Why you’re wasting your time with written CVs

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We’ve all been there when trying to get the best person for a position but it’s hard to distinguish that one stand-out candidate. You may sometimes feel like you’ve read the same CV hundreds of separate times and the truth is, you probably have. Candidates have been coached on writing effective CVs so much that they start to all seem the same – especially if the role is specialised and all the applications come from similar backgrounds. Well, it’s time to be more progressive in your recruitment process. Have you tried asking candidates for a video CV? First of all,…

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How does the gender pay gap affect employees with children?

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It looks like having children helps your career… if you’re a man. According to the TUC, men are likely to earn more after they have children, whereas women are likely to earn less. The research found that fathers in full time work earn 21% more than male staff who do not have children. However, the picture is bleak for women. The same survey found that full time working mothers will earn 7% less than their female counterparts who do not have kids. Why is it that despite all the anti-discriminatory laws we have put in place, stats show that women…

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1 in 5 workers request “peternity” leave

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New research has shown that 20% of people actually request time off from their workplace when they get a new pet. This comes from a survey from the pet insurance provider, Petplan. They also found that 5% of new pet owners in the UK have actually been offered time off work by their employers when they get a new pet. The first major company to introduce this policy was Mars Petcare, producers of many name brand chocolates, drinks and pet food which you’ll recognise. They allow employees, 10 hours paid leave when they get a new pet and even the…

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“Self-employed” workers take legal action over employee rights

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Four bicycle couriers in the UK, are taking legal action against their companies in order to be entitled to workers’ rights, such as paid holidays and the minimum wage. Similar to the story in the US, where Uber drivers are campaigning for employee’s rights, this case could be significant in the business world regarding workers who are being categorised as ‘self-employed’. The couriers, in this case, are being considered self-employed despite working 50 hours a week for one firm. Many bicycle couriers, work longer days and particularly in London, can cover 60-70 miles per day, being paid £2 per delivery….

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Next month, thousands of UK employees to be banned from smoking

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Starting next month, new rules from Nottinghamshire County Council, mean over 9,000 of their current staff will be banned from smoking during working hours. The new rules, which were just approved yesterday, will be enforced mid-May and also includes any form of E-cigarettes. Any workers found breaking these rules will be formally disciplined. The initiative has been proposed to improve the health and productivity of council workers. NCC has said the ban will include all council buildings, land and vehicles. The chair of Nottinghamshire County Council, Joyce Bosnjak, said in a statement; “The harm that tobacco causes stretch across all…

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