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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

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DB Green Paper: Good arguments for more flexibility

There are good arguments for introducing more flexibility into the current DB system to enable employers and trustees to reach better outcomes for members than PPF compensation where, on the balance of probabilities, the employer will be insolvent if pension liabilities cannot be restructured. Faith Dickson, Partner at Sackers.

Contributor: Faith Dickson | Published: 18 May 2017

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Flex is on the up

Flexible working arrangements are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, not just for employees who enjoy working from home, but also for businesses that want to keep staff motivated and boost productivity while also benefiting from a more efficient real estate footprint. By Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director, Robert Half UK.

Contributor: Phil Sheridan | Published: 31 March 2017

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Doris strikes, but remote working still denied to 37 percent

Despite bad weather costing the UK billions in lost productivity every year, many office workers are never allowed to work remotely, according to research from communications experts 8x8. Article from Kevin Scott-Cowell, UK MD.

Contributor: Kevin Scott-Cowell | Published: 24 February 2017