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Restrictive job adverts ‘put women off’ says top female boss

Women are put off from applying for jobs in male dominated industries because of “restrictive” application forms, a top business chief has said. Severn Trent chief executive Liv Garfield, one of the UK’s youngest female CEOs, said some women were not applying for roles because of “must have” skills lists. She said companies needed more […]

UK ethnic minority workers face a £3.2 billion ‘pay penalty’

Britain’s black and ethnic minority workers face a “pay penalty” and earn less than white colleagues in the same jobs, according to a research group. A report from the Resolution Foundation says overall the 1.9m BAME workers are paid about £3.2bn less than their white counterparts every year. It used data from a survey of […]

Iceland to fight HMRC over wage dispute ‘madness’

The chief executive and founder of Iceland Foods has described a dispute with HMRC over the company’s Christmas savings scheme as “just madness”. Under the scheme, staff can voluntarily set aside money from their weekly wages and claim it back later. However, HMRC has told the company the payment means staff are technically falling below […]

Verint to extend it’s voice of the customer offering with acquisition of ForeSee

Verint is to acquire ForeSee, a leading cloud VoC vendor. The Verint-ForeSee combination will create the market’s most comprehensive omnichannel cloud VoC portfolio available – an analytics-rich offering that will allow organisations to better measure and understand customer experiences and prioritize the improvements that will have the greatest business impact. The acquisition will add ForeSee’s […]

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. […]

Workers on Christmas Day: One in five paid just their normal rate

A new report from RIFT tax refunds has revealed the financial cuts by employees when rewarding their staff for working Christmas Day. The report, which was commissioned by the tax refund specialists and surveyed 2000 UK employees, revealed that a staggering 18% of employees will only get paid normal rate. 8% will receive time and […]

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 […]

Gartner says four in five legal departments unprepared for digitalisation

Eight in 10 corporate legal departments are unprepared to support their organizations’ digital initiatives, according to Gartner, Inc. “Digital ready” legal departments — those properly prepared and positioned to support digital business efforts — can increase on-time digital project delivery by 63 percent and increase the number of digital projects with appropriate risk management measures […]

Two of the ‘big six’ energy companies scrap merger plan

Energy firm SSE has scrapped its plan to merge its retail business with rival Npower, blaming “very challenging market conditions”. The deal would have created the UK’s second-biggest energy supplier. The two said last month they would have to renegotiate the deal, which had been cleared by the regulator, because of the government’s new price […]

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 […]