• 11 Jul 2018

    When tax becomes taxing!

    In May 2018, the Government launched a consultation that proposes changes to who is responsible for determining the IR35 status of engagements. There are three proposals, but the preferred approach is to transfer from the contractor to the priva...
    • 23 May 2018

    Benefit matters

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Public Policy Advsier Look at most research on reward and the focus is on pay. Such topics as executive remuneration, merit pay or sales-based incentives predominate. Similarly, a lot of public policy attention is given to such issues as CEO pay, minimum pay or public sector pay. However, when it comes to employee benefits, there is little research on this topic. This is odd, given that financial...
    • 30 Apr 2018

    What’s the point of pay?

    By Charles Cotton , Public Policy Advisor at the CIPD. The CIPD’s 2018 UK working lives gives us some interesting insights into employees’ satisfaction with their pay. Given that the survey only finds that only 45% of workers think t...
    • 5 Apr 2018

    Gender pay gap reporting: what have we learned from Year One?

    The deadline for firms with more than 250 employees to publish the average pay gap between male and female workers has now passed, and it’s been a year full of lessons. While some organisations struggled with the calculations, and many left rep...
    • 7 Mar 2018

    Gender pay gap reporting – tidying up the loose ends

    By Sheila Wild, founder of www.equalpayportal.co.uk and author of the CIPD guide to Gender Pay Gap Reporting With the reporting deadline fast approaching, over 1,600 organisations have so far published their gender pay gap reports.&nbs...
    • 18 Dec 2017

    Pensions: A BAME perspective

    By Charles Cotton, Senior adviser for performance and reward, CIPD The survey commissioned by the CIPD to help inform the report Addressing the barriers to BAME employee career progression to the top , also asked some questions about whether workers f...
    • 14 Dec 2017

    Networks, performance and reward management exchanges

    Professor Stephen J. Perkins (co-author, CIPD annual reward management survey) It is common to refer to ‘reward systems’ and, reflecting on our findings in the CIPD 2017 reward management survey, clarity to inform understanding of this term may help practitioners in planning action to manage them. Organisations are made up of multilevel systems connecting social actors (i.e. individuals and groups of...
    • 13 Dec 2017

    The role of justice in reward management

    Professor Stephen J. Perkins (co-author, CIPD annual reward management survey) How can we begin to interpret findings from the 2017 CIPD reward management survey around fairness and transparency? Theory-informed commentary helps us by referring to issues that may be understood using the ideas of distributive, procedural and interactional justice. The first of these has tended to get the most publicity – questions...
    • 13 Nov 2017

    Employee financial well-being: aligning reward with people strategy

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Senior Adviser for Performance and Reward The 13th of November marks the start of Financial Capability Week , the purpose of which is to celebrate, showcase and amplify existing financial capability initiatives and ultimately improve financial well-being. To mark this, the CIPD has polled HR professionals to ask if employee financial well-being is part of their organisation’s people...
    • 13 Oct 2017

    Gender pay gap reporting six months on

    By Sheila Wild, founder of www.equalpayportal.co.uk and author of the CIPD Guide to Gender Pay Gap Reporting Six months in to the process of gender pay gap reporting, what can we say? Not a lot. Of the several thousand or so organisations required t...
    • 7 Jun 2017

    Election puts the living wage in the spotlight

    By Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation.Since the snap election was announced there has been much talk about minimum wages and living wages. It is great to see such a focus on low pay ─ at a time when over half of people in poverty are...
    • 6 Jun 2017

    Who is keeping an eye on gender pay gap reporting?

    By Sheila Wild, founder of www.equalpayportal.co.uk and author of the CIPD guide to Gender Pay Gap Reporting With only a handful of employers having yet published their gender pay gap figures, is it possible to draw any conclusions about how gender pa...
    • 15 Mar 2017

    Brexit and pay optimism

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Performance and Reward Adviser In my last blog, I looked at whether there was a relationship between whether people felt optimistic or pessimistic about the future in light of Brexit and whether they had a pay rise in 2016. In this blog, I’ll look at whether optimism or pessimism about Brexit is linked to pay expectations for 2017. Interestingly, those private sector staff who are pessimistic...
    • 7 Mar 2017

    What happened to wages in 2016?

    Charles Cotton, CIPD Performance and Reward adviser Despite economic growth in 2016, only slightly more employees got a wage increase in 2016 (53%) than did in 2015 (51%), according to the CIPD’s latest Employee Outlook focus on pay and pensions. While the proportion of private sector staff enjoying a pay rise has remained stable between December 2015 and December 2016 at 52%, the percentage of public sector...
    • 3 Mar 2017

    Pension re-enrolment – knowing the facts

    Angela Bell, The Pensions Regulator Every three years certain members of staff must be put back into an automatic enrolment pension scheme. This is called ‘re-enrolment’ An employer’s duties will vary depending on whether they have...
    • 17 Nov 2016

    Financial well-being: making a difference

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Adviser, Performance and Reward This week, the CIPD has been supporting the UK’s first financial capability week . The aim of this programme of events is to raise awareness of the importance of financial capability, what ...
    • 11 Nov 2016

    Executive Compensation: Adhering to the highest professional principles in a difficult world

    By John Lee, Managing Partner FIT Remuneration Consultants Since 2009, all of the leading firms of advisors to Remuneration Committees have, on behalf of their individual consultants, signed up to a Code of Conduct that sets out both a number of high...
    • 31 Oct 2016

    The living wage: boosting employee well-being

    Today marks the start of Living Wage week. Living Wage week has been going for a number of years and was established to celebrate the achievements of the Living Wage movement, to announce the new hourly UK and London Living Wage rates, and to raise a...
    • 12 Aug 2016

    Financial well-being needs to become part of a well-being at work strategy

    By Monica Kalia The well-being at work agenda has gathered momentum among employers and policymakers since Dame Carol Black published her pioneering report, Working for a Healthier Tomorrow , in 2008. Calling for a “new approach to health and work in Britain”, in which the promotion of good well-being is a fundamental component, the report concluded that the issues surrounding health at work are not...
    • 13 Jul 2016

    Brexit and pensions

    By Charles Cotton, Performance and Reward Adviser The prominent Brexit campaigner, and now Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has a reputation for having a Greek or Latin quote for most occasions. I’m sure that he’d be familiar with the say...
    • 13 Jul 2016

    Brexit: Standing up against race hate

    The CIPD is supporting a campaign by the EHRC to encourage employers to show leadership in challenging intolerance and to ensure those experiencing workplace racism feel supported. David Isaac, Chair of the EHRC, talks more about this campaign in his...
    • 29 Jun 2016

    An age of uncertainty

    Deborah Moon, Reward blogger Whether you were a “remainer” or “leaver”, probably one thing we would all agree upon is that we are now entering a period of considerable uncertainty, not least in economic and employment terms. The worldwide volatility in the stock markets, significant fall in the value of the pound and downgrading of the UK’s credit ratings will impact on both organisational...
    • 27 Jun 2016

    Brexit: the implications for reward

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Adviser for Performance and Reward Last week the UK narrowly voted to leave the EU. There are many questions now being asked about what our future might hold, but what are the possible consequences for reward and HR of this de...
    • 26 May 2016

    Socialising executive pay setting

    By Professor Stephen J. Perkins, London Metropolitan University Click here for an audio version if you prefer to listen instead of reading “Some of Britain’s largest companies are preparing for a summer of tense consultations on executive...
    • 3 May 2016

    Benefit cuts v National Living Wage

    By Glen Jenkins, former CIPD Reward Examiner In response to the government’s policy on the National Living Wage (NLW) a string of retail companies have hit the press because they have sought to partially offset the cost of the NLW by cutting em...