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HR is becoming more and more stretched and impacting on employees

Few businesses look set to invest more to counteract the situation, with 41% of HR teams believing their budget looks set to remain the same for 2019. Worryingly, 29% still do not know what is going to happen to their budget for this year.

Contributor: Oliver Shaw | Published: 13 January 2019


“Working people shouldn’t pay price of Government failure” – GMB

Working people should not be made to pay the price for Conservative political failures says GMB Union amid sluggish GDP figures today. Economic growth slowed to just 0.3% in the three months to November - the lowest for six months.

Contributor: Neil Foster | Published: 12 January 2019


Benefits will have to change to meet future expectations

Aon’s Benefits and Trends Survey, now in its ninth year, is formed from the responses of over 200 employers of all sizes, from less than 100 employees to many thousands, who work across a broad range of sectors, with 75 percent of them working internationally.

Contributor: Richard Morgan | Published: 12 January 2019


Lack of appreciation is causing people to leave in droves

More than a third of ambitious workers are dissatisfied in their current jobs, citing poor relationships with their managers and a lack of development opportunities as the reasons they’re planning to seek new jobs, according to The Institute of Leadership & Management’s latest survey.

Contributor: Kate Cooper | Published: 11 January 2019


Struggling pensioners increasingly gambling on the stock market

In the six months to March 2018, sales of annuities worth between £10,000 and £30,000 were 26.8 percent down to 9,143 in just two years. Sales of annuities worth between £30,000 and £50,000 had also plummeted 27.7 percent to 6,243. 

Contributor: Steve Wilkie | Published: 11 January 2019

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Businesses fined for pension auto-enrolment errors rises 144 percent 

EMW says businesses were fined £42m in 2017/18 for pension auto enrolment errors, up more than threefold from £12.6m in 2016/17. EMW explains that the rise in the number of fines is partly due to the expansion of the auto enrolment pension regime to cover smaller businesses (fewer than 50 employees).

Contributor: Jon Taylor | Published: 10 January 2019


Advertised HR salaries grow for third year in a row

Analysis of more than 10 million jobs posted across sectors since 2015 found that the average wage advertised for the HR profession has increased by 1.4 percent since the start of 2018, one of the highest rates across the sectors analysed.

Contributor: Chris Adcock | Published: 10 January 2019


Next – some Christmas cheer but a bleak forecast on the High Street 

Next has kicked off the Christmas trading statement season from the retail sector, posting a 1.5 percent rise in full price sales between 28 October and 29 December 2018. However high street sales fell by 9.2 percent, while online sales rose by 15.2 percent.

Contributor: Laith Khalaf | Published: 9 January 2019

The best places in the world to work revealed

Britain’s foreign workforce is young, educated and ambitious, more than two fifths (43 percent) have a post graduate degree. Global talent has long powered the international melting pot of London and that does not appear to be slowing down.

Contributor: John Goddard | Published: 9 January 2019