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The cost of living is rising and many people are facing financial difficulties. Tax increases and energy prices are the main culprits causing the majority of people feeling much worse off after payday. Financial struggles can cause many employees to ask for increased pay or even look for employment elsewhere, posing a real problem to […]

Real Living Wage boosted to £9.50 per hour 

Real Living Wage | HR Solutions

According to the Living Wage Foundation, over 250,000 people will see wages boosted by 20p to £9.50 if their employer has signed up to the ‘Real Living Wage‘, and employees should receive the new rate in May 2021. Not to be confused with the National Living Wage (NLW), the Real Living Wage is a recommendation of the Living Wage Foundation that ensure all workers earn a wage that covers […]

Landmark Case: Working Time Regulations

Working Time Regulations | Workers Rights | HR Solutions

Employers may be required to record hours worked each day for each worker: Federación de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) v Deutsche Bank SAE This is a landmark case which found that employers must measure the actual number of hours worked each day by each worker (for the avoidance of doubt, this includes employees). It forces […]

Childcare Vouchers Scheme Closure – Employment News Update

Childcare Voucher Scheme | HR Solutions

From the 4th October 2018, Childcare Vouchers schemes are closed to new entrants. The impact on employees who are already scheme members is that existing members can continue with this salary sacrifice benefit, but cannot leave the scheme and re-enrol, and cannot enrol on a new scheme with a different company. Any employees who ask […]

Think tank recommends changes to sick pay

Sick Leave | HR Solutions

A new think tank report suggests statutory sick pay should increase from 28 weeks to 52 weeks. In a bid to cut the sickness benefit bill from £23 billion, the report also recommends employees be allowed to take ‘wellbeing days’ off work, at very short notice. Tackling the sickness bill The report, by the Institute […]

Firms could be forced to reveal CEO and worker pay gap

Pay Gap | HR Solutions

The government has announced proposals to make large UK companies reveal the pay gap between their top management and average workers. In a move intended to stem the rise in anti-big business and anti-globalisation, the government are considering a number of measures as part of a consultation to curb the excesses of corporate pay. These […]

M&S forced to defend changes to pay structure

M&S | HR Solutions

Popular high street chain, Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been forced to defend its new pay structure after it was revealed that their employees could lose out on thousands of pounds each year. The changes to their existing policy were announced in May 2016, and a decision on their enforcement will be made 60 days […]

Are well groomed employees paid more?

Well Groomed | HR Solutions

We have all heard the age old theories about more attractive candidates are more likely to get jobs and promotions, but what about being well-groomed? A study conducted by Chicago and California Universities has found that employees with a smart appearance receive more frequent pay rises. The research, which followed the careers of 14,600 men […]

Unique Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits | HR Solutions

When job hunting, what first attracts people to a company? Salary is likely to be the first thing. But job hunters are now taking more notice of what potential employers are offering besides the usual pay rates. Employers have begun to recognise this and started to put together packages, offering their staff increasingly imaginative employee […]

CIPD Warns of Lower Pay Rises

Lower Pay Rises than Expected for 2016 | HR Solutions

The introduction of the compulsory National Living Wage will cause UK salaries to rise at a far slower rate than forecast, according to the CIPD. However, the HR body believes that low inflation will help to ease the blow for average earners. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) and the Bank of England originally predicted […]

UK Unemployment Hits Decade Low

Self Employed

UK unemployment held at 5.1% over the three months from November to January, the lowest rate since 2006. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that weekly earnings grew at a faster pace than expected. Meanwhile job creation slowed over the same period. The number of unemployed fell by 28,000 from the last quarter to […]

New Penalties for the National Minimum Wage

M&S | HR Solutions

The Government has published new legislation regarding the forthcoming amendments to the National Minimum Wage. There will be tougher penalties in place for employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage. These include doubling the penalty for non-payment and disqualifying guilty employers from holding a directorship for up to 15 years. The legislation will […]

Living Wage Foundation Announces New Rates

The Living Wage Foundation has announced the voluntary Living Wage rates for the next twelve months. For all areas of the UK outside of London the rate has increased from £7.85 to £8.25 per hour. The London Living Wage, which reflects the higher price of living in the capital, has risen from £9.15 to £9.40. […]

Aldi to Pay More than Voluntary Living Wage

Aldi to Pay More than the Voluntary Living Wage | HR Solutions

German supermarket chain Aldi has committed to pay its UK employees more than the voluntary living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation. The supermarket will pay at least £8.40 an hour (£9.45 an hour in London) from February 2016, which is higher than most other UK supermarkets and higher than the Living Wage. This […]

Sanctions in Place for the National Living Wage

HMRC and the National Living Wage | HR Solutions

The Government has outlined how it plans to enforce the National Living Wage when it comes into force next April. There will be strict sanctions in place for employers that do not comply with the new National Living Wage limits. Working with an increased enforcement budget, HMRC has announced plans to double the existing penalties […]

Majority of Employees to Work at Christmas

Majority of Employees to Work at Christmas | HR Solutions

More than half of UK employees (63%) will be at work at Christmas Eve according to a study by fashion brand Cotton Traders. Over 30% will work on Christmas Day itself. Almost half of those surveyed said that they will do so to earn extra income, with 41% expecting to receive double pay for working at […]

Statutory Maternity and Sick Pay Rates Frozen for 2016

Statutory Pay Rates Frozen | HR Solutions

Following on from the Autumn Budget, the Government has announced that there will be no increase to a variety of statutory pay rates in 2016. The affected statutory rates include maternity and paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay. A complete list of the Government’s statutory pay rates for 2016 can be […]

Pay Gap Grows Between CEOs and Employees

CEO Pay 183 Times that of Average Employee | HR Solutions

During 2014 CEO pay reached 183 times the earnings of the average UK employee, according to a new study. The High Pay Centre, an independent think tank, carried out research into the salaries of FTSE 100 companies and found that the average CEO pay had increased to £4.964 million; a slight rise on the £4.923 million […]

Tube Staff to Strike Over Night Shift Work


A 24-hour strike will start tonight (8th July) as unions representing 20,000 employees failed to reach an agreement with London Underground over night shift pay and working conditions. Transport for London has said that additional means of public transport will be available for the duration of the strike. Why are the Tube staff on strike? The Tube staff […]

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