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Is Britain’s Work Culture Taking a Toll on Mental Health?

Posted 15th October 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

New research from Microsoft has suggested that the UK’s “always on” work culture is affecting people’s mental health.   The research, which surveyed over 2,000 British professionals, found that almost a third of Brits regularly sacrifice their personal time for work-related reasons.   Over half (56%) of people surveyed admitted they have answered work-related calls… Read more

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83% of Graduates Believe Recruiters Favour Certain Universities

Posted 10th October 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

A survey by careers site Milkround has revealed that 83% of graduates believe that recruiters favour applications from Russell Group alumni.   One fifth (22%) of Russell Group graduates said they had yet to secure a full-time job – compared to 30% of non-Russell Group graduates.   And 41% of graduates called for “blind” recruitment… Read more

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Illegal Work Practices Are “Too Common” According to New Study

Posted 8th October 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

One in 10 workers does not get a regular payslip, and one in 20 does not get paid holidays, according to a new report by think tank the Resolution Foundation.   The study found that while workers aged 25 and under are twice as likely to be paid less than the National Minimum Wage, workers… Read more

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Do Jobseekers Prefer Socially Aware Businesses?

Posted 3rd October 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

New research suggests that a business’s social awareness and purpose is one of the most important factors for modern jobseekers when making a decision.    Henley Business School surveyed over 2,000 workers and 500 business leaders on how much an organisation’s social values influenced their decisions around recruitment.   84% said it was important their… Read more

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Small Businesses Thrive Amidst Brexit Concerns

Posted 1st October 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

New figures from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) suggest that small businesses are thriving despite recession concerns and Brexit anxiety.   The NFIB’s most recent small business optimism index measured in the top 15% of its historical levels – having been measured quarterly since 1972 and monthly since 1986.   According to the… Read more

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Gender Pensions Gap Increased by Self Employment

Posted 24th September 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

Increased amounts of women entering self-employment is widening the gender pensions gap, according to industry experts.   In an article posted on the Hargreaves Lansdown website, finance analyst Sarah Coles stated that personal planning and regular saving was essential for self-employed women to maintain a steady pension.   The percentage of self-employed workers paying into… Read more

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HMRC Criticised for IR35 Letters

Posted 19th September 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been criticised after letters sent to contractors have been described as a “menace”.   1,500 contractors received letters from HMRC  stating they were working outside of IR35 during the tax years, and have until 19 September 2019 to either agree with HMRC’s assessment and make a deemed payment for… Read more

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Construction Orders Reach Sharpest Fall Since 2009

Posted 17th September 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

The construction sector has seen its sharpest drop in orders since the financial crisis, according to economic experts.   “The construction sector’s downturn is undeniably intensifying,” said Samuel Tombs from Pantheon Macroeconomics.   Output in the sector has fallen by 2% in the third quarter of 2019.   New orders on the IHS Markit/CIPS UK… Read more

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Businesses Say Politics and Staffing are Key Concerns

Posted 12th September 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

UK businesses are concerned about skill shortages and finding the right employees in the long term, a new survey says.   The survey, carried out by private equity company ECI Partners, found that two thirds of high growth companies in the UK cited skills shortage as among their top concerns in the short- and long-term…. Read more

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Workplace Policies Must Protect Menopausal Women, Say MPs

Posted 10th September 2019 in News For Businesses For Workers

British MPs have declared the need for better workplace policies protecting women going through the menopause.   Labour MP Carolyn Harris commented, “You wouldn’t dream of having a workplace where people weren’t entitled to certain things because they were pregnant, and it’s exactly the same for women with the menopause.    “I firmly believe there… Read more

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