Category: Focus

Poll: Are you in favour of salary transparency?

Discussing wages with colleagues is still a taboo in many workplaces, according to research from the job community Glassdoor. This week’s poll asks whether salary transparency is a good idea. In the run up to the general election in May, some Labour MPs have already brought up the issue of pay transparency, with the aim of…

HRreview interviews: Neil Armstrong on early careers at Boots

Neil Armstrong, Talent Manager, Talent Programmes, Boots, has almost 10 years of recruitment experience across a range of industries and skill sectors, and joined Boots in 2011 as a Recruitment and Talent Manager. He is also passionate about youth unemployment and works with the local community to support skills development to help young people enter…

Ann Pickering: Bridging the gap for women in the workplace

How has legislation contributed to gender equality and what more can be done to improve the legislation? The Davies Review is certainly making a valuable contribution to gender equality in the workplace, even in the simplest terms of raising awareness of this critical issue. Lord Davies’ follow-up report published in March on the representation of…

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…

Sending employees to Africa helps grow our talent pipeline, says Beverly Newman of William Hill

Tell us a bit about Project Africa? Project Africa is a combined development and corporate responsibility project.  Twice a year we take a group of around 10 people to Ol Maisor, a rural community in northern Kenya. Ol Maisor has little by way of infrastructure and William Hill has committed to developing both educational and…

One of the biggest barriers for creating mentally fit workplaces is fear, says Poppy Jaman of MHFA

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is a Community Interest Company which provides a range of educational courses that teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem. In the same way that we learn physical First Aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning…

Are your maternity policies inclusive of same-sex couples? asks Stonewall’s Simon Feeke

We recently interviewed Simon Feeke, who is Head of Workplace at the gay rights organisation Stonewall. We asked him about their recent campaign to tackle homophobia in the workplace. Stonewall have launched a national campaign to tackle ´endemic levels of homophobia´ in Britain’s workplaces. What do you mean by endemic? YouGov polling conducted on behalf of…

Interview: Kirstie Donnelly, UK MD, City & Guilds

Congratulations on your new appointment. What does it entail? Thank You! This role is primarily about bringing together City & Guilds’ innovative product and service design teams with our customer service and sales teams, as well as insight from our stakeholders and policy & research activity. It’s a fantastic opportunity to give our UK business…