Employee benefits

Childcare staffing crisis demands flexibility from employers

A staffing crisis in UK nurseries and spiralling costs of childcare has meant half (51%) of parents have been unable to meet their summer childcare needs.

Zero-hours workers claim better work/life balance

Workers on zero-hours contracts think the benefits outweigh the negatives, despite calls for them to be banned by campaign groups.

Tip for tat: hotel company offers tattoo incentives to workers

Hotel chain Ruby Hotels has offered its employees money towards getting tattoos as an incentive to stay with the company.

Ethnicity pay gap persists regardless of high company pay levels

Male employees from ethnic minority backgrounds are earning on average 10% less than their white colleagues within the same workplace, according to Bayes Business School research.

High-earner pay rises threaten inflation spiral

The top 1% of earners in the UK are getting pay rises in line with inflation, while the country's lowest earners are not.

More than a million key worker children to reach poverty in 2023

The number of children living in poverty in key worker households could reach 1.1 million by 2023, according to research from the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Cryptocurrency and the metaverse: the future of payroll?

The metaverse is set to change how we live and play, but how will it change how we work and how we are paid?

What does the Menopause in the Workplace inquiry mean for businesses?

A recent report by the Fawcett Society found that 44% of women said their menopause symptoms affected their ability to do their job and one in 10 had actually left their job due to their symptoms....

Freelancers wait three times longer for payment than permanent staff

SMEs are blaming cashflow issues for delays in paying freelance workers.

Employee experience better incentive than bonuses

Organisations such as Barclays, Lloyds Group, Virgin Money and British Airways have offered their staff one-off bonus payments to help with soaring living costs, yet bonuses might not be a quick fix...

IR35 and zero-rights employment continues

The government has confirmed it will not align tax status and employment rights for the foreseeable future – this was one of the key takeaways from its long-awaited response to an employment status...

Uber ruling prompts new government guidance on workers' rights

Following the 2021 Supreme Court ruling that found Uber drivers are classed as workers under UK law, the government has launched new guidance on employment status.

Employee benefits