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Aggressive hiring detrimental to business success

The advice comes as figures from the European Commission reveal that less than half of UK enterprises survive their first five years, with separate research from market intelligence firm, CB Insights, indicating that 23% of businesses fail because they don’t have the right team in place

Contributor: Steve Lorde | Published: 3 December 2019


Which companies are covering commuting cost?

Those travelling into London are much worse off, with this cost increasing to almost £200,000. This is an enormous amount of money and certainly puts a dent in the finances of hard-working men and women across the country

Contributor: Tom Chapman | Published: 2 December 2019

One in three commute 90 minutes every day

A new nationwide survey of the UK workforce by leading serviced office provider, Office Space in Town, reveals that commuting is having a detrimental effect on their productivity, wellbeing, family life and social life, with over a third of respondents (36 percent) commuting for more than 90 minutes a day.

Contributor: Giles Fuchs | Published: 1 December 2019

Will IR35 be a barrier to temporary talent?

Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK commented: “Business leaders are concerned about the impending IR35 rules and its potential impact on the UK’s temporary talent pool, particularly as firms look for a blend of high performing temporary and permanent employees to pursue growth strategies in 2020.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 28 November 2019


Racist old boys network shutting BAME out of the boardroom 

Independent research by the global human resources director at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), suggests that BAME candidates stand only an eight per cent chance of promotion to chief executive (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO) and other senior director roles as a result of racial prejudice and nepotism that remains “rife” in the UK and international workplaces. 

Contributor: Anuranjita Kumar | Published: 26 November 2019

Female entrepreneurs still underrepresented across the UK

The research was carried out by Paymentsense, and the figures also suggest that just over a third (34 percent) of UK SMEs are now female-run, an increase on 2017 data which reported that only 19 percent of UK small businesses were led by women*

Contributor: Jacqueline Gallazzi-Ritchie | Published: 24 November 2019


Calls for London care sector to adopt “real living wage”

The scheme is separate to the Governments National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and above which currently stands at £8.21 an hour. Newham Council recently increased their hourly rate pay to its contracted home care providers, in order that they can pay their staff, a real London Living Wage.

Contributor: Michael Ainsley | Published: 22 November 2019

Should there be compassionate leave for death of pets?

44 percent of pet owners surveyed by Wamiz said they still find it extremely difficult to talk about a former pet’s death, whilst another 32 percent still find it a little difficult.  This is despite the fact that 65 percent of those surveyed lost their dog or cat more than a year ago.

Contributor: Emilie Heyl | Published: 21 November 2019

Increase in construction injuries and fall in prosecutions raises concerns

The HSE’s figures show that the number of non-fatal injuries per 100,000 workers rose from 359 in 2017/18 to 366 in 2018/19. During the corresponding timeframe there was a 22 per cent decrease in the number of construction prosecutions being undertaken by the HSE which fell from 202 in 2017/18 to just 158 in 2018/19.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 20 November 2019


UK engineering firms potentially missing out on £10 billion of R&D funding each year

On average, engineering companies invest £386,000 a year on R&D activity, meaning they are potentially able to claim £100,360 in funding. With over 100,000 UK engineering firms not claiming, despite describing their company as innovation active, a staggering £10.2 billion is going unclaimed each year. 

Contributor: Nigel Urquhart | Published: 19 November 2019