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Labour costs increase in Q1 2016

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that labour costs per hour increased by 2.7% between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016.

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Employers fail to support working carers

Does your business have policies in place for working carers? Only 34% of employers have a formal written policy in place to support working carers.

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Rise in reports of work pregnancy and maternity discrimination

There's been a rise in reports of work pregnancy and maternity discrimination and female workers seeking advice over the past 12 months.

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Data breaching risk underestimated by SMEs

Government figures show that data breaching costs SMEs an average of £310,800, according to research by Experian UK.

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Flexible working key factor in retaining employees

How important is flexible working to you? 28% of working adults cite flexible working as a key factor in remaining with their current employer.

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Productivity fell in final quarter of 2015

Labour productivity fell by 1.2% in the final quarter of 2015, according to latest figures by Office for National Statistics.

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Gender pay gap contributing to productivity problem

The gender pay gap represents a significant loss to productivity, according to research by the Women and Equalities Committee.

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Businesses not confident business rates will lead to local growth

Half of businesses are not convinced that the additional income from business rates will be sufficiently invested to promote local growth, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Businesses under-reporting cyber attacks

Businesses are underestimating the importance of cyber security with 28% of cyber attacks being reported to the police, according to research by the Institute of Directors.

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Workers willing to exchange pay for greater flexibility

A quarter of workers would be willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more flexible working hours, according to a report by Scottish Widows.

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