Commentary and analysis

Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

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Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Tier 2 visas: how the NHS exemption will benefit other sectors

    19 June 2018

    The removal of doctors and nurses from the cap on Tier 2 visas for highly-skilled workers has been welcomed and could be part of the solution to the NHS's resourcing crisis. But what about other sectors struggling to get the staff they need? Ashleigh Wight looks at how others will benefit and what needs to be done to make the migration system fairer.

  • Why companies could be set for a flexible working revolution

    18 June 2018

    Working flexibly can be great for morale and productivity but many companies are held back by cultural obstacles. Mark Grant at Dimension Data says it's time to build a manifesto for smarter work.

  • HR tech: are we entering the era of the workplace 'co-bot'?

    18 June 2018

    As the workplace rapidly evolves, HR faces the challenge of boosting productivity through technologies such as artificial intelligence while also ensuring the 'human' side of work is engaging and has meaning. Oracle's Andy Campbell explains.

  • Apprenticeship starts continue to fall a year after levy introduced

    15 June 2018

    There has been a steady decline in the number of apprenticeships begun after the apprenticeship levy was introduced last year. But why has a scheme that intended to encourage apprenticeship take-up had such a poor response? Ashleigh Wight looks at some of the reasons behind the downward trend.

  • Tier 2 visa reforms: what would employers like to see?

    6 June 2018

    With a review of the Tier 2 visa system for non-EU nationals promised by home secretary Sajid David, Rachel Harvey from Shakespeare Martineau sets out what employers would like to see.

  • Pret's £1,000 employee bonus: Do short-term rewards achieve anything?

    5 June 2018

    The new owners of sandwich chain Pret A Manger have promised a £1,000 bonus to all employees who are on the payroll when the deal completes. But does a one-off cash bonus actually foster engagement, asks Ian MacRae?

  • Could crowdsourcing be the answer to finding great talent?

    30 May 2018

    Many of us associate crowdsourcing with raising money or start-up investments, but it can have a valuable role in finding the right people for your organisation. Juliet Eccleston from AnyGood? argues that it can create a fairer and more effective hiring process.

  • Supporting transgender employees: the importance of line management

    30 May 2018

    Recent research has highlighted that line management is a critical function when it comes to supporting trans employees, as Rosa Marvell explains.

  • How coaching retail staff can help the high street survive

    25 May 2018

    With Marks & Spencer the latest high street brand to announce widespread store closures, with perhaps Homebase to follow, the onus is on retailers to improve customer service. Benoit Mahé from retail training specialist CapKelenn explains how coaching can ensure customers' experience is positive and help the high street survive.

  • Could universal basic income ever take off in the UK?

    22 May 2018

    Universal basic income has been described as everything between a utopian ideal and "dangerous nonsense", but with a trial due to take place soon with local authorities in Scotland, how likely is it that it could become a reality in the UK? Jo Faragher investigates.

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