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Sharp rise in number of UK employees looking for a new role

This is an increase of 13% compared to the third quarter of last year, and 10% higher than the global average, revealed its latest Global Talent Monitor – a quarterly report based on data from more than 22,000 employees in 40 countries. Political and business uncertainty surrounding Brexit has had a limited impact on workers’ desire […]

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How can employers manage changes in childcare provision?

The long-standing Childcare Vouchers scheme ended on 4 October and has been replaced by the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme. How can employers navigate the new incentive and communicate the changes to staff? Julie Barker from Hawk Incentives looks at the options. Tax-Free Childcare vs Childcare Vouchers Can employers still operate a childcare voucher scheme following […]

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Unemployment up, wages up but vacancies remain unfilled

UK unemployment rose by 21,000 in the quarter to September hitting 1.38m, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics figures reveal the UK’s unemployment rate rose to 4.1% from 4%. However, UK employment increased by 23,000 to a record high of 32.4m, while wages, excluding bonuses, rose 3.2% over the quarter. But Pawel […]

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Employment and wages up again but progress is slowing

Wages are on the increase amid near record rates of employment, according to official figures. Data released by the Office for National Statistics this morning reveals unemployment fell by 47,000 to 1.36m in the three months to August and pay rose by 3.1% over the quarter, compared with a year ago, while inflation for the […]

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Decline in candidates as recruiters report continued problems finding staff

The UK is experiencing a steep drop in candidate availability, according to the latest ‘Report on Jobs’ from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).   The IHS Markit/REC report, released this morning, reveals recruiters reported continued difficulties regarding the availability of staff for both permanent and temporary roles. While easing since August, the rate of […]

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UK wages rise faster than expected

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), wages grew by 2.9%, excluding bonuses, well above the inflation rate.   Unemployment also continued to fall, dropping by 55,000 to 1.36 million, with the jobless rate remaining at 4%, its lowest level for over 40 years. The number of people in work remained unchanged at 32.4 […]

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Working nine-to-five? No way for Brits to make a living as new survey finds just six per cent work traditional shifts

Almost half workers polled by YouGov were working job shares or flexible hours Two thirds said their ability to work flexible hours was a key feature of a good job Poll questioned 4,000 UK adults aged over 16 and 1,000 McDonald’s employees The traditional nine-to-five is on the way out – as just six per cent […]

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Unemployment falls to 43-year low, but EU national numbers also down

UK unemployment has fallen to levels not seen for 40 years, according to official figures. The figures from the Office for National Statistics, released this morning, reveal unemployment fell by 65,000 to 1.36m in the quarter to June. This meant 75.6% of people aged 16-64 were in work – up from 75.1% at the same […]

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Sickness Absence dropped to record low in 2017

The average number of sick days taken fell to an all-time low last year, as the CIPD warns “unhealthy” working practices such as presenteeism continue to be overlooked by employers. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that employees took an average of 4.1 days off sick in 2017 – almost half the […]

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Pimlico Plumbers worker wins Supreme Court battle

By Jo Faragher on 13 Jun 2018 in Gig economy, Latest News, Personnel Today, Employment contracts Gary Smith leaves the Supreme Court after the judgment was handed down Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images In a key gig economy case decision, the Supreme Court has decided that a plumber who brought a case against his former employer […]

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