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Employers turning to flexible workforce as skills shortage worsen

Following reports from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that the unemployment level had dropped below vacancy numbers for the first time, statistics from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) shows employers are relying on contractors to fill resourcing needs.

Contributor: Tania Bowers - APSCo | Published: 27 May 2022

Does your company have an environmental policy? Most employees don’t know

Sixty-four percent of European businesses have a sustainability policy in place but only a third of employees know about the impact it’s making on the environment. One in five also confess they actually do not know whether their company has a sustainability policy at all. These are findings from a new employee survey by Treedom, the world’s first digital platform for growing and gifting trees online. This survey is part of a campaign Treedom is driving across six European countries between Earth Day and World Environment Day. The goal is to grow 20,000 trees in a dedicated forest with the help of Treedom’s Community. 

Contributor: Federico Garcea, Founder and CEO - Treedom  | Published: 26 May 2022

Signs that cost of living crisis is starting to bite

New research from MetLife UK that reveals employees are too worried to take a sick day in case their finances suffer, shows it is essential for businesses to regularly check in with and offer support to their staff says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis, Director - Activ People HR | Published: 25 May 2022

Women at greater risk of cost-of-living squeeze

New research commissioned by Reed.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading jobs and careers sites, found that only 41% of women were likely to negotiate their salary when moving roles compared with 61% of men.

Contributor: Simon Wingate, Managing Director - Reed.co.uk | Published: 25 May 2022

Is 2022 still the year of the employee?

2021 fuelled the “Great Resignation,” which is now in full force as one in four workers are considering changing their jobs. Therefore, employers today need to understand how they can meet the employee’s expectations of what they want in a position to retain them, especially in an increasingly hybrid workforce-dominated environment.

Contributor: Marc Ramos, CMO - SplashBI | Published: 25 May 2022

One million disabled people in work, but employment gap remains

Business Disability Forum has welcomed the announcement that the Government has achieved its ambition to see 1 million disabled people into work but says more needs to be done to close the disability employment gap

Contributor: Diane Lightfoot | Published: 24 May 2022

NHS is at ‘breaking point’ – we need to act now

“People are exhausted, frustrated and sad in healthcare. They are going off sick in droves. They need empathic leadership to help combat low morale, sickness and burnout which, ultimately, poses a risk to patient care."

Contributor: Kerry Ganly - Penguin PR | Published: 24 May 2022

Digital right to work checks are now imperative

The latest reports from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  revealed that the number of job vacancies in February to April 2022 rose to a new record of 1,295,000, meaning that, for the first time, the number of vacancies was greater than the number of people unemployed in the UK. Responding to this, leading background screening and identity services firm, Sterling, has highlighted why these figures will drive greater demand for Digital Identity Solutions.

Contributor: Steve Smith, Managing Director EMEA - Sterling | Published: 23 May 2022

Is Apple CEO right to call staff back to the office

Responding to the criticism received by Apple CEO, Tim Cook, for asking staff to return to the office, global workplace creation expert, Unispace, has highlighted that the business leader was right to take this step. However, the firm has warned that mandating returns without an insight into what’s stopping people from returning is risky.

Contributor: Lawrence Mohiuddine - Unispace | Published: 23 May 2022