Rebecca Gowler

Retail and food workers risk soft skills ‘deficit’

Employees in the retail and food services sectors are at risk of being held back by a lack of soft skills, according to a report commissioned by McDonald's UK.

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Government announces national minimum wage rise

The national minimum wage will rise by 20p to £6.70 an hour from October, the government has announced.

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Tribunal claims down by 70% since introduction of fees, CIPD finds

There has been a 70% drop in tribunal claims brought by employees since the introduction of fees in 2013, CIPD research has found.

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Penguin Random House using Tumblr to attract young talent

Publishing company Penguin Random House UK is using microblogging and social networking platform Tumblr to recruit entry-level marketing talent.

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Organisations need ‘integrated programmes’ to retain older workers

Organisations need “integrated programmes” and formal policies to ensure they retain and make the most of older workers, according to research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

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Disabled graduates fear discrimination

More than three-quarters (77%) of disabled graduates fear employers will discriminate against them, a survey by Great With Disability has found.

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More than a third of NHS staff suffer work-related stress

More than a third (38%) of NHS staff in England have suffered from work-related stress, according to a report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

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Government announces £5 million investment to help SEND young people find work

The Department for Education has announced a £5 million investment in supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) into employment.

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Employers should have more influence over university programmes, say MPs

Four in 10 (40%) MPs believe employers should be given more influence over how universities are run and programmes are taught, according to research by Ipsos MORI and Communications Management.

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HR Director of the Year: HR should step outside the day job

HR leaders and teams should step outside of their day jobs and build external connections to increase their internal relevance, according to Dorchester Collection VP of people and OD Eugenio Pirri.

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Fathers regret not taking more paternity leave

Nearly a third (32%) of fathers regret not taking any, or enough, leave after the birth of their child, according to research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

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Employees lack the technology to do their jobs

More than half (55%) of employees believe they do not have access to the technology needed to do their jobs, according to research by Fujitsu.

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