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Bad hire evident almost immediately

According to the study of almost 5,000 managers in 13 countries around the world, 39 percent typically realise within a fortnight that a new hire is not meeting expectations. Meanwhile, over one in seven (15 percent) employers realise they’ve made a mistake within a recruit’s first week on the job.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 25 May 2018

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One in nine workers in “insecure jobs” says TUC

At least 3.8 million people are in insecure work, such as agency work, zero-hour contracts and low-paid self-employment. New analysis published by the TUC finds that 3,820,000 UK workers are in insecure forms of employment. This is 11.9 percent of the workforce, or 1 in 9 workers.

Contributor: Frances O'Grady | Published: 17 May 2018

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New Tech Fund to support disabled people and employers announced

In a hyper-connected and multi-cultural society, it is key organisations foster an environment where the inclusion of employees with disabilities is evident across all levels, in all business activity and in the ways their employees collaborate with one another, customers and partners.

Contributor: Sarah Kaiser | Published: 4 May 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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More than half of all UK employees are unhappy in the workplace

Half of all UK employees can recall something happening in the past month that has made them feel less positive about their working lives. Examples include pay cuts, bullying, harassment, workplace stress, and even sexual assault. Research published today by employee benefits provider Personal Group, shows that 56% of all people surveyed are not happy in the workplace.

Contributor: Mark Scanlon | Published: 4 April 2018

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Top Companies 2018: online retail, professional services and banking dominate

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, analysed billions of actions by its 24+ million UK members to compile its third annual list of the Top Companies professionals most want to work for. After a challenging year for the British high-street, significantly fewer high-street retail chains feature on this year’s list.

Contributor: Emily Spaven | Published: 1 April 2018

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Demand for accountants up 27 percent outside London

Career opportunities for qualified accounting professionals outside of London increased by 27 percent between February 2016 and February 2018, as businesses increasingly look to relocate or expand outside of the capital. This data is reflected by separate research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) which found that vacancies for finance managers in the south of England increased by 19 percent year-on-year at the end of 2017.

Contributor: Adrian O'Connor | Published: 23 March 2018

Growth in self-employment driven by highly -skilled freelancers not gig economy

Growth in the UK’s self-employed sector has been fuelled by a rise in the number of highly skilled freelancers – up 46 per cent since 2008 to two million – a new report by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) and Kingston University has shown.

Contributor: Chris Bryce | Published: 22 March 2018

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Businesses pay out £3.8bn in redundancy payments this year

Businesses paid out an estimated £3.8 billion to employees who were laid off in 2016/17*, says Hugh James, the Top 100 law firm. Hugh James says that although the value of redundancy payments has declined over the last year, from £4 billion in 2015/16, businesses are still making the decision to pay out high redundancy costs in the short term in order to increase profitability over the long term.

Contributor: Emma Burns | Published: 20 March 2018

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Struggle for talent continues despite rise in unemployment

Recent labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), based on data from October-December 2017, show that both the number of unemployment and the number of vacancies have increased while real wage growth is still falling. Contributor Tom Hadley.

Contributor: Tom Hadley | Published: 25 February 2018