Operational Efficiency

Work socials need to be more inclusive of those who don't drink

While inclusivity in the workplace is high on the agenda, the fact that 34% of employees avoid work socials because alcohol will be present, suggests that more needs to be done to help those of us...

Decline in recruitment slows as candidate availability surges

Recruitment continued to fall in April but at a slower rate than in previous months, the latest report by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has revealed.

Respectful recruitment moves us away from power dynamics

Recruitment can be a daunting process for all involved. Employers may struggle to find the perfect fit, while candidates face rounds of tests and interviews, often with uncertain outcomes. 

Employee benefits stunted by HR budget constraints

More than eight in 10 employers (81%) said that budget approval was a barrier to implementing changes to employee benefits in 2024/2025, a report has shown.

Who is on strike in May and June 2024?

Find out who is striking, why, and what services will be affected in our round-up.

News

Workers and managers lack technology to collaborate

Nearly a third (28%) of UK and Irish employees lack the technology to collaborate with colleagues at work, the results of a poll commissioned by the printing and technology manufacturer Ricoh has...

Dividends soar as wages stagnate

Global dividend payouts to shareholders have risen 14 times faster than worker pay since 2020, according to analysis from Oxfam.

Discrimination not reported by majority of employees

Three in 10 UK workers say they have been discriminated against at work, but 64% of them did not report it, according to the results of a survey commissioned by recruitment business Michael Page.

Employees "don't seem interested" in benefits on offer

Almost half (48%) of HR directors have reported that employee benefits have had poor uptake because employees “don’t seem interested” in what is on offer.

Saying “back in your day” could be age harassment, tribunal rules

Using the phrase “back in your day” would be considered age discrimination, an employment tribunal judge has ruled.

Three quarters of employers used flexible contracts in 2023

Three quarters (75%) of employers used some form of flexible contract at some point in 2023, and half (48%) of those employers planned to increase use of flexible contracts over the next five years, a...

Underpaid P&O seafarers to benefit from new French legislation 

France has implemented new legislation that requires ferry operators to pay their crew at least £9.95 an hour and limit seafarers’ time onboard ships to two weeks.