Scotland employment and wages growing slower than rest of UK since 2014

There has been slower growth in employment and earning levels in Scotland since 2014 according to a new report from The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Are side hustles a threat to employment?

Side hustles refer to an individual's secondary source of income, ranging from part time jobs taken in their spare time, such as working in a pub on weekends, to starting up their own business or...

Employers threatened by “ticking time-bomb” of pay claims

The Equal Pay Act was introduced in the UK more than half a century ago, and yet many organisations still fail to pay male and female staff equally. Birmingham City Council, for one, is being forced...

Millions of low earners could be safely auto-enrolled in pensions

Almost 3 million low earners could afford to be auto enrolled in pensions due to mitigating circumstances, according to a new study by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).

Cancelled shifts leaving workers out of pocket

A third (33%) of shift workers face an ‘insecurity premium’ as a result of cancelled or last-minute shifts, according to new research from the Living Wage Foundation.

Hot topic: What would HR find in its own Covid inquiry? Part two

The public inquiry into the UK’s handling of Covid-19 has topped the news since it began in June.

How to stop generalising generations without ignoring them

Each time a new generation comes of age, we’re overloaded with a whole bunch of stereotypes about them. We’re sent countless news articles proclaiming they’re resourceful (Gen X), they’re entitled...

Hot topic: What would HR find in its own Covid inquiry? Part one

The public inquiry into the UK’s handling of Covid-19 has topped the news since it began in June.

Childcare in the UK becoming less affordable and reliable

The percentage of parents with children aged 0 to 4 who find it difficult to pay for childcare has increased from under a quarter in 2021 (24%) to around a third (32%) in 2022, according to new...

Fight or flight: how to retain ‘flight risk’ employees

One of the more challenging aspects of building a resilient workforce is retaining talent, and mitigating the impact when an employee leaves.

Work is getting more intense, say over half of employees

Over half of workers (55%) feel work is getting more intense and demanding, according to a study from the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Divorce policies: does your workplace need them?

In January, businesses including Tesco, PwC and Unilever partnered with the Positive Parenting Alliance (PPA) to promote support for colleagues going through divorce. But six months on, is it time for...