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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...

09 March 2017

Tackling the productivity puzzle

Phillippa O'Connor We are a hard-working nation. So why is our productivity so poor compared to other developed nations? UK productivity is currently 18% lower than the average for the other G7 nations and lags significantly behind France, Germany and the US. This ‘productivity puzzle’, as it’s become known, has...

08 March 2017

No reforms of substance to personal tax in Spring Budget - are we just treading water?

By Iain McCluskey Philip Hammond looked like he enjoyed today, the second in a trilogy of set piece economic events in the space of 12 months. As expected, very little was announced on tax, aside from the change to national insurance for the self employed. The Chancellor was clearly keeping...

What the Spring Budget means for productivity

By Andrew Sentance When economists think about the interventions which government can undertake to boost productivity, there are a relatively small number of key issues which research suggests might make a difference: R&D/innovation; education and skills; and transport infrastructure. Today’s Budget and the previous Autumn Statement aim to provide support...

Winning the fight for female talent: how to gain the diversity edge through inclusive recruitment?

By Aoife Flood, Lead researcher and author Winning the fight for female talent Today International Women’s Day is being celebrated across the globe, and to mark the day PwC has released our Winning the fight for female talent: How to gain the diversity edge through inclusive recruitment research report. This...

03 March 2017

The Budget wish list: staying at the heart of talent issues in a globalised world

By Ben Wilkins This will be a critical Budget – the last before Article 50 is triggered and we begin our exit negotiations from the EU. On 8 March, all eyes and ears will be on the Chancellor, and top of the current wish list for most businesses will be...

02 March 2017

Budget: Is the gig economy in the Chancellor’s sights?

By Julian Sansum and Mark Saunders Deep in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) 264-page report on the UK’s economic and fiscal outlook, published last November, was an important statistic: in 2020/21, the cost to the Treasury of the gig economy (in terms of lost tax revenue) will reach at...

28 February 2017

A closer look at the UK’s gender pay gap

By Laura Hinton Each year we publish our assessment of female economic empowerment across 33 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.The results from this year’s Women in Work Index reveal the UK has climbed to its highest ever position, now ranking at 13th in the index, up one...

21 February 2017

How to find out how your employees feel - the key is sentiment analytics

By Jo Salter In my experience, being ‘professional’ can sometimes be interpreted as being ‘unemotional’ and I think it’s impossible to separate out emotions and still remain authentic. One way to develop emotional intelligence is through working in a diverse workforce (and I’m including emotional diversity here). Research shows emotionally...

15 February 2017

Fairness is in the eye of the beholder

By Tom Gosling Thomas Pikety’s book, Capital in the 21st Century, became an unexpected best-seller by tapping into a latent public concern about inequality in advanced economies. The same concern has been credited with triggering high profile political upsets in the Western world during 2016 - and is now very...

23 January 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...

18 January 2017

Why we’re supporting a regional solution to social mobility

By Gaenor Bagley Social mobility is about levelling the playing field. It means helping more young people to fulfil their potential whatever their background and wherever they live. A lot of the debate around the role of business in social mobility has concentrated on a single point in time. Whether...

10 January 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...

16 December 2016

The ‘cost’ of HR

By Jonathan Moses The focus on HR costs seemingly does not go away. Most organisations regularly track or review the cost of their HR function in one way or another and it is often scrutinised further in times of economic recession or as the organisation begins to look to amalgamate...

15 December 2016

Driving gender equality in FS– why wait and see isn't an option

By Katy Bennett and Jon Terry On Monday, the think tank New Financial released its first analysis of how the first signatories to HM Treasury's Women in Finance Charter have complied with the requirements of the Charter. This analysis is based on information that firms have publicly released their confidential...

13 December 2016

Managing cyber risks in the gig economy

By Anthony Bruce In our previous post we discussed how people can be the weak link in your organisation’s cyber security strategy, whether this comes from them misplacing laptops or hard documents, to clicking on suspicious links in emails. Many organisations are ensuring that their employees are being trained to...

Gender Pay: the best defence is transparency

By Alastair Woods With the final draft legislation out now, UK companies are preparing for a new disclosure regime that will put the spotlight on how well they are addressing deep-rooted gender disparities in the workplace. From talking to our clients, we know that the data gathering will present a...

09 December 2016

Managing mobility in a world reshaped by BEPS

By Sarah Mullen Mobility is evolving; driven by cost pressures, changes in technology and working practices, resulting in a shift away from “traditional” mobility involving formalised, long-term assignments, towards more informal types of mobility – business travellers, international commuters, virtual workers. This population poses particular challenges for employers: Who has...