• 23 Nov 2016

    Ireland and pay in a time of turmoil

    By Mary Connaughton, MD CIPD Ireland Another morning, so is there another news bombshell? With Ireland’s small open economy operating in a global context, the only question is whether the next test is on the international front or the home fron...
    • 3 Nov 2016

    Let’s smash it

    By Sara Mosavi, Employer Stakeholder Engagement Lead, CIPD The CIPD calls on the Hampton-Alexander review to turn up the dial on gender diversity in the boardroom by setting up a separate target for women executive directors. If, during the early hou...
    • 21 Sep 2016

    New Statistics on Zero-Hours Contracts

    By Ian Brinkley, Acting Chief Economist, CIPD The new estimates from the Office for National Statistics show another significant increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts. The total has increased to just over 900,000 in April–Jun...
    • 6 Sep 2016

    Immigration might help your GDP, but it doesn’t help mine

    Guest blog by Ian Robinson , Immigration Law Partner, Fragomen Worldwide. How would I sum up the job of the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, when she thinks about immigration in a post-Brexit world? ‘Immigration might be good for your GDP, but i...
    • 31 Aug 2016

    Brexit and immigration: Steps to consider now

    By Ian Robinson , an immigration law partner at Fragomen Worldwide. In this guest blog, Ian discusses what Brexit will mean for immigration and how he is advising his clients. The UK’s exit from the European Union will have any number of ...
    • 25 Aug 2016

    Work is getting better — for some

    By Ian Brinkley, Acting Chief Economist, CIPDOne popular narrative is that employment is getting worse with the rise of insecure employment, such as zero hours, and increased pressures at work. Many see a polarised workforce, with more 'lovely an...
    • 4 Aug 2016

    Brexit – An Irish perspective

    By Mary Connaughton, Director CIPD Ireland When I searched the term ‘Brexit’ on Google today, I found over 180,000,000 results. That is a lot of column inches. Interestingly, Ireland is second to the UK in the number of Brexit searches on...
    • 3 Aug 2016

    Time to act now on mental health at work

    The importance of supporting people’s mental health at work has slowly but surely gained recognition in the UK over the past few years, and with very good reason. The most recent large-scale survey of adults living in England found that nearly one person in four (23%) had at least one psychiatric disorder. Greater awareness of the high proportion of people who experience a mental health problem at some point...
    • 12 Jul 2016

    The line manager – key to unlocking wellbeing at work

    Guest blog by Paul Barrett, Head of wellbeing, Bank Workers Charity We all know the saying, ‘People don’t leave their job; they leave their manager.’ Of course, it’s a rather crude statement but the reason it resonates is that...
    • 8 Jul 2016

    What will Brexit mean for employers and migrant workers?

    By Gerwyn Davies, CIPD Labour Market Adviser Following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, one of the most significant questions facing the HR profession is what will happen to immigration policy. No change in the short-...
    • 28 Jun 2016

    What will Brexit mean for UK employment law?

    By Rachel Suff, Public Policy Adviser (Employment Relations) at the CIPD Now that the country has voted to leave the European Union, one of the burning questions in the workplace is, what will happen to the significant body of employment law that der...
    • 18 May 2016

    Fit for Work: Helping you take control of stress in the workplace

    By guest blogger Chris Rhodes, chief nursing officer, Fit for Work Most employers will no doubt have had first-hand experience of the impact high levels of sickness absence can have on their business. This single issue remains possibly one of the mos...
    • 31 Mar 2016

    See Potential

    The last few years have seen impressive increases in employment in the UK, with the latest official statistics showing we have record numbers of people in work while the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1%. However, there are many disadvantaged gr...
    • 11 Mar 2016

    An interview with one of our apprentices

    We interviewed Rob Elner, Apprentice Conference Logistics Administrator for National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2016 When did you decide you wanted to become an apprentice and why did an apprenticeship appeal to you? My last few years of school. I knew...
    • 16 Feb 2016

    Will league tables drive meaningful change on gender pay?

    By Dianah Worman OBE, Policy Adviser, CIPD The gender pay gap has remained stubbornly fixed at around 19% for four years, following a substantial shift from 27.5% to 22% from 1997, when it was first used, to 2009. The Prime Minister, David Came...
    • 7 Dec 2015

    CIPD report on zero-hours and short-hours contracts reveals the polarity of the debate

    It is no surprise to see the CIPD's new report on zero-hours and short-hours contracts come under attack this morning from the TUC and other commentators.‎ Some commentators appear to start from the position that there simply is little or not...
    • 14 Sep 2015

    Legislation to tackle yesterday’s problems?

    By Mike Emmott, Employee Relations Adviser, CIPD, @emmott_m Why has the Government chosen to legislate now to amend the law on industrial action? The number of days lost to strike action has dropped by over 90% in the last twenty years and employers say that relationships with trade unions are generally good. Yet the Government has introduced legislation requiring strike ballots to achieve new turnout and support thresholds...
    • 26 Aug 2015

    CIPD report on graduate over-qualification sparks overdue debate that is set to run and run

    By Ben Willmott, CIPD Head of Public Policy, @Ben_Willmott I was slightly taken aback by the dismissive response from some representatives of the UK’s higher education sector to our report, Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market , which highlighted the scale of the country’s graduate-over qualification problem. On Thursday, Bill Rammell, former Minister for Higher Education...
    • 18 Aug 2015

    Hurdles facing non-EEA workers continue to mount

    By Gerwyn Davies , Labour Market Adviser at the CIPD, @Davies_Gerwyn Against the backdrop of a tight labour market, it seems that one of the solutions available to employers may be about to get harder. Following the introduction of a series of restrictions on non-EEA workers over recent years, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been charged with analysing the potential for reducing the inflow of non-EEA workers...
    • 10 Aug 2015

    The impact of “Brexit” on employment law

    By Mike Emmott, CIPD Employment Relations Adviser, @emmott_m What would happen to employment law if the UK were to leave the EU? Would the legislation introduced in response to EU directives, including TUPE, working time and agency working, simply fall away overnight? Nothing seems more improbable. The likelihood is there would be very little immediate change, but rather some limited changes over time. David...
    • 28 Jul 2015

    Disability Confident: can we turn a corner?

    By Beth Lazzarato, CIPD Public Affairs Assistant, @BethLazzarato This week the Department for Work and Pensions will be celebrating the two year anniversary of the launch of Disability Confident , its campaign which aims to improve employer attitudes towards hiring disabled people. Marking this anniversary will provide a great opportunity to applaud many promising signs of progress, the most significant of which is...
    • 27 Jul 2015

    When paying men and women, can you prove you are being fair?

    By Dianah Worman , Diversity Adviser, CIPD Forty five years after the introduction of the Equal Pay Act , the Government launched a consultation document ‘ Closing the gender pay gap’ to explore views about how to develop regulations to implement the legal obligation incorporated in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 by the previous Coalition Government. This law will make it compulsory...
    • 15 Jul 2015

    Will new strike laws be effective?

    by Mike Emmott, CIPD Employment Relations Adviser, @emmott_m It shouldn’t perhaps be any surprise that the first Conservative Government in almost twenty years is keen to revisit the law on industrial action. The number of days lost through strikes is running at historically low levels, but over 90 per cent of those lost days are in the public sector. And industrial action in the public sector is generally not...
    • 7 Jul 2015

    Building more productive workplaces

    By Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy, CIPD, @Ben_Willmott In the run up this week’s Budget, we know that one of the big problems preoccupying the Chancellor, George Osborne, is how to boost the UK’s stagnant productivity. He has promised to take action to address this – something the CIPD has been calling for over the last 18 months. The UK has seen seven years of productivity standstill...
    • 19 Jun 2015

    Father’s Day, Fathers’ Year!

    Mike Emmott, Public Policy Adviser, Employee Relations Most fathers will be looking forward to their special day this weekend, as children across the UK celebrate their dads. But prospective fathers might be celebrating too this year, as they’ve received a significant benefit in the form of a statutory right to shared parental leave (SPL). Since 5 April 2015, most working fathers whose partners are also in work...