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discrimination

Widespread workplace discrimination blocking progress on gender diversity

With the public spotlight on sexual harassment cases and the gender pay gap, new research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) demonstrates how discrimination is rife across the workplace. More than four in five (85 percent) of women and 80 percent of men report that they have witnessed gender-discriminatory acts at work.

Contributor: Caroline Minashi | Published: 1 February 2018

young carers

Young Carers in work need better support

Young carers can have roles throughout the workplace, including apprenticeships, traineeships or full time employment. Having supported employed carers for over two decades, RedArc knows that they need very specific help to take account of their mental as well as their physical health.

Contributor: Christine Husbands | Published: 31 January 2018

vacancies

Search for staff gets tougher as vacancies reach record highs

Today’s labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), based on data from September-November 2017, show that the number of vacancies has reached a record high for the fourth month in a row whilst real wage growth is still falling. Businesses are still planning to hire and there was a record number of vacancies at the end of last year.

Contributor: Kevin Green | Published: 31 January 2018

managers

Workplace stress surges as managers work 44 days extra per year

Managers are working an extra 44 days a year over and above their contracted hours, up from 40 days in 2015. One in four are feeling Brexit-related blues at work. Long hours taking their toll, causing one in 10 to take sick leave for stress and mental health. “The impact of Brexit and the continuing political uncertainty is clearly contributing to managers’ workplace woes."

Contributor: Petra Wilton | Published: 30 January 2018

talent competitiveness

Now Chinese is the language of choice in business

The average salary for finance jobs requesting Chinese speakers was £41,573 across the UK - an average £7,647 higher than the average pay promised to professional Chinese speakers! The second and third most lucrative languages in the industry were German (£38,512) and French (£36,759) respectively.

Contributor: Becky Barr | Published: 30 January 2018

AI

The employment impacts of AI are increasingly being felt

With robots doing everything from building cars to providing ‘company', it is predicted that over the next 20 years, 1 in 3 UK jobs will be replaced by a robot. The development of AI and superfast microchips the size of a grain of rice means that a simple formula and fast connection may soon make many thought based roles obsolete.

Contributor: Enrique Garcia | Published: 29 January 2018

finance

Cost control not Brexit will dominate hiring activity in 2018

In its Salary Guide 2018, Core-Asset’s annual bench marking tool for employers and professionals in Scotland, the recruiter argues that sector consolidation, the burden of regulation, and the cost of moving to a fairer and more equal business environment will have a dampening effect on salary levels and recruitment activity - particularly across permanent roles.

Contributor: Betsy Williamson | Published: 29 January 2018

boss

One in ten people have imagined killing their boss

Nearly a third of retail workers hate their jobs - the highest percentage in the study. As the UK workforce returns to the office on a post-Christmas comedown, Expert Market, a leading B2B online comparison site, has released new research revealing what we really think of our boss.

Contributor: Hannah Whitfield | Published: 28 January 2018

tax

How tax rule tweaks are changing pensions, savings and house buying behaviour

Tax saved through the personal savings allowance indicates that money not being saved into cash ISAs isn’t simply finding itself in savings accounts instead. The stamp duty exemption for first time buyers is expected to have saved £125 million in tax between November 2017 and April 2018.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 28 January 2018

sexual harassment

Half of all women have experienced sexual harassment at work

Fawcett Society looking into the UK's sex discrimination laws has called for a number of changes to the legal system, including strengthening the laws on sexual harassment at work to protect women from harassment by third parties and extending protection from pregnancy discrimination to 6 months after maternity leave ends.

Contributor: Emma O'Leary | Published: 27 January 2018