Pay & benefits

Pay award expectations at record high

Pay award expectations in the private sector have increased to 2.5% after years where 2% has been the norm, as employers plan to increase salaries to attract talent.

Supreme Court sleep-in appeal plunges care sector into uncertainty

14 Feb 2019

The Supreme Court has granted permission for an appeal in the legal case considering whether or not care workers who...

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More than half of managers received bonuses in 2018

14 Feb 2019

More than half of all staff in managerial and professional roles received a bonus last year, according to XpertHR analysis....

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Gender pay gap 2019: Three in 10 reports have errors

13 Feb 2019

Almost a third of organisations that have submitted their gender pay gap reports for this year have published erroneous data,...

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Bosses who mishandle workers’ pensions could face jail

11 Feb 2019

Company directors who handle employees’ pension funds with a devil-may-care attitude could face up to seven years in prison or...

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Victoria Atkins, minister for women

Closing the gender pay gap a priority for seven in 10 firms

8 Feb 2019

Seven in 10 organisations view closing their gender pay gap as a high or medium priority, the Government Equalities Office has found.

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HR’s gender pay gap: female salaries grow, but still lag behind

7 Feb 2019

Female pay is rising more quickly than male pay in HR, but men in senior roles are often still paid more than their female counterparts

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Could Hermes’ self-employed-plus status revolutionise the gig economy?

7 Feb 2019

The creation of a new worker status by courier company Hermes could prove a significant step in the evolution of gig economy workers' rights, argues Mike Hibbs from law firm Shakespeare Martineau.

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Rebecca Long-Bailey

Remuneration committees are key to restraining executive pay

7 Feb 2019

The key to curbing soaring pay among senior executives is to ensure HR is properly represented on remuneration committees.
An...

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Middlesbrough FC

HMRC shown red card as football club wins minimum wage case

7 Feb 2019

An employment appeal tribunal has found that Middlesbrough FC did not breach minimum wage legislation after deducting the costs of...

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‘Self-employed plus’ status agreed for Hermes couriers

4 Feb 2019

Delivery firm Hermes has struck a “ground-breaking” deal with the GMB Union to give its couriers the option to receive...

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Thirtysomething workers’ pay most affected by financial crisis

4 Feb 2019

Workers in their 30s are still feeling the effect of the financial crisis on their pay packets, with typical pay...

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Top 10 HR questions January 2019: Holiday pay, overtime and tax on exit payments

1 Feb 2019

How should employers deal with overtime when calculating holiday pay? Does it make a difference if the overtime is voluntary,...

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Impact of UK minimum wage rises on automation ‘modest’

1 Feb 2019

Minimum wage rises may lead to job losses as employers turn to automation to keep costs down. But so far...

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City employers used 2018 to tie down talent before Brexit

30 Jan 2019

Banking, financial and professional services companies used 2018 to “tie down” talent before the 2019 Brexit leave date, according to...

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