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 Credit-card spend jumps 8.1 percent and it’s not a lifestyle choice to be celebrated

More likely, those caught in the payday poverty cycle, in which a monthly windfall doesn’t fit with the volume and frequency of outgoings that modern life imposes on us, forces people into short-term borrowing. They are using credit cards to make ends meet in a doom loop of credit dependency.

Contributor: Peter Briffett | Published: 28 April 2019

disabilities

Workplace adjustments falling short for disabled workers 

Based on the views of over 1,200 respondents, The Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey provides a detailed and up-to-date picture of what is and isn’t working when it comes to making and managing adjustments; how effective adjustments are, and how far everyone who needs adjustments has them in place.

Contributor: Diane Lightfoot | Published: 26 April 2019

recruitment

Struggle to fill vacancies continues 

The report, which compared data from Q1 2019 with the same period in 2018, also found that employers are attempting to pull out all the stops to entice workers out of their current jobs, as salaries increased by a 16.7 percent year-on-year.  

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 26 April 2019

personal

 Most employees want physical contact banned in the workplace

“With one in four people telling us that they avoid meeting a peer or a client due to the greeting alone, it’s clear that boundaries need to be set in the workplace which promote a comfortable working environment and doesn’t impede on the working day.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 25 April 2019

Directors found “personally liable” for employment contract breaches

The High Court was asked to determine whether the directors of the defendant company should be personally liable for the breaches of the claimants' employment contracts. It was argued that the directors had, in bad faith and in breach of their own statutory duties.

Contributor: Graham Irons | Published: 25 April 2019

Birmingham is the payday loan capital of the UK

Wagestream analysed the amount of payday lending in each postcode area following a Freedom of Information request to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The data reveals Britain’s ongoing dependency on payday loans, which can charge interest rates of up to 1,500 percent APR.

Contributor: Peter Briffett | Published: 24 April 2019

uk tech

Tech stress suffered by one in three employees 

“The drive to introduce new tech is inevitable as businesses search for more efficient ways of working, but these findings should act as a call to action to ensure it is adopted strategically, and deployed with appropriate levels of support, training and consideration to the mental wellbeing of users.

Contributor: Mike Blake | Published: 24 April 2019

jobs

FCA takes strong stance on asset management fees

“It is important that asset managers genuinely compete for inflows and the pricing must reflect this, rather than simply how much a client is willing to pay. This is a trend we have seen over the last couple of years and one we can only see remaining as the regulators around the world take a keen interest in the subject.

Contributor: Hector McNei | Published: 23 April 2019

cyber

Security risks caused by casual, collaborative communication

The UK workforce is increasingly putting its trust in these platforms to conduct business. The survey revealed that 33 percent have sent customer information via these platforms, 25 percent have shared personnel information such as HR and pay details

Contributor: Jonathan Christensen | Published: 22 April 2019

health

Calls for Government to pay back £2.4 billion to public sector workers

Under a deal negotiated by unions including GMB on how to draw benefits due to the cost cap mechanism the £2 billion was going to be paid back to the workers by reducing their future pension contributions and/or improving benefits.

Contributor: George Georgiou | Published: 21 April 2019