Retail body claims Apprenticeship Levy not fit for purpose

27 May 2022

The Apprenticeship Levy, charged through PAYE on all employers with a wage bill over £3 million, has not lacked for critics with, as one example, the House of Lords Built Environment Committee recently reporting that the number of apprenticeship starts has fallen by over 25% since its introduction.

Company car advisory fuel rates from 1 June 2022

27 May 2022

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced new advisory fuel rates that can be used by employers paying employees a business mileage when driving an employer-provided car. These rates can also be used when charging employees for fuel provided for private miles and ordinary commuting.

Employers highlight impact of NICs increase

26 May 2022

Research carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), of more than 1100 UK employers, has uncovered what it describes as a series of negative impacts from the recent increase in National Insurance (NIC) contributions.

Reforms to statutory sick pay recommended to parliament

25 May 2022

The UK system for statutory sick pay (SSP) has been in place for 40 years, so is it still fit for the purpose it is intended to serve? Perhaps not, says employee benefits provider Unum UK, who, along with research by WPI Economics, have put forwards proposals for significant changes to the system.

Unusual outbreak sees cases of rare monkeypox infection in UK

23 May 2022

Mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa, and first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, monkeypox has suddenly appeared in 14 countries with, for the first time, the virus being found in people with no clear connection to the usual countries of origin.

The cost of childcare in England

23 May 2022

The amount of money that working parents are having to pay for childcare has returned to the headlines as the cost of living crisis deepens, and the Government has agreed that it is an area it wants to address.

Raising pay to attract new talent cannot be sustained

20 May 2022

While the most common response made in the past six months by employers with hard-to-fill vacancies has been to increase pay (44%), only 27% of organisations plan to raise wages in response to recruitment difficulties in the future.

Employers back practical work experience for young people

19 May 2022

Most employers (85%) have skills shortages in their workforce or expect to have shortages in the next five years, according to new research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which found that digital skills and problem solving skills are the main problem areas.

Future of Work review

18 May 2022

A review into how the Government can support a thriving future UK labour market has been ordered by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Building on existing commitments already made in response to the Matthew Taylor Review (back in 2017), this review will seek to address how to “build back better” from the effects of not only Brexit but also the pandemic.