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Calls for more flexibility in apprenticeships as numbers drop again

Given the expected drop in new apprenticeship starts tomorrow, and the fact that around 90 percent of the levy remains unspent, the City & Guilds Group has called upon Government to listen to employers by allowing more flexibility in how the apprenticeship levy is spent. This is vital to ensure apprenticeships remain a viable skills solution for businesses.

Contributor: Kirstie Donnelly | Published: 16 June 2018

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Flexible working must not just focus on female talent

Organisations must encourage a culture of flexibility across the workforce, or risk negatively impacting employee engagement levels and the ability to attract and retain top talent. A report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, Fathers in the Workplace, recommends that all new jobs should be advertised as flexible to reflect societal change.

Contributor: Paul Modley | Published: 12 April 2018

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Flexible working could be more important than financial incentives

New research from HSBC[i] has highlighted that flexible and remote working practices are more likely to motivate staff and increase workplace productivity than financial incentives. Nine out of ten (89%) employees surveyed claimed that flexible working is their number one motivator to boost their productivity at work, compared with 77% of respondents who said financial incentives would motivate them

Contributor: Adrian Lewis | Published: 8 January 2018

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Are younger employees being excluded from flexible working?

Following recent reports which show the UK falling behind in the global drive for flexible working, new research from Michael Page has revealed that more than 8 in 10 (84 percent) office based millennial employees do not work from home in an average working week - with 82 percent of those saying they are not able or allowed to. Comment Oliver Watson, Executive Board Director for UK and North America at PageGroup.

Contributor: Oliver Watson | Published: 18 August 2017

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Freelancers’ confidence plummets to lowest level

Driven by Brexit and government policy, the confidence of the UK’s two million freelancers has plummeted to the lowest level on record, according to research conducted by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed. Comment Suneeta Johal, IPSE Head of Research, Education and Training.

Contributor: Suneeta Johal | Published: 14 August 2017

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Returner women swapping careers for flexibility

One in six women return to work in a different function and 38% change industry sector saying their current job offers more flexibility than the one they had prior to taking a break (59 percent). Comment from Geraldine Gallacher, Managing Director, ECC and author of the report.

Contributor: Geraldine Gallacher | Published: 20 July 2017

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British homeworking economy worth £167 billion

Almost a third of Brits work from home at least once a week. Homeworkers, who overwhelmingly rely on fast broadband, contribute £167 billion to the UK economy annually. Virgin Media reveals there could be as many as 15.6 million homeworkers in the UK by 2022 - a 90 percent increase compared with today. Comment Kerris Bright, Chief Marketing Officer - Virgin Media.

Contributor: Kerris Bright | Published: 28 June 2017

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Homeworking up by 152,000 in 2016

The number of employees who usually work from home increased by 152,000 last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC to mark National Work From Home Day.

Contributor: Frances O'Grady | Published: 27 May 2017