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Lack of financial provision at crisis point

More than half of adults have been out of work, yet have no financial provision in case it happens again. Despite this, one in eight say they would have to sell their family home if they lost their income. This comes as one in six admit they have no disposable income, a quarter have no savings and nine in ten don’t have income protection cover.

Contributor: Rose St Louis | Published: 19 September 2018

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Confidence in the economy at its worst for six months

New data shows that employers’ confidence in the prospects for the UK economy declined further this month, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s latest JobsOutlook report. Neil Carberry, Recruitment & Employment Confederation Chief Executive.

Contributor: Neil Carberry | Published: 19 September 2018

generation z

Generation Z – unhappy, lonely and lacking confidence

New research shows that today’s 16-22-year-olds, the emerging adults from Generation Z, are significantly unhappier, lonelier, more lacking in confidence and less satisfied with life than older people. Contributor Mark Fawcett, Chief Executive - We are Futures.

Contributor: Mark Fawcett | Published: 18 September 2018

HR

Computer science grads earn five times more than counterparts

UK companies are crying out for graduates with the latest technical skills, particularly in key areas such as cybersecurity and IT management. These statistics prove that training in this discipline will lead to significant salaries and bright career prospects, yet still not enough people are choosing this path.

Contributor: Sheila Flavell | Published: 18 September 2018

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Managers not trained to spot mental health issues

Just 17 percent of UK managers feel “very confident” in ability to support colleagues experiencing mental health issues. A shocking proportion of managers in the UK workforce have never received training to equip them with the skills needed to spot mental health issues.

Contributor: Clare Porciani | Published: 17 September 2018

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Zero hour contracts triple

The number of UK workers on zero hour contracts has more than tripled since 2012, propping up overall employment levels by accounting for almost a quarter of overall employment growth, according to new data by job search engine Adzuna.co.uk. Zero hour contracts have grown by 258 percent since 2012, with 901,000 workers currently employed on this contract type.

Contributor: Andrew Hunter | Published: 16 September 2018

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Brits long for a hobby career

Half of Brits wish they could take up their favourite hobby as a full time job, according to new research. A survey found that 50 percent of workers would like to turn their hobby into a career, with 23 percent more passionate about their hobby than their current profession.

Contributor: Thibault Peeters | Published: 15 September 2018

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Home ownership “little more than a pipe dream” for public sector workers

Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research by UNISON. Getting a deposit together and obtaining a mortgage are often insurmountable hurdles for those living in the majority of local authority areas across England, Scotland and Wales, according to the findings.

Contributor: Dave Prentis | Published: 14 September 2018

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HMRC red-carded over Prem League refs’ employment status

The Government should write into statute a positive definition of self-employment after an employment tribunal found that HMRC should have treated professional football referees as contractors and not employees, IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) said. 

Contributor: Andy Chamberlain | Published: 13 September 2018

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Firms face prosecution for work-related musculoskeletal disorder

Businesses are being urged to offer ergonomic office chairs for their staff – as back, neck and muscle pain account for half of absences from work. Employees have a legal duty to take steps to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal pain in the workplace. And it could make a business more profitable too

Contributor: Martyn Weeks | Published: 12 September 2018