Commentary and analysis

All items: Pay and benefits

  • Four ways to get creative with reward as Brexit bites

    Date:
    25 January 2019

    Organisations need to attract and retain the best talent as Brexit skills shortages begin to bite. Nick Throp suggests four ways employers can be creative with their reward strategies.

  • In-work poverty and the role of HR

    Date:
    7 January 2019

    Many UK workers are falling below the poverty line and Brexit uncertainty may be making matters worse. Steve Herbert, head of benefits strategy at Howden Employee Benefits, believes HR professionals need to acknowledge the problem and provide appropriate support to employees.

  • How can employers manage changes in childcare provision?

    Date:
    14 November 2018

    The longstanding Childcare Vouchers scheme ended on 4 October and has been replaced by the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme. How can employers navigate the new incentive and communicate the changes to staff? Julie Barker from Hawk Incentives looks at the options.

  • How rethinking executive pay can act as a catalyst for change

    Date:
    20 September 2018

    Ahead of the introduction of executive pay ratio reporting regulations next year, Jason Stockwood looks at how CEO pay could be used to ensure employees receive what they deserve and help organisations hit social and environmental targets.

  • How to tailor benefits to a multi-generational workforce

    Date:
    24 July 2018

    Organisations increasingly employ workers from across three or four generations, which means they should be offering tailored benefits packages. James Whelan from Avantus Systems looks at how employers can use data and technology to individualise their benefits.

  • How paid internships can help boost productivity and cut recruitment costs

    Date:
    19 July 2018

    Hiring an intern can bag you a motivated member of staff with fresh ideas and new skills: a boost to productivity and your employer brand. Emma Page looks at why interns are worth paying for.

  • How employee benefits can keep gig workers engaged

    Date:
    29 June 2018

    As more organisations choose to use 'gig' workers, the workforce is becoming increasingly isolated. But how do employers keep them engaged? David Walker, chief commercial officer at Personal Group, explains how benefits can help.

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

    Date:
    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 universal basic income ever take off in the UK?

    Date:
    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.

  • Would flexible access to salaries help financial wellbeing?

    Date:
    11 May 2018

    Could giving employees access to their salaries as they earn, rather than making them wait until pay day, be the answer to reducing financial stress? Simon Draper of Hastee Pay explains how instant access to their pay could benefit both employers and employees.

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