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White paper to set out industrial strategy in bid to boost UK productivity

White paper to set out industrial strategy in bid to boost UK productivity

30 November 2017

Business secretary to announce creation of watchdog to monitor progress of white paper goals as biotech investment revealed. The government is to highlight five key areas where the UK needs to improve its performance when it reveals on Monday the details of a new industrial strategydesigned to increase productivity. Greg Clark, the business…

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Employers forecast pay rises of 2% in 2018

Employers forecast pay rises of 2% in 2018

8 November 2017

Employees are on course for yet another year of slow pay growth, according to research from XpertHR. Pay rise forecast 2018 Forecasts for pay awards in 2017-2018 XpertHR’s Benchmarking service has the full data on pay forecasts for 2017-2018. Private sector employers are planning to increase pay by just 2% over the coming year, the same…

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Why 3 out of 4 employees are looking to jump ship

Why 3 out of 4 employees are looking to jump ship

8 November 2017

Heads up: There’s a good chance a lot of your employees are currently looking for another job. A recent study showed that almost three out of four employees are so unhappy with their jobs they are looking for employment elsewhere. Mental Health America (MHA) and the Faas Foundation’s 2017 Mind The Workplace report found that…

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Meaningful work is key driver of positive employee experience

Meaningful work is key driver of positive employee experience

8 November 2017

Globoforce’s WorkHuman Research Institute in partnership with IBM’s Smarter Workforce Institute, have released the findings of the latest edition of ‘The Employee Experience Index around the Globe’ survey, which finds that the biggest driver of a positive employee experience at work is ‘meaningful’ work. From…

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More companies hold on to key staff after mergers, says report

More companies hold on to key staff after mergers, says report

8 November 2017

Almost four-fifths of companies that have gone through a merger or acquisition have managed to hold on to their ‘acquired talent’, according to a study by Willis Towers Watson. Its 2017 Global M&A Retention Study found that 79% of acquirers had been successful in retaining at least 80% of their employees after they signed retention…

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NHS headhunting foreign GPs using £100m recruitment drive

NHS headhunting foreign GPs using £100m recruitment drive

20 September 2017

National Health Service is looking to hire 5,000 new doctors by 2020 to aid staff shortage crisis burdening local practitioners with extreme workloads. Recruitment agencies will be paid a share of £100 million to recruit GPs from abroad in a bid to increase NHS staff NHS England will begin international recruitment now the Autumn season is…

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TEF and the implications for employers

TEF and the implications for employers

20 September 2017

TEF (the Teaching Excellence Framework) should help universities create more work-ready graduates. Society’s expectations of universities have risen dramatically since the escalation of tuition fees in 2012. Never before has the value of a higher education been more scrutinised by students, parents, government and employers, who all share…

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Employers' confidence in hiring rises

Employers' confidence in hiring rises

20 September 2017

Public sector hiring plans are positive for the first time in more than a year Employers have experienced a surge of positivity around hiring against a backdrop of record employment and ongoing Brexit negotiations, according to research from Manpower Group. The Manpower Group Employment Outlook Surveyis based on responses from 2,100 UK…

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Skype’s new ‘Interviews’ feature enables you to test candidates using a real-time code editor

Skype’s new ‘Interviews’ feature enables you to test candidates using a real-time code editor

20 September 2017

Skype now supports conducting technical interviews via its service through a new Interviews feature. From a dedicated website, interviewers can test candidates in seven programming languages over Skype using a real-time code editor The Skype interviews feature was introduced last week as a technical preview, and currently only works in the browser…

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Almost half of HR professionals unaware of new GCSE grading system

Almost half of HR professionals unaware of new GCSE grading system

20 September 2017

Almost half of HR professionals are not aware of the new GCSE grading system, according to a poll by the CIPD. It found that 48% of respondents did not know that GCSE grades in England – starting with English, English Literature and Maths this year – will now be graded from 9 to 1 rather than the A* to G format. The aim of the new…

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April 2017: nine key employment law changes

April 2017: nine key employment law changes

11 July 2017

By Clio Springer  April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of gender pay gap reporting for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all…

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Pay awards remain steady at 2% for first quarter

Pay awards remain steady at 2% for first quarter

11 May 2017

By Jo Faragher  Pay awards for the first quarter of 2017 remained steady at 2%, according to the latest data from XpertHR. This is the fourth consecutive quarter where the median award has been at this level – unlike 2016 where pay awards often fluctuated below this benchmark. XpertHR’s analysis found that half of all…

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Employee segmentation: the commercial opportunity for reward

Employee segmentation: the commercial opportunity for reward

11 May 2017

By Benjamin Viney  Does your organisation take a one-size-fits-all approach to reward? Benjamin Viney looks at how businesses are using data to tailor reward programmes for different workforce segments, to increase employee satisfaction, reduce cost and gain a competitive edge. Without a nuanced approach to segmentation, an employer…

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Don’t let candidates be put off by an outdated hiring experience

Don’t let candidates be put off by an outdated hiring experience

11 May 2017

By Charles Martin  Finding the balance between effective candidate selection and a positive candidate experience is no mean feat. Charles Martin looks at the trade-off between subjecting job applicants to tests and positioning your brand as a forward-thinking place to work.  “The art of taxation consists in so plucking…

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Changes to salary sacrifice: how to reduce disruption and maximise retention

Changes to salary sacrifice: how to reduce disruption and maximise retention

11 May 2017

By James Monks  Changes to salary-sacrifice schemes announced in November’s Autumn Statement are likely to prove unpopular with employees. James Monks from RAM Group looks at ways employers can mitigate the impact of the changes and still retain staff. The last few years have seen a significant increase in the adoption of…

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Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

11 May 2017

By Stephen Simpson  Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face. We take you step by step through what a typical short-term sickness absence policy should contain.  1. Clarify the short-term sickness absence policy’s purpose and…

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More than eight in 10 workers experience technology issues when presenting

More than eight in 10 workers experience technology issues when presenting

15 March 2017

Speech written, slides prepared, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! The key to a successful presentation is preparation. However, little can prepare you for the random glitches caused by unexpected technology problems. In fact, 86% of workers have experienced technology issues. A survey, which supplies video projection technology, also revealed that…

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Mental health at work: look at the causes as well as the cure

Mental health at work: look at the causes as well as the cure

15 March 2017

Theresa May recently pledged to tackle the stigma around mental health problems with a host of new initiatives. However, HR professionals need to consider not just how to manage employees once they become ill, but what’s behind their health issues too.  A law firm look at the potential benefits. Last month, the Prime Minister unveiled…

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Why employers need a better understanding of what fulfils their workforce

Why employers need a better understanding of what fulfils their workforce

15 March 2017

A source reveals the results of its Work Satisfaction Survey. It shows a huge disparity between what employers thinks motivates staff and what employees really look for in terms of work satisfaction.  Today’s professionals are not as driven by salary and the financial benefits of their jobs as their employers think they are. This…

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Recruitment data: Is this the dawn of the biometric CV?

Recruitment data: Is this the dawn of the biometric CV?

15 March 2017

Wearable devices already measure metrics such as step count and heart rate. But could data generated from personal technology be gathered and analysed to understand employees’ performance and how well they might be suited to a role? In the not too distant future, biometric CVs containing data about everything from sleep patterns…

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Six ways organisations can create an ethical culture

Six ways organisations can create an ethical culture

15 March 2017

The reputation – and profits – of any organisation rests on the work ethics of its employees. Developing an ethical culture is imperative, and doing so requires six key actions. 2015 was a year full of corporate scandals. It seemed like every time you opened a newspaper there was another organisation lambasted for its lack of…

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Senior Managers Regime: New rules on references from 7 March

Senior Managers Regime: New rules on references from 7 March

15 March 2017

New rules regarding references in the financial services industry come into force on 7 March as part of the Senior Managers Regime. What are employers’ obligations and what information must they include?   Six months ago, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published new…

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Employment law changes 2017: eight priorities for HR

Employment law changes 2017: eight priorities for HR

24 January 2017

Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.  Large compliance projects for data protection and gender pay gap reporting will dominate the HR agenda in 2017. Employers are likely to see costs increase as the apprenticeship levy and additional fees for…

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Companies shorten recruitment times to get staff in quicker

Companies shorten recruitment times to get staff in quicker

24 January 2017

Almost half of employers have had to shorten the time it takes to recruit someone because they want to hire new staff more quickly, according to new research. Forty-six percent of employers have reduced the length of their hiring process as the market for good candidates becomes tighter, research found. A further 28% have reduced the process…

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Gender pay gap for millennials falls to 5%, but parenting penalty persists

Gender pay gap for millennials falls to 5%, but parenting penalty persists

24 January 2017

The gender pay gap for employees in their 20s has halved in a generation to 5%, according to new research published. However, this improvement continues to be undone for older workers, as a wider gender pay gap persists for women in their 30s and 40s. Females currently in their 20s will still earn significantly less than their male counterparts…

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Seven steps to a payback on workplace wellbeing initiatives

Seven steps to a payback on workplace wellbeing initiatives

24 January 2017

Making a business case for wellbeing initiatives is problematic. Intervening in employees’ personal lives by providing a batch of benefits is one thing, but how can you demonstrate the payback on major wellbeing campaigns and programmes? There is often confusion initially about the scale and scope of what “employee wellbeing”…

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Seven in 10 organisations use social media to hire

Seven in 10 organisations use social media to hire

24 January 2017

Around seven in 10 organisations now use social media for recruitment purposes, according to the latest data on recruitment metrics. A survey found that just under one-fifth (17.5%) of organisations plan to use social media for this purpose in the next year, demonstrating the popularity of channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. The most…

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Bosses only “pay lip service” to digital learning, survey reveals

Bosses only “pay lip service” to digital learning, survey reveals

24 January 2017

Businesses are not ready to embrace their digital potential, with senior executives failing to train up employees to be sufficiently ready for this transformation. According to a survey, which polled businesses with an excess of £100 million in turnover, more than half (55%) of learning and development professionals in these companies think…

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Wasim Khan

24 November 2016

BBC Sports News Article Sports boards 'not open' to BAME people  Khan leading the way Wasim Khan was the first Britain-born Pakistani to play professional county cricket, and was part of Warwickshire's double-winning side in 1995. In 2014, Leicestershire made him the first BAME chief executive of a county cricket club, recruited by Novo…

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Public-sector English fluency requirements come into force

Public-sector English fluency requirements come into force

15 November 2016

New English language requirements for public-sector workers in customer-facing roles come into force on 21 November 2016, following the publication this week of provisions under the Immigration Act 2016. Workers must be sufficiently fluent in English, or – in Wales – in English or Welsh, for the effective performance of…

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Five questions to ask when addressing gender equality

Five questions to ask when addressing gender equality

15 November 2016

Gender pay gap reporting is just the start of tackling gender diversity.  It’s the action that businesses take based on these insights that will set them apart.  With government figures showing the average British woman still earns 81p to every £1 earned by a man, it’s clear that more needs to be done to back up the…

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Second medical opinion services can cut risks of employing older workers

Second medical opinion services can cut risks of employing older workers

15 November 2016

Second medical opinion services can help older workers return to work after sickness absence and reduce risks for employers, argues a source. Few things in business can ever be predicted with any great degree of certainty. However, one thing is a foregone conclusion: older workers will increasingly dominate the workforce. Due to a combination of…

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World of Learning 2016: sharing means success

World of Learning 2016: sharing means success

15 November 2016

Employees need to know how to surface and share knowledge. That’s the biggest learning and development challenge facing start-up companies, according to a technology investor. Organisations of all sizes can learn much from the experience of start-up companies, talking about the future of workplace learning at this year’s World of…

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Employers cautious about pay awards in the year ahead

Employers cautious about pay awards in the year ahead

15 November 2016

Many employees are set to see their pay eroded over the next year as inflation rises and employers keep pay awards to a minimum. Findings from a survey reveal that private-sector employers are planning to give their employees pay awards of just 2% over the next year. This is the same level that pay awards in the sector have been at over the past…

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Sickness absence rate stays level in major annual survey

Sickness absence rate stays level in major annual survey

15 November 2016

The average rate of sickness absence during 2015 across the UK was 2.6% of working time, calculations for a recent survey has concluded. Benchmarking survey on absence rates and costs examined sickness absence among 1,681,721 employees within 661 organisations, and concluded there has been a gradual but sustained decline in absence rates over…

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Why it is crucial to create leaders at all levels

Why it is crucial to create leaders at all levels

16 September 2016

The majority of organisations say it is crucial to have the right leadership in place for success, yet only 15% feel they’re developing their managers properly. A source examines how this can be addressed.  According to a recent global survey, leadership is the number one issue organisations face today. Eighty-five per cent of…

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Discrimination risks: requirement to speak English at work

Discrimination risks: requirement to speak English at work

16 September 2016

The requirement to speak English at work at work is a policy area where employers should tread carefully to avoid discrimination. A source, considers recent legal controversies and gives tips on drafting employment policies. While many workplace policies come as standard, many businesses will have particular requirements they want to encompass…

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Cancer is top cause of long-term sickness absence claims, report shows

Cancer is top cause of long-term sickness absence claims, report shows

16 September 2016

Cancer accounts for almost one-third of all long-term sickness absence claims paid through income protection in the last year, according to findings by employee benefits company. Cancer accounts for 31% of claims paid, with breast and gastrointestinal cancers responsible for almost half of those claims. Gastrointestinal was the most…

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Government must press ahead with national living wage rises

Government must press ahead with national living wage rises

16 September 2016

The Government should continue to increase the national living wage at the rate it planned when it was announced, according to a source. Since the Brexit vote in June, there have been calls from business lobbyists to restrain future increases above the current rate of £7.20 per hour for those aged 25 and over. Last month, 21 trade…

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Balancing CEO pay: can publishing pay ratios really help?

Balancing CEO pay: can publishing pay ratios really help?

16 September 2016

CEOs of FTSE 100 companies earn almost 150 times the average employee in their organisation. With calls for greater transparency, would publishing pay ratios balance things out? As proposals to force companies to publish excessive salaries are fast-tracked by Downing Street. A source looks at the some options for pay ratios. Theresa May recently…

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HR – Separating facts from fads

HR – Separating facts from fads

16 September 2016

HR and L&D professionals are increasingly at the heart of key decisions over resource and projects that significantly impact business performance and organisational culture. We are frequently asked to look at ways to improve business performance, yet knowing exactly what research, data or trends to trust is an incredibly difficult challenge.…

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How to reassure staff after the Brexit vote

How to reassure staff after the Brexit vote

20 July 2016

There’s no doubt that the Brexit vote sent shockwaves through workplaces across the UK, whichever side staff voted. Some employers have emailed workers to offer reassurance, but is this the best or only way to support staff during this period of uncertainty? In offices around the UK, Friday 24 June was not the most productive.…

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Employee health and wellbeing can help bridge the UK’s productivity and engagement gap

Employee health and wellbeing can help bridge the UK’s productivity and engagement gap

20 July 2016

Employee health and wellbeing programmes should play a major part in helping the UK close the productivity gap with competing economies, especially with an ageing workforce and a rise in long-term health conditions. An independent specialist advisor on work, health and wellbeing, outlines the steps employers should take in an article…

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Changes to law on employing illegal workers come into force 12 July

Changes to law on employing illegal workers come into force 12 July

20 July 2016

New rules on the offence of employing illegal workers and other changes under the Immigration Act 2016 take effect on 12 July 2016. Employers will be guilty of an offence if they employ an illegal worker while having “reasonable cause to believe that the employee is disqualified from employment” because of their immigration…

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Protecting confidential information: six tips for employers

Protecting confidential information: six tips for employers

20 July 2016

A source sets out six tips to help employers protect confidential information. 1. Know the legal difference between trade secrets and confidential information Trade secrets can be protected during and after an employee’s employment without the need for express contractual provisions. In practice, genuine trade secrets are rare and much of…

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Wasim Khan

Wasim Khan

8 June 2016

An article in the Sunday Times from Wasim Khan.   Appointed for Leicestershire Cricket Club by Novo Executive Search & Selection. NOW FOXES HUNT CRICKET GLORY Field of dream:  Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of Leicestershire, was the first English player of Pakistani orgin to play cricket, inset, and hopes that his county will dominate…

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Redundancy pools: myth vs fact

Redundancy pools: myth vs fact

12 May 2016

Determining the correct composition of the redundancy pool is a step in the right direction to carrying out a fair redundancy exercise. To avoid getting tripped up at an early stage, we explore some of the myths surrounding the redundancy pool.   1. Myth – It is okay to select fixed-term employees for redundancy because of their…

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Flexible working key to commuter work-life balance

Flexible working key to commuter work-life balance

12 May 2016

Employees in London are less likely to work flexibly than staff in the rest of the UK, yet almost two-thirds of flexible workers in the capital are more satisfied with their jobs and have a better work-life balance, research has found.  A survey revealed that, despite London-based staff having much longer commuting times than the…

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Gender pay gap reporting timeline: key dates for HR

Gender pay gap reporting timeline: key dates for HR

12 May 2016

Although gender pay gap reporting legislation does not take effect until October, employers may have to collect gender pay gap data from as early as 1 May 2016. HR professionals can use this timeline to get ready for their reporting obligations.   Tuesday 10 May, 2:00pm BST Do you know what information you will…

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Five recruitment tech trends to keep on top of

Five recruitment tech trends to keep on top of

12 May 2016

Recruitment confidence is high, but employers are struggling to find the right skills they need to fill crucial roles. What are the key recruitment technology trends influencing how employers attract and retain good candidates? There is little doubt that economic conditions are improving. Confidence in hiring intentions is high, with the…

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