All items: Pay and benefits

  • Gender pay gaps and the Met Police chief's decision to take a "pay cut"

    12 April 2017

    New Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has opted to take a lower salary than that of her predecessor Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Ruth Thomas, senior consultant for reward specialist Curo Compensation, asks whether the new police chief is setting a good example or exacerbating gender pay inequality.

  • Half of fathers would use shared parental leave

    5 April 2017

    More than half of fathers would use shared parental leave, according to a poll by charity Working Families, published two years after the introduction of the right.

  • Pensioners now earn more than working-age population, report finds

    13 February 2017

    Pensioners' incomes are now higher than those of working age, according to a report from the Resolution Foundation.

  • Is it time to sweeten up your pensions communications?

    24 November 2016

    With young people prioritising other financial commitments over pensions, employers need to rethink how they communicate the benefits of saving for retirement.

  • "Systemic barriers" are stopping women from achieving their career potential

    11 October 2016

    So much has been written about why women earn less than men and miss out on key promotions. But, as we prepare for gender pay gap reporting, are we ignoring the real reasons for gender inequality at work, asks Catalyst Europe's Allyson Zimmermann?

  • National living wage: how to tighten payroll and enhance productivity

    11 May 2016

    Despite it being in place for several weeks now, many employers are still getting to grips with the costs and administration associated with the new national living wage. Neil Pickering looks at some efficiency measures that could ease the transition.

  • National living wage: extra age band encourages discrimination

    9 May 2016

    The national living wage encourages employers to recruit younger workers over older workers to cut costs in breach of age discrimination laws, Labour MP Holly Lynch has argued during a parliamentary debate.

  • Government reveals ideas to reinvigorate workplace pensions

    1 January 2013

    Despite significant reform of the UK pensions system, the Government is concerned that people are still not saving enough towards their retirement. It has therefore issued a strategy paper considering how to reinvigorate workplace pensions and rebuild trust and confidence in pensions. We examine its main proposals.

  • Pensions auto-enrolment: compliance issues

    1 December 2012

    This fourth and final article in our series on automatic enrolment looks at some of the finer detail. We consider how existing practices such as salary sacrifice and flexible benefits work alongside auto-enrolment, look at the new employer duties and discuss how to avoid falling foul of the regulator.

  • Pensions Ombudsman anticipates caseload rise

    1 August 2012

    Influenced by the current spirit of austerity, the Pensions Ombudsman said in its 2011/12 business plan that it would set aside some of its larger aspirations in favour of getting the core work done with "the resources available". Reporting in the ombudsman's report and accounts, Tony King, the present incumbent, reports that his office has actually exceeded most of its goals, with higher output than the previous 12-month period, "remarkably", without using all of the resources available, and under-spending the ombudsman budget for the second year running.

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