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Employers confident about business growth but skills shortages persist

Employers confident about business growth but skills shortages persist

According to new research, over four in five businesses now feel confident about business growth prospects in the second half of the year.  New data by specialist recruiter Robert Half shows that business confidence levels have increased by 10 per cent since the start...

Government invests over £20 million in higher level technical skills

Government invests over £20 million in higher level technical skills

The Department for Education has announced that adults will now be able to access more alternatives to university degrees under new measures to boost the nation’s skills and job prospects. As part of the Government's Skills for Jobs, a campaign set out to promote...

Empathetic leaders are necessary to retain staff, research reveals

Empathetic leaders are necessary to retain staff, research reveals

New research finds that empathetic leaders will be critical to retaining staff post-pandemic with over half of surveyed employees stating they would be prepared to leave their role otherwise.  Data released by Workplace from Facebook, an online collaborative software,...

Digital learning sees an increase in light of the pandemic

Digital learning sees an increase in light of the pandemic

New research finds that seven in 10 organisations have reported an increase in use of digital or online learning solutions over the past 12 months.  According to a new report by the CIPD, the pandemic has led to the heightened use of digital learning with 70 per cent...

Skills gap causing over half of businesses to feel severe pressure

Skills gap causing over half of businesses to feel severe pressure

A new report finds that organisations have been prompted to focus on internal development over recruitment as the skills gap creates pressure.  Over half of businesses have indicated that their organisation is currently under pressure due to skills gaps, research by...

Skill-sets for job roles changing due to impact of pandemic

Skill-sets for job roles changing due to impact of pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has caused a significant alteration to the skill-sets workers believe that they need to harness to be successful in their job role.  New research by CV-Library shows a considerable change in the skills that staff will have to exhibit in order to do...

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Alan Price: Can employers restrict staff from taking foreign holiday?

Alan Price: Can employers restrict staff from taking foreign holiday?

The UK government has relaxed restrictions for visiting a handful of countries under a new traffic light system including places such as Australia, New Zealand and Iceland. Those returning to England from nations on the green list will need to take a pre-departure...

James Tamm: ‘Fire and Rehire’ – What do employers need to know?

James Tamm: ‘Fire and Rehire’ – What do employers need to know?

With flexible furlough set to finish at the end of September, there is a real risk that if the government doesn’t release additional funding to businesses, then ‘fire and rehire’ is likely to become more widespread. Companies may struggle to afford to keep staff on...

Daniel Stander: Is it lawful for employees to take on a second job?

Daniel Stander: Is it lawful for employees to take on a second job?

The news coverage of the Greensill scandal and “double-hatting” in the Civil Service has raised serious questions around taking on second jobs. At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic will have driven many employees into taking on additional jobs, whether due to...

Rhona Darbyshire: The Expansion of Remote Working Rights

Rhona Darbyshire: The Expansion of Remote Working Rights

The trial run of remote and flexible working that the workforce has experienced over the last year has undoubtedly caused attitudes towards working to change drastically. Home working and flexible working hours have become “the new normal” and for many large...

Mukul Chawla: Modern slavery in the workplace

Mukul Chawla: Modern slavery in the workplace

This article was co-written by Mukul Chawla (Partner), Catherine Turner (Senior Associate) and Luke Hardingham (Associate).  Modern slavery is not going away. COVID-19 has shone light on how employers treat their workforce. The inevitable glut of labour resulting from...

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