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Apr

13

What’s in it for me?

 

A new survey reveals that 70 per cent of British employees admit that job incentives motivate them.

It’s no surprise that perks are attractive for many job seekers, with Google recently confirming that 92 per cent of its employees would recommend them to a friend, and it’s not surprising when you hear about some of the perks. Free gourmet food, massages, on-site hair stylists, nap pods, childcare and doctors available for check-ups.

While some would accuse Google of promoting the magpie employee, the truth is that employers are finding it more difficult to attract and retain the best calibre of staff. Through the generous benefits and perks provided by Google, they are able to attract, and keep, the highest calibre candidates.

Survey me

Reboot Online marketing conducted a survey of more than 1,200 marketing professionals in regard to the benefits they receive at work, and if they could choose, what their top three benefits would be:

•    Of those surveyed, 66 per cent stated their company offered some form of benefit / incentives.

•    70 per cent of employees believe that benefits / incentives make a difference to their workplace motivation
     and job retention.

•    25 per cent would take one job over another based on the quality of benefits / incentives offered.

The most popular benefit amongst employees was training (60 per cent), followed by flexible hours (58 per cent) and more holiday allowance (55 per cent).

Some of the more unconventional incentives offered included:

•    Allowance of time off for volunteering (3 per cent)

•    On-site healthcare (4 per cent)

•    Staff holidays (15 per cent)

•    Adrenaline fuelled activities (10 per cent)

•    Unlimited alcohol on Fridays (5 per cent)

Speaking about the results, Shai, the managing director of Reboot Online, said:

“I think it’s important to offer incentives and benefits to employees to show them you appreciate their work. I like to keep my staff on their toes; maintaining the thirst to learn and achieve while ensuring there is never a dull moment.”

Are you thinking of offering incentives to your staff but unsure of where to begin? Contact us today to find out how.


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Apr

12

Gender pay gap a turnoff for jobseekers

 

According to new research by job site, Glassdoor, 65 per cent of women would not apply for a job at a company where “men and women are not equally paid for equal work”.

This comes on the back of the impending introduction of new rules whereby companies with over 250 staff are required to publish gender pay differences. Although, there are some who are concerned that the lack of public understanding regarding the difference in equal pay and gender inequality will confuse the two.

The poll of 2,000 workers last month shows a strong support for greater transparency around pay with two thirds (65 per cent) believing that employers who choose to embrace equal pay transparency will help to eliminate the gender pay gap.

Speaking about the results, Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, said:

“The gender pay gap is set to be a major issue in the UK this year, not least because employers are grappling with the challenge of how to analyse their own data and there is a relatively low level of understanding amongst the workforce about what causes the gap.

“Both male and female employees want more transparency around pay, and companies that offer this will have the advantage when it comes to recruiting.”

He added: “Simple gender pay gap reporting doesn’t give any real insight unless people know what the causes of the gap are or if men and women are paid equally for equal work.

“We know that men and women can be paid differently for doing the same job, both in the UK and other countries too.”

Separate analysis

According to an analysis of Glassdoor user data, uploaded anonymously by 22,500 employees in the UK, the gender pay gap is 22.9 per cent, with women earning 77.1 pence for every pound earned by men.

Glassdoor then analysed the data to provide statistical controls for differences in age, education, experience, industry, company and job title and found women to be paid 5.5 percent less than men.

Mark Crail, head of salary surveys at XpertHR, said:

“In almost every organisation, most if not all of the gender pay gap can be explained by structural differences in employment, some of which are beyond the control of an individual employer, rather than by equal pay issues. But that is not going to be the first thing that springs to mind for an employee who comes across their employer’s gender pay gap data.”

Our advice is to study your internal data well before publishing it. Sometimes the numbers can be misleading and are often explainable with simple controls attached. Alternatively, if you do see an unexplained gender pay gap within your organisation, now is the time to do something about it.


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Apr

03

Average Brit works two months mostly unpaid overtime a year

 

According to a recent study by totallymoney.com, Brits are working more overtime than ever and it’s mostly unpaid.

The study, run by OnePoll, surveyed over 2,000 workers in February 2017, across all sectors and the results were surprising. On average, British workers are putting in 8.4 hours of overtime each week, adding up to 68 days of unpaid work a year.

The study found that 64% of respondents weren’t paid for their overtime hours, and only 13% did overtime for the love of the job.

The region you work in also plays a big part in how much overtime you do and whether you are paid for the privilege. Londoners put the most overtime hours in (9.6) closely followed by workers in the West Midlands (9.2) and East Anglia (8.5). Those in the East Midlands do the most unpaid overtime (71%), while workers in the West Midlands are the most likely to be paid for their endeavours (47%).

The study also found that:

  • Only a third of British workers leave the office on time
  • Four out of five workers admitted to working through their lunch break each day
  • Teachers work an average of 6.5 hours overtime each week, with 80% not being paid for it
  • Almost 60% of people surveyed feel that they don’t have a good work / life balance
  • Healthcare workers on average put in an extra 7.7 hours each week, with over half (55%) not being paid. The most frequent reason for putting the overtime hours in was feeling overwhelmed by the workload

Gender pay gap

The results of the study revealed yet more evidence of the gender pay gap with 43% of men receiving pay for overtime, compared to just 30% of women.

Almost a quarter of women surveyed (24%) said they felt pressured into working the extra hours to progress in their career as opposed to 11% of men. And that doesn’t just extend to the office, 24% of women admitted to working while on holiday compared to just 13% of men.

For more information about the survey or to discuss any issues this may have raised in your business contact Opsium today.


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Mar

30

Increase in employee compensation limits and awards, NLW and NMW

 

Increase in employee compensation limits and awards

From 6 April 2017, the compensation limits on Employment Tribunal awards and certain other amounts payable under UK employment legislation will increase. 

The changes, set out in the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 SI 2017/175, include:

  • One week’s pay for calculating redundancy and the unfair dismissal basic award will rise from £479 to £489
  • Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and max statutory redundancy pay will increase by £300 to £14,670
  • The minimum basic award in cases where a dismissal is unfair by virtue of health and safety, employee representative, trade union, or occupational pension trustee reasons will increase from £5,853 to £5,970
  • The limit on compensation for unfair dismissal will increase from £78,962 to £80,541

Alongside these changes will be increases to the National Living Wage, Minimum Wage, Statutory Sick Pay and family friendly statutory pay, these include:

  • NLW will increase for all workers over 25 from £7.20ph to £7.50ph
  • NMW will increase for workers aged 21-24 from £6.95ph to £7.05ph
  • SSP will increase from £88.45pw to £89.35pw
  • Family friendly statutory pay will increase on April 2 from £139.58pw to £140.98pw which covers adoption, maternity, paternity and shared parental pay

What does this mean for employers?

The changes relating to redundancy and unfair dismissal payments will take effect on the 6th April and apply only to dismissals that occur on that date or following. It is important to take note that:

  • If an employee was given notice prior to 6th April, but their notice period expires on or after the 6th April the new limits will apply
  • If an employee is terminated by means of payment in lieu of notice, the effective termination date (EDT) is the actual date the dismissal takes effect, plus the statutory notice applicable to the employee. I.e. one week per year of employment, up to the maximum of 12 weeks. If the statutory notice would take the EDT to or beyond the 6th April, the new limits will apply

If you’re unsure about any of these changes and how they may affect your business please contact us on 0161 603 2156.


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Mar

07

Big hill to climb for the Apprenticeship Levy

 

According to research conducted by City and Guilds skills group, a third of eligible employers are unaware of the Apprenticeship Levy despite it being introduced in April this year.

The survey of more than 500 organisations has produced some surprising results with only 33% feeling they had received enough information about the scheme; 28% were unsure how it would affect their business while 15% thought they would have to cut recruitment costs to cover the additional cost. Only 31% expected to hire more apprentices because of the Levy.

Kirsty Donnelly, managing director of City and Guilds, hit the nail on the head when she said:

‘We still have a mountain to climb in convincing people about the benefits apprentices can bring to businesses.’

If that observation blew your mind just wait until you read her book – ‘The grass is green, the sky is blue’.

According to the survey, 47% felt the Levy was a good way to encourage employers to pay for training, 43% felt it gave them more control and 34% believed it would improve the quality of apprentices.

We don’t need no education

A spokesperson for the Department for Education said:

‘Employers are at the heart of our apprenticeship reforms and have been working with us since 2013 to create the apprenticeship standards and ensure they are high quality and deliver the skills that they need.

‘We have also published a detailed levy guide for employers and an online calculator that enables them to understand how much levy they will pay and how they could use their digital funds to pay for training in future.’

The Apprenticeship Levy requires businesses with an annual wage bill of £3million or higher to pay a 0.5% fee into a digital apprenticeship fund which smaller businesses can draw from to fund their own apprenticeship schemes.

The Levy will be launched in April 2017. For more information about the scheme please contact Opsium Employer Support on 0161 603 2156 or email info@opsium.co.uk


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