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There are now fewer eastern European migrants looking for jobs in the UK than at any time since the EU accession wave in 2004, official figures show. According to statistics from the Home Office, just 40,000 work applications were received from eastern Europeans between April and June this year. This is a drop of 14,000…

Employees in the public sector complain of suffering from stress to a greater extent than their private sector counterparts, it has been suggested. A survey compiled by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development indicated that eight out of ten public sector workers who have taken sick leave from their roles cited stress, compared to…

The government has launched a new campaign designed to help businesses save time and money when employing new staff by encouraging them to take advantage of free advice. Employing People is part of a wider drive by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to cut red tape on businesses and reduce costs.…

A new information campaign aimed at raising awareness of the employment rights of vulnerable workers has been launched by the government. The move is part of a wider effort to tackle the abuse of vulnerable workers by rogue employers and stems from recommendations made by the Vulnerable Worker Enforcement Forum. A special helpline will be…

The right to apply for unpaid leave in the event of a family emergency has been extended to enable an extra 4.5 million parents to benefit. Current employment legislation states that only parents of children aged six and under are entitled to take unpaid leave from work if their son or daughter is sick. But…

Racial discrimination still exists in the workplace and is preventing many ethnic minority managers from progressing in their careers, a new study suggests. The report, from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Department for Work & Pensions and the Institute for Employment Studies, examines the recruitment trends of under-represented groups. It reveals that one third…

An MP has made a plea to reduce the number of young people killed in workplace accidents through the integration of health and safety courses into the National Curriculum. During a recent event at the House of Commons, which is being supported by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Michael Clapham, MP for…

The new equality bill, further details of which are due to published this summer, has been described by a minister as "a major de-cluttering exercise". Speaking at the launch of a report concerning the benefits of workplace equality produced by the Trades Union Congress and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), minister for women and…

A new code of practice concerning discipline and grievance procedures has been released for public consultation. Developed by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), the code is intended to encourage firms to resolve disputes internally and thereby make the process more efficient. Commenting on the proposed guidelines, Pat McFadden, minister for employment relations, said:…

A quarter of people in Britain entering retirement feel sad, anxious or lost, according to new research. The findings, which were produced by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the government, indicate that less than half of those questioned reported they would choose the word "happy" to describe how they felt after leaving their jobs. Commenting…

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has hit out at the government over an estimated £4.21 billion tax increase faced by businesses over the next three years. New fiscal measures planned by the Treasury will add millions onto the annual tax bills of British businesses, despite claims by ministers that they are boosting the nation’s…

Recruitment in the UK is being affected by current uncertainty in the jobs market as economic conditions worsen, with recruitment agencies acting as "shock absorbers". A new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that agencies are beginning to pick up most of the strain caused by job market uncertainty and provide the…

Companies that view health and safety as a burden either lack understanding about the issue or are "not doing it right", an industry body has said. Speaking during the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH’s) recent annual conference, president of the organisation Ray Hurst said that health and safety should not be problematic, adding…

A government minister has called for a more sensible approach to health and safety at work. Speaking at Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH’s) annual conference, health and safety minister Lord McKenzie stated that risk management should be about practical steps to protect people, as opposed to "bureaucratic back covering". He added that everyone…