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Four in five small business owners experiencing poor mental health

Mental Health UK is today publishing research which lays bare the mental health crisis facing small business owners. The research, carried out in partnership with small business lender iwoca, reveals that four in five small business owners report experiencing common symptoms of poor mental health at least a few times a year.

Contributor: Brian Dow, Chief Executive of Mental Health UK - Mental Health UK and James Dear, Co-founder - iwoca | Published: 14 February 2021

Dawn of the zombie workers, “just going through the motions”

"The UK is now blighted by hordes of zombie employees. Punchdrunk from being asked to pick up extra work previously handled by now departed colleagues, these staff are lingering in the twilight zone of employment. The sad fact is that Britain is full of zombie companies, employing vast numbers of zombie workers" - Simon Lyle

Contributor: Simon Lyle, UK managing director - Randstad Risesmart | Published: 13 February 2021

Apprenticeship Week: Why we need reform

As we celebrate Apprenticeship Week, Tania Bowers of APSCo argues that reform is needed.

Contributor: Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel and Head of Public Policy - APSCo | Published: 12 February 2021

Warning raised as pension scams are rife during pandemic

These uncertain times are often seen as a window of opportunity for scammers looking to prey on vulnerable individuals, with a recent report by Action Fraud finding that pension scams had become one of the most common types of fraud to occur last year. In fact, the FCA opened 24% more pension scam cases last year than in 2019.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director - WEALTH at work, | Published: 12 February 2021

Diversity and inclusion has big boost, despite pandemic

New research from TopCV, the world’s largest CV-writing service, reveals that more than three-quarters (78%) of UK companies have taken steps to increase their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), starting last year.

Contributor: Amanda Augustine, careers expert - TopCV | Published: 11 February 2021

Shake up in graduate recruitment market is urgently needed

Urgent changes are needed in the graduate recruitment sector in order to boost social mobility and close the pervasive digital divide. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means those entering the jobs market are being let down by virtual technologies that often miss the point of the experiences they seek to recreate.

Contributor: David Shull, UK Country Founder & Head of Operations - Handshake | Published: 11 February 2021

Health and wellbeing technology is limited without human back up

Technology is extremely valuable in the provision of health-related support and wellbeing services and whilst a vast range of information and sophisticated algorithms provide excellent tailored advice, if an individual takes a turn for the worse, without human interaction, technology solutions are often left lacking.  

Contributor: Christine Husbands, MD - RedArc Nurses | Published: 10 February 2021

Why are candidates being left in the dark? Just 7 percent of employers giving feedback

The pandemic has triggered an influx in applicants and talent quality, with 48% declaring they have received more applications since COVID-19, and 66% reporting an improvement in candidate quality. However, access to top talent was cited as the top challenge for 2021 (19%), showing that companies are struggling to fully manage and take advantage of this talent influx.  

Contributor: Robert Newry, CEO and Co-Founder - Arctic Shores | Published: 10 February 2021

There’s millions in unspent training funds for furloughed workers

Last year, following the 24-month deadline for training grants to be spent, the Treasury quietly took back £330m of unspent apprenticeship levy money - which, contrary to popular belief, can be used by businesses to train all members of staff, whatever their age, level and time with the company.

Contributor: Jon O'Boyle - Eden Training Solutions | Published: 9 February 2021