Default Right to Work From Home?

According to the Daily Mail, office staff could be given a ‘default’ right to work from home under post-pandemic plans from ministers.  The proposals would change the law to make it impossible for employers to insist on staff attending the workplace unless they can show it is essential. The Government will consult on the plan – […]

Two Thirds of Small Businesses Predict Return to Business As Usual in 2021

Tide, a leading business financial platform, has revealed there is real optimism amongst small businesses owners that their businesses will return to pre-COVID normality by the end of the year.  Insights from their research were: Buoyed by vaccine roll-out, 64% of small business leaders optimistic they could see a return to pre-COVID normality before the […]

More influential MPs rally to support the “forgotten” groups

The Treasury Select Committee (who’s role is to examine expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury and HMRC) has today issued a damning report on economic analysis of coronavirus and the gaps in support that continue to exclude some taxpayers from financial assistance.  Several conclusions of the report are openly critical of the government’s approach […]

Pandemic-related shift in the skills needed for workers to thrive

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today released the results of its Workforce Evolution Study which surveyed 6,000 office workers on how they are adapting to accelerated changes, and found that the pandemic has caused a shift in the skills needed for workers to thrive. According to the research, respondents feel the need to upskill but don’t […]

Older unemployed workers are likely to be a significant consequence of the pandemic

There is increasing concern about the impact of the pandemic on older workers who become unemployed.  Latest analysis shows that the number of unemployed over-50s in the UK has increased by a third and, according to the Centre for Ageing Better, there is a real risk of them being overlooked and falling into long-term unemployment. […]