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Exclusivity Ban Reaches Further Than Zero Hour Contracts

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

There has been a lot of talk in the news and on HR forums on zero hour contracts, but what are they? As it says in the name they are a contract between a worker and an employer that do not guarantee to provide any minimum working hours. It means that employees only work when the employer needs them, which is often at short notice and that their pay is dependant on the number of hours they work. A worker is not obliged to accept any work. There has been a lot of concern about such contracts as it is often the low paid that have them and with no guarantee of work,theycan make budgeting and paying bills difficult. This is especially true where some companies have had an exclusivity clause in their zero hour contract. On the 26 of May exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts were banned. How does this affect the employer and the worker?


Work Experience Crucial to Growth

Categories // HR and Training

A recent report found that in England only 1 in 3 employers offered work experience to young people aged 16-24. This is despite 66% of businesses stating that experience was the most important criteria when recruiting.


Should the Workplace Be Fun?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

It’s January, one of the dreariest months. You are back at work after the festive period and it’s ages until you get paid. But don’t fear, there is something to cheer you up from the gloom. On 28 January it is National Fun at Work Day!


Skills Shortages Cause Salaries To Increase

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

A recent survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, has shown that companies are finding it hard to recruit the right people with the right skills. The shortage of appropriate applicants coupled with a rapid increase in vacancies is pushing up salaries in the UK.


Selling Regulations Change

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

There was a shake up in consumer law when the Consumer Contracts Regulations came into effect on 13 June. The new regulations replace the Distance Selling Regulation 2000 and the Doorstep Selling Regulation 2008. They apply to selling in-store, online at a distance, and away from the trader’s premises including at someone’s home or work and telephone selling.

The new regulations could affect the way you do business.


Pinterest marketing for business success

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Marketing and Communication

There is still a huge buzz around social media when it comes to marketing, and why shouldn’t there be? It is an area that is relatively cheap and always developing. Now over 3 years old, Pinterest is a major player in the world of social media marketing. Big brands such as John Lewis and Sony use it very successfully. A recent survey suggests that in some instances Pinterest has driven more sales than Facebook and that Pinterest users spend twice as much as those who use Facebook - plus you don’t need a huge marketing budget to make it work for you.


Building teams as good as Brazil

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

The Football World Cup has just kicked off. The Brazilian team are the bookies favourites, a team full of individual talent, but in the past the team with the most flair hasn’t always been the winners. The country that lifts the world cup often has a group of players that work together, for each other and have a team mind set. In business, as in football, team work is crucial to success, so what does make a winning team?


Fake references on the rise: be prepared

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In the past people might have put their best friend as a personal reference, but things have now gone to a new level. The internet now hosts sites that will help someone produce a fake reference.


Mass jobs exodus planned in 2014

Categories // HR and Training

The six weeks of 2014 has flown by, and people are still planning to implement their New Year’s resolution. How many people have said that getting a new job is their main focus this year? Surprisingly, it is 1/5 or 20%, according to a survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management.


Is your website doing the business?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Marketing and Communication

We live in a digital age – customers have all your competitors at a click of a button. Comparing prices, products and services is easy and instant. Therefore having an effective company website is essential to stand out from the rest.

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