Export orders reach a three-year high – latest data

The UK’s manufacturers report that export order books have risen to the highest level in over three years, while expectations for growth are at a more than two-decade high, according to the latest Industrial Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 423 firms found that export order books were the […]

63% of gig economy workers want guaranteed rights and benefits – new report

By Terry Irwin |
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New research published today shows that 4% of UK working adults aged between 18 and 70 are working in the gig economy, and nearly two-thirds of them (63%) believe the Government should regulate to guarantee them basic employment rights and benefits such as holiday pay. Approximately 1.3 million people are engaged in gig work according […]

UK economic growth picks up pace – CBI Growth Indicator

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Private sector growth in the UK picked up in the three months to February 2017, according to the latest Growth Indicator from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 778 respondents across the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors showed that growth rose to a balance of +15%, climbing from the balance of +10% in […]

Over-55s braced to work until 70 to “stay mentally fit”

Older workers (55+) in the UK are bracing themselves to continue working until they are 70 years old, according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In a survey of more than 1,600 UK employees, more than a third (37%) of all workers believe they will have to work past the […]

Service sector activity holding up, but margins under pressure

By Terry Irwin |
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Demand in the UK’s services sector picked up a little in the three months to February 2017, according to the latest quarterly Service Sector Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). In both subsectors – consumer services and business and professional services –rising costs are expected to feed through to the fastest increase in […]

UK retail sales rebound slightly in the year to February

By Terry Irwin |
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Retail sales volumes in the UK grew modestly in the year to February 2017, having fallen in January, according to the latest quarterly Distributive Trades Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 128 firms, of which 64 were retailers, showed that sales volumes are expected to rise again in the year […]

Do you have the right people sitting on your corporate bus?

By Terry Irwin |
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So you’ve got your written strategic plan, and you’ve removed the stumbling blocks to execution. But, to maximise your productivity, you need to prioritise your employee selection process and assess your candidates and existing employees for the three dimensions of success. This video will tell you whether your assessment techniques are up to the job.

Manufacturers’ order books at two-year high, but prices expected to rise

By Terry Irwin |
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Demand for UK-manufactured goods strengthened in the three months to February 2017, with total order books improving further, according to the latest Industrial Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 471 firms found that total orders reached a two-year high, with the strengthening in demand led by the mechanical engineering and […]

Fairer, more ethical approaches to pay and reward needed – CIPD/HPC

By Terry Irwin |
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A major rethink of corporate governance is needed to improve CEO pay transparency and ensure boards recognise their broader responsibility towards the workforce when decisions on executive pay and business investment are made. That’s is the message from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the High Pay Centre, an independent think tank set […]

Fall in supply of EU nationals contributing to UK skills and labour shortages

While the short-term outlook for employment remains strong, labour and skills shortages are starting to bite in UK sectors that employ a high number of EU nationals, according to the latest Labour Market Outlook from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Adecco Group. The report suggests that, despite a near record number […]

Budget must back businesses’ growth ambitions, says CBI

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The Government must back businesses’ growth ambitions in order to build greater prosperity across the UK, according to the Budget submission letter by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). With firms facing heightened economic uncertainty in 2017, Britain’s largest business group has said that the Government must work in partnership with firms to prioritise stability. […]

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