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39% Of Firms Are Struggling To Recruit Staff With The Right Skill Sets Due To Brexit Uncertainty

Theresa May’s decision to delay the parliamentary vote on her proposed deal prolongs the Brexit uncertainty that is causing enormous damage to the economy, as new evidence emerges that firms are finding it harder and harder to find new staff with the right skill sets. Brexit Uncertainty: Recruitment Problems According to a new survey from Guidant […]

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Delayed: Public Sector Exit Payment Cap Implementation & Changes To The Civil Service Compensation Scheme

Two pieces of legislation that continue to be delayed by the Government’s preoccupation with all things Brexit are the implementation of the Public Sector Exit Payment Cap, and the proposed changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. The Public Sector Exit Payment Cap Back on the 1st February 2017, The Enterprise Act 2016 (Commencement No. 2) […]

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Minimum Contributions For Auto-Enrolment Pension Schemes To Increase From April 2019

The minimum level of contributions into auto-enrolment pension schemes will increase from the 6th April 2019, with both employers and employees obliged to make increased contributions. Auto-Enrolment Pension Schemes: Increased Contributions Currently, employers have to pay a 2% contribution into auto-enrolment pension schemes, whilst employees have to pay 3%. However, from the 6th April 2019, […]

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National Minimum Wage Increases From The 1st April 2019

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, recently announced in the 2018 Budget that the National Living Wage will increase from £7.83 per hour to £8.21 per hour from the 1st April 2019. At the same time, the Chancellor also announced the new rates as regards the national minimum wage increases for younger workers, which will […]

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Devon County Council Paid Out Almost £2 Million Under 145 Settlement Agreements

A recent newspaper article from the Exmouth Journal revealed that Devon County Council paid out £1,965,370 in relation to 145 settlement agreements that it entered into with former employees between 2013 – 2017. Devon County Council: Large Payouts On 145 Settlement Agreements In its article about the 145 settlement agreements, the Exmouth Journal stated: “A […]

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Older Workers Want More Flexible Working Hours, But Age Discrimination Remains “Rife”

A new survey by Saga Populus, which was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has found that 78% of older workers would like greater flexibility in terms of working hours, whilst 73% would like to see more part-time roles. However, another report has found that age discrimination remains “rife” New […]

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IPPR Recommend That Ethnicity And Disability Pay Gap Reporting Be Made Compulsory

Further to our recent article, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has recommended in a new report that ethnicity and disability pay gap reporting be made compulsory for organisations with 250 or more employees. Ethnicity & Disability Pay Gap Reporting In it’s new report entitled, “The Fair Pay Report: How Pay Transparency Can Help […]