Current Affairs

Flexible working key factor in retaining employees

How important is flexible working to you? 28% of working adults cite flexible working as a key factor in remaining with their current employer.

Productivity fell in final quarter of 2015

Labour productivity fell by 1.2% in the final quarter of 2015, according to latest figures by Office for National Statistics.

Gender pay gap contributing to productivity problem

The gender pay gap represents a significant loss to productivity, according to research by the Women and Equalities Committee.

Businesses not confident business rates will lead to local growth

Half of businesses are not convinced that the additional income from business rates will be sufficiently invested to promote local growth, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Businesses under-reporting cyber attacks

Businesses are underestimating the importance of cyber security with 28% of cyber attacks being reported to the police, according to research by the Institute of Directors.

Workers willing to exchange pay for greater flexibility

A quarter of workers would be willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more flexible working hours, according to a report by Scottish Widows.

Businesses lacking leadership skills

Shortages of leadership and management skills have had an adverse effect on business growth and productivity, according to the report by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Scotland Help to Buy scheme launched

A new Help to Buy scheme has launched, providing interest-free equity loans to first-time buyers and people moving home in Scotland.

Buy-to-let purchases increase ahead of stamp duty changes

An increase in buy-to-let purchases ahead of the stamp duty changes from 1 April 2016 is raising prices.

‘Skill-shortage vacancies’ a challenge for businesses

The challenge that many businesses are facing in trying to get the right people for their workforce has been detailed in a UKCES Employer Skills Survey.

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