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NHS Long Term Plan applauded, but there are caveats

“We all support the vision of the NHS Long Term Plan but the ambitions of the plan will in part rest or fall on whether local health and care organisations are given the freedoms they need to work together to provide the best services to patients

Contributor: Nick Ville | Published: 18 August 2019


How to get ahead in PR… work the flex

“The implications of being overworked cascade through both careers and personal lives as burnout and stress rise, work output is compromised and relationships are taxed. In short, it’s not good for employees, companies or society”, Leembruggen points out.

Contributor: Sarah Leembruggen | Published: 17 August 2019


 Gender pay gap has halved in the last 20 years 

The current gender pay gap is only half of what it was 20 years ago. That is according to an analysis of salary data by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Contributor: Ann Swain | Published: 16 August 2019


Most parents never check their children’s devices

More than 60 percent (61 percent) of parents have never checked their child's devices, such as smartphones, ipads and gaming consoles. Over a third of fathers agreed that children were safer with a mobile phone rather than having no way to contact them.

Contributor: Alexandra Berger | Published: 15 August 2019

One in four HR professionals left out of the boardroom

One in four HR professionals surveyed by Reed HR, said that their companies did not involve them in key strategic business decisions. This is a concern as those asked also said that the HR sector is going through major changes

Contributor: Chris Adcock | Published: 14 August 2019


Government policy fails almost one million temporary workers

Temporary workers, whether they choose to work this way for the flexibility benefits it brings or because they are temping while looking for a permanent role, will often benefit more from investment than managers and senior staff, who are more able to access training under the current system. 

Contributor: Neil Carberry | Published: 12 August 2019


UK organisations still ‘learning in the dark’

Limited use of data to inform, optimise and measure impact of learning strategies. Business leaders and employees call for improved use of data and insight in learning and development to fix skills gaps and drive cultures of learnability.

Contributor: Dan Ferrandino | Published: 10 August 2019


Boris in number 10 – hard Brexit likelihood grows

With Boris Johnson confirmed as the UK’s new prime minister, the likelihood of the UK facing a hard Brexit has increased. This has implications for people managers and HR directors in a number of areas, including access to workers. 

Contributor: Erik Fjellborg | Published: 9 August 2019

Half of UK dads experience discrimination accepting parental Leave

Pay and leave must be shared in the first year after the child is born or placed with the family. Shared parental leave can be taken in blocks separated by periods of work, or all in one go. Parents can also choose to be off work together or to stagger the leave and pay.

Contributor: Emma O’Leary | Published: 8 August 2019


Struggle to fill vacancies continues 

The report, which compared data from Q1 2019 with the same period in 2018, also found that employers are attempting to pull out all the stops to entice workers out of their current jobs, as salaries increased by a 16.7 percent year-on-year.  

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 7 August 2019