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budget

Budget round-up – comment across the sectors

Most people were expecting the threshold to be raised to £250,000 so an extra £50,000 will come as a surprise to many. And no-one expected the additional freeze for areas with higher priced houses. That will defintely be welcomed by first-time buyers in the south.

Contributor: Various | Published: 22 November 2017

budget

Autumn Budget to hit private sector contractors

This will lead to a significant increase in labour costs and a major administrative headache for companies which engage contractors working through their own companies (Personal Service Companies), exactly as witnessed in the public sector since April this year.

Contributor: Press Release | Published: 22 November 2017

Autumn Budget to hit private sector contractors

This will lead to a significant increase in labour costs and a major administrative headache for companies which engage contractors working through their own companies (Personal Service Companies), exactly as witnessed in the public sector since April this year.

Contributor: Press Release | Published: 22 November 2017

sickie

Sickie culture on the rise

With an estimated 39 million working days lost due to sickies every year, many UK businesses are throwing time and money down the drain, according to research conducted by Citation. Two in five (41 percent) employees confessed to pulling at least one sickie in the last year, and more than half a million have pushed their luck by pulling more than eight.

Contributor: Jenny Ware | Published: 21 November 2017

music

If Music be the food of arguments

Despite the best intention of employers, a large number of offices (43 percent) give control of the playlist to one person and this has a negative impact on morale. 73 percent of workers in offices that allow music and have the playlist controlled by one person said they are more likely to be unhappy as they haven’t contributed anything. Some people went as far to say that it has resulted in arguments or heated discussions.

Contributor: Gareth Jones | Published: 21 November 2017

recruitment

Data driving recruitment revolution

In a new report launched by Hays, ‘Recruitment Remodelled’ examines the evolution of the recruitment industry where the traditional human-centric skills of matching candidates with organisations are now working hand-in-hand with data science, machine learning, predictive analytics and other digital tools and technologies.

Contributor: Alistair Cox | Published: 20 November 2017

millennials

Why Attracting millennials to financial services is a challenge

As the financial sector celebrates International Accounting Day, research by recruitment specialist, Robert Half Financial Services has revealed the steps businesses are taking to attract the next generation to a career in financial services. Ninety-five per cent of financial services executives admit that it is challenging to find skilled Millennials, 58 percent of which admit it’s ‘very challenging’.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 20 November 2017

housing

UK housing crisis enters a critical phase

Development in Britain’s ten fastest growing towns and cities cannot keep pace with their expanding populations, according to a new analysis by Minerva Lending PLC, a listed property bond, which provides loans used by developers to convert offices into homes.

Contributor: Ross Andrews | Published: 19 November 2017

parity

Women hardest hit by low wages

Women make up nearly two thirds (62 percent) of workers currently struggling to make ends meet on less than the real Living Wage. This amounts to 3.4 million women compared to 2.1 million men. Nearly 1/3 of all UK working women (26 percent) are still earning less than the Living Wage, compared to just 16 percent of all working men.

Contributor: Katherine Chapman | Published: 19 November 2017

happiness

Over half of “homepreneurs” sacrificed money for happiness

The survey, which was carried out by print company Solopress, across UK home business owners, found that money really doesn’t buy happiness, as Brits would rather earn less and work for themselves. Exploring the rise of the homepreneur, the study shows half (50 percent) believe running a business from home has become an aspirational way to earn a living in today’s society.

Contributor: Aron Priest | Published: 18 November 2017