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Flexible working brings improvements in productivity and profits, says survey

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Three quarters of companies in 10 countries around the world, including the UK, have now introduced flexible working policies and most had seen improvements in productivity and profits, according to a global survey. The Flexible: friend or foe? survey of 8,000 employers and employees across three continents was conducted by Vodafone and involved employees from small […]

How to tackle the gender pay gap


How can the gender pay gap be closed? A report published by the Government Equalities Office and Deloitte outlines best practice in tackling the gap, which is caused by lack of career progression by women to top roles. The report, Trailblazing Transparency: Mending the Gap, says the Government is committed to closing the gender pay […]

High costs and fears over career damage deter discrimination claims, says lawyer

Scales, Balance, Equality

Pregnant women and people suffering from stress and depression keep quiet when they are overlooked for promotion or forced out at work over fears that complaining might damage their career prospects and that a claim could cost too much to prove, according to a survey. The poll of 1,000 people from a cross-section of the […]

Report highlights growing implications of the ‘sandwich generation’


A growing number of people will be part of the “sandwich generation”, looking after elderly relatives and children and face using up many of their savings to do so and needing more flexible working to balance work and caring responsibilities, according to a new report. The report by the Social Market Foundation highlights the growing […]

Black Caribbean men share housework more equally than white counterparts

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Black Caribbean men do more of an equal share of  the chores than white men, according to the first ever nationally representative study of how housework is organised by couples across different ethnic groups in Britain. The study, by Professor Heather Laurie from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex […]

Tideway extends its returner initiative


Tideway has launched its second returner initiative for professionals who have taken a career break and is extending it to include its delivery partners. The London-based utility company held its first returner initiative last year, the first outside the banking sector, and is looking for new recruits this year. The initiative involves paid-for internships requiring skills […]

Tax credit cuts on the cards for 800,000 people


Around 800,000 people will lose tax credits this year due to a change which means their credits will decrease as they earn more. Despite the u-turn on tax credit cuts in last year’s Autumn Statement, the Treasury is continuing with a reduction in the income rise disregard which means people will see their tax credits cut […]

Parenting: the teenage years and it’s still about staying awake


My partner has been ill for the last 10 days. Essentially he’s had a cold, but with a bad cough. He initially thought it was something terminal, but the fact that daughter three had had a really bad cold meant that a cold was a slightly more plausible possibility. He has been looking very sorry […]

Survey shows lack of career progression is the main reason women leave jobs

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Lack of career progression is the main reason that women leave their jobs, according to a survey by recruitment firm Ambition UK, with the stigma attached to flexible working meaning they are held back from climbing the career ladder. The ‘Why do women in business leave?’ report is based on a survey of 486 women […]

Sir Philip Hampton to head review of women on boards

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The Government has appointed Glaxo Smith Kline chairman Sir Philip Hampton to lead the next phase of the independent review to promote more women to FTSE 350 boards. Sir Philip will succeed Lord Davies whose 2010 report on women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies and target of 25% was met in 2015. Lord […]

Number of low paid jobs increases in London

GBP, Money, Cash, Wages

The number of low paid jobs in London has increased, boosted in part by a rise in part-time and insecure work, according to a report from the London Assembly Economy Committee. The report, ‘The Hourglass Economy: An analysis of London’s labour market’ , says working families are particularly affected with 57% of London’s poor made up […]

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