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Sunak should begin to “wean economy” off furlough scheme, say IFS

Sunak should begin to “wean economy” off furlough scheme, say IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies have stated that the Chancellor should start the process of "weaning the economy off blanket support" by phasing out the furlough scheme.  Due to the Chancellor's upcoming Budget which is announced next month, the thinktank IFS has...

Labour Party calls for “smart” extension of the furlough scheme

Labour Party calls for “smart” extension of the furlough scheme

The Labour Party has urged the Chancellor to extend the furlough scheme in a "smart" way, allowing jobs to be protected whilst restrictions are still ongoing.  Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Chancellor of the Labour Party, has stated that a smart extension to the furlough...

CIPD calls for flexible working from day one in a job

CIPD calls for flexible working from day one in a job

The CIPD is urging for flexible working arrangements to be made available for all employees, from day one in a job. This comes after research reveals almost half of workers do not currently have access to flexible working.  New research conducted by the Chartered...

Number of furloughed workers rises in final months of 2020

Number of furloughed workers rises in final months of 2020

According to new data, the number of workers furloughed in both November and December 2020 surpassed the amount furloughed in October. Due to this, there have been calls to extend the furlough scheme beyond April.  New research collected by HM Revenue and Customs has...

Redundancies are detrimentally impacting staff morale in the UK

Redundancies are detrimentally impacting staff morale in the UK

Many employees who were not made redundant were self-reportedly just "going through the motions" at work, giving rise to the question of what more can be done to support these workers. New research by Randstad Risesmart, an outplacement and mobility firm, found a...

How has HR’s focus shifted in 2021?

How has HR’s focus shifted in 2021?

A new report investigates HR's priorities for their organisation this year, the influence of COVID-19 on the world of work and the new challenges that have emerged from these transformations. New research conducted by Clear Review, a performance management platform,...

HR leaders feel the pandemic helped to show their value

HR leaders feel the pandemic helped to show their value

New research investigates the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic changed the role and perception of HR teams within the workplace. Sage, a technology provider for SMEs, found that almost three-quarters of HR leaders (73 per cent) identified the COVID-19 pandemic as a...

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Katy McMinn: How HR can deal with mass redundancies

Katy McMinn: How HR can deal with mass redundancies

Mass redundancies can be hugely stressful for everyone, not least the HR department or people professional handling the redundancy exercise. However, that being said, there are a few key processes that, if followed carefully, can streamline the procedure substantially...

Teresa Boughey: How COVID has permanently changed the world of HR

Teresa Boughey: How COVID has permanently changed the world of HR

The HR function is not unaccustomed to reinventing itself. However, on occasions, HR has been accused of being ‘old wine in new bottles’. Over the years it has transitioned from policy processing personnel to that of a business partner, through to securing a seat at...

Dannielle Haig: The importance of leadership focus in the workplace

Dannielle Haig: The importance of leadership focus in the workplace

We are currently living in unprecedented times and 2020 has been testing to say the least. Right now, businesses are facing a multitude of challenges, but they still need to find time to focus on the wellbeing of their employees. By investing in their senior leaders...

Louise Egan: Time to remove the stigmas around flexible working

Louise Egan: Time to remove the stigmas around flexible working

The office-bound 9-5 job is rapidly changing, with many employees looking for greater control over their working lives. Yet, according to a  poll last year by the TUC, one in three requests for flexible working are turned down and 58 per cent of the UK workforce...

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