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More older workers than ever before, but the UK needs millions more

September 22nd, 2016

old-workerThe recent official labour market figures show there are more older workers in employment than ever before. A total of 9.76 million over-50s are now in active employment. This is a near doubling of the number over the past twenty years. In September 1996, 5.64 million over-50s were in employment. This trend is to be welcomed at a time when life expectancy continues to rise. In 2015, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) projected, for the first time, that life expectancy for a female born in England from 2064 onwards will be 100. Equivalent life expectancy today is 83. (more…)

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ADVO named as finalists for Four categories at the 2016 Health Insurance Awards

September 21st, 2016


ADVO Group are proud to announce that they are finalists for Four award categories at the upcoming Health Insurance Awards.

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ADVO Group winners at the ACQ5 Global Awards 2016

September 21st, 2016

ADVO Group are delighted to have been announced as winners for a number of categories at the 2016 ACQ5 Global Awards. ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance Magazine) is a major international magazine and news website for the financial industry with a global audience of over 119,000 subscribers. The awards, now in their eleventh year, continue to centre upon independent nominations and winners being selected by the magazine’s vast readership itself. This year’s awards drew a total of more than 75,000 nominations. ADVO Group were awarded the international category of ‘Consultant of the Year’, for the second year running. ADVO were also awarded the UK-based categories of ‘Corporate Health Insurance provider of the year’, ‘Employee benefits intermediary of the year’ and ‘Gamechanger of the year’. (more…)

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Bonuses cause resentment at two-thirds of UK firms

September 20th, 2016

english-moneyThe UK has the second-least meritocratic bonus system in the world, according to a global poll of 6,500 financial decision makers carried out by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The organisation is calling for bonus systems to be designed to encourage long-term success rather than only short-term performance. Of respondents whose companies operate a bonus scheme, more than a third (35%) of UK finance professionals feel bonuses for top earners – including salespeople, fund managers board members and more – are undeserved, a proportion only topped by the United Arab Emirates where 42% felt they were unjustified. 62% of UK professionals felt unjustified bonuses caused resentment amongst their colleagues, rising to 97% amongst workers in the North East. As a result, CIMA is calling for bonuses to be rethought so they reward work which can be shown to benefit an organisation’s full business model in both the short and the long terms. (more…)

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ADVO Group interviews Peter Ames, Office Genie

September 18th, 2016

From the Olympics to Wimbledon and the European Football Championships, we’ve seen a summer packed with major sporting events. A recent survey by Office Genie (established as Desk Space Genie in 2009) found a huge majority of UK employees have been engaging with the summer’s sporting events when they should have been working. The survey of 1,504 workers also explored the common approaches undertaken by managers during this period, and the potential pitfalls involved. In this interview, Office Genie’s Head of Strategy, Peter Ames, provides his insight on the survey’s findings, discussing the best options and policies for managers and the next major distraction on the calendar. (more…)

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Majority of UK Employees Go To Work When They Are Sick

September 16th, 2016

ill-employeeOver two thirds (67.5%) of employees go into work when they are unwell, with 68.3% admitting that they feel guilty for taking sick days. This is according to new research from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, which also found that the average employee (66.4%) only takes between one to two sick days a year. (more…)

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A third of all long-term absences caused by cancer

September 15th, 2016

hospitalNew data from employee benefits experts Unum has shown that cancer now accounts for almost a third (31%) of all long term sickness claims paid, with breast and gastrointestinal cancers accounting for almost half of those claims. After cancer, the most common conditions claimed for were mental health (19%), musculoskeletal (9%) and cardiovascular problems (8%). (more…)

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A busy worklife lays bare to unhealthy habits

September 14th, 2016

busyResearch carried out by Bupa UK health clinics reveals the national divide between the unhealthy habits and the quick fitness hacks that people adopt due to working long hours and busy social schedules. The study shows 60% of workers aren’t taking a full lunch break and 34% don’t get enough sleep. On the other hand, a large group take a more measured and thought-through approach with 47% setting themselves a target or goal to keep healthy and 26% say technology is key to this. (more…)

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Three in four don’t know obesity causes cancer

September 13th, 2016

hospital2Three out of four people in the UK are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer, according to a new Cancer Research UK report. The nationwide survey found that people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to know about the link. And men are less likely than women to be aware of the increased risk of cancer caused by obesity. (more…)

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Report urges employers and schools to back school-to-work agenda as 1 in 3 young people struggle to find jobs

September 12th, 2016

schoolA third of young people (32%) aged 16 to 21 in the UK aren’t confident about finding a job in the next few years and lack information about local job opportunities (35%), according to a new report published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation – Age of Uncertainty: Young people’s views on the challenges of getting into work in 21st century Britain. The report, based on a survey of 1,510 16-to-21-year-olds in the UK conducted by Populus, finds that a lack of connections, a steady decline in school-secured work experience, low self-confidence and an apparent lack of visibility of local employers, all have the potential to impact on young people’s working prospects in the UK. Young people from lower-socio economic groups (DE) are considerably more likely than to say they don’t think that they can get a job locally, compared their peers in higher social groups (AB) (33% compared to 25%). (more…)

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