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Over 80 percent of workers reluctant to return to the office post-pandemic

New research conducted by Accountancy and Finance, HR and Data Analytics recruiter, Wade Macdonald has found that 44 per cent of employees are finding working from home much harder, physically, mentally and emotionally, than being in the office. 

Contributor: Chris Goulding, Managing Director - Wade Macdonald | Published: 21 January 2021


So, what are the big HR issues for 2021?

HR teams must make talent acquisition and retention their number one priority this year if they are to thrive. This is according to, a leading provider of Primary Source Verification (PSV) services, which says that for HR teams, 2020 was about resilience and adaptability, while the year ahead will be about nurturing and improving.

Contributor: Alejandro Coca, co-head - | Published: 20 January 2021

Are you ready for off-payroll tax rules?

A survey conducted by IR35 Shield amongst 3000+ contractors has found that more than half of UK firms that hire contractors are yet to prepare for the Off-Payroll rules which come into effect in April 2021. The survey out today, entitled ‘IR35 Road Ahead’ also highlights the risks that hirers and recruitment agencies run by attempting to circumvent their compliance obligations, namely recruitment struggles, rising costs and damage to projects.

Contributor: Dave Chaplin, CEO - IR35 Shield | Published: 19 January 2021

Why personality assessments are more important than ever

A well-written CV and a confident attitude during face-to-face interview aren’t enough for recruiters to decide whether a candidate is the right person for a role says Nicolas Speeckaert from skeeled, a provider of AI predictive talent acquisition software. He urges employers to also carry out personality assessments to avoid costly hire mistakes in 2021.

Contributor: Nicolas Speeckaert, co-founder - skeeled | Published: 19 January 2021

Latest global mental health statistics are a warning to employers

Figures released by YouGov in December 2020 show that the likelihood of suffering from a mental health condition, including anxiety and depression, differs according to the country of residence. This is something that must be considered by businesses with overseas employees.

Contributor: Sarah Dennis, Head of International - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 18 January 2021


The death of the office is a myth

Digital talent acquisition agency Beringer Tame outlines the key trends that will come to the fore next year on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic

Contributor: Patrick Tame, CEO of recruitment - Beringer Tame | Published: 18 January 2021

The ‘Big 5’ Benefits Trends for 2021

As many of us look to the New Year with a renewed sense of hope for better days ahead, here are my top HR and benefit considerations for 2021.

Contributor: Matthew Gregson, Head of Corporate - Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing | Published: 17 January 2021

Increased mortality must shape wellbeing and benefits decisions in 2021

In the working world alone, Covid has changed almost every aspect of our lives, from how we interact with others, to what constitutes the workplace. The pandemic has changed our attitudes and forced even the young to realise their mortality. Towergate Health & Protection explains how employers need to respond to these changes and adapt benefits to meet these evolving needs and concerns in the coming year.

Contributor: Debra Clark, Head of Specialist - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 15 January 2021