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Flexible working hours reduce workplace stress, says study

November 04 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Flexible working hours reduce workplace stress, says study

Introducing flexible working hours would contribute most to reducing stress at work, according to a study by Cascade HR.

The research surveyed over 1,000 full-time or part-time employees and asked them what their employers could do to help reduce stress. Introducing flexible working hours was cited by nearly half of respondents. 

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Millennials want their own business, shows research

November 03 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Millennials want their own business, shows research

Over 35 per cent of millennials want to be their own bosses and have their own business, according to a new study from Opinium Research.

The research found that over 50 per cent of millennials hope to become self-employed by the time they reach their late 20s. 

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Highest paid jobs of 2016 revealed

November 02 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Highest paid jobs of 2016 revealed

The UK’s top ten highest paid jobs of 2016 have been revealed in a survey from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2016 used 2015/2016 pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) tax records to obtain the data, surveying a sample of 1 per cent of full-time workers from each occupation. 

 

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Search for young entrepreneurs launched in Cumbria

November 01 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Search for young entrepreneurs launched in Cumbria

A scheme has been launched to search for entrepreneurs as young as five in Cumbria, with 20 schools from the county teaming up with businesses to help pupils develop business skills.

The Bright Stars 2017 scheme will begin on January 16 next year and will run until 13th March, giving pupils the opportunity to receive mentoring from a wide range of businesses. 

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Perks and rewards are important to employee satisfaction, survey shows

October 27 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Perks and rewards are important to employee satisfaction, survey shows

Over two-thirds of adults in the UK believe that perks and benefits are essential to their general satisfaction at work, according to research from employee engagement platform Perkbox.

The research, which surveyed 1,072 adults in the UK, looked at how employees from different age groups feel about perks and rewards in the workplace and found that 30 per cent are not happy in their current job role and would move to a job that offers better benefits. 

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Employee Benefits Awards return for 15th year

October 26 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Employee Benefits Awards return for 15th year

An awards ceremony that celebrates employers who have made a significant contribution to their business through reward strategies has returned for its 15th year.

The Employee Benefits Awards 2017, which are sponsored by businesses including AON, Wealth at Work and Xerox, are now accepting entries.

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Britain’s employment rate remains at record high after Brexit

October 21 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Britain’s employment rate remains at record high after Brexit

Britain’s employment rate has remained at a record high, with the number of people in employment increasing after Britain’s vote to leave the EU, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The data showed that there were 31.81 million employed people in Britain in the three months leading to August, up by 160,000 on the previous quarter and by 560,000 on last year. 

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Manchester Metrolink create job and apprenticeship opportunities

October 17 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Manchester Metrolink create job and apprenticeship opportunities

Plans to expand Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network have been given the go-ahead by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.

The expansion will involve building a new £350 million 3.4 mile line through Trafford Park under a Transport and Works Act order.

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UK’s highest paid part-time jobs revealed

October 14 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

UK’s highest paid part-time jobs revealed

The UK’s highest paid part-time jobs have been revealed in new research from jobs review website Glassdoor.

The company gathered the data by looking at the total median annual base salaries for part-time workers in the UK. Whilst not every job listed is only part-time, the company used data on part-time workers. 

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Employees feel comfortable discussing mental health with employer

October 12 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Employees feel comfortable discussing mental health with employer

A third of UK employees would feel comfortable discussing mental health issues with their employer, according to a survey by Capita Employee Benefits.

The research, which surveyed over 3,000 employees in the UK, found that employees would feel comfortable discussing issues such as depression, whilst 31 per cent would speak to colleagues about taking time off work for mental health issues. 

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Small businesses have the happiest employees

October 07 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Small businesses have the happiest employees

The UK’s small businesses have the happiest employees, according to research from business social networking website LinkedIn.

The research, which surveyed 10,000 professionals, found that businesses with ten or fewer employees had the highest levels of job satisfaction. 

 

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More employers making life better for employees

September 29 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

More employers making life better for employees

More employers are introducing facilities and schemes to make life better for their employees, according to administration and consultancy services provider Barnett Waddingham.

The company’s Why BWell report, which surveyed 300 workers, showed that over 50 per cent of employees feel that their employer is helping them to achieve a good work-life balance. 

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Young people aspire to lead a business, according to report

September 09 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Young people aspire to lead a business, according to report

Young people aspire to become the boss of a company but lack confidence in their job prospects, according to a recent report by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation.

The report found that 33 per cent of people from lower socio-economic groups are more likely to have lower confidence when it comes to finding a local job, compared to 25 per cent of their peers. 

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Local shops a vital source of employment, report shows

September 09 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Local shops a vital source of employment, report shows

A report published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has found that local shops are a valuable source of flexible jobs for people with commitments.

The report showed that local shops are now a vital source of employment, with the sector employing 390,000 people.

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Data skills considered more important than management experience, report finds

September 02 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Data skills considered more important than management experience, report finds

UK business leaders consider data and analytics skills to be more important than management experience, according to The Business Grammar Report by Alteryx.

The report found that 26 per cent of business leaders in the UK believe that data and analytics are the most important skills for potential employees, 60 per cent consider them to be one of the top two skills, and 69 per cent believe that industry experience is the most important.

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Study reveals which companies offer the best work-life balance

August 31 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Study reveals which companies offer the best work-life balance

The companies offering the best work-life balance have been revealed in a new study from jobs website Glassdoor.

Banks, supermarkets, department stores and oil companies were amongst the list of top 20 companies featured in the study. 

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More freelancers choosing to fund their own business, research shows

August 31 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

More freelancers choosing to fund their own business, research shows

More freelancers are choosing to self-fund their business costs instead of seeking external financial support, according to research from FreeAgent.

The research, which surveyed over 500 micro-businesses, found that 44 per cent of businesses do not need any funding to start their business venture, whilst 43 per cent used personal savings to fund their business. 

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Increase in job seekers expected in September, study shows

August 26 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Increase in job seekers expected in September, study shows

The number of people looking for work is expected to increase in September, according to a study by CV-Library.

According to the data, SMEs should expect more interest from candidates, with over 50 per cent of employees being more likely to consider a new job as the end of summer approaches.

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Opportunities need to be created for young people, says IPPR

August 25 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Opportunities need to be created for young people, says IPPR

Opportunities need to be created to help young people get into work, according to IPPR. Research from the think tank showed that the number of 16 to 17 year olds working in the summer has halved over the past 20 years.

Over 40 per cent of 16 to 17 year olds were working whilst studying in the late 1990s, compared to just over 20 per cent now, whilst the number of 18 to 24 year olds working in summer jobs has also declined.

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Improved careers advice needed for British teenagers, research finds

August 25 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Improved careers advice needed for British teenagers, research finds

Recent research by City & Guilds has shown that British teenagers are unfamiliar with many high-paid job roles, which could have an impact on their career prospects.

The research, which surveyed 3,000 young people aged 14 to 19 across the UK, showed that they are familiar with less than one in five of 369 job roles listed by the government.

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Self-employed workers take more holidays, study reveals

August 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Self-employed workers take more holidays, study reveals

Self-employed workers take double the amount of holiday compared to those who are employed, according to a new study from freelance jobsite PeoplePerHour.

The research showed that freelance workers spend up to 21 nights away from home in an average year, whilst those who are employed spend an average of ten nights away.

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Survey reveals top bonus-paying jobs of 2016

August 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Survey reveals top bonus-paying jobs of 2016

The Independent has published the latest listing of jobs with bonuses of over £20,000 per year using data collected in an anonymous survey by Glassdoor.

Roles in the finance industry hold several places on the list, including portfolio managers, brokers and traders. Top of the list, however, were global account managers who receive an average annual bonus of £37,000.

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Financial career path requires both personal and technical skills

August 18 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Financial career path requires both personal and technical skills

Recent research indicates that numerical skills are not the only requirements needed to succeed in the financial industry.

In a survey conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), it was reported that future financial officers must develop both interpersonal and technical skills in order to compete. The survey compiled results from over 500 financial and business executives.

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£2,000 incentive for employers to take on apprentices

August 13 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

£2,000 incentive for employers to take on apprentices

Businesses looking to take on apprentices will be able to take advantage of an extra £2,000 on offer to help teenagers, care leavers and those with special education needs into work.

Employers in England will soon benefit from the plans, which will see small businesses subsidised with 90% of the costs of providing the apprenticeships.

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Four out of five transnational education institutions looking to expand

August 11 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Four out of five transnational education institutions looking to expand

A recent survey has found that four out of five higher education institutions in the UK that offer transnational education are looking to expand their operations in the next three years. These are institutions that offer joint programmes, online programmes, have international branch campuses, and also offer dual-degree programmes.

The survey conducted by HE Global, which is a collaboration between the International Unit and the British Council, has found that several universities have made transnational education a part of their international or overall strategy with the aim of attracting more students. Also, this strategy comes as these universities see an increase in their income and also garner more of a name for themselves overseas. 

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