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Pay Freeze to continue for 1 in 4 UK employers

¹ Based on the median full-time annual earnings of £31,461, for the tax year ending 5 April 2020, published by the Office for National Statistics

Contributor: Oliver Browne, Remuneration Manager - ECA International | Published: 26 November 2020

How has Learning & Development evolved during the Covid-19 crisis and what does the future hold?

L&D’s response to Covid-19 has led to far-reaching change, widespread innovation and rapid transformation. But with that change comes unprecedented challenges and disruption. The HR and Learning & Development community will have a unique opportunity to pause and reflect at the World of Learning Summit Virtual Event on 9 & 10 December.

Contributor: World of Learning Summit | Published: 25 November 2020

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Why internal mobility is a crucial lever right now

The pandemic appears to have heightened the importance of internal mobility with 11% of employees looking to move roles within their current company

Contributor: Ravi Joshi, Golden Bees | Published: 24 November 2020

The next challenge is supporting staff with long-covid

As long Covid potentially becomes more of an issue, employers may find themselves increasingly having to find new ways of managing employees, incorporating not only when they are at their most sick but when they return to work. It remains to be seen what the real long-term implications of this condition are, and employers need to be prepared to respond to this.

Contributor: David Price, CEO - Health Assured | Published: 23 November 2020

Tech skills gap set to narrow as IT ranks surge

New research from CWJobs reveals the UK tech skills gap is set to narrow. Surveying over 2,000 professionals, comprising of 1,120 tech workers and 1,026 non-tech workers, the report finds that over half (55%) of non-tech workers contemplating a career change have considered or have begun the process of moving into a tech-based role, with almost one in 10 (8%) having already made the move.

Contributor: Dominic Harvey, Director - CWJobs | Published: 23 November 2020

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Could pandemic trigger ‘reverse brain drain’, as talent deserts cities?

The latest research from the Adecco Group UK and Ireland has revealed that 52% of UK workers think we will see a “reverse brain drain” of talent away from big cities like London and Manchester towards regional areas as a result of COVID-19.

Contributor: Alex Fleming, Country Head and President - Adecco Group UK and Ireland | Published: 22 November 2020

Sue Ryder calls for statutory paid bereavement leave

National bereavement charity Sue Ryder is calling on the government to introduce two weeks statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees for the loss of close relative or partner. Currently, in the UK there is no legal requirement for employers to grant bereavement leave, except for parents who have lost a child under 18 years old. However, according to economic research conducted by Sue Ryder, grief experienced by employees who have lost a loved one costs the UK economy £23bn a year and costs HM Treasury nearly £8bn a year through reduced tax revenues and increased use of NHS and social care resources. Sue Ryder suggests that investing in adequate bereavement leave and support could lead to a significant saving for the UK economy and the treasury in the long-term, through reduced staff absence, higher employee productivity and a lesser reliance on the health and benefits system post-bereavement.

Contributor: Heidi Travis - Sue Ryder | Published: 22 November 2020

Heading towards an abnormal Christmas, what do employees want?

Money is tight, and it’s likely Christmas bonuses this year will be scrapped. But this doesn’t mean employers can’t reward their workforce. Looking ahead to 2021 employers need to make changes in order to boost morale and keep staff motivated.

Contributor: Chris Ronald, VP EMEA, Incentives & Benefits - Blackhawk Network | Published: 21 November 2020

“Blind” job applications surge

New data released today, from leading enterprise talent acquisition software provider Tribepad, reveals that anonymised, or “blind”, job applications have risen by 271% across the UK, as companies respond to widespread calls to improve equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) during the recruitment process.

Contributor: Dean Sadler, CEO and Founder - TribePad | Published: 20 November 2020