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Tax changes to look out for in 2020

As 2019 draws to a close and a new year and new decade awaits us, a number of changes to taxation legislation are due to be implemented in 2020. These taxation changes are due to affect those with rental property or second homes as well as impacting estates liable for inheritance tax.

Contributor: David Redfern, Managing Director - DSR Tax Claims Ltd | Published: 3 January 2020

Healthcare tops fastest growing jobs in 2019

“The UK’s unemployment rate stands at just 3.8%, and while this is good news for workers, it can make attracting staff difficult for employers, public and private sector alike, as they have to work harder to woo recruits away from their current jobs.

Contributor: Bill Richards, UK Managing Director - Indeed | Published: 29 December 2019

Best and worst cities for freelancers reveal

More and more businesses are starting to use freelancers which gives individuals more opportunities to find contract employment that can supplement or even replace their original career. Freelancers benefit from the flexibility of working hours and working environment, which allows them to work from anywhere, however, some places are more freelancer-friendly than others. So which cities around the world offer the best work and lifestyle for freelancers?

Contributor: Iwona Polog, Head of Growth - AppJobs | Published: 28 December 2019

Construction must change practices following exposure of modern day slavery

“This is not simply a problem on smaller sites, even the largest sites have the potential for modern day slavery. Major contractors simply don’t know who is supplying labour on their sites, how they have been recruited and if they are being coerced.

Contributor: Jerry Swain, National Officer for Construction - Unite | Published: 26 December 2019

Half of workers believe disclosing mental health issues will ruin their care

The poll of 2,000 workers in fulltime employment in professional roles was commissioned by Vita Health Group, a leading UK provider of mental health solutions and will raise fresh fears about the stigma many attached to mental health issues in the workforce. In total, 42 per cent of workers said that revealing a mental health issue would ‘destroy’ their career and prevent them from receiving a pay rise.

Contributor: Derrick Farrell, CEO - Vita Health Group | Published: 25 December 2019

Post-election – businesses relying on new government to bring stability

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said: “Many employers have been sitting on their hands for the past few months, putting off hiring until the outlook was clearer. Now that some of the fog has lifted, both business and the new government can put their plans into action. What we need to see from the government are policies that will help make great work happen – the first priority will be to secure our managed exit from the EU. This is also not a time to be making sweeping and incomplete changes to how we treat flexible workers – the government should bring forward the review of IR35 it promised on the campaign trail, and delay implementation.

Contributor: Neil Carberry, Chief Executive - REC | Published: 23 December 2019

Understanding Stress and anxiety at Christmas

Helen Smith, Chief Commercial Officer at Benenden Health, said: “We associate Christmas with joy and celebration, but in reality, it can be a really stressful time at work, especially when employees have a significant amount on their plate both inside and outside the workplace.

Contributor: Helen Smith, Chief Commercial Officer - Benenden Health | Published: 20 December 2019

New government must “get Health & Safety done”

The Chartered body for safety and health professionals has called for the Conservative government to “get health and safety done” by committing to the protection of workers’ rights and future-proofing the UK’s world-leading health and safety system following yesterday’s general election.

Contributor: Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Regulatory Engagement - IOSH | Published: 18 December 2019

Utilities demand more from Apprenticeship Levy

The predicted funding shortfall for Apprenticeships must be transparent. Any funding gap should be filled by a combination of increased public funding and lowering the payroll threshold to below £3m for employers who contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy. Public funding offers a proven healthy return for the UK economy.

Contributor: Nick Ellins, Chief Executive - Energy & Utility Skills | Published: 17 December 2019

Healthcare benefit costs set for hike in 2020

Due to the hyperinflationary nature of the Venezuelan economy, Venezuela has been excluded from Latin America regional and global totals. Including Venezuela, the 2020 global average trends would be 7.2 percent, and Latin American average trends would be 14.8 percent.

Contributor: Cecil Hemingway | Published: 15 December 2019