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UK engineering firms potentially missing out on £10 billion of R&D funding each year

On average, engineering companies invest £386,000 a year on R&D activity, meaning they are potentially able to claim £100,360 in funding. With over 100,000 UK engineering firms not claiming, despite describing their company as innovation active, a staggering £10.2 billion is going unclaimed each year. 

Contributor: Nigel Urquhart | Published: 19 November 2019

early talent

The importance of right to work compliance

The most basic requirement of a RTW check is to ensure that any documents necessary to demonstrate an employee’s RTW in the UK are sufficient and up to date. This must be done to a high enough reliability that if a mistake is made, the business responsible will be provided with a statutory excuse.

Contributor: Mike Boxall | Published: 18 November 2019

Continuing Brexit uncertainty dividing opinion in the housing market

On the ‘hold off’ side of the argument, there is the understandable reluctance to buy a home that may be cheaper tomorrow. But the ‘buy now’ counterargument is that the combination of soft prices, lower competition for homes and fast-rising wages has opened a window of opportunity

Contributor: Jonathan Hopper | Published: 17 November 2019

 Middle-tier workers at risk as automation takes over in UK

Ollie Sexton, Principal at Robert Walters comments: “As businesses become ever more reliant on AI, there is an increasing amount of pressure on the processes of data capture and integration. As a result, we have seen an unprecedented number of ‘next generation’ roles being created with data skill-set at their core.

Contributor: Tom Chambers | Published: 16 November 2019

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Pension ‘wake up packs’ new incoming rules

Hopefully the simplification and increased frequency of the ‘wake up packs’ will encourage individuals to take an interest in their pension and retirement earlier. The new packs should be significantly easier to understand. The packs should also make it easier for individuals to decide how they are going to manage their money in retirement, hopefully be wise to potential mistakes, and encourage them to put more aside for their retirement. 

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 15 November 2019

Recruiters still finding it difficult to hire

That’s according to latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, The study, which surveyed 200 UK recruiters, found that there are a number of key areas that recruitment consultants are concerned about right now, including low budgets (38.2 percent)

Contributor: unknown | Published: 13 November 2019

Nine-in-ten e-commerce startups end in failure within 120 days

Gareth Hoyle, managing director at Marketingsignals.com comments: “It’s clear to see that having an online presence and being visible on search engines is a key area e-commerce startups need to focus on to ensure they succeed.

Contributor: Gareth Hoyle | Published: 11 November 2019

health

Acas launches new guidance to help manage menopause at work

Acas has published new guidance to help employers and managers support staff who are affected by menopause symptoms at work. Around two million women aged over 50 have difficulties at work due to their menopause symptoms and it is estimated that one in 20 women could go through an early menopause.

Contributor: Susan Clews | Published: 10 November 2019

skills

The Great British serving staff shortage

The good news is that 79 percent of managers feel that the UK has the workforce available to fill any future shortfalls, meaning roles are attainable for those looking to pursue a career in hospitality. The seven hospitality roles most at risk of staff shortages as a result of Brexit have been revealed.

Contributor: Dr Richard Anderson | Published: 9 November 2019

Technology laggards face extinction

Conventional wisdom has it that large companies always have the resources and ‘know-how’ to compete. Yet in an age of disruption, many larger businesses are struggling to digitally transform at the pace, a new joint report from CBI and Oracle

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 8 November 2019