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Just one in eight employees has a mentor 

Workers across all industries recognise that having a mentor can help them to upskill and set goals, but just 13 percent currently has one, according to a new Opinium Research study commissioned by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). 

Contributor: Mark Farrar | Published: 25 September 2019

UK workers eager to upskill due to automation – but are given few opportunities

New research out today from PwC reveals that, despite an appetite and willingness to learn new skills in the face of increasing automation, many UK workers are not being offered upskilling opportunities by their employers, which is leading to mistrust and fear of automation and technology. 

Contributor: Carol Stubbings | Published: 24 September 2019

companies

UK organisations still ‘learning in the dark’

Limited use of data to inform, optimise and measure impact of learning strategies. Business leaders and employees call for improved use of data and insight in learning and development to fix skills gaps and drive cultures of learnability.

Contributor: Dan Ferrandino | Published: 22 September 2019

Retention fears for UK PLC intensifies

Talent management concerns are rising as one in three (31 percent) senior executives plan to prioritise employee retention and training over the next 12 months. A similar proportion (29 percent) of senior decision-makers say talent attraction is a key concern, as the ‘war for talent’ is set to intensify.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 21 September 2019

M&S drops out of the FTSE100

Shares in the retailer are down 40 percent this year. Dr Fletcher said: “Today's departure of M&S from the FTSE100 is a symbolic descent for this former powerhouse of the High Street. The company has been part of the FTSE100 list since it began in 1984 and was the first retailer to break £1bn in pre-tax profits.

Contributor: Dr Gordon Fletcher | Published: 20 September 2019

Constant money worries impact millennials’ job performance 

The Close Brothers Financial Wellbeing Index, developed in conjunction with renowned corporate wellbeing expert Professor Sir Cary Cooper, reveals that more than half (53 percent) of 18-34 year olds worry about money either always or often. This anxiety is far less common among older age groups.

Contributor: Jeanette Makings | Published: 19 September 2019

benefits

How to get ahead in PR… work the flex

“The implications of being overworked cascade through both careers and personal lives as burnout and stress rise, work output is compromised and relationships are taxed. In short, it’s not good for employees, companies or society”, Leembruggen points out.

Contributor: Sarah Leembruggen | Published: 18 September 2019

growth

UK ranks 2nd cheapest country in Europe to own an electric vehicle

The analysis shows that the UK is now the second most cost-effective country in Europe to own an electric vehicle. According to the Car Cost Index, the average monthly total cost of ownership for electric vehicles in the UK is €676, with only Greece offering a lower total cost of ownership of €656.

Contributor: Alfonso Martinez | Published: 17 September 2019

digital

Flexible working increase five-fold

The number of people working ‘flexible hours’ has increased five-fold in the last two decades. That is according to an analysis of working trends by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Contributor: Ann Swain | Published: 15 September 2019