National Insurance Contributions reversal – what can employers do now?

With the reversal of the 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions happening on the 6th of November, employers across the nation have an opportunity to attract and retain talent and must ensure that they are fully prepared for the change. Bhanu Dhir, Group CEO of employment support specialists, Steps To Work, discusses the National Insurance […]

Keir Starmer promises state energy supplier in speech to Labour party conference

Sir Keir Starmer opened his conference speech by warning that the Conservatives have crashed the pound and lost control of the economy. “A Britain all at sea, where a cloud of anxiety hangs over working people,” he said. “At moments of uncertainty like this we must provide clear leadership. We must stand with working people.” […]

A public inquiry has begun into London Luton Airport’s expansion plans

Luton Borough Council, whose company Luton Rising owns the airport, approved the growth plans in December. The separate private company that runs the airport, London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL), applied to increase passenger capacities from 18 million to 19 million per year and to amend the noise contours. The government said an inquiry should […]

Farmers threaten to quit NFU as leader backs scrapping of “Brexit bonus” nature subsidies

Farmers are threatening to quit the National Farmers’ Union after its leader said she supported the UK government’s apparent move to scrap post-Brexit nature subsidies. This weekend it was revealed that the government was poised to abandon the “Brexit bonus”, which would have paid farmers and landowners to enhance nature, in what wildlife groups have […]

Labour press for Royal Mail and rail nationalisation in conference pledge

Labour would renationalise the railways, its conference has been told, although Keir Starmer will continue to face pressure after delegates unanimously passed union-backed motions urging public ownership of Royal Mail and inflation-proof pay rises. The party leadership avoided a potentially divisive split on public ownership of energy and water firms, as the leftwing campaign group […]

Easyjet unveils “roadmap to net zero” by 2050 including introducing hydrogen-powered engines

EasyJet is to stop offsetting carbon emissions by its planes as it unveiled a “roadmap to net zero” emissions by 2050 including introducing hydrogen-powered jet engines. Other elements of easyJet’s new strategy include using sustainable aviation fuel, more fuel-efficient planes and carbon capture to reach the target. EasyJet insisted it was the most ambitious plan […]

Homeworking matches salary as priority for recruits, says CIPD

Flexible and remote working opportunities are proving as important as salaries for new recruits, as the continued skills shortage means that jobseekers hold most of the cards when it comes to finding work. More than two thirds of employers said that they had managed to attract and retain more top talent by offering the chance […]

TikTok faces fine for children’s data failures

TikTok could be facing a £27 million fine for an alleged breach of data protection law by failing to protect young users’ privacy. The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued the Chinese-owned social media company with a notice of intent, a legal document that precedes a potential fine. It says that between May 2018 and July […]

Banks pull mortgage deals in the face of soaring borrowing cost

Banks and building societies removed dozens of mortgage deals from sale yesterday and homeowners raced to secure fixed rates because of fears that the cost of borrowing would soar. Halifax, the biggest mortgage provider, said it would withdraw most fixed-rate deals by the end of today because of “significant changes in the cost of funding”. […]

4 types of unconscious bias in the workplace that you need to know

Whether or not we give it much thought, factors such as our upbringing, prior experiences, and knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion may all play a role in moulding our decision-making. Sometimes this is not a serious problem. At other times these factors can result in us being discriminatory (which is unlawful) and can […]