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 Poor data is stopping firms from flexible working 

The rising popularity of agile working has seen many firms reorganise their workplaces to attract and retain the best people. Flexible working can also save money by cutting the amount of expensive real estate that firms own or rent.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 21 October 2019

UK SMES facing costly skills gap as war for talent endures 

The study, commissioned to launch Robert Half’s 2020 Salary Guide*, revealed that SMEs are concerned about the potential impact of macroeconomic events on the skills gap in their organisations. Three in five (59 percent) said that a recession would negatively impact the skills gap in their business

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 19 October 2019


 Nine out of ten students leave higher education unequipped for life

Fika also surveyed UK employers, who confirmed students’ concerns: more than a third (38 percent) of employers felt that soft skills are the most important thing graduates can bring to a job, while just 12 percent thought academic results matter more.

Contributor: Nick Bennett | Published: 18 October 2019

Homeworkers expenses are not being reimbursed correctly

Homeworking is often seen as an attractive option for employers and employees alike, with employers benefiting from reduced operating costs while employees gain from the ability to work flexibly around family commitments while reducing their commuting time.

Contributor: David Redfern | Published: 17 October 2019


Are you allowed to ask applicants if they have a criminal Record?

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 allows most convictions (and cautions) to be considered spent after a specified period of time. Once a caution or conviction is spent the person is considered rehabilitated and the ROA treats the person as if they had never committed an offence. 

Contributor: Emma O’Leary | Published: 16 October 2019

Jo Mosley, HR Director, The Salvation Army joins theHRDIRECTOR Editorial Panel

Jo is currently HR Director at The Salvation Army. She is also a member of the Executive Management Team with functional leadership responsibility for Human Resources & Communications across 5,500 employees. Harvey is also Chair of the Skanska Pension Trustee Board and a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee.

Contributor: theHRDIRECTOR | Published: 15 October 2019

Soft skills are fundamental to global business relations

Soft skills that emphasize collaboration emerged higher than individual skills and are just as important as technical prowess. Learnability is the most undervalued intangible skill, with lack of budget the biggest tangible barrier to reskilling the workforce.

Contributor: Pravin Rao | Published: 14 October 2019

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Investors prefer ‘disruptive’ start-ups, but give them less money

Timo analysed data of 918 start-ups from Start-Up Nation Central, a private non-profit organisation that has collected data on all Israeli start-ups since 2013. He compared the characteristics of each profile’s vision statement, aimed at investors, with how much funding the venture secured.

Contributor: Timo van Balen | Published: 13 October 2019


Sterling teeters, is UK about to grind to a halt?

Hours after the PMI data confirmed that British manufacturers are cutting production at the fastest rate since 2012, the Bank has once again balked at the chance to stimulate the UK’s Brexit-addled economy with a rate cut.

Contributor: David Lamb | Published: 10 October 2019