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Key Employment in 2015

The government has announced some key changes which will be implemented by the end of this year and which will have an impact on employment: The Fit for Work service which is aimed at assisting employers and employees to manage long term absences from work is currently only available in Sheffield and the area of…

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Employment rate reaches record high as strong pay growth continues

Figures published (October 2015) show that there are almost 360,000 more people in work compared to this time last year – a rise that was driven by a growth in full-time work. Meanwhile the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4% – the lowest since early 2008, and half the Eurozone average. Long-term unemployment has also fallen…

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UK workplaces undermined by too many rules

Employers can unleash the productivity of their workers by allowing them more scope to use their initiative, create more stimulating work and reduce the burden of unnecessary rules and procedures, according to research. A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), surveyed more than 2,000 UK employees, asking what enabled them to…

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'Vague' job ads waste applicants' and employers' time

As many as nine out of 10 online job ads do not meet the minimum requirement in terms of providing basic information such as hours and pay according to research from Citizens Advice. The research stated that nine out of 10 ads on internet job portals failed to meet Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) requirements. Basic…

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Outplacement – over rated or useful?

I am often approached by clients who have been made redundant and whose previous company have offered them an Outplacement package as part of their severance. This is all very well as we know why big corporates in particular provide this service to outgoing executives :- 1. It sends an important message to the remaining…

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Hygiene voted worst office etiquette

Poor personal hygiene has been voted as the worst office ‘faux-pas’. Research, which surveyed 1,000 office workers, showed that a third of respondents believed personal hygiene was the most annoying issue. Almost a quarter believed that smelly food was the biggest office problem with more than a fifth finding lateness irritating. Team mates who aren’t…

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Apprenticeships to be protected in law

The Government has announced that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will now be protected in law. Apprenticeships will be given equal legal treatment as degrees, which will strengthen their reputation and ensure apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to higher education. The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be legally protected through the Enterprise Bill. This will give…

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DWP and UKCES launch seven projects to fight low pay!

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and DWP conducted a competition that addressed the challenge of how to increase earnings for low income workers whilst tackling costly retention, recruitment and skills gaps faced by businesses. As part of this new initiative, seven new projects aimed at fighting low pay launched on 11 June…

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Queen’s Speech; employment law reform

The following employment–related Bills were unveiled in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015 as part of the State Opening of the new Parliament: • European Union Referendum Bill – this will enable a referendum to allow the electorate to have an in-out vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The referendum will…

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