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Global growth momentum gathers pace as companies race to embrace AI

EY survey shows 85% of middle market companies plan revenue growth of more than 6% in the next 12 months. Embracing cognitive technologies and hiring diverse full-time talent are top priorities for global middle market executives. Middle market companies across the globe are significantly more optimistic about business conditions and opportunities than last year.

Contributor: Annette Kimmitt | Published: 23 June 2018

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5 percent Club welcomes 300th MEMBER

Amey commits to 5 percent of its workforce in “earn and learn” positions by 2023 and encourages industry peers to do the same. Amey is proud to become The 5 percent Club’s 300th member, pledging to work towards a minimum 5 percent of its UK workforce enrolled in “earn and learn” positions within five years.

Contributor: Andy Milner | Published: 22 June 2018


Home Office relaxes immigration rules for overseas doctors

The Government has listened to ongoing concerns about visa caps and has removed its restrictions on the number of overseas doctors that can work in the UK. The NHS has long relied on the knowledge and expertise of this diverse talent pool. Due to the visa caps a number of our NHS hospital partners have been running rotas with numerous gaps for many months now.

Contributor: Philip Braham | Published: 21 June 2018


Pimlico Plumbers verdict landmark result for workers

Pimlico Plumbers verdict: “This is a landmark result that is important for workers everywhere and should send a resounding signal to those firms that engage self-employed people to check their contractual arrangements and working practices. Contributor Julia Kermode.

Contributor: Julia Kermode | Published: 20 June 2018

Winter crisis is now year-long crisis 

Regulators should use discretion when considering whether to withhold extra funding from health and care organisations, the NHS Confederation says in a new report. The report, System under Strain, shows how increasing year-on-year demand, coupled with flat funding, is not just a winter phenomenon affecting accident and emergency departments.

Contributor: Niall Dickson | Published: 19 June 2018


One in three London start-ups suffer from shortage in tech talent

A new survey among more than 100 founders of London tech startups, conducted by Studio Graphene in partnership with City RoadCommunications, has revealed the main staffing challenges and concerns that are holding back London tech companies. It found that 33 percent of the founders believe there is a shortage of skilled tech workers in London.

Contributor: Dominic Pollard | Published: 18 June 2018


‘Fear of failure’ and gaps in information sharing holding back NHS value

The NHS could be missing out on opportunities to improve patient care and make long term saving by failing to share good practice and innovation. This is one of five key issues to making value-based change to healthcare in a new briefing paper from industry leaders presented at Confed18.

Contributor: Niall Dickson | Published: 18 June 2018


Government’s 2020 apprenticeship target in serious doubt

The drop in the number of apprenticeship starts shows that government needs to make apprenticeships a lot more flexible and a lot less bureaucratic. This is a transformation - not a tweak - and needs to be much more clearly communicated and managed.

Contributor: Anne Francke | Published: 17 June 2018

mental health

Half of UK workers consider quitting over poor mental health support

The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present and over three quarters (77.8 percent) of Brits agree that not enough is being done to support mental health at work. In fact, almost half (46.1 percent) have considered resigning from a job due to lack of support. That’s according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site.

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 17 June 2018


Later life learning on the increase

The great inventor Henry Ford once said that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty” 1, and it’s a message millennials appear to be taking on board, with nearly three quarters saying its likely they’ll return to education later in life. Contributor Dr Nick Smith.

Contributor: Nick Smith | Published: 16 June 2018