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Three-quarters of HR leaders want more help in hiring for cultural fit

Three-quarters of HR leaders want more help in hiring for cultural fit

12 July 2018

Almost all HR leaders feel cultural fit is crucial when hiring, yet only 11% are satisfied with how they achieve this, according to research from technology company ThriveMap. Ninety-six percent of HR leaders responding to ThriveMap’s survey said they prioritised cultural fit, yet 89% wanted to improve their recruitment processes in this…

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TRADITIONAL RECRUITMENT MODEL IS “BROKEN”

TRADITIONAL RECRUITMENT MODEL IS “BROKEN”

12 July 2018

Traditionally in-house recruitment teams and/or RPO providers have delivered robust and tangible sourcing that has enabled organisations to have greater visibility of the hiring process while managing cost and process. Contributor Tom Mason, CEO – Armstrong Craven. “Increased pressure on cost, headcount and complexity in the hiring…

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LATER LIFE LEARNING ON THE INCREASE

LATER LIFE LEARNING ON THE INCREASE

12 July 2018

The great inventor Henry Ford once said that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty” 1, and it’s a message millennials appear to be taking on board, with nearly three quarters saying its likely they’ll return to education later in life. Contributor Dr Nick Smith, Courses Director and Founder…

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How to grow leaders fast without risking burnout

How to grow leaders fast without risking burnout

12 July 2018

Faced with growing uncertainty and rapid change, organisations need to develop leadership capabilities at speed. But that does not come without risk. Jo Faragher spoke to leadership expert Ines Wichert about her new book and how businesses can support leaders to grow without overstretching them.  Leadership development Ines Wichert argues…

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One in six employers may have misreported gender pay gap

One in six employers may have misreported gender pay gap

12 July 2018

As many as one in six organisations have reported their gender pay gap incorrectly, according to independent data analysis. Statistician Nigel Marriott, who shares his findings in an article for Personnel Today, estimates that around 9% of organisations have “definitely” made an error in their reporting, and a further 8% may have…

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POOR FIRST IMPRESSIONS HITTING UK EMPLOYERS HARD

POOR FIRST IMPRESSIONS HITTING UK EMPLOYERS HARD

12 July 2018

Poor first impressions are costing UK business hard-to-find talent, as 48 percent of job applicants surveyed by Hays, the leading recruiting expert, say they have been deterred from pursuing a role due to a negative first impression of the organisation. The Hays What Workers Want 2018 report, examines the steps a candidate takes from…

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Sexual harassment: Remember that men can be victims too

Sexual harassment: Remember that men can be victims too

17 May 2018

A BBC Radio 5 survey found that 20% of males respondents had experienced sexual harassment Given the recent coverage of the #metoo campaign it’s easy to assume that the perpetrators of sexual harassment are always men. But that’s not the case, and HR professionals need to ensure they are even-handed about any allegations, regardless of…

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Occupational health research round-up: May 2018

Occupational health research round-up: May 2018

17 May 2018

A study of US nurses has discovered a link between the frequency of hand and arm washing and the poor control of asthma Hand hygiene and asthma control A study of US nurses has discovered a link between the frequency of hand and arm washing and the poor control of asthma, suggesting the products used for surgical hand/arm antisepsis have an…

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What would you be willing to lie about to secure a job?

What would you be willing to lie about to secure a job?

17 May 2018

A staggering 92.5 percent of Brits have got away with lying on their CV, with nearly three quarters (71.6 percent) stating that they got the job as a result. That’s according to latest research. Contributor Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director – CV-Library The research surveyed 1,000 UK workers and asked them if…

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Fifty percent more working mums today than in the 1970s

Fifty percent more working mums today than in the 1970s

17 May 2018

That mums are less likely to drop out of the workforce when they start having children is a positive development. This is however, unlikely to tackle the gender pay gap as many women may find themselves in flexible, part-time or less well-paid jobs. Contributor Shainaz Firfiray, Associate Professor of Organisation and Human Resource Management…

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How will the GDPR affect the processing of employee health information?

How will the GDPR affect the processing of employee health information?

17 May 2018

With the GDPR due to come into effect later this month, HR departments need to be careful when processing data relating to an employee’s health – even if they have the employee’s consent to do so. Ruth Christy and Nicola Rochon explain what employers should do. Many employers include terms in their contracts or sickness absence…

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Andrew Cornish: Businessman becomes new Somerset County Cricket Club CEO

Andrew Cornish: Businessman becomes new Somerset County Cricket Club CEO

9 May 2018

Somerset County Cricket Club are very pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Cornish as the new Chief Executive of Somerset County Cricket Club with effect from April 3. A club statement said: “Andrew is a highly experienced and successful individual who has held important Chief Executive roles in leading businesses, most…

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Seiko snags Richard Mille and Swatch Group veteran as managing director

Seiko snags Richard Mille and Swatch Group veteran as managing director

9 May 2018

David Edwards has been confirmed as the new managing director of Seiko UK. Mr Edwards has been a senior figure in the British watch industry for almost 20 years, first as a director at Swatch Group for six years. He left to set up his own distribution business, which was responsible for bringing Technomarine watches to the UK. After a brief spell…

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NOVO HELPS DEFENCE CLIENT WFEL TO APPOINT NEW MD

NOVO HELPS DEFENCE CLIENT WFEL TO APPOINT NEW MD

13 April 2018

WFEL APPOINTS FORMER BAE SYSTEMS MANAGING DIRECTOR WFEL Ltd, a world leader in the supply of rapidly-deployable military bridging systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Anderton as Managing Director, succeeding Ian Wilson, who will shortly retire from the company. Ian Anderton brings with him extensive experience of the defence…

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Let’s get physical: Why engaging employees means more than an email

Let’s get physical: Why engaging employees means more than an email

20 March 2018

Engaging everyone in your organisation in your benefits offering is easy, surely? You send out a carefully crafted email to everyone explaining their entitlements and showing how much you care as an employer. But it’s not always that simple. Most employers are made up of different groups with different communications preferences, and while…

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Managers ‘unwilling’ to be seen as apprentices

Managers ‘unwilling’ to be seen as apprentices

20 March 2018

Most employers feel that middle and senior managers would be unwilling to be seen as an apprentice, meaning that businesses will miss out on funding for leadership training as apprenticeships become a key source of employers’ training budget. Research from ILM, which looked at the training budgets and preferences of 1,000 HR decision makers…

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Employers failing to develop future leadership society needs

Employers failing to develop future leadership society needs

20 March 2018

Employers are failing to develop the leadership needed to address challenges such as climate change and wealth inequality, according to research from the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) said businesses should motivate future leaders with a purpose that links commercial success with delivering…

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ALMOST ALL SMALL FIRMS UNPREPARED FOR GDPR

ALMOST ALL SMALL FIRMS UNPREPARED FOR GDPR

20 March 2018

Ninety percent of small firms still not prepared for new data regulation, new research shows. Hospitality and arts & entertainment businesses are the least prepared for GDPR. Campaign for data readiness to start in earnest. Contributor Mike Cherry, National Chairman – FSB. Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research,…

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Gender pay gap: employers know the clock is ticking

Gender pay gap: employers know the clock is ticking

20 March 2018

With less than a month to go until the gender pay gap reporting deadline, only one in six of the estimated 9,000 qualifying organisations have reported their figures, indicating that there could be a last minute flurry of employers submitting their pay data. By 5 April, all organisations that employ 250 people or more should have published their…

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Business should put onus on employees’ financial wellbeing

Business should put onus on employees’ financial wellbeing

23 January 2018

Financial wellbeing can have a big impact on stress and work engagement. Employers should make their employees’ financial wellbeing a central part of their strategy, according to a report by Willis Towers Watson. The risk management company’s 2017 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey suggested that 69% of…

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Bill looking to ban zero-hours contracts moves a step closer

Bill looking to ban zero-hours contracts moves a step closer

23 January 2018

A bill seeking to ban zero-hours contacts and bolster workers’ rights is to come before parliament for a second reading next week. Bill sponsor Chris Stephens, MP for Glasgow South West, said the Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill 2017-19 would bring some clarity to the definition of a “worker” in light of recent Supreme Court…

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3 Trends Transforming Training

3 Trends Transforming Training

23 January 2018

What happens in a world where skills become obsolete in just a few years? Mobile training often is more practical than classroom training, too. Employees can tap in when they need information and are best positioned to absorb it. Gamification seems obvious when you consider how many of your employees play electronic games, whether it’s The…

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Half of employees looking to move jobs in 2018

Half of employees looking to move jobs in 2018

23 January 2018

Poor management is the biggest driver of discontent, with 49 percent of employees citing it as a reason they would seek a new job. 44 percent of employees would be happier if their employer gave them a small pay rise Nearly half of the UK workforce (47 percent) will be looking for a new job in 2018, with nearly 1 in 5 people already actively…

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COUNTY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MATT RAWNSLEY AS NEW CEO

COUNTY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MATT RAWNSLEY AS NEW CEO

5 January 2018

Worcestershire CCC are proud to announce the appointment of Matthew Rawnsley as their new CEO. Rawnsley will bring vast commercial and cricketing experience to the role following 15 years in business within high performance sales, marketing and operational environments, and nearly a decade as a professional cricketer with the club. Rawnsley will…

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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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