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HR leaders must embrace automation in 2018

HR leaders must consider the benefits of harnessing robotic process automation in 2018, or be left behind the curve. The recommendation comes following a report, which advises that allowing ‘21st-century machines’ to take on the heavy lifting and routine tasks of the future will let the human workforce focus on activities that generate larger economic benefits.

Contributor: Laurie Padua | Published: 25 January 2018


One third of UK professionals suffer from depression or anxiety

As the post-Christmas blues set in and the cold days continue, the survey of 1,200 workers sought to reveal how mental health affects professionals this Blue Monday. The study found that for 70.6% of those that suffer, their depression or anxiety can sometimes have a negative effect on their working life, while a further 17.9% said it always negatively impacts their working life. 

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 24 January 2018


What now for UK’s gender pay gap?

The UK's gender pay gap is narrower, but men and women in the UK doing the same job continue to be valued differently by their employers. We should also bear in mind that the report covers all occupations, and it should be remembered that the scale of the report also disguises the fact that the pay gap could be much greater than the average, which is even more concerning.

Contributor: Adam Pennington | Published: 24 January 2018


Has inflation peaked?

Inflation’s been a hot topic since the Brexit vote caused a sharp drop in sterling 18 months ago. But logic has always dictated that once the effect of the weaker pound had percolated into the real economy, it should then start to drop out of the year-on-year calculations 12 months later.

Contributor: Ben Brettell | Published: 24 January 2018


Inflation down, but we’re not out of the woods

There is little doubt that December’s fall in inflation is welcome given the pressures on households and stubbornly below inflation wage rises. But it is only a small fall and we’re not out of the woods yet. What remains to be seen is whether inflation has peaked or if there is more in the pipeline.

Contributor: Jacob Deppe | Published: 23 January 2018


Ever-increasing length of compliance checks causing uncertainty

One of the UK's leading tax experts today weighed into the debate emerging from news that HMRC investigations into large companies have increased in length over the last financial year. Prolonged HMRC investigations can have a negative impact and cause financial uncertainty.

Contributor: David Redfern | Published: 23 January 2018


London SMEs struggle with productivity

SMEs in London are being forced to implement changes to help compete with the rest of the country, with employee well-being measures such as flexible working being the most popular tactic for nearly half (46%). Over a third (38%) are tackling the problem by paying employees above the average wage, while a similar number (36%) are offering incentives.

Contributor: Nikki Flanders | Published: 22 January 2018


What should we read into the Latest Consumer Price inflation figures?

There is little doubt that a fall in inflation is welcome given the pressures on households and anaemic wage growth. What remains to be seen is whether inflation has peaked or if there is more in the pipeline. It had been thought that inflation would peak at 3 percent in October only for the markets to be taken slightly by surprise when it continued to rise in November.

Contributor: Jacob Deppe | Published: 22 January 2018


London still most expensive location for rental accommodation in Europe

Rent for professionals in London is £3,693pm more expensive than the average in Europe. London rent (£5,398pm) is almost four times more expensive than the average rental locations in other major UK cities (£1,427pm). Dublin rental accommodation has entered the top 10 most expensive in Europe for the first time (£2,688pm).

Contributor: Alec Smith | Published: 22 January 2018


So why do girls give up on science?

A new study of 100,000 sixth formers, conducted by Unifrog, has found that girls are taking more A levels in science, technology and mathematics but are still avoiding the subject at university. It’s clear more still needs to be done to encourage the uptake of STEM subjects/roles all the way through university and into the workplace.

Contributor: Regina Moran | Published: 21 January 2018