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PM’s promise to transform attitudes to mental health

The Prime Minister has appointed Lord Dennis Stevenson, the long-time campaigner for greater understanding and treatment of mental illness, and Paul Farmer CBE, CEO of Mind and Chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce, to lead the review on how best to ensure employees with mental health problems are enabled to thrive in the workplace and perform at their best. Comment from Kate Headley, Director at diversity consultancy, The Clear Company.

Article by: Kate Headley | Published: 18 January 2017

Apprenticeships increasingly valuable in recruitment

Team working, strong, effective communication and basic maths skills listed as most valuable skills. Comment from Dr Nick Smith, Courses Director and founder of Oxford Open Learning Trust.

Article by: Dr Nick Smith | Published: 18 January 2017

What it takes to create a £1 million app

Are you racking your brain trying to think of the next Candy Crush Saga or Pokémon Go? New research from Insurance2go could provide you with the help you need to get started. Insurance2go analysed the top 10 best-selling apps.

Article by: Duncan Spencer | Published: 17 January 2017

The rise of the robots in our homes and workplace

Could Amazon’s Alexa one day replace your PA? Voice technology, smart fridges and mood-sensing robots all featured heavily at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But while these innovations are currently marketed for home consumption, Paul David Munnelly, Founder and CEO of City Calling predicts that the smart tech we’re seeing today will change the job market of the future – and provide huge potential benefits and savings for big and small businesses alike. UK job site, City Calling reveals the top emerging trends from CES 2017 that has the potential disrupt the UK job market over the next decade.

Article by: Paul David Munnelly | Published: 17 January 2017

Blue Monday – the least productive day of the year

Who’s responsibility is it to ensure workers feel equipped and motivated to do their job? Should IT drive this, or is it down to HR and Senior Management? The truth is, it’s all of these combined. Justin Anderson, GM EMEA of Appirio (cloud consultancy experts) explains how employers can take control in 2017.

Article by: Justin Anderson | Published: 16 January 2017

Gender pay reporting the key to closing the gap

New rules requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish information on their gender pay gap hold the key to banishing discrepancies in salaries between male and female workers, according to one of Cheltenham’s leading employment law specialists. Article from Nick Rowe, partner and head of the employment team at law firm Lodders.

Article by: Nick Rowe | Published: 16 January 2017

Are Brits totally unprepared for retirement?

Forty-five percent of people are still unsure what auto-enrolment actually means. Seventy-three percent of people who know what auto-enrolment means, believe that they will be able to comfortably retire at 65 because they have auto-enrolled in their work pension scheme. More than half (56 percent) of Brits don’t know what percentage of their salary is going into a pension. With comment from Andrew Firth, Chief Executive, Wealth Wizards.

Article by: Andrew Firth | Published: 15 January 2017

Right to Work checks, are your managers cutting corners?

This is a busy time for the Retail sector - pressure for sales and pressure to cope with staff recruitment challenges that the new year can often bring. It’s a time when Right to Work checks can be done in haste, or worse still as an afterthought once someone has been recruited. This can give rise to non-compliance with Right to Work legislation with serious consequences for your organisation. Article from Rightcheck.

Article by: Rightcheck | Published: 15 January 2017

Women and BAME people losing out in apprenticeship race

Since 2010 over 140,000 young Londoners between 16 and 24 started an apprenticeship. The majority of apprenticeship starts are women and around 40 per cent are people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.[2] Comment from Fiona Twycross, AM, Chair of the Economy Committee.

Article by: Fiona Twycross | Published: 14 January 2017