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Weight Discrimination Still High in Recruitment

Posted 20th June 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Weight discrimination is still a pervasive issue in recruitment and employment, according to a new report by the Institute for Employment Studies.   According the report, overweight and obese candidates are likely to face discrimination over not having “desirable characteristics” or being “fit” for organisations they apply to work for.   Discriminatory practices were also… Read more

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NAAC Reveals Contracting Prices for 2019/20

Posted 18th June 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has published its guide prices for 2019/20.   The prices, published on an annual basis, are intended to give a national average as a guideline for contractors and farmers.   NAAC technical consultant Jill Hewitt says, “The charge for contracting operations tends to go up in small increments… Read more

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Businesses Consider Blanket Approach to IR35 as 2020 Looms

Posted 13th June 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

According to a new survey by Brookson Legal, over half of UK businesses are considering taking a blanket approach to IR35 due to a lack of time to assess contractors individually.   However, some businesses said that they would not be opting for a blanket approach. 41% of respondents said they planned to assess each… Read more

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Brexit Hits Business Confidence in Europe

Posted 11th June 2019 in News For Businesses

Britain’s departure from the European Union has triggered a sharp drop in the confidence of businesses across Europe, a survey by CNA Harvey has found.   The survey polled 1500 business leaders of multinational firms with operations in Europe.   Only half of European businesses said they felt confident about future growth – compared to… Read more

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SMEs Need Help With Parental Leave, Say Researchers

Posted 4th June 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

The cost of parental leave is a growing concern for SMEs, according to researchers.   The Women in Business survey, which recently surveyed just under 800 women in SMEs, found that 96% of board level executives said that parental leave posed significant challenges to their business.   According to Denise Friend, who led the study,… Read more

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98% of HS2 Contractors Deemed “Inside IR35”

Posted 30th May 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

98% of IR35 status assessment carried out by High Speed 2 (HS2) in 2018 concluded that contractors fell inside IR35, according to ContractorCalculator.   Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the contractors’ news website, HS2 confirmed that of the 1001 assessment conducted in 2018, just 22 fell outside of the scope of the… Read more

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Brexit Could Encourage “Contact With Corrupt Markets”

Posted 23rd May 2019 in News For Businesses

Brexit could encourage British companies into “greater contact with corrupt markets”, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned.   The NCA has sent top-secret documentation to the government with details on countries of concern. The reports have been sent to the Department for International Trade, the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office.  … Read more

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Brexit Gridlock is a “Disaster” for Business, Says CBI

Posted 21st May 2019 in News For Businesses

Delays over Brexit gridlock negotiations are a “crushing disaster” for British businesses, according to the director general of the Confederation of British Industry.   Carolyn Fairbairn told business leaders in a speech at the Mansion House that delays continuing “every day without a deal is corrosive” to the UK economy.   “From the heart of… Read more

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United Kingdom Economy Gains Momentum After March Low

Posted 16th May 2019 in News For Businesses

As the possibility of a no-deal Brexit recedes, the United Kingdom economy has gained momentum, according to the IHS Markit CIPS survey.   The IHS Marit CIPS services sector purchasing managers’ index (PMI) improved to a rating of 50.4 – a boost from March’s 32-month low of 48.9.   Any rating above a 50.0 indicates… Read more

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UK Wages Grow at Fastest Rate in Over a Decade

Posted 9th May 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

UK wages have grown at the fastest rate in more than a decade, despite fears around Brexit.   According to the Office for National Statistics, average weekly earnings – including bonuses – rose by 3.5% on the year in the three months to February – the joint highest level since mid-2008.   Basic pay increased… Read more

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