From April 2017, private and voluntary sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland with 250 or more employees will have to publish the differences between what they pay men and women in salaries and bonuses. Failure to comply with the new legislation will constitute an “unlawful act”, meaning that the Equality and Human Rights Commission could take enforcement action. There are no published penalties for non-compliance as yet; however, this will be reviewed if levels of compliance are “not satisfactory”.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
When it was first announced, the apprenticeship levy came under heavy fire from organisations representing British businesses. There were plenty of arguments against its introduction. The CBI warned that the levy would impose huge costs on employers with no improvement in training given. After a period of consultation and review, the scheme has been revised and agreed.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Cloud computing is revolutionising retail, cutting costs of repairs staff, and obsolescence. When Carphone Warehouse and Dixons merged, they used the power of the Cloud to amalgamate two very different systems. Boots is using Cloud technology to enable employees to check availability of stock across all its stores.
Monday, 18 July 2016
The age of tech savvy customers is upon us. Look around you wherever you are, and you’ll see people of all ages participating in the digital transformation of their lives. Children on iPads, millennials on iPhones, and fitness bugs with health monitoring watches beeping instructions. Here in the UK, digital tech companies have been growing at a rate a third faster than the general economy. If you think you can ignore digital transformation in your business, think again.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Having now had time to fully digest the 2016 budget, many SMEs may be revising the euphoria they displayed in their initial response to George Osbourne’s announcement of a reduction in corporation tax rates. While a reduction in the headline rate to 17% by 2020 is to be welcomed, the way in which losses are treated will mean that British businesses are likely to pay £7 billion more in corporation tax in the next five years.
Thursday, 24 March 2016
As global connectivity takes economies to different levels, flatter and more collaborative workplaces are gaining the competitive edge. The traditional way of working is also changing. The gig economy, rapidly evolving technology, and millennials’ desire for a freer and more eclectic lifestyle is producing opportunities for individuals and organisations. In order to remain competitive, increasing numbers of organisations are changing how the resource their businesses.