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The prime minister has addressed attendees of the ongoing Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference and told them the government hoped to release the “entrepreneurial, innovative and dynamic” employees. Gordon Brown stated that his parliament would make five commitments designed to help encourage growth within the economy, including those is the areas of skills and…

In terms of strategy and practice, HR teams and workplace managers may have a lot more to learn, one sector commentator has claimed. Sean Rickard, director of the full-time MBA programme at the Cranfield School of Management, said the UK “isn’t half as good” as managing as it perceives itself to be, in comments which…

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has joined with the government to offer up to 10,000 graduates support through initiatives such as internships in small and micro organisations. Prime minister Gordon Brown said that even in the current economic climate, a new generation of young Britons will be inspired to be ambitious and join enterprises…

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has pledged to raise the National Minimum Wage every year, should Labour be reelected, but to clamp down on wage rises in the public sector in efforts to reduce Government spending.  The news comes as employers face the 1 October deadline for increases in the current Minimum Wage limit and…

Gordon Brown has stated that a “claw-back” system needs to be employed in order ensure that awards are based on long-term success. In an interview with the Financial Times, the prime minister suggested that while he understood the banking sector was going through a troubling time, it needed to be “absolutely clear” that any remuneration…

Employers could be missing out on talent as new research reveals that many have cut back their graduate recruitment programmes. High Fliers Research has issued a report which also shows that two thirds of companies have received more applications than normal and have therefore fulfilled their graduate recruitment quotas. There is some positive news, however,…

Showing its commitment to staff training, car giant Rolls-Royce has announced that it will be taking on 50 additional apprentices on top of the 170 it had pencilled in to recruit. The announcement was made yesterday (January 8th) to tie in with Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s visit to the company’s Derby factory. Rolls-Royce has confirmed…

McDonalds has highlighted the importance of investing in training for employees during "challenging economic times". The fast food chain has announced that it will be providing apprenticeships for up to 6,000 of its 72,000 workforce, which will make it the UK’s largest provider of apprenticeships. David Fairhurst, chief people officer, McDonald’s UK, explained that by…

Gordon Brown has promised to provide free nursery school places for every two-year-old in the UK in a bid to help parents go back to work. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister said £1 billion would be spent on the scheme over the coming years. Speaking on the eve of his…

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…