Articles in the category Taking on People

Zero-hours contracts. Good, Bad or Ugly?

March 22 2016

Love them or hate them, the number of zero-hours contracts is on the increase. A recent survey by the ONS (Office of National Statistics) in March 2016 reported that over 800,000 workers in the UK said they were on a contract that didn’t offer a minimum number of hours, or a ‘zero-hours’ contract. Interestingly, 6,5%...

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Discrimination of any kind – NOT a grey area

February 11 2016

The very word ‘discrimination’ can leave a bitter taste. The thought of judging or excluding an employee or colleague based on a prejudice of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, transgender status, pregnancy/maternity, marriage/civil partnership or religion is fundamentally wrong and can lead to feelings of distrust and resentment. Discrimination is not always blatant,...

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Where do they all come from?

November 12 2015

Finding New Employees Here we take a look at the reasons for vacancies, where to look for new employees and how to attract them. The reasons for vacancies can vary; internal promotion, company expansion, retirement or resignation. According to the average employee stays at their job for 4.4 years but the expected tenure of...

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What the new National Living Wage will mean for you

October 13 2015

The ‘Living Wage’ has seen growing awareness since its inception in 2001 to address the poverty agenda – and many employers including large numbers of local authorities have signed up to it.  The idea behind it is a wage which is high enough for workers to have a normal standard of living. That means being...

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Refugees – The Right To Work. Find out the facts …

September 28 2015

President Trump’s halt on the US refugee programme has sparked global protest and criticism.  Startbucks have demonstrated their view by promising to hire 10,000 refugees globally over the next five years (City A.M).  So what does that mean for UK businesses employing from this labour market?

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Ask Us – Using a Self-Employed Contractor

August 14 2015

I have a small family business and after much hard work we are growing at our fastest rate ever. I need to take on some staff but I a nervous of starting a commitment to employ someone when I’m not sure what our future work levels will be. Can I just take on someone on...

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Fixed Term Facts

August 14 2015

We’re often asked about employing people on fixed term contracts (FTC) to test them out ahead of committing to make them permanent.  This blog sets out the difference between permanent and fixed term working arrangements and the merits and risks of employing under a fixed term contract. Checking an employee out Using a FTC to...

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Ask us – I’m struggling to recruit

May 27 2015

I’ve advertised a job vacancy on job boards for 3 months now but I’m not getting any applications of any quality. What else can I do?   As the economy improves and unemployment falls, the labour market is definitely favouring employees so they can be choosier and make higher demands than they could say 3...

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Six signs that you need HR help

March 18 2015

Small business owners cannot be expected to be employment experts. In the main the employees are generally happy and motivated, and despite some headlines, HR issues only arise very occasionally. As the frequency of dealing with the trickier sides of employment is so low, often there is little experience or knowledge of the procedures that...

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There is an ethical place for zero hours

August 11 2014

Research from the CIPD  (December 2015) states that workers on zero hours working arrangements are actually satisfied with the arrangements and are as motivated as those on permanent contracts.

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Management Training this way?

Managers are often promoted into the role due to their technical knowledge or long...

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Can your business benefit from external HR support?

The legal challenges which surround typical HR issues can be daunting for SME owners,...

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Useful tips on how to lose the holiday blues

Ready GO! It can be a challenge to regain a work-positive mind-set after a...

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What’s in it for (S)ME?

What’s in it for (S)ME? Working for a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) can...

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