Natural HR relocates to bigger Birmingham offices

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Birmingham’s thriving tech community has received a boost today as Natural HR, provider of all-in-one HR and payroll software, has announced its relocation to larger offices in the Jewellery Quarter to support its current and future growth plans. Founded by husband and wife team, Sarah and Jason Dowzell, the HR tech business has gone from 2 to 26 employees in just three years. In 2019 alone, they have already secured £250,000 of investment and employed a further 10 people. Sarah Dowzell, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Natural HR says: “As Natural HR continues to grow, so too does our need…

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HR employee recording the required SMCR finance training in their HR system

Preparing for the SMCR extension: How the new rules will impact HR

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In 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority launched the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).  Initially applied to all UK banks and building societies, the regulations aimed to set a new standard of conduct for those working in financial services.  In turn, it hoped to protect consumers and strengthen the integrity of financial services, following years of perceived malpractice that culminated in the 2008 financial crash. This year, the regulations are to be extended. From the 9th December 2019, the SMCR will apply to all FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) solo-regulated UK financial services firms – bringing almost 50,000 further businesses under…

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The 3 HR Challenges of Gender Pay Gap Reporting

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As an HR professional, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the 2017 regulations on gender pay gap reporting. Affecting employers with more than 250 staff, it’s a legal requirement for the following figures to be made publicly available: –        Gender pay gap (mean and median averages) –        Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages) –        The proportion of men and women receiving bonuses –        The proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation’s pay structure As reported by the BBC in April 2019, 78% of…

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What is Agile HR – and how to get started

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Unless you’ve been buried under paperwork for the last decade (entirely plausible in the HR world), you’re bound to be at least vaguely familiar with the concept of ‘Agile’ project management. Agile methodology was the brainchild of software engineers in the 70s and 80s, developed as a way to speed up their development projects. It was founded on the principles of collaboration and iteration – breaking down large, complex projects into shorter work cycles, delivered by multi-functional teams. Agile has since been adopted by all kinds of different industries and is now one of the most widely recognised project management…

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How to get started with recruitment automation

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Just as technology is rapidly reshaping the way people work, it’s also changing the way people get into work. Online talent platforms are increasingly connecting the right people to the right jobs – and that trend is set to have a profound effect on global productivity. According to McKinsey, online talent platforms could help boost global GDP by more than £2 trillion over the next half-decade – both through improved productivity as a result of better matches, and greater levels of employment through faster matches. It’s a clear illustration of the increasing importance of technology in the recruitment space, at…

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