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Below are links to news posted in recent months and where you can find past years:

March 2024

The Guardian

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The Guardian reports on EY's latest data showing job growth in the UK with London and the South East growing at a faster rate than other regions around the country.

UK job growth: London and South East growing at faster rate

February 2024

Employee Benefits

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Employee Benefits reports on the government’s recent announcement that the occupational health arena is to get an overhaul - with a new framework to make improvements to its service provision.

Read more about the changes proposed and how it plans to help businesses meet the challenge of absenteeism whilst supporting employees experiencing ill health.

Department for Work and Pensions announces shake-up for occupational health

Personnel Today

Personnel Today reports on CIPD's latest Labour Market Outlook report with HR professionals experiencing significant challenges in attracting the right candidates to positions in their organisations.

Of the 2,000 employers surveyed, 38% had hard-to-fill vacancies, with the public sector finding this more of a struggle (51% said it was a major concern) than the private sector (at 34%).

Latest Labour Market Outlook reports on current HR trends

BBC News

This week is National Apprenticeship Week.

Internet services business, Evolving Networks, in collaboration with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, is encouraging more businesses to see the benefit of offering apprenticeship schemes

Internet services company extols the benefits of apprenticeship programmes

January 2024

Independent

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The food retail company has announced it will be making changes to the working terms set up in 2020 for personnel at their Bradford head office.

In addition to 37.5 hours worked over 4 days in the week, staff were also required to work one Saturday in 4 (a total of 13 in a year). In reaction to dissatisfaction from employees concerning the weekend-working, Morrisons will now ask staff to work 4 and half days in the week.

Morrisons announces plans to scrap 4 day week

Workplace Insight

In a recent survey by Ciphr, employees were asked to rate the productivity of their colleagues.

Workplace Insight reports that employees were more likely to rate higher productivity rates for those that worked with them closely, whilst those who worked remotely, worked in senior management, marketing or HR were rated less productive.

Proximity bias may account for how we evaluate the productivity of our colleagues

BBC News

A comparison of sickness rates across Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales shows rates of 2.7%, 2.5%, 3% and 2.6% respectively for 2022.

The report by Ulster University Economic Policy Centre cites accidents, poisoning, infections and skin disorders being the most common reasons for employee absence, making up 26% of all absences.

Most common reasons for employee absence in the UK in 2022

SHP - Health and Safety News

Only 15% of organisations in the UK have a fire risk assessment in place for lithium-ion battery devices which are in their premises.

That’s according to research by IFSEC and Firechief® Global and covered by SHP - Health and Safety News.

Research shows lack of fire risk assessments for lithium-ion battery devices

People Management Magazine

A new study looking at organisations which allow smartphones in the workplace has shown their presence reduce stress levels without impacting on productivity.

It's suggested that there should be policies in place to direct when smartphones shouldn't be in operation - in meetings, quiet areas and such like, but it would appear that a blanket ban can potentially do more harm than good.

Smartphones for personal use - should they be allowed in the workplace?

CIPD HR-inform

Back in the summer of last year, the UK government proposed changes to paternity leave allowing fathers or partners to potentially split their leave into 2 blocks of 1 week, take leave and pay at any point in the first year (and not just the first 8 weeks) and amend how notice of leave and pay was handled.

UK government publishes draft regulations on paternity leave

People Management Magazine

People Management reports on the rate for National Insurance Contributions which dropped from 12% to 10% on 6 January and discusses the real impact on both employers and employees.

Changes to National Insurance Contributions (NICs) came into effect this month

 

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