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12 months of 2021: April

It was another year of turbulence for people professionals. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown reviews what made the headlines in 2021.

Coronavirus pandemic worsens unemployment crisis for older workers

A Resolution Foundation report found the cost of being made redundant is especially high for older workers

After losing work, older workers take the longest, on average, to return to employment.

Six months after becoming unemployed fewer than two-thirds of those aged over 50 (62%) had found work again.

In comparison, nearly three-quarters of 16-29-year-olds and 30-49-year-olds (74% and 72% respectively) had returned to employment.


Employees quitting their jobs in record numbers due to toxic workplaces 

Almost a third of UK employees quit their job between April 2020 and April 2021 due to toxic workplace culture, according to HR software provider Breather's Culture Economy 2021 report.

Despite the pandemic's negative impact on the job market, this was an increase of 6% from 2019 (21%). 


Thousands of organisations opt out of mandatory gender pay gap reporting

The number of employers publishing their gender pay gap data has fallen in its thousands since 2018 according to CIPD analysis. 

For 2020, just 2,440 businesses reported their data, compared with 6,150 in 2019 and 10,833 in 2018.

The CIPD said that the government’s suspension of mandatory gender pay gap reporting for 2020, and a delay in enforcement for failing to publish in 2021, is likely responsible.


The best bits of HR magazine from April 2021: 

Are we turning the back the clocks on workers' rights? 

Ramadan- why Muslims fast and simple ways to support them at work

Gender equality is the largest challenge post-coronavirus