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Housebuilding targets more than six years behind

Those local authorities who have fallen behind are 9.2 years off the pace on average. Southend-on-Sea is 34 years behind, York is lagging by 25 years and Luton is running a 22 year deficit. Councils have fallen more than six years behind their own house-building targets spelling disaster for Britain’s bid to end the housing crisis.

Contributor: Joseph Daniels | Published: 7 November 2018


There’s no gender happiness gap

There is no ‘gender happiness gap’ in the workplace, data from digital platform, Engaging Works shows but still much to do to in addressing reward and pay gaps. Data released from Engaging Works’ workplace survey shows that there is no difference between women and men in rating their happiness in the workplace.

Contributor: Lord Price | Published: 6 November 2018

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Interest rates on stay on hold

The Bank of England has left interest rates on hold, surprising precisely no-one. A fragile UK economy, softening global demand, and the looming shadow of Brexit leaves little scope for the central bank to do anything more than sit on its hands for the time being.

Contributor: Laith Khalaf | Published: 5 November 2018


Progress on the real Living Wage takes a regrettable step back

Undoing the progress made last year, over a fifth (22 percent) of UK jobs currently pay below the real Living Wage*, which represents an increase of 1.2 million jobs since 2012, KPMG analysis reveals. Last year’s report saw the number of jobs paying below the Living Wage slightly down on the preceding year, hinting at some progress.

Contributor: Jenny Baskerville | Published: 4 November 2018


Google staff walkout over treatment of women

“The cases of sexual harassment at Google shine a spotlight on a wider problem women face in the workplace." Contributor Dr Dulini Fernando, Associate Professor - Warwick Business School. All the women I spoke to while researching sex-based harassment had suffered on some level, from sexist remarks to harassment during pregnancy and sexually motivated advances.

Contributor: Dulini Fernando | Published: 3 November 2018

UK roads – too dangerous for commuting on cycles?

Despite the government pouring £1.2 billion into cycling*, new research has revealed that it is still only a slim few who are cycling to work, with many citing nervousness about cycling in traffic as the reason. A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published, shows that only 7% of the nation is commuting to work with a bike.

Contributor: Philippe Rebelo | Published: 2 November 2018


Autumn Budget comments roundup

“There’s no doubt that office-to-residential conversions have had a positive impact on the number of new homes being built so any simplification of this process is to be welcomed. Empty commercial deadwood is helping to regenerate local neighbourhoods around the UK and it’s a trend that needs to continue."

Contributor: Various | Published: 1 November 2018


Bias is still alive and kicking at work

A worrying 58 percent of UK professionals think leaders have a bias towards those who look, think or act like them; Over half (57 percent) of respondents say there have been occasions where their career progression has been limited due to their background Just 35 percent professionals trust their leaders to deliver change on diversity and inclusion.

Contributor: Yvonne Smyth | Published: 1 November 2018


Halloween Horror: Biggest Business Fears Revealed

With it being Halloween today, we’re not thinking about fancy dress or fake blood. This year, we’re more concerned with getting a handle on those things which businesses fear. According to recent research, 76% of SME owners are losing sleep over the state of their business. Amongst the top concerns for businesses are finance, work-life balance and legal compliance.

Contributor: Conor McArdle | Published: 1 November 2018


The top three demotivators in the workplace 

A new study from has found that over seven in ten UK employees want their employers to do more to motivate them. The research by Reward Gateway, which surveyed over 2,000 UK employees, found that the less motivated an employee is, the more likely they are to value their salary as a motivator.

Contributor: Rob Boland | Published: 31 October 2018