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House market buckles but don’t blame Brexit, blame piggy bank mentality

Most UK homeowners, if they’re being honest with themselves, will say they’ve had a great run over the past five years. This period began after the market pulled its face out of the mud of a horrible 2012, when plenty of property just would not budge and prices fell throughout the year.

Contributor: Lucy Pendleton | Published: 10 December 2018

soft skills

New hires have wrong soft skills to be successful

Hiring process is failing candidates and companies due to complex, unresponsive and ineffective pre-hire assessments. Two-fifths of job-seekers are being hired into new roles only to discover they have the wrong soft skills for the job, and over half (53 percent) are leaving companies because their personality or work style didn’t fit.

Contributor: Clemens Aichholzer | Published: 10 December 2018

health

Debt, relationship breakup and bullying top mental health concerns

Debt, separation and bullying are the personal issues of most concern to employers when it comes to employee mental health, according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions (NYSE: AON).

Contributor: Paul Farmer | Published: 9 December 2018

cyber

Untrained Staff as Greatest Cyber Risk

This is compounded by staff training ranking as one of the weakest progress categories measured against the NIST cybersecurity framework. The majority of executives (87 percent) around the world cite untrained staff as the greatest cyber risk to their business.

Contributor: Anthony Dagostino | Published: 9 December 2018

connectivity

Global race for next-gen connectivity adoption held back by cultural attitudes

New research reveals global businesses must overcome significant barriers to embrace next era of connectivity. New research commissioned by international law practice Osborne Clarke reveals that businesses in Germany and the Netherlands could be leading the global race to embracing next-generation connectivity.

Contributor: Jon Fell | Published: 8 December 2018

default

Pensions – forget default pathways we need guidance pathways first

As the debate over default pathways at-retirement continues, please see comments below from Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director . “I find the idea of defaulting members into something without a positive choice being made extremely worrying for a number of reasons.”

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 8 December 2018

support

Rise of the ‘Hybrid-PA’ spikes demand for support staff

Demand for ‘Hybrid PAs’, who combine traditional PA skills with specialist knowledge in areas such as marketing, events and project management, has driven a 36 percent increase in permanent support staff roles in 2018. The report into the UK’s support staff market also reveals a 11 percent growth in salaries, significantly higher than the national average.

Contributor: David Morel | Published: 7 December 2018

2019

Modest wage growth predicted in 2019

UK workers are due to get an average real-terms pay rise of 1.1 percent in 2019, which would be an improvement on the 0.5 percent they received in 2018, and is also fractionally greater than the European average of 0.8 percent, according to research.

Contributor: Keith Coull | Published: 7 December 2018

aids

End AIDS stigma at work now

On the thirtieth anniversary of World AIDS day on 1 December 2018, Dr Hala Evans, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire, believes that the next frontier in the fight against HIV/AIDS is making workplaces sensitive and tolerant places for sufferers.

Contributor: Hala Evans | Published: 6 December 2018

mps

Many MPs risk losing seats over Off-Payroll (IR35)

Eighty-five MPs are at serious risk of losing their seats in Parliament at the next, possibly imminent General Election, if they do not back contractors over Government’s controversial plans to extend the Off-Payroll rules into the private sector, according to research conducted by contracting authority ContractorCalculator.

Contributor: Dave Chaplin | Published: 5 December 2018