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wages

Real wages still falling

Wages are heading in the right direction, though the rate of growth is hardly jaw-dropping, and significantly still lags behind the rate of inflation. That means the consumer squeeze is still alive and well, and the pick-up in wage growth anticipated by the Bank of England is yet to materialise.

Contributor: Laith Khalaf | Published: 24 February 2018

job

Britain’s job creation miracle morphs into a mystery

While the increase in the jobless rate is modest, the last three months of 2017 saw the first quarterly increase in unemployment for nearly two years. And yet at the same time 88,000 more people entered work compared to the previous quarter. Such apparently contradictory numbers are a symptom of the stretched labour market’s mixed messages.

Contributor: Tara Sinclair | Published: 24 February 2018

data

Will GDPR combat data breaches?

The recent Equifax breach in the United States, where up to 143 million people may have had their most sensitive data leaked, is a case in point. It was a big deal. It remains to be seen if anyone in Equifax will face jail time, but it’s already resulted in the CEO, CIO and CISO being forced to leave the company.

Contributor: Kim Lessley | Published: 23 February 2018

hotspots

Essex revealed to be the UK’s cyber fraud hotspot

The research was conducted by analysing estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) on fraud and computer misuse. Focusing on the number of fraud offences which were referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, it has been revealed that Essex had the highest rate of the crime per 1,000 population, with 9,987 offences reported from June 2016 to July 2017- up from 8,172 the previous year.

Contributor: Paul Lyon | Published: 23 February 2018

embarrassed

“You did what!?” Revealed the most embarrassing workplace moments

New research from CV-Library has shared the nation’s top cringeworthy and embarrassing work situations. In fact, the latest research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, reveals that nearly half (49 percent) of UK professionals have witnessed embarrassing incidents in the workplace, and a further 36.1 percent have been directly involved.

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 22 February 2018

benefits

What’s the future of benefits?

New technology will play a role in benefits communications. A third of employers say new technology, including augmented reality will feature in communicating benefits; 82 percent of respondents say engaging employees remains the most important objective of an online or flexible benefits strategy.

Contributor: Jerry Edmondson | Published: 22 February 2018

cartels

Cartels targeted as tip offs rise

The CMA is now launching a new campaign to encourage more people to come forward with information that will help it hunt out illegal cartels. The campaign is part of a ramping up of the CMA’s enforcement activity and comes after the award of an extra £2.8m from the government for this work.

Contributor: Stephen Blake | Published: 21 February 2018

immigration

Immigration – What do employers want for post Brexit?

The survey of more than 2,000 employers found that the majority of employers 41% would prefer a UK-wide immigration system that is based on national labour or skill shortage occupations in the likely event of migration restrictions once the UK leaves the EU. In contrast, around 13% favour a sector-based policy and just 5 percent would back a regional policy.

Contributor: Gerwyn Davies | Published: 21 February 2018

finance

Finance professionals dominate FTSE 100 CEO list  

Over half (51 percent) of all current FTSE 100 company CEOs have a background in finance, with almost one in five (18 percent) holding accountancy qualifications. That’s according to analysis by specialist recruiter, Global Accounting Network, which researched the education and career history of the acting heads of each FTSE 100 firm.

Contributor: Adrian O'Connor | Published: 20 February 2018

colour

The workplace stress of women of colour in the US

A new report, Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and Men of Colour in the Workplace, finding that a majority of women of colour - specifically individuals who identify with Asian, Black, Latinx and multiracial backgrounds - experience an “Emotional Tax” in US workplaces, affecting their overall health, well-being and ability to thrive.

Contributor: Dnika J.Travis | Published: 20 February 2018