Category: Analysis

Chris Leeson: Mixing qualifications with work experience

An announcement was made this week that could shake up higher education and recruitment models in the UK. Big Four firm KPMG revealed it will work with Durham University and the ICAEW on a groundbreaking scheme to sponsor school leavers to achieve university degrees and full accountancy qualifications. Students will receive a salary throughout the…

Iain McMath: The clock is ticking

Childcare vouchers are a long-established government-led employee benefit for all sizes of company – but adoption of these vouchers is not yet universal in British companies. These vouchers have been vital for many working parents by saving money and helping them juggle their work-life commitments. However HMRC has announced projected changes in April 2011 which…

Catherine Trombley: Workplace New Year’s Resolutions

The holiday rush has waned, the warm greetings and Yuletide good-will-to-all attitude has been packed away in our corporate mindsets, and we reluctantly begin the trudge through another new year at the office. Our workplace atmosphere undergoes an odd transformation from jolly December when we are praised by our bosses, receive bonuses and small gifts…

Richard Evens: Getting the New Year off to a stress free start

Should businesses have New Year’s resolutions? A resolve to address stress amongst staff is a valuable investment to make for 2011. Annually, 11.4 million days are lost due to stress in the workplace with 415,000 individuals believing they are experiencing workplace stress at a level that is making them ill. Unfortunately this is a growing…

Recently, I’ve read a lot about how health and safety can be a “burden.” I’ve read think tank reports examining ways of reducing the burden of health and safety regulations. I’ve read similar reports from Government departments looking at ways to tackle the health and safety regulatory burden. And I’ve read a fair few articles…

Stephen Smith: Petrol prices going through the roof?  Welcome to the virtual alternative

The recent snows have once again hit the headlines, causing travel chaos which has resulted in serious disruption to many businesses. Yet as getting to work has proved an increasingly forlorn struggle for many employees, it has been easy to lose sight of the fact that there has been another current high profile issue having…

Stephen Smith: Flexible working, if it works for me, it’ll work for you

There’s no doubt that the climate among employers is warming to the changing world of remote working. Recent research, for example, highlighted how UK small business owners are recognising the role of flexible working practices, with almost two-thirds actively supporting it. And it gets better. More than four in five believe that offering flexible working…