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Research reveals widening gap between pay and performance

New research has revealed that UK companies are failing to differentiate pay sufficiently for top-performing employees. The findings demonstrate that there is a clear opportunity for firms to better allocate their resources to attract, motivate and retain their best employees as the state of the market creates more competition for talent. Employers in the UK are falling short in how they deliver pay programmes including base salary and bonuses, even …Read More

Collaboration with universities benefits employers

Collaboration between businesses and universities is producing a wide range of benefits and boosting students' prospects. Organisations involved in these partnerships gain access to new talent, better productivity and improved competitiveness – both in the UK and globally, according to a report, which has been published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). 'Forging Futures: Building higher level skills through university and employer collaboration' reveals that universities also …Read More

Lack of opportunity ‘is hampering staff retention’

New research reveals staff retention is being hampered by a lack of opportunity and structure within their organisations. HR service company Penna found that the absence of opportunity was the main reason behind employees' decisions to leave companies during the past 12 months, cited as such by 20 per cent of respondents. In the same period, one in three organisations have witnessed a rise in resignations. Despite this, 20 per …Read More

Jobseekers ‘can be deterred by first impressions’

New research reveals more than two-thirds of jobseekers would turn down an offer of employment if their first impression of an organisation is substandard. This is according to Monster.co.uk, which has published data on the factors influencing interviewees' decisions. The findings could help HR professionals ensure the recruitment process isn't jeopardised by external factors. Appearances play a significant role in decision-making, with 35 per cent of interviewees saying they would …Read More

HR ‘failing to monitor candidates’ experiences’

New research reveals many employers are failing to monitor candidates' experiences when it comes to recruitment. Up to 60 per cent of HR professionals are doing nothing to monitor the impact of their hiring experience, even though 70 per cent understand the importance of this factor to the recruitment process. Some 64 per cent of those surveyed in the CEB Global Assessment Trends Report for 2014 said it would become …Read More

HR to raise technology investment

A new survey of HR departments reveals many firms are looking to strike a balance between people, process and technology. Towers Watson's 2014 HR Service Delivery and Technology Survey shows one in three companies are set to boost their spending on HR technology in the coming year compared with the previous 12 months. Some 23 per cent plan to raise their spending by as much as ten per cent, while …Read More

Auto-enrolment is many firms’ ‘biggest challenge’

A new report has revealed many employers view auto-enrolment as the biggest challenge their organisation will face over the coming years. Auto-Enrolment: Expectations versus Reality, commissioned by Buzzacott Employee Solutions and Meridian West, states that four in ten employers have such a view of auto-enrolment, HR Magazine reports. Those who have been through the process found it more arduous than expected, the study reveals, with 34 per cent saying it …Read More

Employers ‘could face flexible working application surge’

Employers could face a surge in flexible working applications when the new legislation comes into effect later in the year. A new survey conducted by YouGov reveals 26 per cent of British workers (excluding sole traders) are likely to request flexible working arrangements, HR review reports. Some 69 per cent of the working population has never made a flexible working request, with 13 per cent of these reluctant to do …Read More

Candidate availability falls ‘at sharpest rate since 1997’

New data reveals the number of applicants available for jobs has fallen at its sharpest rate for 16 years, even as the number of positions continues to grow. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) Report on Jobs, a comprehensive survey of employment trends compiled in conjunction with KPMG, finds that the availability of candidates to fill permanent positions continued to fall during May. Temporary and contract staff availability also decreased …Read More

Flexible working ‘could disrupt existing practices’

Flexible working could lead to employee dissatisfaction and administrative burdens if it is not managed properly, the Work Foundation has warned. Informal flexible working arrangements already exist within many organisations and the new legislation could disrupt the established working patterns, potentially leading to "negative behaviours", says Work Foundation researcher Dr Zofia Bajorek. The legal right to request flexible working arrangement from employers is to be extended to all employees from …Read More