Employee/Customer Engagement

Net developers and digital marketing managers top list of jobs second half of 2019

Robert Half UK reveals the top 10 in-demand roles for the second half of 2019, and the leading trends in the jobs market today. NET developers, digital marketing managers and IT project managers appear in the list as organisations focus on transforming their businesses to cope with Industry 4.0. Meanwhile, professional ghosting and skill signalling are […]

BBC gender pay gap heading south

Media organisation the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has reported a 6.8% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at March 2019; this is a decrease from the 10.7% mean gender pay gap it reported in 2017. The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data for BBC Public Service Broadcasting staff based in England, Scotland and Wales […]

Sainsbury’s Argos named best place to work

Retailer Sainsbury’s Argos has been named the best place to work at the annual Talent in Logistics Awards, in recognition of its high employee engagement. The awards, organised by Talent in Logistics, a support business for the transport, logistics and warehouse sector in the UK, aims to recognise and reward employers and individuals working within the logistics industry and […]

Boots insists 200 store closures right thing to do

Boots has confirmed it will close 200 stores with the chain’s boss saying it’s “the right thing to do” in the current tough trading conditions. Local pharmacy stores – where there is another store near by – will be most affected by the closures, Boots said. The retailer said there would be little impact on […]

Bathstore calls in administrators putting 500 jobs at risk

UK chain Bathstore has called in administrators putting the future of more than 500 staff at risk. The bathroom specialist will stay open while administrator BDO tries to find a buyer for the 135-strong chain. The decision comes “after several months of difficult trading, and the failure of ongoing talks to find a buyer for […]

The chaos that nearly derailed Hornby

The chief executive of Hornby has said the company was in “chaos” when he took over almost two years ago. Lyndon Davies, who was appointed in October 2017, said that the senior management had to be removed as they did not understand the business. Hornby is best known for its model trains, but also owns […]

Monsoon latest retailer to seek rent cuts from landlords

Monsoon Accessorize is calling on landlords to approve rent reductions on some of its 258 leased stores as part of a restructuring of the troubled High Street chain. The two chains operate under separate names and are asking for rent cuts on 135 stores after a period of ‘difficult’ trading. To win support from landlords, […]

RBS report branded ‘whitewash’ by MPs

A report by the financial watchdog, which recommends no further action against Royal Bank of Scotland’s controversial restructuring business, has been called a ‘whitewash’. A group of MPs said the Financial Conduct Authority failed to find out whether the bank’s management were involved in the group’s activities. RBS’s Global Restructuring Group has been accused of […]

PwC fined £6.5m over ‘lack of competence’ in audit

Accounting giant PwC has been fined £6.5m over its audit of the cloud computing firm Redcentric. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which regulates auditors, reduced the fine to £4.55m after PwC admitted its mistakes. The FRC said some of the breaches were of a “fundamental nature, evidencing a serious lack of competence in conducting the […]

UK wage growth higher than expected as employment at record high

Wage growth beat market and economist expectations in the three months from February to April. Pay rose by 3.4% compared with a year ago. After taking inflation into account, wage growth was 1.4%, official figures show. The unemployment rate remained at 3.8% and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period, the Office […]