What are the benefits of apprenticeships to employers?

92% of companies that have taken on apprentices believe this leads to a more motivated and satisfied workforce and 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation. Some of the benefits of recruiting an apprentice include: adapting their training according to the needs of your business their motivation to learn […]

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Brexit: The implications for employers

What are the implications for employers in terms of recruiting and retaining staff? The UK’s participation in EU free movement ended on 1 January 2021. In its place, the Home Office has implemented a new points-based immigration system for all migration to the UK, other than for Irish nationals. What does this mean for business […]

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Age Discrimination in Recruitment

Last week I had the pleasure of discussing recruitment, age discrimination and Artificial Intelligence with Roberto Perrone at BBC Three Counties Radio. You can listen to the interview here, but below are my thoughts. The interview was triggered by the experiences of Karen Beecham, a 58 year old buyer who was made redundancy from M&S […]

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You need to plan for your business until June AT THE EARLIEST

I’m sure you have seen or heard the latest announcements regarding our plans out of lockdown. Finding the key dates was not particularly easy, but then this whole situation is not particularly easy. My focus for today is what happens between now and June (what happens beyond June is another whole discussion to be saved […]

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Recruitment Advertising

Two things have happened this week which have made me think about the wording of recruitment adverts: 1)    A contact of mine advertised for a young, dynamic person – thus opening themselves up to an age discrimination claim, as an older person may arguably be more dynamic than a young person. 2)    The Army has […]

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Vital Statistics …. for your business

Last week there were some interesting stats announced by the ONS (Office for National Statistics): The number of people in work increased The number of unemployed people decreased The number of people aged from 16 to 64 years not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also decreased The employment rate was […]

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Why Corporate Jargon And Nonsense Stops Businesses Taking HR Seriously

(And The Four Processes That Most Business Owners  Need To Go Through When Dealing With Staff) I’ve been studying and practicing HR for over 25 years.  Which means that I ‘get it’.  I ‘understand’ it.  However ludicrously worded something is, or however jargonny a contract sounds, I can usually root out the genuine meaning, and […]

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