Future of Work

Big four accountancy firms face major overhaul under new plans

The UK’s Big Four accountancy firms are facing a major shake-up under reforms proposed by the competition watchdog. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) wants to separate audit from consulting services, while also encouraging a wider choice of auditors. The review follows high-profile company collapses such as construction firm Carillion, which was audited by KPMG. […]

Workplace reforms will protect GIG economy workers says government

Workers on zero-hour contracts, agency employees or “gig economy” workers are to be better protected by a package of workplace reforms, the government says. Under new legislation to be introduced on Monday, staff would have to be told details of their rights from their first day in a job, including eligibility for paid and sick […]

More bad news for the high street as poor weekend weather dents Xmas trade

Bad weather and the lure of online shopping saw consumers shun UK High Streets on one of the busiest days before Christmas. Retail experts Springboard estimate numbers were 9% lower on Saturday, compared with the same time last year. Including shopping centres and retail parks, footfall was 7.3% lower. It comes as retailers face a […]

Women’s state pension changes to get legal review

A campaign group representing women born in the 1950s has won the right to a judicial review into changes to their state pension age. A High Court judge has granted a review into how the government handled the raising of the pension age from 60. Joanne Welch, from the BackTo60 group which brought the case, […]

Boost for temporary staff as digitalisation creates finance team skills gap

Three quarters (75%) of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) believe digitalisation will have a positive impact for temporary employees within the finance department, according to research1 from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK. As companies battle to adapt to the rapidly changing finance landscape, many are hiring from the financial planning and analysis sector. To ensure a […]

More than two thirds of C-level executives now prioritise the CX above profit and revenue growth

New research from Engage Hub, the data-driven customer engagement company, shows that for businesses today, customer experience is more important that even profit and revenue growth. Over two-thirds of C-level executives interviewed see customer experience as a top business priority. The flagship report, ‘The Customer-centric Organisation’, produced in partnership with Sapio Research, explores how much […]

Wages show fastest rise in almost a decade

Wages rose at the fastest pace in nearly a decade in the three months to September, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show. Compared with a year earlier, wages excluding bonuses, rose by 3.2% – the biggest rise since the end of 2008 and up slightly on the previous quarter. However, the ONS warned that real […]

Two in three 18-35 year old workers have career wanderlust says new research

More than two-thirds (68%) of the UK’s 18-35 workers have career wanderlust and want to travel more internationally with their job, according to new research. A survey of 1,000 people, carried out by Europe’s number one sports retailer, Decathlon, found that although 55% of 18-35 year-olds have travelled internationally for work at least three times in the past […]

Aviva forecasts the death of early retirement by 2035

New employment figures from the Office of National Statistics (1) report that the number of people who label themselves as “retired” before the age of 65 has fallen to a 23-year low to 1.19 million, falling by nearly a third since 2011. Aviva estimates that the number of “early retirees” – those who leave work […]