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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...

20 December 2016

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...

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...

02 December 2016

Sustainability in the corporate environment - what happens when all sects of society work together?

By Tom Gosling Over the last six months I've been working with the Purposeful Company Taskforce set up by the Big Innovation Company. This is a group of companies, investors, academics, and advisers who have come together to address the question of how the UK corporate governance and capital markets...

30 November 2016

A 100 year life and what it means for the world of work

By Phillippa O'Connor Time is precious, we all say so often – so what would we really do with more of it? What if at the end of every day you had another 6-8 hours? Far from a wish, this is very quickly becoming a reality. It’s no surprise to...

23 November 2016

So what is the impact of the Chancellor's salary sacrifice changes for employers?

By John Harding Today's changes will lead to increased complexity and costs for employers who want to remain competitive by offering their employees a flexible remuneration package. Businesses will be relieved to hear that there are some concessions to the proposals originally consulted on. Exempting low emission cars from the...

Chancellor tinkers around the edges of the tax system for employees

By Iain McCluskey So Phillip Hammond's first Autumn Statement was as notable for what it didn't contain as much as what it did. He inherited tax restraints from his predecessor which prevented him from raising the main rates of tax in this Parliament, and committed much of the loose change...

What does the increase in National Living Wage mean for employers?

By John Harding Whilst the Chancellor's announcement is positive news for working families, the additional strain on 'EJams' - employers just about managing - should not be underestimated. This comes at the same time as employers are facing a triple whammy of additional costs from the apprenticeship levy, holiday pay...

22 November 2016

Pedalling through “choppy waters”: What to expect from Phillip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement

By Ben Wilkins What a year it’s been. That statement refers to a lot of things in 2016: we had the Olympics in Rio, the Euros in France, Presidential elections in the US and of course, we had Brexit in the UK. And now, on the 23rd of November the...

16 November 2016

Younger workers: Organisations and governments must work together to empower a new generation

By Carol Stubbings Individually, we invest a lot in our kids and help them be the best they can be. We work hard to make sure our own children are well-equipped for their adult life. The past few years have been tough for younger workers; the economic crisis has led...

14 November 2016

No holding back: How employers can take the lead in tackling maternity discrimination

By Ed Stacey At the end of August, a committee of MPs launched a report highlighting the “shocking” and “unacceptable” increase in maternity discrimination at work[1]. More than one in ten (11%) pregnant women and mothers of newborn babies report being either dismissed, made compulsorily redundant when others in their...

08 November 2016

Can technology help HR lift the masks people wear?

By Chris Murray A friend of mine told me a story recently about an organisation who had a problem. They had asked their employees what they valued in an online survey and were pleased with the results. Quality and customer satisfaction featured heavily - which was completely aligned with the...

01 November 2016

Cyber Security Threats and the ‘Human Firewall’

By Anthony Bruce The ways through which an organisation can be exposed to cyber threats are rapidly evolving. There has been a 144% increase in successful cyber-attacks in businesses in the past year, and 75% of large organisations suffered staff related security breaches. 50% of the worst breaches in 2015...

27 October 2016

Post EU referendum: The to-do list for HR

By Anthony Bruce Getting the grips with the decision to leave the EU will be an enormous short to medium term challenge for organisations as a whole but it’s the HR function that will do much of the heavy lifting. Functions will need to be well-prepared and well-resourced if they’re...

24 October 2016

Buy-outs – further regulation on recruitment a people risk, or a culture opportunity?

By Katy Bennett On 28 September the PRA finalised new rules on buy-outs for banks, which are recruitment payments made to an individual to “buy out” awards that they would lose on leaving their old employer. The rules will require significant changes to processes and systems and there are many...