Employees

Sick days costing millions a day

The cost from employee sick days in lost productivity for businesses on 2 February 2014 was at £34 million, with an estimated 375,000 people calling in sick, according to ELAS UK.

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Unemployment at lowest since 2008

Latest jobs figures show that the UK unemployment rate is 5.4%, the lowest it has been since the recession in 2008, analysis by Office for National Statistics reveals.

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National living wage to slow hiring

The introduction the new national living wage could see employers reducing job creation, raising their prices and cancelling investments, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Use of zero-hours contracts increases

The use of zero-hours contracts has risen by 6% in the last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Gender pay gap between management roles

Women working in management roles are effectively working unpaid for almost 2 hours each day, according to analysis from the Chartered Management Institute.

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Employees not taking full annual leave

More than half of the British workforce does not take the full amount of annual leave each year, research has shown.

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Overqualified graduates saturate high-skill jobs market

Job over-qualification is reaching 'saturation point' as more university graduates are entering jobs that do not require a degree, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Company share scheme saving increases

More than 1.4 million employees saved an average of £122.94 a month in 2014 by taking part in company share schemes, according to ifs ProShare.

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Flexible working popular among pre-retirees

Almost 3 in 10 (28%) employees want their employer to introduce flexible working arrangements and part-time roles for people nearing retirement, according to a study by Aegon UK.

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Many retirees working past state pension age

More than 1 in 5 retirees have returned to work after reaching state pension age, according to research by Prudential.

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