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The Great British serving staff shortage

The good news is that 79 percent of managers feel that the UK has the workforce available to fill any future shortfalls, meaning roles are attainable for those looking to pursue a career in hospitality. The seven hospitality roles most at risk of staff shortages as a result of Brexit have been revealed.

Contributor: Dr Richard Anderson | Published: 9 November 2019

Ethnicity biggest limiting factor for job seekers

More than nine in ten (91 percent) professionals with black heritage and 81 percent with Asian heritage believe their chances of selection for a job have been reduced because of their ethnicity. This is compared to only 18 percent of those with white British heritage.

Contributor: Yvonne Smyth | Published: 3 November 2019

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Calling the interviewer “dad” and other candidate fails 

When asked about their most embarrassing moments in an interview, UK workers said circumstances beyond their control are often to blame. 11 percent admitted to leaving the interview red faced with profuse sweating, sneezing fits and endless coughing listed as top blunders.

Contributor: Shelley Preston | Published: 5 September 2019

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Government policy fails almost one million temporary workers

Temporary workers, whether they choose to work this way for the flexibility benefits it brings or because they are temping while looking for a permanent role, will often benefit more from investment than managers and senior staff, who are more able to access training under the current system. 

Contributor: Neil Carberry | Published: 12 August 2019

Directors found “personally liable” for employment contract breaches

The High Court was asked to determine whether the directors of the defendant company should be personally liable for the breaches of the claimants' employment contracts. It was argued that the directors had, in bad faith and in breach of their own statutory duties.

Contributor: Graham Irons | Published: 25 April 2019

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Top, in-demand roles for 2019 revealed

According to the 2019 Salary Guide, more than half of CEOs (53%) admit finding candidates with data analysis and digital skills – as well as softer skills, such as resilience, adaptability to change and critical thinking – a challenge in the current market.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 14 January 2019

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Latest Workplace reforms do not go far enough

The Government’s workplace reforms to do go far enough - they do not go so far as banning zero-hour contracts. Given that the tribunal system is already creaking under the strain of a huge increase in claims since the abolition of fees, the government could have been more robust to stem likely further litigation in this area of zero-hour contracts.

Contributor: Prisca Bradley | Published: 30 December 2018

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Unsigned contract case delivers fresh warning to employers

Michael Wakeling, a partner at Midlands law firm Lodders, explained: “The recent case involved facilities management company Tenon FM and its former employee Ms Susan Cawley, who began employment at the company in 2008, was given a number of promotions, before being appointed operations director.

Contributor: Michael Wakeling | Published: 14 December 2018

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Rise of the ‘Hybrid-PA’ spikes demand for support staff

Demand for ‘Hybrid PAs’, who combine traditional PA skills with specialist knowledge in areas such as marketing, events and project management, has driven a 36 percent increase in permanent support staff roles in 2018. The report into the UK’s support staff market also reveals a 11 percent growth in salaries, significantly higher than the national average.

Contributor: David Morel | Published: 7 December 2018