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18 August 2017

Are you one of the 233 companies? National Minimum Wage compliance continues to dominate headlines

Compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation continues to be a hot topic given the recent media interest in the latest list of some 233 employers who have been named this week. The technical nature of the Regulations mean that many employers have technical breaches, e.g. understanding what constitutes working...

25 July 2017

Blockchain and HR

By Anthony Bruce During the very early days of the internet, management theorists expended a lot of energy trying to predict what effect it would have on the way companies did business. The consensus was that the technology would reduce companies’ internal and external transaction costs, resulting in a reduction...

17 July 2017

UK as a hub: The Brexit effect

By Jo-Anne Allen Bray A favourable tax environment, a strong talent market and excellent transport links are just a few of the many reasons why overseas companies choose to invest and set up in the UK. The UK as a hub, (or UKaaH, for those who can’t get through the...

14 July 2017

Human capital ROI - the most wonderful measure of all?

By Jonathan Moses When you read about HR, people management or employee updates in company reports it isn't long until you come across the V-word ... value. "People create the value in our business"; a strategy to "add value to customers"; increasing the "value of our return". And you might...

11 July 2017

7 things employers need to know about the Taylor Review

By Julian Sansum The long awaited Taylor report into modern working practices has just been published and should be of keen interest to most employers and those using off payroll workers. The key recommendations and findings are: The national strategy for work should be explicitly directed toward the goal of...

Solving the productivity puzzle

By Phillippa O'Connor The US economist Paul Krugman famously said: ‘Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything.’ That’s why the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’ is of such concern. Official figures show that productivity in the UK has stagnated since the financial crisis and remains stubbornly below...

07 July 2017

Older women are what business needs

By Carol Stubbings By 2050, the number of over-60s in the world will have doubled. The World Economic Forum recently called this ‘the financial equivalent of climate change,’ which will haunt future generations if we fail to address it. One of the major consequences is that we’ll all have to...

06 July 2017

Flying the flag for the Armed Forces – PwC sponsors RIAT 2017

By Jon Andrews I am thrilled that once again, PwC will be sponsoring the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) where we will host a number of the firm’s valued clients and special guests over three fantastic days. RIAT is one of the world's most recognised airshows, held annually at RAF...

04 July 2017

Gathering STBV data: It’s all about quality

By Rick Shaw We’ve written recently about the importance of tracking your short-term business visitors (STBVs). But when it comes to the practicalities, that’s easier said than done. At our recent Business Traveller event, we spent a lot of time discussing how gathering data works in practice, and heard from...

28 June 2017

Brexit, scenario planning and the known unknowns

By Ben Wilkins The UK’s negotiations over our membership of the European Union began last week; in around 22 months we should have a good idea of what the final Brexit position will look like. It’s hardly surprising that businesses find planning in this environment challenging. But it’s important to...

22 June 2017

Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices due any day: here’s what we expect

By Julian Sansum What could prove far reaching recommendations for Britain's Labour market are expected any day now. Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society of Arts and former head of the Labour policy unit, has been leading a Government commissioned review of modern employment practices. Gig work - the...

14 June 2017

How to use emerging technologies to boost employees’ financial wellbeing

By Saq Hussain Many employers want to support employees worrying about debt or struggling with both savings and pension planning, but aren’t sure how to do so most effectively Employers increasingly understand the benefits of helping their staff improve their financial wellbeing. They know anxiety about debt, savings and retirement...

09 June 2017

If you have STBV data, this is why you should use it

By Sarah Mullen Do you know where your people are, and what they’re doing while they’re there? You may not; according to our recent Managing Mobility survey, some organisations struggle to get a handle on how many of their people are working internationally at any one time. The reasons to...

25 May 2017

The first steps to tracking STBVs

By Ben Wilkins Short-term business visitors (STBVs) have become a big story in the world of mobility. It’s clear that the nature of global mobility is rapidly shifting, and that short-term business travel, as much as long-term overseas assignments, are becoming the norm. For half of organisations taking part in...

16 May 2017

In the age of technology, it’s still all about the people

By Anthony Bruce The generally accepted opinion is that low-skill, low-wage activities on the front line are the ones most susceptible to automation. However, as developments in artificial intelligence gather serious pace, workplace automation is reaching ever greater levels of sophistication. So really it’s only a matter of time before...

04 May 2017

Is wellbeing the bridge to span the productivity gap?

By Jo Salter Did you know that the average UK worker takes five days to do what our German colleagues do in four? It is said that the UK has a major productivity problem. Philip Hammond raised this in the recent Autumn Statement, where he highlighted how far behind our...

24 April 2017

Why people matter more than ever in Financial Services

By Jon Terry Arguably, the financial services sector is more at risk (or has the most to gain, depending on your viewpoint) from the disruption caused by robotics and automation than almost any other industry. The scale of change brought about by increased automation so far has been immense and...

11 April 2017

The changing face of sales incentives - have they reached their sell-by date in their current form?

We have seen the traditional sales model being re-shaped, leading to a significant change in how salespeople are paid. Companies are exhibiting a greater desire to alter the underlying behaviours driven by sales incentives with a move away from a profit based approach to a more customer focussed approach. We...

05 April 2017

Gender pay - an opportunity for change

By Alastair Woods The new gender pay reporting comes into force in the UK this month, firing the starting gun for companies who have a year to gather, review and publish their gender pay gap and other statistics. This reporting brings both challenges and opportunities. It will inevitably mean that...

22 March 2017

Compensation and payroll - post truth age where facts and experts don’t matter? Not really…

By Andrew Williams It seems to me that one of the most difficult challenges organisations face when managing expatriate compensation and payrolls is a lack of true expertise. It isn't that knowledge and experience is completely lacking. It's just that it tends to be fragmented and dispersed and there are...