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British workers among worst paid in Europe

Sam De Zoysa says:

I haven't got a spare $3600 so I haven't read the report but the reporting of the report hasn't mentioned the labour participation rate. Unemployment rates for under 25s in southern Europe are over 50% in some countries. It would stand to reason that those that do find employment are the best qualified in the companies that are hiring which are undoubtedly fewer than in northern Europe. UK business confidence is at its highest in 20 years and it would therefore stand to reason that even the smallest SMEs are hiring, albeit on lower salaries and possibly with lower levels More...

Women need more than mentoring to reach the top, says MOJ permanent secretary

Pip Clarke says:

I wholeheartedly agree that more needs to be done to address the diversity imbalance than just mentoring. The fact that we’re still debating how to address this issue is testament to the reality that current solutions simply aren’t working. Use of role models will certainly prove valuable, but in my experience it is also worth encouraging authentic leadership within an organisation. A relatively new concept, authentic leadership opens up communication channels and encourages honest conversations at all levels of the organisation. This approach gives employees an opportunity to say what they’re able to accommodate alongside their commitments at home, allowing More...

Apprenticeships: 'huge inequality' as women more likely to train for low-paid jobs

Steve Gray says:

Whilst traditional apprenticeships were dominant in the 'provider/bread-winner' sectors such as engineering/science/ finance sectors up until the 90's and even 00's there was until recently a reluctance for women to enter these male-dominated industries. Gender stereotyping starts at a very early stage in the development of any child (dolls/cars etc) this is reinforced in primary school where there is still a shortage of male representation, therefore male influence at this age, to break the cycle of continued stereotyping, is severely curtailed. No-one underestimates the vital and necessary roles that women play in society and therefore there needs to be a More...

Osborne's welcome boost for employee owned business

Liz Hunter says:

As a follow-on from the above article, the draft legislation was published on 10 Dec and there is disappointment to be found in some of the detail... With regard to the tax exempt bonus payments proposed, the draft legislation currently anticipates that this will only be possible where the provisions governing the EBT: (a) do not permit any of the settled property to be applied, at any time, otherwise than for the benefit of all the eligible employees on the same terms, (b) do not permit the trustees, at any time, to apply any of the settled property by creating More...

Review recommends Government set up whistleblowing code of practice

Safia Boot says:

Too often unethical behaviour is never just one or two acts or incidents but a pattern of behaviour which makes it easy to dismiss as just 'minor' or excused as 'little white lies' surely everyone does this?Other 'inconsistencies' are often seen only in isolation due to lack of sharing information and poor communication in organisations or simply fear of reprisal so that a pattern never emerges. This often continues for a long time until something major happens for someone to then speak up at great personal cost. Leaders and HR need to be curious and open minded and see people More...

Is an employer entitled to dismiss an employee based on a third party's allegations alone?

julie says:

I av accepted redundancy on sick but on displinary next mon can employer stop redundancy pay if dismissed never had warning in 5 yrs .

Disengaged employees and poor health cost UK economy £6 billion

Kate Smythe says:

This is true, I've completed lots of really good projects and received compliments from clients etc. But have no pay rise for five years and no reward, comments from my employer. I only stay in the job because it's ajob that fits in with my family commitments and sometimes it looks like it could 'take off' and become really intersting. I don't take time of sick, but I do sometimes feel well and truly unmotivated. This is a subect often talked about but which employers never address.

Autumn Statement: Employment at "all time high"

Jo Pierre says: So more people have work... but for the first time, there are more employed 'poor'(below poverty line) that unemployed

Car hire firm embraces home-working

Heleni Lindsell says:

Thanks Leigh for writing this article. I was able to use it for my University assignment on 'flexible working practices'. Samantha Meredith kindly pointed me in this direction. I adapted the concept behind it to some case-study consultancy work with a struggling call center.

Heart foundation calls for healthier lifestyles

Shoz Rahman says:

Lifestyle and diet choices are the employees responsibility, and employers should not waste effort and resources on promoting employee well being. Everyone is aware of health issues associated with certain diets and lifestyles, and despite this, many people don't appear to be concerned. They continue to indulge. So it's not at all likely that an employee will decide against chips and a burger for fruit and say "I'm doing so because my employer said". With vast media campaigns, health advice and incessant news features on healthy eating having no effect on lifestyles and diets, why do some believe that employers More...

HMRC U-turn will protect staff using salary sacrifice for pensions, post auto-enrolment legislation

Charlotte says:

Having left my employer before the qualifying 2 years, I was recently told I don't qualify for the pension scheme and despite having paid over £100 a month on a 'salary exchange scheme' I am not entitled to a refund because the payments are classed as employer contributions... I received no 'benefit' other than reduced NI and Tax. Can this be right? I feel like I've been conned.

Autumn Statement: Support for apprenticeships, removal of uni cap

kelly says:

I will never understand why mandatory work experience and careers services such as Connexions were scrapped. While some schools (and employers) do an excellent job in their absence, others do not. Some of the few things in place that supported young people, and which they could access easily were removed and now young people are paying the price. These services supported many of the NEETs who were considered a lost generation, but with their removal, these NEETs have simply been lost in the system and many may be prepared for a life of unemployment.

Autumn Statement: Support for apprenticeships, removal of uni cap

christopher B says:

Totally agree with the above comment. To steal a phrase total smoke and mirrors. The very fact this cap is removed will simply make it harder for those who aren't the most talented or rich will struggle. Just like the way HR goes on about finding the top talent, the rest will simply be left to fight for the scraps of employment and poorly paid jobs!

The future of business education is ‘blended learning’, experts agree

Valerie Hickey, M.Ed says:

Agreed, blended learning in business schools is the way of the future. Pay attention to transfer of learning which means after the blended learning event is 'over' what does the institution or organization do to have them apply it? New delivery methods are good and right.Sustainment is the perennial challenge. Otherwise focus on delivery trumps impact.

Who develops the developer or trains the trainer?

Chris Davies says:

This article is a good reminder that as HR professionals we need to look in all directions when considering our own L&D. The points are very valid and offer a spread of options to allow us to make best use of, what can sometimes be, limited resources.

Interview with HRD Amnesty International: Managing change in a tough environment

yossarian says:

This man mangles the English language almost as much as he mangles healthy industrial relations.

Autumn Statement: Support for apprenticeships, removal of uni cap

Ian Butcher says:

Having totally destroyed the education system in UK this is just too late. Just look at where we rank for Reading, Writing and Maths. Lack of investment in education over many years means we are no longer at the leading edge. There is grave shortage which also means working longer and Universit fees have discouraged people going. Really concerning that we do not have a pipeline of talent from our education system. This announcement is just smoke and mirrors to hide this.

Autumn Statement: Employment at "all time high"

Ian Butcher says:

Statistics are wrong. Numbers claiming benefits are down is not the same as unemployment. There are loads that cannot claim. How do you count them?

Autumn Statement: Gen Y won't receive pension until 70

Ian Butcher says:

This is so wrong. It seems that retirement gets further and further away and for anyone who has worked all their lives (never claiming any benefits)and contributed fully to the tax/NI system that they are being penalised for all of their hard work. MPs get massive pay outs after just a few years - it seems wrong to me that the ordinary working people in UK are treated in this way. All talk of Engagement in workplace should apply to a Country as well as this totally disengages your citizens - Why work hard if that is what you do More...

Autumn Statement: Gen Y won't receive pension until 70

MLett says:

As years progress people look forward to being able to spend some relaxing time at retirement. The light at the end of the tunnel is being switched off. Its ridiculous having to work to 70 and beyond. Make Pensions enrolment compulsory and increase the contributions. We deserve to retire at an age where we can still enjoy it.

In this issue: October 2014
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One giant leap: Business, government and education must step up to avoid a skills crisis


Icing on the cake: Gregg's talent recipe


Behind the story: Rebuilding trust at News UK


Beyond appraisals: Fixing performance management

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