Future of Work

Business placing apprenticeships at heart of employee engagement plans

New research released to mark National Apprenticeship Week( NAW) has found businesses place apprentices at the heart of their plans to rise to the top and rank hiring the right staff as the most important factor in helping them grow. [1] Seven top companies are announcing major commitments to apprenticeships to coincide with NAW, including […]

Only one in four firms looking at gender pay differences in workplace

Only one in four employers studies gender pay differences among their staff, new research has shown. A survey of 1,000 employers found that larger firms were more likely to analyse the pay of men and women. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said its study showed firms were uncertain about the timescale for planned […]

Ryanair’s Irish boss pledges campaign for UK to remain in the EU

Ryanair has pledged to actively campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union at the upcoming referendum. Michael O’Leary, chief executive of the no-frills airline, claimed that Brexit would not allow the country to save money or reduce bureaucracy. Irishman O’Leary told a press conference in central London: “As the UK’s largest airline, […]

Government admits defeat on relaxing Sunday trading laws after Commons vote

The Government has dropped plans to extend Sunday trading hours after suffering a humiliating Commons defeat at the hands of Tory rebels, Labour and the SNP. Some 27 Conservatives joined forces with opposition parties to defeat the proposals by a margin of 317 to 286. Ministers had engaged in increasingly desperate efforts to head off […]

New research exposes the need for organisations to do more about gender inequality

Research underlines the importance of better communication around new gender pay gap regulations in order to get more employers on-board. As the consultation closes on the Government’s draft gender pay reporting regulations today, new research findings based on a survey of over 1,000 employers and HR professionals show that a minority of organisations currently conduct […]

Serious threats to businesses ahead despite good news on pay and jobs

Jobs and pay are increasing, but business faces “serious threats” in the coming months which will impact on confidence and investment, according to a new report. Research among 400 recruitment firms found that permanent staff placements reached a three month high in February, while job vacancies also increased. The availability of staff for permanent and […]

Skills shortage could worsen if Britain leaves the EU in June

The UK’s shortage of skilled workers could get worse if Britain leaves the European Union, a leading recruitment firm is warning. Manpower said employers relied on the free movement of people inside Europe, highlighting figures showing that over 200,000 jobs created in the last year were filled by people across the EU. The group’s managing […]

Workers should double the amount they are saving into their occupational pension schemes, a two-year review for the Labour Party has concluded

The Independent Review of Retirement Income (IRRI) suggests the target for savings should be 15% of salary. That is a considerably higher level than has been suggested previously. At the moment the average worker puts just 4.7% of pay into a pension – with most employers making a further contribution of less than 4%. “To […]

Retail sector could lose close on a million jobs in next decade

One of the UK’s largest employers, the retail sector, is facing the loss of up to 900,000 jobs and the closure of thousands of shops in the next decade. A British Retail Consortium report says rising costs due to the National Living Wage and the new apprenticeship levy could speed up job cuts. The pair […]