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A small majority of employers (55 per cent) welcome plans by the Government to introduce legislation requiring them to offer flexible working to all employees, according to research out today from Hays, the leading recruiting expert. Seventy per cent expect an increase in requests for flexible working and nearly 40 per cent are bracing themselves…

Public sector unions are threatening nationwide strikes after a two-year pay freeze for previously “insulated” public sector workers was announced in the Emergency Budget. Union leaders said they are now at “war” with minsters, with the chancellor George Osborne signalling that he will also take an axe to public workers’ gold-plated pension, the Daily Mail…

The Fawcett Society has offered its verdict on Chancellor George Osborne’s emergency budget; suggesting it will make women in the workplace worse off. Ceri Goddard, Fawcett’s Chief Executive, said: “While the government has done what it can to portray this budget as reaching into all our pockets, the reality is some in the UK will…

Taxpayers would get greater value for money if performance-related pay was introduced, according to an industry body report. In the document Coping with Less: Pay and pensions in the public sector, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has recommended reforms be implemented that connect rewards with service delivery. The report called for an…

Unison, Europe’s largest public sector union, is readying itself for a "cataclysmic change" they expect to happen to the UK’s public services over the coming months. Its general secretary Dave Prentis told the body’s national executive council yesterday (June 3rd) that although reducing a deficit of £150 billion is a challenge, this is due to…

Fewer UK companies are expecting to implement more pay freezes this year compared with 2009, according to an expert. Duncan Brown, the Institute for Employment Studies’ director of HR business development, indicated that this forecast may be a result of both higher confidence bringing a recovery in some sectors and the fear of losing the…

CBI and recruitment experts Harvey Nash have offer a new report suggesting that good communication and engagement with staff has helped to make the workforce changes needed to safeguard jobs during the recession. Picking up the Pace: The CBI/Harvey Nash Employment Trends Survey 2010 provides an insight into how employers and staff worked together during…

A UK body has warned that public sector job cuts make no sense and will do little for the economy. Carolyn Jones, director of the Institute of Employment Rights, stressed that a proposed pay freeze may also lead to increased inequality. “Lower pay means less spending which puts the jobs of others at risk. It’s…

Local businesses could be affected by job losses, pay freezes and other certainty, according to a UK public sector union. Unison, which represents 1.3 million workers in Britain, smaller firms may be particularly threatened by potential redundancies in frontline and council services because less money will be spent elsewhere in the economy. Its spokesperson Anne…

Public sector employees are “not a soft touch” and will dig in to protect jobs and services it has been claimed. As spending cuts appear to loom large for whichever party or coalition forms a government, HR strategy and practice in such areas of UK employment is seems likely to be affected. Statistics from Income…

Printing and production workers at two Scottish newspapers have begun the first in a series of strikes over pay. Staff at the Glasgow Herald and the Evening Times walked out at 08:00 BST today (May 6th) after the owners of both titles, Newsquest, enforced a pay freeze for the second successive year. Over 140 members…

The latest quarterly CIPD/KPMG Labour Market Outlook survey of almost 800 employers signals that the UK’s emergence out of recession is now leading to better job prospects. Yet it also reveals a stark difference between job prospects in the private and public sectors: while private sector employers are more optimistic about creating jobs in the…

Labour’s proposed increase in national insurance (NI) contributions for employers is unlikely to affect job numbers, according to an employment expert. However, the director of the Institute of Employment Studies Nigel Meager warned that pay increases may be prevented, although he commented that the NI debate and its key implications is a "red herring". Mr…

UK workers are worried about redundancy and pay cuts but most are unaware of their employment rights, putting them at risk of unfair treatment, according to new research from the experts at Which? Legal Service*. In a survey of over 4,000 members of the British public, the consumer champion found that around a quarter (27%)…