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Keeping on top of day to day living costs is still most employees top priority

The second, annual employee insight report has been published by Capita Employee Benefits. Based on interviews with more than 3,000 people in employment it examines the financial wellbeing of the nation and looks at employee’s attitudes toward pensions, retirement, auto-enrolment, savings, benefits and occupational health. Findings in this year’s research include: More people feel worse…

Zero hour workers feel deep sense of exclusion

An Acas study published today reveals that many workers on a zero hours contract feel excluded from the sense of security, fairness and trust that’s associated with permanent contracts of employment. Acas’ discussion paper Give and take? Unravelling the true nature of zero-hours contracts looked at recent research around zero hours contracts as well as employers and…

Some Labour recommendations on zero hours go too far, warns CIPD

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has today offered its broad support to Labour party proposals to prevent the exploitative use of zero hours contracts, but warns that some recommendations go too far and urges policy makers to remember that, in many cases, zero hours contracts can work well for both…

15 million working age adults living on ‘knife edge’ with no savings at all

Millions of working families with children in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter reveal. The YouGov survey of working adults who pay rent or a mortgage found that with little or no savings to fall back on, 3.8…

Is your office too hot or too cold? Either way it can affect productivity

A survey suggests around 2% of office hours are wasted due to the temperature alone, potentially costing the UK economy more than £13bn annually. The survey also shows the extent of the divide between men and women when it comes to comfort with the office temperature. One Poll surveyed 2,000 people on behalf of heating…

Bosses increasingly using CCTV to spy on workers

Increasing numbers of workers are being watched by their bosses via CCTV in their place of work, and it’s making them feel under-valued and not trusted. Those are the findings of a survey carried out by leading camera installation and servicing company CCTV.co.uk, which concludes that overuse of the technology has damaging implications for workplace…

More and more ‘9 to 5’ Brits moonlighting to earn extra income

The number of Brits ‘moonlighting’ in a bid to supplement their incomes, has more than doubled in just twelve months according to online freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour. Those registering on the site to earn extra cash alongside a full or part time job has risen by 110% to just over 190,000. A recent poll of moonlighters revealed…

Shocking new report shows workers living 10 to a squalid room in World Cup hosts Qatar

FIFA needs to get tough with the organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), as it publishes a report exposing the squalid conditions in which many of the tournament’s construction workers are living. The report – The Case Against Qatar – shows, says the ITUC, just how far Qatar…

An insecure jobs market traps people in poverty, says Julia Unwin of JRF

Our reporter Odira Ndulue interviewed Julia Unwin of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. You recently said many employers have abandoned their responsibilities to their staff and presided over the creation of the most insecure employment model in the developed world, what do you mean by that? Employers have a responsibility to their staff. Where they can…

Global fast-food companies should ‘stop this shameful exploitation’ of workers, says Beth Farhat of the TUC

Fresh from a winning a successful campaign to stop zero contract culture at Hovis in Wigan, the Bakers union BFAWU has agreed to work with other groups to address the lack of fairness and justice for workers in the UK’s fast-food industry. Recent announcements from these hugely profitable companies regarding their use of unpaid labour…

Over a quarter of workers still receive no workplace benefits

Over a quarter of UK workers (26%) do not currently receive any workplace benefits from their employer, according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance. This would equate to around 7.8 million employees if this was replicated in the UK working population. Despite auto-enrolment bringing workplace benefits into the spotlight, the proportion who receive…