• 11 Jun 2015

    Are you Disability Confident?

    By Beth Lazzarato, Public Affairs Assistant, CIPD, @BethLazzarato Yesterday was only my fourth day of working for the CIPD. However, it was also a day in which I had the exciting opportunity to attend a CIPD Network event with representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), public and private sector employers, and a number of disability charities. So what was the aim of the event? For attendees...
    • 1 Jun 2015

    What does the outcome of the general election mean for business and HR?

    By Mark Beatson, CIPD Chief Economist, @MarkBeatson1 Last month month, I had the pleasure of joining the Northamptonshire branch for their Annual General Meeting, where I offered some thoughts on what the outcome of the General Election might mean for business and HR. The outcome might have come as a surprise if you had been following the media or the polls but less so, apparently, if you had been following the...
    • 6 May 2015

    Executive pay: giving workers a say

    By Mike Emmott, Employee Relations Adviser, CIPD, @emmott_m It shouldn’t be too long before we know the outcome of the election. Whatever its impact in other areas, it’s likely to have a significant influence on the direction of employment law. The Labour election Manifesto says the Party will “make sure employees have a voice when executive pay is set by requiring employee representation...
    • 5 May 2015

    Productivity – your doorstep checklist

    By Mark Beatson, Chief Economist, CIPD, @MarkBeatson1 At the start of the year we said that 2015 needed to see a 'productivity rollover' . Well, the Budget didn't even mention productivity so what about the election campaign? Surely, the parties would be highlighting how a vote for them would boost the UK’s productivity and hence lead to higher wage growth? Especially given that future productivity...
    • 28 Apr 2015

    Government’s end of term report on employment and welfare reform: “Good, but could do better”

    By Gerwyn Davies, CIPD Labour Market Adviser, @Davies_Gerwyn If one were to award a grade for each subject, the coalition government would rightly expect a high grade for its record on employment and welfare reform. An increase of more than 1.8 million people in employment, coupled with a fall in the unemployment rate from 7.9% to 5.6% since May 2010, is an impressive record by anybody’s standards. However, it...
    • 21 Apr 2015

    Improving corporate governance – it’s the people, stupid!

    By Ben Willmott, Head of CIPD Public Policy, @Ben_Willmott One issue that has not been at the forefront of political agenda in the run up to the General Election has been corporate governance, which is perhaps not surprising given the attention taken up by the big debates about the economy and the NHS. Even in the detail of the party manifestos, little attention has been paid to this issue. Of the parties...
    • 15 Apr 2015

    The future of apprenticeships – are the political parties ‘learning on the job’?

    Annie Peate, Policy and Campaigns Officer, CIPD, @AnniePeate Over the last few years, apprenticeships have undergone a change of image. No longer seen as the poor relation of the university degree, apprenticeships are an increasingly attractive way to gain a qualification and job-specific skills whilst earning a wage. They’re equally attractive for employers, for whom apprenticeships provide the means of...
    • 7 Apr 2015

    Employee relations - let us move away from this short termism

    By Mike Emmott, Employee Relations Adviser, CIPD, @emmott_m The party manifestos on employment issues are disappointingly thin – the big gap is on productivity. It’s no use lamenting low pay or declining living standards unless you have some ideas about how to boost productivity, otherwise it’s a zero-sum game. CIPD is clear that successive governments have failed to give workplace issues the...
    • 30 Mar 2015

    The 21st Century business imperative

    By Dianah Worman OBE, CIPD Diversity Adviser High noise levels about the improved numbers of women on boards provides a timely opportunity to press home the message that progressing diversity and inclusion isn’t just about making things easier for ambitious women to get a fair share of the numbers of top jobs in business. The progress we have made in the UK since Lord Davies set his agenda for private companies...
    • 24 Mar 2015

    Shifting the dial on the UK’s pay problems

    Over the last year, there’s been barely a day when the issue of pay hasn’t been out of the headlines. With employment levels consistently rising, the current challenge for both Government and for businesses is to address why pay packets have struggled to follow the same trajectory. However, we’re starting to see the dial on this shift, starting with last week’s announcement by the Government...
    • 18 Mar 2015

    Will the Budget be productive?

    By Mark Beatson, Chief Economist, CIPD, @MarkBeatson1 The UK has a productivity problem. We don't produce as much per hour as competitors like the USA, France and Germany , which has been the case for decades, and since 2008 it has got worse. We produce 2% less per hour worked than we did at the beginning of 2008. So how will we judge the productivity of today’s Budget speech? There are two things the...
    • 23 Feb 2015

    Whistleblowing and the Francis report

    By Mike Emmott, CIPD Employee Relations Adviser, @emmott_m It is unlikely that Robert Francis QC knew what he was letting himself in for when he agreed in 2009 to conduct an enquiry into what had gone wrong at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. After reporting in 2010 on what went wrong, and a subsequent enquiry into why it happened which reported in 2013, we now have his report, Freedom to Speak Up (February 2015...
    • 10 Feb 2015

    Cameron's call for bosses to give staff a pay rise ignores the need for a government focus to increase UK productivity levels – CIPD

    Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development: “Yes, costs are falling and it’s cheaper to do business but productivity growth is still stalling. Simply asking businesses to improve pay without examining more closely the factors which have contributed to our poor productivity performance fails to address the underlying cause of low wage growth. “The...
    • 19 Jan 2015

    Soft Skills and their value to the UK economy

    By Annie Peate, Policy and Campaigns Officer, CIPD, @AnniePeate The importance of soft skills is an issue that comes up time and time again whenever we speak to employers about the skills they value most in their workforce. Anecdotally we know that level of soft skills impacts productivity of an organisation, as well as the ability to innovate and remain competitive. This week anecdote became fact, as new research...
    • 9 Dec 2014

    Does human capital matter?

    Raj Thamotheram argues in his analysis of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that long-term investors need to re-think how they understand and assess sustainability. He argues that this event was a preventable surprise that could have been anticipated had attention been paid to readily available warning signs. He makes the case for better metrics and reporting with a focus on lead rather than lag indicators and calls out...
    • 25 Nov 2014

    Holiday pay gets interesting

    By Mike Emmott, CIPD Employee Relations Adviser, @emmott_m Now we have the much awaited judgment by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Bear Scotland on holiday pay, where does it leave employers? One thing is absolutely clear: employers will have to change how they calculate holiday pay in future to take account of regular overtime, as well as other elements of “normal remuneration”...
    • 17 Nov 2014

    While earnings growth may have been subdued, employers have been pouring money into employee pension pots

    By Charles Cotton, Public Policy Adviser, CIPD Our latest survey of employers looked at the impact of automatic enrolment on pension provision. It revealed that, although the minimum contribution employers are required to their employee’s retirement nest egg is just 1% of salary, many are contributing much more. In fact, the average contribution for a newly enrolled worker in the private sector is 4.5% (but...
    • 13 Nov 2014

    Dispute resolution, employment tribunals and early conciliation: a brave new world for conflict management?

    By Mike Emmott, CIPD Employee Relations Adviser, @emmott_m Recent changes in legislation affecting workplace dispute resolution have begun to bite. The volume of claims to employment tribunals has fallen off the proverbial cliff - a 70 percent reduction in single claims over 12 months. But that is not all that’s happening. It looks increasingly possible that the recent statutory changes are moving the system...
    • 30 Sep 2014

    EU8 workers vs. young UK workers

    It is impossible to compare UK born young workers with EU8 migrant workers (those from the eight countries that joined the EU in 2004), because you are not comparing like for like. 'The Growth of EU Labour: Assessing the Impact on the UK Labour Market' report, published today, highlights that a disproportionate number of EU8 migrant migrants are aged 24 and above, are often educated to degree level and will inevitably...
    • 30 Sep 2014

    Is EU migration letting lazy or miserly employers off the hook?

    The addition of a million EU migrants to the UK workforce over the past decade has led to considerable debate as to what impact this may be having on the UK labour market. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recently reported that most of the academic studies found 'either a small or no impact on the employment or unemployment outcomes' of British workers. However, there is little evidence covering the specific...
    • 28 Jul 2014

    Employers: Learning to Work or more still to learn?

    By Annie Peate, CIPD Campaigns and Policy Officer, @AnniePeate We’ve been busy celebrating at the CIPD. On 23 July we hosted an evening reception at City Hall in London to celebrate the Learning to Work programme’s second birthday. As well as being joined by special guests, Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking at Barclays, and CIPD’s Chief Executive, Peter Cheese, we were delighted...
    • 18 Jul 2014

    One year on, are we feeling more confident about disability?

    By Genevieve Bach, CIPD Public Affairs Manager, @gen_bach Today (Friday 18 July) marks one year since the launch of the Government’s Disability Confident campaign to raise awareness among employers of the business benefits of employing disabled people and support them in being more confident in recruiting and retaining them in work. Since the launch of the campaign, which CIPD has been proud to support...
    • 16 Jul 2014

    Is the cost of an engaged workforce as little as a 3% pay rise?

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Performance and Reward Adviser, @CharlesMCotton Employees in their 30s, 40s and 50s have suffered substantial falls in income, although the sharpest drops have been felt by younger employees, according to research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Since 2007, there has been a 15% drop in real wages for people in their 20s, much more than the 6% drop experienced by 31 to 49 year...
    • 14 Jul 2014

    CIPD Manifesto for Work: Knowing diddly-squat about pensions is no longer an option

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Performance and Reward Adviser, @CharlesMCotton, #CIPDmanifesto The awareness of pensions and retirement issues among HR professionals has come a long way in the past 10 years or so. It is no longer possible for senior people managers or those aspiring to become leaders in their organisation to cheerfully admit that they know diddly-squat about pensions or they find them too complicated to...
    • 9 Jul 2014

    CIPD Manifesto for Work: navigating the employment relationship

    By Mike Emmott, CIPD Employee Relations Adviser, @emmott_m, #CIPDmanifesto There is a strong case for simplifying the law on employment status. As a recent article in People Management magazine (“ What makes an employee? ”) pointed out, even lawyers can have serious problems distinguishing between the three categories of employment status: employees, self-employed and “workers”. The distinction...