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Graduates remain ‘bedrock’ of emerging talent programmes

Graduates continue to account for the bulk of genuinely global entry-level programmes as businesses strive to build workforces which are internationally mobile and future-fit, according to the latest research. The research also reveals the ambitious and innovative steps that world-leading businesses are taking to triumph in the ‘war for talent’

Contributor: Sandrine Miller | Published: 17 May 2018


One in nine workers in “insecure jobs” says TUC

At least 3.8 million people are in insecure work, such as agency work, zero-hour contracts and low-paid self-employment. New analysis published by the TUC finds that 3,820,000 UK workers are in insecure forms of employment. This is 11.9 percent of the workforce, or 1 in 9 workers.

Contributor: Frances O'Grady | Published: 17 May 2018


Smartphone dependency – it’s a thing

Workers in the meetings industry have revealed a heavy dependency on digital devices, claiming they would feel disconnected if they were denied access to them for just one day. Contributor David Chapple, Group Event Director - The Meetings Show. A survey* carried out by The Meetings Show found that 73 percent of meetings professionals would feel anxious if they didn't have access to their smartphone or another digital device for 24 hours, while 79 percent fear that not having a smartphone or laptop when out of the office for travel or meetings would have a negative impact on their job.

Contributor: David Chapple | Published: 16 May 2018

tax entitlements

Incorrect tax codes for thousands due to IR35 “fiasco”

Thousands of employees working within the public sector are potentially being taxed incorrectly in an ongoing fiasco surrounding their IR35. Contributor Bradley Post, Managing Director - Rift Tax Refunds IR35 has always been a tricky piece of regulation, and it seems like it's not getting any easier to manage with time. Serious questions over the accuracy of the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool are only being underlined by courtroom defeats for HMRC over status challenges. Meanwhile, confusion over the rules has contributed to an 8 percent year-on-year drop in contracting vacancies.

Contributor: Bradley Post | Published: 16 May 2018

digital culture

UK’s innovative economy at risk due to lack of patents filed

Research* by WISE, released at their annual conference today, estimates that only 9 percent of patents filed in the UK are by women, compared to a global average of 30 percent. WISE is calling for a paradigm shift in attitudes to women in science, engineering and technology to ensure that women are part of the innovation landscape required in the UK. Contributor Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive Officer - WISE.

Contributor: Helen Wollaston | Published: 15 May 2018


Youth criminal records – a life sentence for many

Unlock, the UK’s leading charity for people with convictions, has today published research on the impact of criminal records acquired in childhood and early adulthood. Contributor Christopher Stacey, Co-director – Unlock. New data in the report, A life sentence for young people, shows that hundreds of thousands of people are being affected every year, and often many decades later, because of mistakes they made when they were children or young adults. In the last 5 years alone, over 2.25 million youth criminal records were disclosed on standard/enhanced checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) that were over 15 years old.

Contributor: Christopher Stacey | Published: 15 May 2018


US workers increasingly taking their vacation days

American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2017, according to new research from Project: Time Off, jumping up nearly a half-day (.4 days) from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010 (17.5 days) and a more than full-day increase since bottoming out at 16.0 days in 2014.

Contributor: Katie Dennis | Published: 14 May 2018


Permanent staff appointments pace weakens

The pace of expansion was the softest seen in 2018 so far. In contrast, growth of temp billings picked up from March’s 13-month low. Candidate availability for both permanent and temporary roles declined further at the start of the second quarter. Furthermore, the rates of reduction quickened to three- and five-month records, respectively.

Contributor: Tom Hadley | Published: 14 May 2018


Job satisfaction trumps salary

Almost half of employees rate enjoyment or good colleagues as the most significant aspect of their job, according to new research from the global job site, Indeed. The vast majority of workers in the UK are not motivated primarily by how much they are paid, according to surprising research conducted by job site, Indeed.

Contributor: Bill Richards | Published: 13 May 2018


Quarter of employees lack the tech they need to do the job

Despite the evolving technological landscape and rise in flexible working Leesman data, released today, reveals that organisations are failing to get the basics right when it comes to providing the digital and virtual systems that support employees in their roles. A new data release analyses how organisations can better support employees.

Contributor: Tim Oldman | Published: 13 May 2018