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Call for Government to invest in flexible childcare

Children, childcare

The Government needs to reaffirm its commitment to help parents with childcare costs and use the savings from the delay to the roll-out of Tax Free Childcare to invest in a capital spending programme to make childcare more flexible, according to the Family and Childcare Trust. In a new report, Investing in Flexible Childcare, the […]

Onrec Conference and Exhibition – 20th October 2015

Recruiting methods have changed due to advances in technology, but the challenge of attracting the very best, most applicable candidates remains an ongoing challenge,  make sure you are getting the very best from your suppliers and your recruiters to help you achieve your recruitment goals. This conference will help you test,  challenge and develop your […]

Your maternity leave rights explained’s legal expert Crystal Bolton from Michael Lewin Solicitors discusses maternity law, and your rights on maternity leave. This includes what to tell your employer and when about your pregnancy, the difference between ordinary and additional maternity leave and discussing annual leave entitlement while on maternity leave. The video is designed to provide you with […]

Companies call for more complex understanding of gender pay gap

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Less than one in six employers is concerned that current differences in pay may be due to gender, but many more are concerned about the implications of new regulations which mean larger employers will have to publish gender-related data on what they pay their employees, according to new research. The proposed regulations require large private […]

Why do socks feature so prominently in my life?


I’m in the worst bit of illness. The bit where the parent is sick, but almost everyone else, particularly the youngest, bounciest member of the team, is not and you still have to get up and do the school run, etc. The combo of the cough from hell and the norovirus has reduced my energy […]

Corbyn pledges to extend SMP and paternity pay to the self-employed

Family, shared parental leave, working families

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to look at expanding statutory maternity and paternity pay to self-employed people. In his speech to the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Corbyn also attacked the Conservatives’ “shocking” record on child tax credits. The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s leading independent trade body for umbrella employers […]

‘Increased diversity on boards leads to greater return on investment’

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Increased diversity of perspectives on executive boards leads to them outperforming their all-male run peers, according to new research from Grant Thornton International Ltd. The study, which covers listed companies in the UK, India and US, estimates the opportunity cost for companies with male-only executive boards (in terms of lower returns on assets) at £430 […]

Nominations open for direct selling awards


Nominations have opened for the Direct Selling Association’s new award scheme to discover, recognise and celebrate the best of the direct selling industry in the UK. The “Stars of Direct Selling” Awards will recognise eight of the most outstanding and inspirational direct sellers in the UK. The awards will be judged by Saira Khan, runner-up […]

A role model for women in insurance

Stanmore Ins Staff

Jackie Hyde is the Director of Stanmore Insurance Brokers and also of dot2dot, a nursery insurance business. She has acquired a wealth of knowledge during her 30 years in the insurance industry and is passionate about getting more women into the sector. In recognition of her services to the financial services industry she has just […]

Businesses seeking to hire more working mums

Woman Doctor

A fifth of businesses in the UK are planning to hire more returning mothers than they did a year ago, according to new research by global workplace provider Regus. A survey of more than 4,000 senior business people across the UK, found 81% believe that flexible working is key to attracting and retaining women workers. […]

The cavalry retreats as the norovirus rears its head

tired mum in bed

Last week I said I was crawling towards Friday due to an overload of work and life issues. I spoke about the cavalry having arrived because Friday had turned up. How wrong I was… Firstly, I was feeling slightly the worse for wear after several days of a bad cold and the disappearance of my […]

Fifth of organisations ‘stuck in survival mode’

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A fifth of organisations are still stuck in survival mode and aren’t making the necessary investments in equipment or people to boost their productivity, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The report, Investing in Productivity, found a further 29% of employers are failing to get the right balance […]

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