Tags: staff

Volunteers do not have same legal rights as staff

The Supreme Court has ruled that laws to protect workers from discrimination do not cover volunteers unless they have a contract, or are undergoing vocational training. A Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer, who tried to take her legal claim for the same employment rights as an employee all the way to Europe, has been stopped by…

REC/KPMG Report on Jobs: Growth of staff appointments strengthens further in November

Key points: Permanent placements rise at fastest rate for 19 months Strongest increase in temp billings since March 2011 Sharper expansion of job vacancies Robust demand from private sector offsets public sector weakness Pay growth remains muted Summary: The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today – provides the…

To beat the recession 46% of companies provided more training for their staff in 2012

In a recent survey of over 1,800 HR & Training Manager’s across the UK – conducted by international training firm MTD Training – 46% of companies said that they had provided more training for their staff in 2012 in order to boost their business and beat the recession. Businesses within the UK are now appreciating…

Training company turns to its own staff

A training company has embarked on a rolling programme of training for its own staff across the North West. PHX Training – with a 46-strong team of trainers – offers wide-ranging online resources as well as face-to-face facilities at nine training centres including Blackpool, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Kendal, Millom, Morecambe, Southport, Workington and Penrith. Now they…

Staff training budgets remain strong despite weak economy

A new survey by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has found that, despite a sluggish economy, employers are still investing heavily in staff training and skills. Over nine in ten (92%) employers expect to invest either the same or more time and money on improving staff qualifications and skills next year as this. Nearly half…

Shares plan ‘won’t stop angry staff’ from making claims against employers, lawyers warn

Proposals to allow staff to waive their employment rights in return for equity in the business would fail to protect employers against claims from disgruntled workers, lawyers warn. Chancellor George Osborne last week announced plans for a new ‘owner-employee’ scheme that could be in place by April 2013. It would allow employers to offer contracts…

New survey shows UK CFOs struggle to retain key staff

Despite market uncertainty, retaining staff remains a key concern for CFOs and finance directors, according to new research by recruitment specialist, Robert Half. In a survey of 200 CFOs and finance directors (FDs) across the UK, two thirds (66%) said they were very or somewhat concerned about losing top performers to other job opportunities in…

Discounted canteen and fresh fruit beats gym membership as employee perks. Providing free or discounted food at work could play a crucial role in improving employee engagement and productivity according to a new survey* from Ambius, the workplace environment consultants. When asked to rank in importance a list of job perks outside of company cars,…

Are you being engaged? Bored staff wish away time and customers

As Britain readies to serve the world at the London Olympics, new research reveals a pressing lack of engagement among UK frontline service staff. Consumers complain of bored and disinteresting staff working in high street shops and utilities companies, according to the study among 2,000 consumers by the Institute of Customer Service. Meanwhile, UK businesses…

Inadequate training a barrier to employee efficiency

Training and technology upgrades are essential for a more efficient workforce. Technocrats dominate the UK workforce, but poor training, inefficient working practices and old equipment mean many are still not making the most of the technology available to them, according to specialist IT recruiter Modis. In a poll of 1000 office workers, 94% claimed they…

How employers can win at the Olympics

With Olympic organisers predicting one million extra Games-related journeys into the capital this summer, workplace experts Acas have issued advice for employers on how to minimise the disruption to their business. For many thousands of workers the disruption will mean finding alternative routes into work – arranging to work from home, or for longer-distance commuters…

Despite the recession, employers are continuing to protect their staff with competitive benefits packages. 81% of employers provide sick pay above the statutory entitlement, finds new research from Unum and Personnel Today. Furthermore, 67% continue to pay their employees something for up to 1 year, even when statutory requirements have stopped. But just 12% will…