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  • Hiring continues to fall but pace slows

    Date:
    6 August 2020

    UK recruitment activity continues to decline because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but at its slowest pace since the crisis began in March.

  • UK lags behind Europe on returning to office

    Date:
    6 August 2020

    Office workers in the UK have been comparatively slow to return to their desks in relation to employees in Europe, now lockdown has eased.

  • Furlough fraud soars as job retention bonus details released

    Date:
    5 August 2020

    The number of reports of furlough fraud made to HM Revenue and Customs rose by more than half between the end of June and 22 July, official figures have revealed.

  • Acas: Redundancy-related enquiries surge 160%

    Date:
    5 August 2020

    Conciliation service Acas has experienced a marked increase in calls to its helpline on the subject of redundancy during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Furlough costs reach £32bn

    Date:
    30 July 2020

    The value of claims paid from the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has reached £31.7bn, according to the latest data from HM Revenue and Customs.

  • Furloughed employees must receive redundancy in full

    Date:
    30 July 2020

    Furloughed employees will be entitled to redundancy pay based on their normal wages, not their furlough rate, from tomorrow (31 July).

  • Four in five senior applicants in financial services are men

    Date:
    28 July 2020

    Women made up just 21% of employees being put forward for senior roles at financial services firms last year, compared to 79% who were men, according to data from the Financial Conduct Authority.

  • Colour of Power 2020: Diversity at leadership level has stalled

    Date:
    28 July 2020

    Progress on increasing diversity at leadership levels has stalled over the past three years with just 51 of 1,097 of the most powerful roles in the UK being held by people from ethnic minorities.

  • Employers feeling more confident about ability to hire

    Date:
    24 July 2020

    Employers are becoming more confident about hiring new staff and their ability to make investment decisions has improved for the first time since February, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

  • Furlough scheme "has been adapted as far as possible"

    Date:
    23 July 2020

    The schemes designed to safeguard jobs and income for those unable to work during the coronavirus crisis have been adapted "as far as possible" and were "the right policies for the first phase of the crisis", chancellor Rishi Sunak has said in response to a report that criticised the gaps in support.

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