HMRC Criminal Investigations Target Recruitment Sector

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 make it a Corporate Criminal Offence for a business to fail to prevent tax evasion associated with it.  It means that companies which fail to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion associated with their business are at risk – including those that refer you to dodgy tax schemes instead of […]

HMRC’s Latest Umbrella Guidance – Helpful Or Nothing New? 

HMRC recently issued guidance for recruitment businesses using umbrella companies, which on the surface seems a positive step forward, but what does it actually mean for umbrella workers? Nothing has actually changed The first point to make is that nothing has actually changed – no new rules or regulations have been brought in.  Instead, it seems to be […]

Holiday Pay Changes – Will You Be Better Off?

The government has launched a consultation to establish how holiday should be calculated for temporary workers in the wake of last year’s Harpur Trust v Brazel case.  This ruling established that holiday entitlement should not be pro-rated down any further than 1 year, i.e. all workers should receive 5.6 weeks paid holiday annually, no matter […]

Ageism Is Rife In Recruitment – Employers Must Act!

It’s National Older Workers Week, and according to 55/Redefined there’s a lot of work to be done.  Their latest report reveals some shocking truths from over 4,000 people aged 50 or higher, here are jus a few: 65% believe that their age will work against them in applying for a new role; 30% of those […]

CV Fraudster Must Repay Earnings

If you’re ever tempted to lie on your CV, don’t!  The Supreme Court has ruled that CV fraudsters must pay back at least part of their wages if they are caught falsifying qualifications and experience, a decision that has cost Jon Andrewes over £96k. Jon Andrewes, 69, worked for more than a decade in various […]

Harrods Set To Use New Temporary Worker Legislation

Harrods looks set to be the first UK business to take advantage of controversial new legislation by replacing their staff on strike with temporary agency workers.  The threat comes as around 150 staff ballot for strike action over ‘pay cut disguised as a rise’ A letter sent on 8th August to staff working in store […]

Which Jobs Are Most In Demand Currently?

According to LinkedIn, demand for training supervisors spiked by nearly 5x in recent months, more than any other job on the platform globally.  Given the current economic uncertainty, it seems that businesses are hoping to retain their current teams by investing in learning and development, with data showing that job posts for training supervisors grew […]

Construction Sector Worst Hit By Staff Shortages

Three in every four UK companies that are looking to recruit workers are struggling to do so, according to new figures released by the British Chambers of  Commerce (BCC).  Their research is drawn from over 5,700 businesses, and reveal significant recruitment struggles in all industries.   The construction sector is facing the most severe recruitment challenges, with […]

Is Job Screening AI Biased?

Information Commissioner John Edwards has announced an investigation into the use of artificial intelligence in recruitment as candidates could be unfairly discriminated against.  It’s commonplace for AI technology to be used in the recruitment process, such as short-listing candidates, testing applicants, and undertaking initial interviews.  However there have increasing concerns about the possibility of inherent bias […]