Cost of living

How can HR help employees in fuel poverty?

Millions of British households are set to face crippling rises in their electricity and gas bills next winter, with the latest projections suggesting the energy price cap will nearly double to £2,400...

Wage stagnation threatens wellbeing of low-paid workers

While a short supply of candidates has driven up starting salaries to near-record levels, wages are still expected to fall behind the cost of living.

Free school meals recipients struggle to earn a living wage

Fewer than a quarter of people (23%) in England who used to receive free school meals were earning above the living wage by the age of 25.

Financial education is now a necessity

Financial education has become a significant part of the wellbeing offering, as the UK sees a surge in the cost of living.

Strikes return after pandemic reprieve

Recent high-profile industrial action, such as the Transport for London (TfL) Night Tube walk-out, have signalled the return of strike action after a general pause over the past two years as a result...

Parents struggling with childcare costs

One in eight (13%) British workers has had to opt for part-time hours to manage the cost of childcare.

Low earners prefer working from home, but suffer financially for it

Research has indicated for the first time that low-paid workers benefit overwhelmingly from working at home, yet companies could do more to support them.

Record wages for seasonal staff set to climb higher

Companies are paying record-high wages to secure seasonal staff this Christmas, yet may have to pay even more as vacancies lie open.

Soaring cost of living prompts calls for financial support for employees

Yesterday’s eye-watering inflation figures – showing the biggest rise in the cost of living for nearly 10 years – have seen renewed calls for employers to do more to support the financial wellbeing of...

In-work poverty: All work and no pay

Work is no longer a route out of poverty for many UK employees. But how did we get here?

How employers can help with housing

Lack of affordable housing and spiralling rents are affecting multiple generations of workers