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Loneliness in the workplace is on the rise

Sadly, the number of people in the UK experiencing loneliness is only growing, thanks to the impact of a global pandemic where isolation and distancing were common elements.

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO - BrightHR | Published: 12 May 2022

Bulgaria boasts Europe’s best maternity package

The UK and Ireland are on the brink of a baby boom, but a new league table comparing statutory maternity pay during the cost of living crisis shows they are falling short compared to most of their European neighbours.

Contributor: Dee Coakley, CEO and Co-Founder - Boundless | Published: 12 May 2022

Absence of Employment Bill in Queen’s Speech

The absence of the Employment Bill in the Queen’s Speech delivered by Prince Charles today suggests that the skills agenda is slipping down the Government’s priority list. That’s according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

Contributor: Tania Bowers - APSCo | Published: 11 May 2022

Employment tribunals relating to “banter” on the rise

Research has found that employment tribunal claims over ‘banter' have risen by 45% over the last two years - from 67 in 2020 to 97 in 2022.

Contributor: Kate Palmer, HR Advice & Consultancy Director | Published: 11 May 2022

Discrimination claims relating to neurodiversity up by a third

Neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, and other functions, with conditions like ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism all on the neurodiversity spectrum.

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO - BrightHR | Published: 11 May 2022

Employee activism is enabling HR to push ESG up the agenda

A recent Mercer report on ‘people sustainability’ in organisations has revealed that Human Resource Directors have a golden opportunity to lead their organisation’s strategic focus in the context of social sustainability. ‘People sustainability’ includes the internal focus on raised employment standards in the organisation and its supply chain, as well as the ability to influence external factors by enabling the workforce. Mercer’s recent HR in ESG Survey indicates that four fifths of organisations surveyed state that ESG is a top priority for themand that their ESG goals are connected to their corporate purpose.

Contributor: David Wreford - Mercer | Published: 10 May 2022

Half of employees will quit if they cannot work flexibly

New research has revealed that almost half of UK office workers (47%) are ready to walk away from their current job and look for new opportunities if flexibility is not provided by their employer, rising to 60% in workers aged 25-34.

Contributor: Anthony Lamoureux, CEO - Velocity Smart Technology | Published: 9 May 2022

Most desired benefits revealed

Poll by HR software provider CIPHR reveals that sick pay, flexible working hours and pension contribution matching are the benefits that employees value most

Contributor: Emma-Louise Jones - CIPHR | Published: 9 May 2022

Cost-of-living is driving higher salary expectations

Women are less likely to ask for a pay rise than men, with 47% and 64% respectively. Overall, workers say pay is the most important factor in a job, with over half (56%) saying it is a priority, followed by job security (45%), flexibility (39%) and enjoyment (34%). The report explores employees’ attitudes towards work.

Contributor: Sirsha Halder, General Manager UK & Ireland - ADP | Published: 9 May 2022