Future of Work


Amazon cutting benefits to workers to fund pay rises says union

Online retailing giant Amazon has been criticised for cutting benefits for UK warehouse workers, offsetting part of a pay rise announced this week. The removal of employee share and incentive schemes could cost some workers £1,500 in a single year, according to the GMB union. Amazon, it says, is imposing “a stealth tax on its […]

Talent Redefining

New global survey finds organisations dramatically shifting strategies to compete for talent

A global survey of over 1,000 HR, Business, and Procurement professionals has revealed that the competition for talent is causing major shifts in corporate strategy, as well as significant disagreements among business functions regarding their companies’ approaches to finding, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees. The report entitled Talent Acquisition 360 from Cielo, the world’s […]

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Mike Ashley sacks entire House of Fraser management team

Mike Ashley’s firm has sacked the senior management at House of Fraser just weeks after it bought the department store chain. In a one-sentence announcement to the stock market, Sports Direct said it had “dismissed the former directors and senior management of House of Fraser”. The move followed “calls for an investigation” into the retailer’s […]

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Perkbox launches employee ‘cost of disengagement’ calculator

With one of the biggest pitfalls historically in business being fully recognising the importance of “people” functions like HR, recruiting, learning, development and many HR-related functions still struggling for a seat “at the table”, Perkbox, is launching it’s ‘cost of disengagement calculator’ – a new tool to help UK businesses uncover the true cost of […]

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Companies reshape staffing strategy to cope with industry 4.0

With industry 4.0 on the horizon, companies are rapidly rethinking the way they staff their technology departments, according to research from recruitment specialist Robert Half Technology. The study, which asked CIOs from across the UK for their views on the current trends impacting the modern workplace, found that 41% think the internet of things is […]

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Facebook accused of job advertisements gender discrimination

Van driving, roofing, police work – all jobs for men. At least, that’s what a cluster of job ads placed on Facebook seemed to suggest. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday submitted a complaint to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that Facebook’s advertising system allows employers to target job ads based on […]

UK job prospects

British Steel to cut 40 jobs worldwide as part of ‘streamlining’ process

British Steel has announced it is to cut 400 jobs from its worldwide operations. The company, which employs 5,000 people, said the job losses were part of a “streamlining” process. Most of the redundancies will be in managerial, professional and administrative roles across its businesses in the UK, Ireland, France and the Netherlands. The Community […]

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John Lewis Partnership profits slump by 99 percent as it plans rebrand

Profits at the John Lewis Partnership have fallen to almost zero in the first half of the year as its department store chain matched discounting “extravaganza days” by rivals. John Lewis Partnership chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said the retail sector was facing “challenging times”. Its results, which include Waitrose, showed profits for the six months […]