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More support needed for the self employed, says review

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The growing number of self employed need more support so they are on more of an equal footing with the employed, according to an independent review commissioned by the Government. The report by entrepreneur Julie Deane calls for maternity pay for the self employed to be brought up to the same level as for statutory […]


Gender pay gap league table to be published

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Firms with over 250 employees will have to publish their gender pay gap on their websites and new league tables will show which of the UK’s employers have the worst gap, the Minister for Women and Equalities has announced. Nicky Morgan said firms will have to show the difference between men and women in terms […]


Women at work more likely to be modest about their achievements

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A fifth of workers say they would never promote their achievements at their workplace with women more likely not to do so than men. The survey of over 1,000 workers by Pitman Training Group found 19% said they would never self-promote in a workplace.  Some 37% admitted to having left an achievement out of their CV and 17% […]


The sins of the grandma

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I’ve been wondering – is reviewing the past something that older folk, such as grandparents like me, tend to do sometimes? The thing is that I’ve found that along with the good memories, it can turn up stuff that I go and blooming well torment myself with and here’s a case in point. They’d eaten […]


Half term tips

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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 […]


Staring at the screen all day

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It’s an interesting exercise getting your kids to say what they think about their parents and their work. I am testing how to make an imovie for work so I thought I’d experiment on the kids, given that they are more likely to know how to do it than I am. They set up a […]


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 […]


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