Employees

SME skills gap widens

Nearly a third (29.9%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are concerned that skills shortages are impeding growth, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses.

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SMEs uncertain about flexible working

Nearly half (45%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are unaware of the upcoming changes to the law on flexible working, according to a study by Citrix/YouGov.

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Gender pay gap reduction call

The next government should set a national target for reducing the gender pay gap, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

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Underpaid workers get £4.6 million in wage arrears

Underpaid workers received more than £4.6 million in minimum wage arrears during 2013/14, HM Revenue & Customs has said.

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Collective workplace pensions proposed

Employers will have more choice over the type of workplace pension scheme they offer after proposals for collective schemes were announced during the Queen’s speech.

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Workplace optimism increases

Consumer confidence has reached its highest level in almost 7 years and optimism is increasing among UK workers, according to a study by YouGov and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

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Group risk claims total £1.24bn

The UK group risk industry paid out £1.24 billion worth of claims in 2013, according to data published by Group Risk Development.

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Pensions and childcare vouchers most popular benefits

Pension contributions and childcare vouchers are the most commonly offered tax-efficient salary sacrifice benefit, according to research from Employee Benefits.

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Service sector optimism increases

Businesses in the service sector want to take on more staff as optimism rises, according to research from the Confederation of British Industry.

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Unemployment continues to fall in Northern Ireland

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen for the 15th consecutive month.

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