Employee benefits

Stop asking about current salary in job interviews

"How much are you currently earning?" is a question hated by many job applicants – and rightly so. When I’m asked this question it makes me feel like I’m stepping into a trap, showing my cards, and...

Single working parents unable to escape debt

Single parents are unable to work their way out of debt despite working full time, a new report by charities Gingerbread and StepChange has discovered.

Shift to real living wage would improve employee loyalty

Workers’ personal lives have suffered due to pandemic-related pay cuts and a commitment to a real living wage could help retain staff and productivity levels in the still-turbulent months ahead.

Legal-ease: What HR should have on the radar for 2021

2021 looks set to be another unpredictable year. HR played a vital role in helping employers through the uncertainty and challenges brought on by the pandemic in 2020 and, although many of those...

Change to maternity law in government could open doors for working mothers

New changes brought in by government will mean cabinet ministers will soon be able to take six months maternity leave on full pay.

Hot topic part two: Mandatory COVID vaccinations at work

The UK’s roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine began in December 2020. In response London plumbing firm, Pimlico Plumbers, has said it will be introducing a so called ‘no jab, no job’ policy as soon as...

Wage inequality has been exacerbated by the pandemic

COVID-19 has continued to cause large disparities in the UK’s workforce, as new research has found that the lowest paid are the ones most likely to have lost their income.

January's most read stories

?January was far from a quiet month for HR. We look back at some of the month’s most read stories just in case you missed them the first time around.

Flexible working should be day one right, says CIPD

The CIPD has launched a campaign for employers to make flexible working requests a day-one right as new research has found nearly half (46%) of UK employees do not have access to it in their current...

Unilever’s living wage pledge could lift millions out of poverty

Last week, consumer goods company Unilever said that it will refuse to do business with any firm that does not pay at least a living wage or income to its employees by 2030.

Fire and rehire tactics surge during COVID-19

Fire and rehire tactics are becoming more widespread during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has warned.

Pay rises and bonuses will be sparse for white-collar workers

Just five per cent of white-collar professionals have been told they will receive their January bonus, despite working all of 2020, putting pressure on HR teams to provide alternative bonus...

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