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Cognitive dissonance is impacting civil servant pay

Recently, we learnt that more than one in three senior DIT civil servants received performance-related bonus of up to £15,000 each (with an average pay out of £9,600). While on the other, three unions representing the rank-and-file of 200,000 public employees sought a judicial review over the government’s failure to consult staff on pay levels.

Contributor: Gerry Brown | Published: 20 August 2018

equality

You can’t have equality without workers rights

GMB Union celebrates LGBT+ community as Government release equality report, but warns about harassment at work. As the capital gears up for London Pride, GMB Union welcomes any action to tackle the bullying, harassment and intimidation people face because they are LGBT+. GMB members will be marching in London Pride - in celebration, but also in protest.

Contributor: Brian Shaw | Published: 20 August 2018

irritating

Most irritating co-worker habits revealed

Britons work more hours than anyone else in Europe, according to the EU’s own figures; a total 42 hours and 18 minutes a week. The only other major economy where people spend more than 40 hours a week in the office (on average) is Germany, with 40 hours and 24 minutes.

Contributor: Charles Bloom | Published: 19 August 2018

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Clicks smash bricks

Retail sales volumes grew 3.5 percent in the year to July 2018, according to official ONS data published this morning. Online sales rose by 15.3 percent and now make up 18.2 percent of all retail sales, a new record high. Online sales in department stores rose by a massive 35 percent in the year to July 2018.

Contributor: Laith Khalaf | Published: 19 August 2018

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Liquidator fees “”need urgent review”

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling for an urgent review of the fees, major accountancy firms can charge when a company falls into administration, after it was revealed today (16 August) that following Carillion’s collapse staff at accountancy giant PwC charged on average £356 a hour for their services.

Contributor: Gail Cartmail | Published: 18 August 2018

academy

Academy of Robotics closes funding in six hours, turning down an additional £500k

The Academy of Robotics is currently developing Kar-Go, the autonomous delivery vehicle. Kar-Go hopes to shake-up the delivery market by removing 90 percent of the costs involved in making a delivery - helping to increase profits for logistics companies and decrease costs for consumers. 

Contributor: William Sachiti | Published: 18 August 2018

labour

Tight UK labour market stifling growth

Most recent labour market statistics published by the ONS show a record number of available vacancies at 829,000 for May to July 2018, 51,000 more than the previous year and the highest since records began in 2001. This is coupled with an annual fall of EU nationals working in the UK to 2.28 million, a drop of 86,000, the largest fall since records began in 1997.

Contributor: Neil Carberry | Published: 17 August 2018

technical

Treating technical and vocational schools as second best damages UK prospects

Across British politics, there is a recognition that technical and vocational education has been badly neglected. The Government has recently made this one of its core priorities, via the introduction of T-levels for students aged 16 and over and new Institutes of Technology. This is particularly urgent, given our imminent departure from the European Union.

Contributor: Toby Young | Published: 17 August 2018

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Sonic the HR practitioner

Finding and successfully hiring the right candidates for roles isn’t easy, and, often, HR and Recruitment professionals don’t get the praise they deserve for their work. Introducing HR Hero: the world’s most infuriating arcade game. Think Flappy Bird, but more rubbish – it was made in one day by one rogue GradTouch employee, Dan Kelsall

Contributor: Zac Williams | Published: 16 August 2018

apprenticeship

Mishandling of levy reforms sees apprenticeship opportunities slump

Thousands of young people receiving their A-level results on Thursday will be disappointed to find that the debt-free choice of a higher or degree level apprenticeship may not be available to them. This comes five years after former Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted it to ‘to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship’.

Contributor: Mark Dawe | Published: 16 August 2018