Future of Work


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 […]

Austin Reed

Austin Reed follows BHS into administration in unforgiving retail sector

Menswear retailer Austin Reed has entered administration, putting almost 1,200 jobs at risk. A statement from the administrators blamed a “challenging” retail market and cash flow difficulties. The company, which has 100 standalone stores and is stocked in a further 50, has struggled to compete and has seen its sales fall. Austin Reed began in […]

BHS administration

Retailer BHS files for administration as customers desert

Out of fashion UK retailer BHS is going into administration today (Monday) threatening 11,000 jobs. Talks are continuing with Sports Direct to buy some of BHS’s 164 stores but it is understood any buyer would only do so if it did not have to take on its £571m pension deficit. Last year BHS was sold […]