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.
Published: 7 December 2018
Almost 200,000 single parents - a tenth (10.6%) of all those who are economically active - are currently unemployed in the UK, two-and-a-half times the overall unemployment rate of four percent. The number of single parents in work has remained flat at 1.6 million over the last five years despite an increase in overall UK employment to record levels.
Published: 2 December 2018
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’.
Published: 8 October 2018
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.
Published: 22 September 2018
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.
Published: 16 September 2018
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.
Published: 9 September 2018
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.
Published: 30 August 2018
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.
Published: 21 August 2018
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.
Published: 7 August 2018
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.
Published: 31 July 2018