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Three million disgruntled UK workers exaggerate hours

Employers urged to address worker fairness or risk losing staff during the Christmas rush. As Britain’s retail, leisure and hospitality sectors gear up for the busy Christmas season, businesses are being urged to introduce fairer shift patterns to avoid the costs associated with unhappy staff jumping ship or clocking ‘phantom hours’.

Contributor: Carl Holloway | Published: 8 October 2018

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Vast majority of EU workers would be barred from UK

New IPPR analysis finds that approximately three quarters of EU employees currently working in the UK would be ineligible for a work visa, under this week’s proposals. The analysis finds that the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations to end low-skilled work from the EU and reform the high-skilled work route would have a major impact on the UK’s labour market.

Contributor: Marley Morris | Published: 22 September 2018

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Zero hour contracts triple

The number of UK workers on zero hour contracts has more than tripled since 2012, propping up overall employment levels by accounting for almost a quarter of overall employment growth, according to new data by job search engine Adzuna.co.uk. Zero hour contracts have grown by 258 percent since 2012, with 901,000 workers currently employed on this contract type.

Contributor: Andrew Hunter | Published: 16 September 2018

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Airline pilot loses job following reference from Jabba the Hutt

An airline pilot with freight carrier West Atlantic UK has lost his job after giving putting forward Desilijic Tiure – an alternative name for the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt - as a reference. Mr Francis-McGann was working as a pilot and applied for a role as captain. He was successful, trained by West Atlantic UK and started work in his new role as a captain.

Contributor: Jasmine Chadha | Published: 9 September 2018

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Britain’s debt time-bomb – workers can’t make ends meet

New research from has found that 78 percent of workers use various types of credit, such as payday loans, credit cards and unplanned overdrafts, to source money quickly between pay days, suggesting that monthly outgoings are not aligned with their monthly salaries. 

Contributor: James Herbert | Published: 30 August 2018

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Many employers seriously undervalue emotional intelligence

One in four (25 percent) UK business leaders say that emotional intelligence (EQ) is undervalued in the hiring process, according to research by recruitment specialist Robert Half UK. This is in spite of the majority of businesses (60 percent) reporting it as a very important skill for their employees.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 21 August 2018

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Government ‘washes hands’ on umbrella company misery

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused the government of washing its hands of thousands of workers who are experiencing the misery of being paid via an umbrella company. There has been a huge surge in the number of workers forced to be employed via umbrella companies in recent years.

Contributor: Gail Cartmail | Published: 7 August 2018

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Why is people data still missing from corporate reports

New research highlights that many FTSE 100 firms are failing to share important workforce data in their annual reports. The CIPD is calling for improved reporting and transparency from Britain’s biggest businesses, warning that failure to capture and disclose key workforce data is keeping investors, employees and other parties in the dark on key business indicators.

Contributor: Edward Houghton | Published: 31 July 2018

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Frank Field report: Don’t regulate the platform economy into oblivion

Parliament should attempt to improve conditions for vulnerable self-employed workers, but it must not regulate the platform economy out of existence in doing so, IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has warned.

Contributor: Andy Chamberlain | Published: 30 July 2018

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Luton airport workers on zero hours “fight for dignity” says union

Workers responsible for helping disabled passengers at Luton Airport are in a battle with their employer Clece Care services which stands accused of exploiting its own workforce while providing services to people with restricted mobility. The workers are due to take 48 hour strike action between Tuesday 17 July 5.00 am to Thursday 19 July 4.59 am.

Contributor: Jeff Hodge | Published: 22 July 2018