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HR for fun: Sad, bad and funny firing stories

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April Fool’s Day Prank goes very wrong “I’d just got to work to find my boss wanted to see me. As I went to his office and sat down, he collapsed. I rushed around for help and to ring an ambulance, but before I did he jumped up to say “April Fools!” Needless to say…

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How holiday pay and employment status can affect company restructuring

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The UK’s relatively inflexible employment law regime has always been a major consideration for turnaround professionals seeking to deal with a business in distress. There are some recent employment law developments that they should make sure they know about.21 Feb 2018 2017 saw significant developments in employment law favouring the employee, reinforcing the need for…

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UK cities with highest growth in job applications

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As stock markets tumble and political tension ramps up, 2018 can already seem a bit bleak. However, for recruiters, soaring job application rates might be the perfect tonic to the bad news that surrounds us. With January application rates soaring by a staggering 83.6%, compared to December 2017, recent data suggests that recruiters could be…

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Brits set to benefit from biggest pay rise in 10 years

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If Valentine’s Day or the prospect of lent have left you feeling a little deflated, then this good news might lift your spirits. British workers are set to receive their biggest pay rises since 2008 this year. According to a Bank of England survey, the increases are a result of the higher minimum wage, inflation…

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British industry needs positive movement to keep trading, says FTA

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With less than 300 working days to go until the UK leaves the European Union, the Freight Transport Association is urging government to take decisive steps to agree the format and parameters of Britain’s future trading relationships with its European neighbours, to ensure that the country can continue to trade efficiently after Brexit. The Association,…

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Food supply chain labour survey highlights “war for workers”

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“70% of food and beverage manufacturing companies are currently struggling or in crisis with regard to supply of low and unskilled workers.” This is just one of the findings from an ALP survey to inform a House of Commons Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee request for a written assessment of the state of…

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Productivity growth strongest since financial crisis

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The UK has seen the strongest two quarters of productivity growth since the recession of 2008, according to the latest data. Output per hour rose 0.8% in the three months to December, the Office for National Statistics said. It follows growth of 0.9% in the previous period. There was also a better than expected rise in…

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Encore Receives Seventh Gold Standard Accreditation

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Leading national recruitment agency Encore Personnel has attained Audited status with the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) for a seventh time. Headquartered in Leicester city centre on Millstone Lane, Encore was assessed against the requirements of the Employment Agencies Act, the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 and the REC’s Code of…

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Encore Personnel celebrates success at annual awards 2018

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Once again we have recognised and celebrated the fantastic success of our high-achieving employees, at our annual staff awards held in Birmingham. The event welcomed more than 200 employees from across our ten UK branches to the ceremony at the Town Hall in Birmingham on Saturday (3rd February). Seventeen awards were presented to the staff, including Division…

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Driver Shortage Of Greater Concern To Industry In 2018 Than In 2017

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The driver shortage is a bigger cause for concern to the industry in 2018 than it was last year, according to a new survey. Almost half of UK transport businesses believe the driver shortage is the biggest barrier to business growth, while the majority surveyed claim to have seen customer expectations climb in the last…

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Construction Hauliers Prepare For Aftershock After Carillion’s Collapse

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Construction hauliers are bracing themselves for the aftershock of Carillion’s high profile collapse earlier this month. The construction giant, which was involved in a host of major contracts including HS2, the Bart’s Square development in London, and the Midland Mainline improvement programme, as well as numerous PFI contracts, went into compulsory liquidation after last ditch…

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Shortage of skilled workers in the UK is reaching ‘critical levels’, BCC warns

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The shortage of skilled workers is reaching “critical levels”, with huge numbers of firms finding it difficult to recruit suitably qualified staff, the British Chambers of Commerce has warned. Research by the BCC found that seven out of 10 companies in the services sector hiring staff reported recruitment difficulties, the highest on record.   A survey of…

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Cakes, planes and dancing: The most dramatic job resignations ever

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Some workers are probably guilty of fantasising about making a spectacular exit from their day job or pulling a Bridget Jones and telling their boss what they really think of them. But one (now former) Twitter employee actually did it, and made their departure known around the world on Thursday by deleting US President Donald Trump’s…

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Driver shortage the biggest challenge – says Paragon survey

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The ongoing driver shortage is by far the most significant challenge facing the road transport sector in 2018 and a growing cause for concern amongst logistics operations according to the findings of Paragon Software Systems’ annual UK customer survey. Almost half of all respondents (46.4%) stated that the lack of… The ongoing driver shortage is…

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Decent 2017 for UK mechanical and electronic engineering

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UK mechanical and electronic engineering had a decent 2017, according to the Monthly Business Monitor run by the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA). In the final monthly survey of the year, confidence levels were at their highest level of the year having enjoyed positive ratings every month; order levels firmed somewhat with the gainers cohorts…

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UK manufacturing output at its highest for 10 years

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UK manufacturing output is expanding at its fastest rate since early 2008 after recording a seventh consecutive month of growth in November. Renewable energy projects, boats, aeroplanes and cars for export helped make output 3.9% higher in the three months to November than in 2016. Official figures also show industrial output rose by 0.4% in November.…

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Encore Celebrates 14 Years In Telford, And It’s Just The Beginning

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Opening in January 2004, Midlands based Recruitment Agency, Encore Personnel are delighted with the 14th anniversary of their Telford Branch Since opening their doors, they had a vision to become the leading supplier of blue collar temporary workers within Telford & the surround areas. Now 14 years down the line, they have supplied over 10,000…

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Top 5 employment law changes to be aware of in 2018

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These include GDPR, gender pay gap reporting, minimum wage increases, statutory family pay amounts and Brexit preparations will be underway. GDPR As of 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect. This means that all organisations that are EU members, including the United Kingdom, will undertake data audits and policy reviews in…

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U.K. Labor Market Shows Surprise Strength as Employment Rises

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The U.K. labor market displayed unexpected resilience in the three months through November as employment rose and wage growth ticked higher. The number of people in work rose 102,000 to a record high, confounding market expectations that employment would fall. Basic pay growth quickened to 2.4 percent, the highest in almost a year, though it…

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Report on UK’s reliance on EU workers ‘must be published urgently’

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Business leaders urge Amber Rudd to bring forward report’s release, expected days before Brexit deal is due to be finalised Business leaders have called on Amber Rudd to urgently publish an investigation into Britain’s reliance on EU workers, arguing that delays would be “catastrophic” for business. They say the report, which is not due until September, just…

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