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Civil servants could face a pay cut if working from home

Civil servants could face a pay cut if working from home

Reports from various news outlets states an unnamed cabinet minister has suggested that civil servants who choose to work from home should receive a pay cut.  An anonymous senior cabinet minister interviewed by the Daily Mail has shared their view that civil servants...

Benefit packages failing to meet the workforce’s expectations

Benefit packages failing to meet the workforce’s expectations

New data highlights a discrepancy between what employers are providing in terms of benefits and what staff really want - with many workers arguing that some benefits should be mandatory.  Research by Moneypenny, an outsourced communications provider, has found that...

Pay awards have doubled during the second quarter of 2021

Pay awards have doubled during the second quarter of 2021

New research suggests that pay awards in the second quarter of the year have doubled compared to those in the first three months of the year. New data published by XpertHR shows that pay awards in the second quarter of the year are now worth double those in the first...

Pay awards reach highest level in six months

Pay awards reach highest level in six months

According to new research, pay awards have reached 2 per cent in the three months to May 2021.  New research from XpertHR reveals that pay awards have grown marginally over the last few months, with the median reaching its highest level for six months. Between March...

Treasury accused of hiding sick pay from self-isolating workers

Treasury accused of hiding sick pay from self-isolating workers

The UK Government has been accused of suppressing access to sick pay for workers forced to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19.  According to emails leaked by Politico, it has been alleged that the Treasury instructed senior government officials to...

Low-paid workers most likely to face unemployment and job insecurity

Low-paid workers most likely to face unemployment and job insecurity

New research finds that low-paid workers have been worst affected throughout the pandemic and still face the risk of unemployment and high job insecurity after the furlough scheme ends.  A report by Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank, examines the impact...

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Andrew Secker: Embracing the new retirement

Andrew Secker: Embracing the new retirement

With UK workers living and working longer, we are beginning to see many looking for a new type of retirement. According to a recent survey of workers aged 50 or over, half wanted to gradually wind down to retirement. The survey found 70 per cent of respondents said...

Aliya Vigor-Robertson: Keeping staff motivated and energised for 2019

Aliya Vigor-Robertson: Keeping staff motivated and energised for 2019

Employee retention and engagement can be a pain point for many companies, especially at the start of a new year. January is always an extremely busy time for recruitment as workers look to make a change in both their professional and personal lives as well as fulfil...

A world of wellbeing: 4 characteristics of a good wellness initiative

According to a Deloitte study, a ‘lack of empowerment’ is one of the key reasons employees are leaving their jobs, with an alarming 2.7 million workers quitting every month. Thankfully, many companies are slowly beginning to realise employee retention is about so much...

Microsoft shows the way with paid-parental leave for subcontractors

Microsoft shows the way with paid-parental leave for subcontractors

In 20 years of business I’ve lost count of how many days, weekends, public holidays and even a couple of Boxing Days that I’ve spent or wasted on arduous, bureaucratic procurement exercises jumping through hoops to show a company that we can do the job for them and...

Robert Ordever: Ditch the perks!

We’ve all seen it! Organisations that introduce yet another perk in an attempt to attract top talent or counteract a drop in staff engagement levels. These ‘quick fixes’ are intended to draw the very best employees and make existing staff happier, more loyal and...

Bruce Barclay: The role of the workplace in employee experience

Bruce Barclay: The role of the workplace in employee experience

The war for talent is being fought out across the business spectrum with major companies offering an ever-changing and tempting employee experience to recruit and retain the best people. The physical workplace is playing a key role in that battle, as it’s now required...

Dogs at work – are we missing a trick?

Dogs at work – are we missing a trick?

Charlotte Cooke-Vaughan, an HR consultant at law firm Cripps, celebrates the many documented benefits (wo)man’s best friend brings to the workplace. During the 18th century the benefit of animals in asylums was identified as helping to encourage “benevolent feelings”,...

5 ways to promote a better work-life balance  

Many employees are living such a competitive fast paced lifestyle that they often do not take a moment to step back and realise how their lives outside work are being affected. Further to the results of a recent survey by Brookman Solicitors which  revealed that 63%...

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