The return of the annual pay rise?

Employers need to be prepared to increase employee earnings in 2018 according to the Bank of England. What might it mean for you? For much of my career pay rises have outstripped inflation but in recent years the trend has been quite the opposite. Pay freezes, unknown at one time, have been common in the […]

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Bring those job applicants in!

Competition for job applicants is greater now than it has been for some decades. Attracting candidates of the right calibre, or even those who just attend for interview (!), is a challenge in some sectors of the labour market. We provide some hints and tips for bringing them in… These hints and tips are aimed […]

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Bullying at work and stress at work

I once came across “bullying at work” on a sick note for a member of staff at a GP Practice. I was tempted to think one GP was making life deliberately difficult for a rival. I had two issues with the diagnosis. Firstly it was not a diagnosis or a disease but a description of […]

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SMEs are now addressing productivity

UK productivity has reached a high recently and in employing well over 90% of the working population, SMEs must take some credit. Nevertheless they cannot escape some responsibility for the sad truth that the UK has the lowest productivity of all the G7 economies (Source: ONS). Over the past 10 years productivity growth has been […]

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Newly qualified staff member at Employer Solutions

Congratulations are due to Kerry Beattie who has successfully completed her Certificate in Human Resource Practice. It is a great achievement. The Certificate is the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s foundation level qualification for Human Resources. Kerry completed the course at a Manchester college (MOL) alongside HR practitioners from many top UK companies. With […]

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GDPR and BYOD – two new acronyms crucial for employers

In 2017 most organisations benefit from at least some employees being able to access business information on the move. Smartphones provide facilities that can be invaluable for efficiency, time-tracking, navigation, photo evidence and event ticketing to mention just a few. In the UK a third of all employees now use personal devices rather than business […]

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Self-employed workers holiday pay

13 years holiday back pay at self employed rates, more than a year’s earnings, must mean that Christmas is here for Mr Conley King. He might not be alone. The relatively new Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has vowed that its members will be “coming to collect” their back-holiday pay. That could be […]

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Communicating with Millennial employees

Employees age between approximately 25 and 34 represent the “Millennial” generation and communication with them is significantly different than with older generations. Research conducted in September 2017 revealed that three quarters of millennials in the UK prefer digital communication to other forms, such as speaking to people! What does this mean for employers? Digital communication […]

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Employees’ mental health and higher profit

Companies that address their employees’ mental health turn a higher profit, a new study has found. According to Soma Analytics, FTSE 100 businesses that used the phrases ‘mental health’ or ‘wellbeing’ more than twice in their annual reports last year enjoyed up to three times more profit than those that didn’t. Companies with two or […]

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