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National Minimum Wage October 2015

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National Minimum Wage rates increase on 1st October 2015 for all employees as follows: Band New Hourly Rate Previous rate Percentage increase (approx) Age 21+ £6.70 £6.50 3% Age 18 – 20 £5.30 £5.13 3% Under 18 £3.87 £3.79 2% Apprentice £3.30 £2.73 21% It’s good news for all Apprentices aged 16 – 18 and those aged 19+ in their first year, as they will benefit from the largest increase to their rate that we have seen over recent years. The apprentice rate is also the largest percentage increase across all bands at a 21% uplift over last years rates….

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Disconnect between students and what the economy wants

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Today HR Magazine1 made headlines with a report which found that 40% of MPs believe employers should have more influence over university programmes. I’ve taken a look at the report itself called Education: what our politicians think2 and the following line taken from it really resonated with me ‘Politicians see a disconnect between the people that educational establishments produce and what the economy wants.’ I could not agree more with this line. From my articles and Linkedin profile you will see my degree of Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours in Business Studies proudly displayed as my greatest academic achievement….

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Could employers flexibility lead to females feeling more looked after?

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Earlier this month HR Magazine published research carried out by Unum, which highlighted that just under half (46%) of women working in retail do not feel well looked after by their employers[i]. This got me thinking as my first job as a student was working in retail. Looking back it was great working as many hours as I could fit in the week, and covering shifts above my contracted hours. These were typically an early morning shift 7:00am – 1:00pm, a core day shift 12:30pm – 8:30pm or a late afternoon 4:30pm – 8:30pm to fit in with lectures and…

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Apprenticeships – do they add value?

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Successive Governments have been keen to press the importance and value of apprenticeships to UK business, but do they actually add value or are they simply a scheme that large firms feel obliged to participate in? It is important to look at the context and aims of an apprenticeship scheme, removed from any political intention. Such schemes seek to train young people, who may otherwise fall into the not in employment education or training (NEET) category, to a nationally recognised level in an area of employment shortfall. When you think of apprenticeships the first thing that people envisage are the…

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