Golden Oldies

Do you want to hire ambitious young go-getters or experienced staff with a touch of silver in their hair?   The FSB survey of attitudes to skills reveals the older generation offer far more than their millennial rivals.  We asked employers “which skills are most lacking?” in recruits under the age of 24 and over the age of 50. Headteachers should take a long look at the results.  

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Changes in Law: Pensions & Gender Pay

There are some big changes in employment law in 2016, and companies need to be prepared Employment law is constantly evolving, as new rules and regulations come into force, and as such it’s imperative employers are informed and prepared. 2016 will see a number of important changes of which all employers should be aware Pensions State pensions are set to be radically overhauled in April with the introduction of…

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Financial services rules broaden approach to whistleblowing

The new rules on encouraging staff to ‘blow the whistle’ in financial services firms are a significant development for whistleblowing in general. Firms must promote whistleblowing internally, and nominate a ‘whistleblowing champion’ by 7 March 2016 who will oversee the implementation of whistleblowing policies and procedures which must be in place by 7 September 2016. The changes stem from proposals last October by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and…

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January’s Job Market Report

January Job Market Report Key points from the survey: Slower rises in both permanent and temporary staff appointments Permanent salary growth moderates to 26-month low Candidate availability falls at weaker, but still marked, rate   Commenting on the latest survey results, Bernard Brown, Partner at KPMG, said: “Hiring remained slow but steady during December, with businesses and candidates keen to complete negotiations before Christmas. We are beginning to see…

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Employment Legal News Update

Legal News From the IRP: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published the five year summary of the Lord Davies (Women on Boards) Review The report originally set out to address the lack of women on corporate boards (only 12.5% in 2010) and to examine the obstacles preventing women from reaching these senior positions. It made recommendations as to how the imbalance should be addressed. One of…

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The Week in Numbers – 30th Nov

The Week in Numbers 5 – Number of organisations that should merge to become a single trade body, according to a review chaired by former Ofcom chief Ed Richards. The list includes the CML and the BBA £3.7m – Amount in Hargreaves Lansdown shares sold by investment marketing director Ian Hunter 99 – Number of companies that have defaulted on their debt this year, according to Standard & Poor’s….

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November Job Market Report

Report on Jobs – November Key points from the October survey: Growth of both permanent placements and temp billings accelerates Salaries continue to rise strongly Candidate availability remains tight Faster growth of permanent and temporary appointments… October data signalled a further increase in permanent staff placements. Growth was solid and the sharpest in four months. Around 41% of panellists reported higher placements, citing robust demand for staff. Temporary/contract staff…

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The Week in Numbers – 13th Oct

The Week in Numbers – 13th Oct 2015 6 – Number of former brokers standing trial at Southwark Crown Court facing charges of Libor rigging 80% – Proportion of cash lump-sum withdrawals since pension freedoms made by savers under 65, according to the ABI £35K – Funds pledged by the CISI to promote financial planning following its merger with the IFP £3.5m – Cash injection secured by adviser reviews…

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The Week in Numbers – 23rd Sept 2015

51% – Proportion of people who do not know if their provider levies charges for managing their pension pot. 0% – CPI inflation in August, down from 0.1% in July according to the Office for National Statistics 80% – Proportion of investment houses that publish out-of-date fund data, research by fintech company Instinct Studios shows 5.2% – House price growth in the year to July 2015, down from 5.7%…

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August’s Job Market Report

Growth of staff appointments falls further… Although permanent placements continued to rise in August, the rate of growth eased further, hitting a 27-month low. …restricted by skill shortages The availability of candidates for permanent roles fell further in August, with the rate of decline accelerating to the sharpest for a year. Salary growth remains strong… Starting salaries for people placed in permanent roles continued to increase in August. The rate…

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