Category Archives: Employment News

Will a robot take over your job?

Fear of technology taking our jobs runs deep. As long ago as 1589, Elizabeth I denied a patent to a newfangled knitting machine, saying: “Consider thou what the invention could do to my poor subjects. It would assuredly bring to … Continue reading

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Job vacancies increase as staff shortages lift pay

The jobs market has “ended the year on a high”, with employment and wages strengthening despite fears of a post-Brexit slowdown, according to a key survey. Companies increased their permanent staff headcount in November at the fastest pace since February … Continue reading

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New blow for workers who are made redundant

The prospect of a redundancy payment may be the only silver lining in losing your job, but HMRC is poised to take more of your payout under another stealth tax hidden in last week’s autumn statement. All payments made in … Continue reading

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National Minimum Wage change – 1st October 2016

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Easier to get a job in Manchester than London?

It is easier to get a job in Manchester than in London, according to a survey that explodes the myth that the nation’s capital is sucking the lifeblood out of the economy beyond the M25 corridor. Data from the recruitment … Continue reading

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REC Jobs Outlook: Confidence plummets

Business confidence has deteriorated significantly since the EU referendum, but employers say they need to hire more staff to meet demand, according to the latest Jobs Outlook survey. A third (34 per cent) of employers surveyed in the three months … Continue reading

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Contact with staff during sick leave

There’s often a misconception that contacting employees when they’re on sickness absence could be construed as a form of harassment – but an appropriate level of contact is actually a necessary element to a good absence management policy. Here’s our … Continue reading

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UK jobless total falls to 1.64 million

The UK unemployment total fell by 52,000 to 1.64 million between April and June, official figures indicate. The UK’s unemployment rate remained at 4.9%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. According to the ONS, the number of people on … Continue reading

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Fathers too nervous to ask boss for parental leave?

Only a fraction of fathers have taken advantage of shared parental leave rules and taken extended time off work to care for a new baby, according to the first figures on take up. Records held by Revenue & Customs showed … Continue reading

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Job vacancies up 8% as shortage of skills takes its toll

The number of jobs advertised last month was higher than at the same time last year, suggesting that Britain’s booming jobs market was not affected by the EU referendum result, according to Reed.co.uk, the recruitment website. There were 8.2 per … Continue reading

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