Employee benefits

The importance of providing mental health support for staff  

Mental health has dominated the headlines since the pandemic began. Uncertainty, anxiety and loss have affected many of us over the last 20 months and resulted in an increase in demand for mental...

Tackling labour market friction after Covid-19: a time for transformational thinking 

The UK government signalled its intention to intensify benefit sanctions with the recently announced ‘Way to Work’ scheme, which aims to move half a million people into jobs by the end of June 2022. 

Shame stops employees talking about money at work 

A hard-to-shift stigma is stopping UK employees from seeking more support with money in the workplace, despite employers ramping their financial wellbeing efforts. The cost-of-living crisis is a...

P&O's PR disaster exposes HR's critical role in risk management

Ethical failures, like the recent firing of 800 staff without consultation by ferry company P&O, can prove costly to business and seriously damage people’s lives. Employers – and HR – say experts...

HR community reacts to chancellor's Spring Statement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement announced income tax cuts for workers, yet many feel it has failed to address concerns surrounding the UK's cost of living crisis.

Majority of UK employees unable to take sick days

More than half (52%) of UK full-time employees did not take a single sick day in the 12 months since February 2021.

Two years since coronavirus lockdown: what has HR learned?

Today (23 March) marks the second anniversary of the announcement by prime minister Boris Johnson that the UK was locking down due to coronavirus. After two years in crisis, what lessons can HR take...

Publishing salaries openly reduces gender pay gap

Publicly displaying employee salaries can significantly reduce pay inequities according to a study of nearly 100,000 academics across the US.

UK women working 60% more overtime than male counterparts

Women in the UK work on average almost 2 hours (1.7 hours) more overtime per week than men.

Single-mother pensions dropping rapidly post pandemic

The average value of a pension fund for a single mother in the UK has dropped by 40% since the start of the pandemic.

Working BME and disabled parents paying higher childcare costs

Black and minority ethnic (BME) and disabled parents are spending a higher proportion of their income on childcare than white or non-disabled workers, making them more susceptible to the affects of...

Half of employers advertising legal requirements as job perks

UK employers are advertising pensions, sick pay and training as job perks despite them being obliged to offer them by law.

Employee benefits