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Workers not getting the rights they deserve

According to the latest labour market figures, real wages are still 1.9 per cent lower than they were a decade ago and 844,000 workers in the UK are stuck on zero-hours contracts. Read More

Pension contribution hike to hit take-home pay

Millions of workers could see a decrease in their take-home pay from April 6 2019 when the amount they have to pay into their pension plan increases by 2 per cent under auto-enrolment. Read More

CIPD warns against banning zero-hour contracts

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned that calls to ban zero-hours contracts could actually be counterproductive, as it could lead to some people giving up work altogether. Read More

Apprenticeship levy must be more flexible

The Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have taken up a recommendation to broaden the apprenticeship levy so that it can be used as a training and skills levy to give women more opportunities in the jobs market. Read More

Employees looking for different things

A recent survey has found that 97 per cent of employers agree that the workplace expectations of employees in firms of all sizes are changing rapidly, and this means that many employers will have to change what they offer in order to keep and recruit staff. Read More

How to keep employees happy

January is traditionally a time when many employees start looking around for greener employment pastures, which can be a real headache for employers who are trying to retain good workers. However, there are a number of things bosses can do to make their workplace more attractive. Read More

Employers plan to increase investment in benefits

Recent research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests that almost 30 per cent of employers plan to increase investment in their health and wellbeing benefits in the next two years. Read More

Mental health still a taboo subject

A recent study has found that, although 66 per cent of workers in the UK have personally experienced mental ill-health, 61 per cent of them have never spoken to anyone at work about their problems. Read More

Flexible working is the most popular benefit

According to recent research, flexible working is at the top of the list of the most desired benefits for people working in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with more than 40 per cent saying that this is what they would most like. Read More

More money abroad for doing the same job

Recent research has found that the average individual taking a job abroad that is roughly similar to the one they do in the UK gains an additional £15,996 of annual salary when they move. Read More

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