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Is flexible working biased against non- parents?

An interesting article on the BBC website today – “Is flexible working biased against non- parents? “.

I suspect many people’s initial reaction to this question is “Yes”. However, perhaps what’s more important is if this is true, what can be done to change it?

There are many reasons why a genuinely flexible working policy makes sense – not just for working parents. Everyone has priorities in life, whether it be children, parents, hobbies and interests, or pets. Flexible working can be a powerful recruitment and retention tool, for all generations in the workplace, (with children or not.)

It’s good for motivation, productivity and mental health and has economic benefits too – Sir Gary Cooper in his report for the government concluded that the benefit to the UK economy associated with offering the right to request flexible working to parents with children is around £165m, and when opened to non-parents of working age the figure rises to £250m. It all makes sense, it just needs to happen!!

Catriona Cookson

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The Best Jobs in the UK?

Glassdoor have released their annual ranking of the 25 best jobs in the UK market determined by number of job openings, salary, and overall job satisfaction.

Of course lists like these are never going to be 100% accurate or completely reflective of today’s world, but the report does point to some interesting (and perhaps entirely predictable) trends; traditional back office functions (HR, Tax, Audit, Payroll, Finance), IT/technology  (developers and architects) and efficiency-centric roles (Supply Chain, Operations, Project Engineers, Maintenance) make up nearly 70% of the list. In this Brexit-dominated economy it seems that the efficient day-to-day running of an organisation – and those ‘nuts and bolts’ functions which allow that to happen – are the biggest priorities and growth areas.

So far, so internal – but compared to previous years, it is external consumer facing roles which represent the fastest growing portion. The inclusion of Marketing, Brand, Product, Commercial and Communications Manager roles suggests an ever-growing importance attached to how a company is perceived and what can be done to project their image and products more favourably.

‘Data Scientist’ is the stand-out inclusion here and is in indication that the collection, analysis and dissection of consumer data, competitor knowledge and market intelligence is being used in ever more sophisticated ways.  The rise and rise of ‘Big Data’ is hardly a well-kept secret – but expect more roles directly in this space to make ever-larger impacts on these lists going forward.

Tariq Siraj

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Executive Pay hits the headlines again……

It’s the second week of January and no surprises that Executive Pay is in the news yet again with Jeremy Corbyn’s recent comments about capping of salaries and pay ratios. Ian King, Sky News Business Presenter takes a very practical look at the impracticalities of this.

 

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VAT in the GCC

Deloitte have published their second White Paper on VAT in the GCC region in the run up to implementation.

Deloitte’s whitepaper series addresses the impacts of VAT introduction on specific industry types and includes an analysis of the likely future state in the Gulf following this change; BLT have contributed some research to Volume 2, so to find out more please click here.

 

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Which parts of the UK are growing?

While post-Brexit talk just creates confusion, it’s refreshing to have some clear numbers to look at…     

I read this morning that the FTSE 100 Index is hitting new heights and setting records for growth – great news for Brexiteers! In the very next sentence I read that the Pound is hitting new lows against the Dollar after a Sky News interview with the PM – horrible news for Brexiteers!

All this talk of how hard or soft our exit from the EU will be – I don’t think I’m alone in being a little unsure about the effects on the British economy.  There’s huge speculation about whether UK banks and insurance firms will shift to mainland Europe creating a great many jobs within the EU but a major loss in the UK, there’s a great deal of insecurity about trade deals with various parts of the world, and there also seems some genuine optimism about the growth prospects for the UK as a whole.

What I do know is that you rarely get clear-cut facts from politicians – and particularly so on this subject – so it’s always refreshing to see some easy-to-understand numbers. CV-Library have just put out their annual overview of which parts of the UK are seeing the most growth in job opportunities – and for the second year in a row it is Liverpool which leads the field:

http://www.cityam.com/256634/new-year-new-job-these-top-cities-which-find-new-role-2017

Of course London is where the highest paying jobs are and where most of the major drivers of the economy revolve around – but it is interesting to see how the upward trends are heavily geared towards the North of England, Scotland and Wales/the West of England; Liverpool, Edinburgh, Hull, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and Glasgow all feature in the top ten.

- Tariq Siraj

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