Future of Work

Ladbrokes and Coral merger

Ladbrokes and Coral may have to offload stores for merger to go through

Ladbrokes and Coral may have to offload 350 to 400 high street stores as a condition of their proposed £2.3 billion merger, the Competition and Markets Authority has said. The CMA found that the merger could “result in a substantial loss of competition” in the gambling market at both a national and local level. In […]

Old worker

Crunch time as employers urged to support older workers and working carers

With people living longer and fewer young people entering the labour market, Britain’s employers are increasingly reliant on the skills and talents of older workers to boost productivity. However, the ageing population also means that there will be an estimated nine million carers in the UK by 20371, many of whom will be trying to […]


Pay growth will be stuck in slow lane until end of decade says the CIPD

Many employees are unlikely to see much of a boost to the real value of their pay until at least the end of this decade, according to the latest Labour Market Outlook published today by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. The survey of more than 1,000 employers identifies a number […]


New research shows that integrated learning at work is ‘the new normal’

As the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, opens its 2016 Learning & Development Show today (May 11), new research reveals that learning in the flow of work is becoming increasingly commonplace in UK workforces. The latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey of over 2,000 employees found that, over the last twelve months, […]


Productivity up as EU Brexit fears leads to plummet in recruitment

Uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum and the National Living Wage is putting off businesses from hiring, according to a new report. BDO’s Employment Index shows that firms’ intentions to hire in the coming six months has dropped from 104.8 to 102.2, the lowest level since 2014 and the biggest monthly drop since the aftermath of […]

Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews in a flap with job cuts and late payments to suppliers

Concerns are growing for the financial strength of Bernard Matthews, Europe’s biggest turkey producer, after the company delayed payments to suppliers and told staff that it did not have the funds to settle redundancy payments in one sum. The struggling poultry supplier is also understood to be exploring selling off land to raise cash and […]


New measures unveiled aimed at helping service staff keep their tips

Measures to help staff keep more of their tips and make it clearer to customers that they are optional have been proposed by the government. It follows claims that some restaurant chains were regularly holding back some or all of the tips meant for staff. Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the plan would “make tipping […]


CBI calls for ‘radical rethink’ over the apprenticeship levy

The Government must collaborate with business to ‘radically rethink’ the design of the apprenticeship levy, if it is to deliver the quality skills training needed to support a more prosperous society, CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn, will warn today (Thursday) She will highlight that businesses are committed to raising skill levels and support the Government’s ambition […]