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Brexit impact dominating recruitment strategies

Nearly all HR managers and recruiters say Brexit is impacting hiring strategies, as UK becomes less attractive to international talent. 44 percent of HR and recruitment professionals think the UK is less attractive to EU27 candidates. One third (35 percent) of recruiters have seen a decrease in hiring from France and Germany since the start of 2018.

Contributor: Jon Addison | Published: 1 May 2018

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Sainsbury and Asda announce plans to merge

Sainsbury has this morning confirmed plans to merge with Asda in a deal which will see Asda’s current owner, Walmart, taking a stake of 42 percent in the enlarged group. Sainsbury will in addition pay £2.975 billion to Walmart for control of Asda. Walmart is to retain responsibility for the Asda pension scheme, subject to approval.

Contributor: Laith Khalaf | Published: 1 May 2018

One in four British managers would take a pay cut for purpose-led job

The purpose-pay cheque debate has been reignited this week, with new research revealing that more than a quarter of managers (27%) in British companies would likely accept a salary cut to work for a company that has a clear purpose beyond profit.

Contributor: Liz Ellis | Published: 30 April 2018

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Pension freedoms set to cost UK companies £25bn

Finance Directors need to look at how pension freedoms are impacting accounting costs and the financial position of schemes. Xafinity Punter Southall, the largest pensions consultancy in the UK specialising solely in pensions, investment and administration services has revealed that pension freedoms could cost UK companies £25bn. 

Contributor: Wayne Segers | Published: 30 April 2018

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Managed learning taking L&D by storm

L&D’s quest for efficiency, quality and innovation is changing the global market for managed learning, according to a study by Hemsley Fraser, which reveals that today’s organisations want a provider who can add value, not just deliver short-term cost savings.

Contributor: Sally Hurrell | Published: 29 April 2018

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Trans equality initiative

Stonewall research found that half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination or abuse. EY is supporting Stonewall’s launch of a new UK initiative that will help to bring about positive change for trans and non-binary people in the workplace and the community.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 29 April 2018

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‘Serious’ housing problems hit highest rate in five years

UK adults are more concerned about property prices and availability today than at any point in the last five years, latest research has revealed. A massive 83% of people believe house prices are a ‘serious’ problem, up from 77% five years ago. Meanwhile 77% of respondents say availability of housing is now a major concern, up from 69% in 2014.

Contributor: Paula Higgins | Published: 28 April 2018

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Right to be forgotten “a key victory for people with a criminal record”

More and more in recent years, people with spent criminal convictions have found their past mistakes have continued to haunt them because employers, insurers and members of the public have been able to use internet search engines such as Google to get to old media reports relating to their now spent record. 

Contributor: Christopher Stacey | Published: 28 April 2018

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Pension engagement is not just for the beginning and end

The peak levels of interaction with members come at the beginning, when they first enter the scheme and then when they are preparing to retire. Whilst this is understandable to a point, as they are the key points where understanding and interaction are required, this does not mean that the period of membership in between is just a pathway to follow that requires no direction.

Contributor: Karen Bolan | Published: 27 April 2018

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“Complicated” English language tests impacting NHS resources

At a time when the NHS is facing an acute shortage of hospital doctors, there is an increasing reliance on overseas talent to help plug the gap. However, these much-needed medical professionals are facing a number of barriers which prevent them starting work in UK hospitals.

Contributor: Philip Braham | Published: 27 April 2018