All items: Pay and benefits

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

    Date:
    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?

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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.

  • Market-facing pay in the public sector: the role of the pay review bodies

    Date:
    11 May 2012

    This article looks at the work the independent review bodies have been asked by the Chancellor to carry out into how public-sector pay might be made more responsive to local labour markets, and examines the issues involved in moving to "market-facing" pay in the public sector. This article looks at the work the independent review bodies have been asked by the Chancellor to carry out into how public-sector pay might be made more responsive to local labour markets, and examines the issues involved in moving to "market-facing" pay in the public sector.

  • Reward strategy: what are the benefits of a global approach?

    Date:
    13 April 2012

    For businesses that have operations in more than one country, managing their global workforce can become a complex task. XpertHR talks to three experts to find out how their organisations manage reward in an international context.

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