment in the UK dropped by 37,000 in the three months leading up to September 2016, reaching 1.6 million...

24 Oct 2016 MPs to debate extra maternity leave for mothers of premature babies

Mothers whose babies are born prematurely are calling for an extension to their statutory maternity leave, BBC News reports. The current statutory maternity leave of 52 weeks kicks in the day after the baby is born. This is true whether the baby is born premature or full-term, meaning t...

10 Oct 2016 Government backtracks on foreign worker ‘name and shame´ policy

The Government´s defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon has told the BBC that proposals to force UK companies to list or name foreign members of their workforce will not go ahead. As a BBC News article reports, Fallon stated that the plan to make firms release the names of foreign w...

03 Oct 2016 PM orders review of UK employment

The Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review of modern employment practices, the Contractor UK website reports. The review will be headed by Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society of Arts, and its main purpose will be considering whether “current definitions of employment sta...

12 Sep 2016 Small companies have driven UK employment boom since 2010

The employment boom witnessed in the UK over the past five years has largely been driven by small businesses, This is Money reports. According to the findings of a recent study conducted by research company Capital Economics and energy group Npower, small companies accounted for almost ...

22 Aug 2016 Most UK firms would consider hiring boomerang staff

New research has revealed that the majority of companies in the UK would be open to hiring ‘boomerang´ staff - those who are returning to a previous employer - the HR Director website reports. The study, conducted by employment agency Robert Half UK, found that hirers are becomi...

08 Aug 2016 Small minority of couples taking up shared parental leave

A lower-than-expected number of families are making use of new rights that allow mothers and fathers to share leave from work after the birth of a new child, the Telegraph reports. According to research by commercial law firm EMW, which used official data, just 3,000 couples took up the...

19 Jul 2016 Employment tribunal fees should be cut, say MPS

A group of MPs is calling for employment tribunal fees to be cut, saying that their introduction has had a “significant adverse impact” on worthy claims, the Law Gazette website reports. The House of Commons Justice Committee recently published its long-awaited report into the effec...

11 Jul 2016 Nearly half UK employees favour benefits package over higher wages

New research has found that nearly half the UK workforce would rather their employer offer a better benefits package than a higher wage packet, the Employee Benefits website reports. According to a study conducted by Zurich Insurance, in partnership with the Smith School of Enterprise a...

27 Jun 2016 Brexit vote likely to impact UK workplace benefits

With the majority of the UK population having voted to leave the European Union (EU) last week, the Employee Benefits website explored the impact this decision is expected to have on employers and employees in Britain. The referendum results were announced on 23 June 2016, with a 71.8% ...

20 Jun 2016 5 reasons your Veterinary Practice needs a disaster recovery plan

A new study has found that the bad habits of employees in the UK poses a major risk to cyber security in the workplace, Consultancy UK reports. According to the research, conducted by Winchester-based Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR), businesses should spend just as much time educating...

06 Jun 2016 Workplace pressures mean millions skip lunch

New research has found that workplace pressures are causing more and more of the UK workplace to skip lunch, with almost one in three employees regularly eating lunch at their desks, the Workplace Insight website reports. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Charity Pa...

30 May 2016 How Britain leaving the EU could affect your employment rights

A recent article on The Guardian website discusses how a Brexit decision would affect UK employee rights. Various sources have made proclamations about the impact that Britain leaving the EU would have on our employment rights in the UK. However, as the publication notes, the reality is...

16 May 2016 UK employers rely heavily on EU workers, study finds

A new think-tank study has revealed that employees from the EU make up a significant part of the UK workforce – 1.6 million in fact – the OnRec website reports. According to research conducted by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), along with the Adecco Group UK & Ireland, employers...

09 May 2016 UK employment growth reaches lowest point in two years

A new report has shown that the growth of employment in the UK has hit a two-year low, as businesses are reluctant to take on more staff in the face of economic uncertainty, is4profit.com reports. According to a study conducted by BDO LLP, the hiring activity of UK businesses has recent...

25 Apr 2016 UK employment laws changing to boost entrepreneurship

The government plans to amend UK employment rules to encourage the country´s entrepreneurial spirit, the Business Matters magazine reports. Following the publication of a report which claims that British entrepreneurship is being constrained, Business Secretary Sajid Javid is laun...

18 Apr 2016 More than 50% employees feel need to switch companies to get more pay

A new survey has revealed that more than one in two UK employees feel they would need to move to a different company in order to get a salary increase, the On Rec website reports. According to recruitment website Glassdoor´s Global Salary Transparency Survey, more than half (57%) ...

29 Mar 2016 What Brexit would mean for employment rights

The Independent recently discussed what a British exit from the EU would mean for employment rights here in the UK. As the publication suggests, it could potentially take the country back to a time before the New Labour government was elected in 1997, and a number of employment rights were intr...

21 Mar 2016 New survey reveals the best employee benefits

Employer review website Glassdoor recently compiled a survey of the best employee perks and benefits being paid out by employers in the UK, the International Business Times reports. With more than a third of UK workers saying that workplace benefits are some of the most important aspect...

14 Mar 2016 One million UK workers will rely on zero hour contracts

Based on current trends and following another upswing in the use of zero-hours contracts, one million British employees could soon be depending on the controversial employment conditions, the Independent reports. According to the publication, MPs and union leaders are warning that recor...

07 Mar 2016 UK gender pay gap remains higher than OECD average

Despite having reduced since 2000, new research has found that the UK gender pay gap is still higher than the OECD average, the Economia website reports. According to PwC´s Women in Work index, the UK still has the 21st largest pay gap out of the 33 OECD countries. What´s mo...

29 Feb 2016 Total pay for GB employees increases by 1.9%

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently released a report showing that average total pay, including bonuses, for employees in Great Britain went up by 1.9% between October and December last year. If bonuses are excluded, total pay went up by an average of 2%. As detailed o...

22 Feb 2016 UK employment taxes rise despite falling in other EU countries

New figures have revealed that employment taxes in the UK have risen to more than 11% of an employee´s salary, despite similar taxes falling in other European countries, the Accountancy Age website reports. According to accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, UK employment taxes have ...

15 Feb 2016 Companies will have to reveal gender pay gap figures

New plans revealed earlier this week will see companies with more than 250 employees being forced to publish their gender pay gap figures, BBC News reports. As part of the government´s efforts to tackle the ongoing gender pay gap, women and equalities minister Nicky Morgan announc...

25 Jan 2016 Apple supposedly becoming more diverse; but is it enough?

Leading technology company Apple came under fire recently for not having a diverse enough workforce. Although the giant has recently published a diversity report showing that improvements are being made in this area, The Independent asked whether it is really enough. According to Apple&...

18 Jan 2016 Nearly 50% of staff haven´t spoken to HR in the past year

A new study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and YouGov, reported on the CIPD blog, reveals that HR departments are almost invisible to other employees in the companies they work for. According to this biggest ever CIPD survey of UK employees, nea...

11 Jan 2016 Personalisation key for benefits and rewards in 2016

According to new research, 2016 will see a growing trend for increased personalisation when it comes to workplace benefits and rewards packages, the HR Director website has written. A survey conducted by the Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA), in conjunction with JLT Employee...

04 Jan 2016 UK employees lacking personal financial education

A new study has found that more than half of UK employees have not been given any education about how to manage their personal finances, the Training Journal reports. According to research commissioned by the Open University Business School (OUBS) and Share Radio, many employees in Brit...

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