Businesses should not prevent their staff from accessing social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo, according to new research. A study conducted by the Gartner Group has recommended that employers embrace these internet tools as a means of encouraging creativity and on-the-job collaboration. Commenting on Gartner’s findings, David Lavenda, vice president of marketing and…

The government’s plans, which were announced in this week’s budget, to plunge £60 million of additional funding into skills has been praised by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). According to the industry body, recruitment professionals are in a "unique position" to comment on the current skills shortages affecting the UK. "We are delighted that…

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called on the government to introduce tax incentives as part of an occupational health initiative. Under the institution’s proposals, tax breaks would be implemented for therapies such as physiotherapy as a means of helping employees to return to and remain in work. According to the IOSH,…

Older workers in the UK are becoming competent with new technology and embracing new working methods, according to new research. Figures produced by Lifelong Learning UK indicate that more than half of such people love new technology and are confident in their skills. "It is good to see any evidence of misconceived stereotypes about older…

Female workers in their 30s are the worst affected by the gender pay gap, according to new research. Figures produced by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) suggest that the difference between men and women’s full-time earnings increases from 3.3 per cent for women aged 22 to 29 to 11.2 per cent for females aged between…

The government should refrain from placing additional tax and regulatory burdens on small firms, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said. In a plea to chancellor Alistair Darling ahead of the 2008 Budget, the federation cited evidence from a survey conducted by the Small Business Research Trust which suggested that trading conditions have declined…

Millions of pounds may be wasted if human resources (HR) staff do not effectively check employees’ contracts, it has been claimed. Legal experts in the UK have revealed that up to £100 million was spent last year on payments to failed executives or those who did not impact positively on the company. Tom Flanagan, employment…

The number of temporary jobs available in the UK rose in February this year at its fastest rate for three months. According to the latest figures from accounting group KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the rate of temporary job creation rose from an index of 53.1 in January to 56.4 last month.…

The leaders of more than 30 healthcare professional bodies in Britain have teamed up as part of a groundbreaking agreement that stresses the link between work and health. In order to advise patients on the role that work can play in good health, the organisations have signed a consensus statement in partnership with national director…

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has challenged the findings of government research which suggests small businesses are experiencing steady progress by citing other, conflicting findings. According to statistics revealed by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, 65 per cent of small organisations with employees reported they had ambitions to grow, while nearly…

Job candidates are missing out on potential opportunities by failing to sufficiently prepare for job interviews, according to new research. Figures produced by Jobsite.co.uk suggest that people seeking new work have missed out on a combined £2.3 billion of potential earnings over the past year as a result of poor interview skills. It was found…

Companies have been advised to be vigilant over so-called "homophobic banter" in the workplace. The warning follows a legal case in which it was ruled that an employee who was not gay but who was the subject of such comments was not covered under current sexual orientation regulations. About the case, Jean Sapeta, head of…