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December 5th, 2016

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has launched CMI Women, a new initiative that aims to achieve gender parity across the UK’s management population by 2024, and to help employers unlock more value in the UK’s workforce to address our productivity gap. The UK economy needs two million new management roles for it to achieve predicted growth. The launch of CMI Women aims to address this by helping employers identify the measures they can take to achieve gender balance, such as flexible working policies, line manager skills development, mentoring and balanced recruitment. (more…)

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Public sector job satisfaction hits four-year high

December 2nd, 2016

graphJob satisfaction in the public sector is at its highest level in four years and wider post-referendum optimism is evident among UK employees. However, there is still ample room for improvement in employee development and career progression, which employers must address quickly so as not to lose valuable talent. (more…)

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Lack of Sleep Costing UK Economy Up to £40 Billion a Year

December 1st, 2016

tired-employeeA lack of sleep among U.K. workers is costing the economy up to £40 billion a year, which is 1.86 per cent of the country’s GDP. According to researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the workforce, which, when combined, has a significant impact on a nation’s economy. (more…)

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ADVO Group interviews Lee Biggins, Managing Director, CV-Library

November 29th, 2016

Founded by Managing Director Lee Biggins in 2000, CV-Library has rapidly become one of the UK’s largest online job sites, attracting over 3.8 million unique candidates every month and featuring a database of almost 11 million CVs. Recent research conducted by the company found that London-based UK professionals are officially Britain’s poorest workers. In this interview, Lee discusses the imbalance between the capital’s salaries and its livings costs, the effects this may have on other regions in the UK and which areas are now creating the ‘richest’ employees. (more…)

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Small businesses keep cool heads on Brexit, but scale back growth plans for 2017

November 29th, 2016

AXA Business Insurance’s latest temperature check of small businesses in the wake of the Brexit result reveals a mood of calm prevails. Numbers expecting to grow in 2017 are severely down on previous years, however, and few have an appetite for the extra funding pledged in the Autumn Statement. (more…)

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Mouth cancer rates soar over 20 years

November 28th, 2016

mouthA new Cancer Research UK analysis reveals that rates of mouth (oral) cancer have jumped by 68 per cent in the UK over the last 20 years. The figures – released during Mouth Cancer Action Month – reveal the cancer is on the rise for men and women, young and old, climbing from eight to 13 cases per 100,000 people over the last two decades. (more…)

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Stress leaves Generation X old before their time

November 25th, 2016

oldBupa has, for the first time, made public its analysis of over 60,000 procedures and over 4.7 million hits to its online health information pages in 2015. The most striking trend was the number of procedures undertaken to treat younger generations for conditions usually associated with old age. Haemorrhoid removal and varicose veins were two of the most common procedures for 26-35 and 36-45 year olds within the category of surgical Heart and Circulatory Diseases. (more…)

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The CIPD’s Response to Autumn Statement

November 24th, 2016

autumnResponding to the Autumn Statement, Ian Brinkley, Acting Chief Economist at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “The economic forecasts from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility show that low growth and weak productivity will persist until at least 2018. The forecasts also show that real wage growth over the next two years will be close to zero. Even this may prove optimistic, as continued uncertainty, difficult market conditions, and higher unemployment are likely to constrain firms ability or need to pay more. The OBR is forecasting a slow recovery in productivity, but previous forecasts have been optimistic. (more…)

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HR directors spend 28 days on recruitment process

November 23rd, 2016

interviewNew research from Robert Half UK reveals that human resources (HR) directors are spending a month (27.59 days) on average recruiting for open positions within their organisation. The recruitment process can be broken down into six key stages, all of which take more than four days, on average to complete when using their own in-house resources to manage. Screening CVs of job applicants (5.19 days) and interviewing applicants (4.77 days) are the most time intensive aspects, while candidate skills testing (4.18 days) takes the least amount of time. (more…)

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Middle-aged Brits’ A&E approach to health preventing healthier, happier future

November 22nd, 2016

elderly-womanDespite 96 per cent of British adults aged 45-54 rating their physical health as important and over half (56 per cent) saying they’d like to do more to maintain or improve it, over a quarter (26 per cent) have failed to take proactive or preventive steps such as exercising or eating healthily to achieve this. (more…)

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