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Is it half term already? It seems that it was only just Christmas, unless, of course, you have found yourself wading through assorted colds and viruses in the last month or so and are ready for a sabbatical. You may be superorganised and have arranged childcare and things to do months ago, but chances are […]


Three quarters think women and men are paid equally for equal work

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Some 76 per cent of workers in the UK believe men and women in their country are paid equally for equal work at their company, with men slightly more likely to think pay is equal, according to a survey by Glassdoor. The survey polled over 8,000 employees in the US, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, the […]


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Link between staff pay and nursery quality

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A pay increase of just under £1 an hour makes the difference between childcare settings with a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade, according to a new study which finds strong links between staff pay and quality in nurseries in England. The report, In for a pound, by the Family and Childcare Trust found that nurseries and […]


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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]


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