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Biased Language In Job Descriptions Prove Businesses Still Hire Candidates Based On Gender

Biased Language In Job Descriptions Prove Businesses Still Hire Candidates Based On Gender

Gender-biased language in job descriptions proves that businesses are still taking a sexist approach to hiring candidates, according to a new study by Adzuna. Their survey, which analysed a selection of traditionally ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ words over one million job applications, revealed that businesses still consider some jobs more suitable for men and some more suitable for women. The most popular masculine words, such as ‘lead’ (410,748), ‘active’ (219,468) and ‘competitive’ (202,188), were more prevalent in job descriptions for sales and consultancy positions – while ‘feminine’ words like ‘support’ (519,187), ‘responsive’ (483,428) and ‘understand’(241,741) were more popular in vacancies for social work, nursing and teaching. When broken down by sector, the tech sector is revealed... »

38% Of All Cyber Attacks Completely “Avoidable”, As Business Owners Blamed For Failing To Warn Staff

38% Of All Cyber Attacks Completely “Avoidable”, As Business Owners Blamed For Failing To Warn Staff

38% of all cyberattacks on businesses in 2016 were completely “avoidable” and would have been prevented if staff has been trained properly, according to a report by CFC Underwriting. The survey of 254 UK small firms revealed that a significant number of attacks made by cyber-criminals were “phishing scams” – where hackers send emails to businesses purporting to be from a reputable company in order to extract sensitive data like credit card numbers. A relatively mundane attempt at fraud, fingers are being pointing at business owners for failing to educate and warn staff about such risks. Indeed, 27% of respondents admitted to never training their staff on issues of cyber security because they “didn’t know where to start” – suggesting business owners themselves are in need of more education ... »

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

Although overshadowed by other stories in the media when they were first introduced on 1 December 2014, the Shared Parental Leave and Statutory Shared Parental Pay regulations have brought about one of the biggest changes to employment law in years. Shared Parental Leave has the potential to affect every employer at some point, but research shows uptake amongst fathers has been low. The principals of SPL are simple, but for both employers and employees, the details can be rather more complicated. Our guide will help clarify the process for employees and employers: 1. What is Shared Parental Leave? 2. Who qualifies for Shared Parental Leave? 3. Statutory Shared Parental Pay 4. Applying for Statutory Parental Leave (employees) 5. Preparing for Shared Parental Leave (employers) 6. Processing ... »

How Much Outdated Technology Can Cost Your Business

How Much Outdated Technology Can Cost Your Business

Buying all new tech for your business sounds intimidatingly expensive – but it may not be as expensive as sticking with the old tech you already have lying around. Squeezing a few more years out of your old computers isn’t thrifty – it can actually be dangerous. If you’re looking for reasons to justify the costs of a major technology overhaul, you’ll find that there’s no shortage of them. There’s no better way to save money and make your business better than by making the jump to better equipment. It consumes more power Newer tech is designed with environmental concerns in mind. Optimized performance allows newer tech to perform to its highest potential without drawing up as much power. Not only is this great for the planet, it’s also great for your wallet. When you think about long term s... »

Small Businesses Now Believe Offering Employee Benefits Will Increase Productivity

Small Businesses Now Believe Offering Employee Benefits Will Increase Productivity

UK small businesses are beginning to realise the benefits of offering employees additional benefits, according to a report by MetLife. The MetLife Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017 has revealed that just a quarter of UK small enterprises still don’t offer any added incentives to their workforce, with 76% of these firms planning to reserve this in the future. When quizzed about their reasons for a more positive change of policy, 66% of respondents said they believed it would increase productivity, while 64% said enhancing wellness was a deciding factor why they changed their mind. Around 63% said such perks would help with recruitment while 61% believe they would help with the retention of key staff. How To Spot The Signs Of Poor Employee Mental Health At Work Business owners have also bee... »

Technical And Professional Industry Fastest Growing Sector In Small Business Space

Technical And Professional Industry Fastest Growing Sector In Small Business Space

The technical and professional industry is the fastest growing sector in the small business space, according to a new report by Hampshire Trust Bank. The research, in conjunction with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), revealed that there are currently 17% more small businesses in the UK than there were in 2010 – with the number of legal firms, vets and architects increasing by 40% over that time. Communication firms (33%) and business services (25%) have also experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, with transport and distribution also preforming well (22%). In contrast, the growth in the number of small retail (3%) and construction enterprises (4%) has slowed down considerably, with respondents saying that competition is the biggest barrier to growth. Mark S... »

How To Spot The Signs Of Poor Employee Mental Health At Work

How To Spot The Signs Of Poor Employee Mental Health At Work

Employees feel as though they cannot talk about mental health problems in the workplace, a new poll suggests conducted by mental health charity mind. Three-quarters of people said they would not be likely to seek support from their manager if they were experiencing a mental health problem. With a certain degree of stigma still existing surrounding the disclosure and discussion of mental health, the cycle of poor mental health may well be perpetuated if employers and their management teams don’t learn to spot the early signs of mental health issues in the workplace. Levels of sickness are high Absences from work due to health issues can be the first sign of possible mental health issues. Whilst many employees may not feel comfortable in stating stress, anxiety or depression as their reason ... »

Medium-Sized Businesses Are UK’s “Economic Engine” As Overseas Turnover Up 50% Since 2011

Medium-Sized Businesses Are UK’s “Economic Engine” As Overseas Turnover Up 50% Since 2011

UK medium-sized businesses have reported that their overseas turnover is up 50% since 2011, according to a report from the BDO. Outperforming UK FTSE 350 and smaller firms, medium-sized enterprises generated £127bn in 2016 – up from £84bn five years previously. Despite the backdrop of Brexit in 2016, the “economic engine” of the UK economy remained buoyant and increased its international sales from £119bn to £127bn – a 7% rise. In contrast, the levels of overseas trade of FTSE350 and small businesses in 2016 fell 30% (from £524bn to £366bn) and 13% (from £12bn to £10.4bn) respectively. With Article 50 negotiations set to begin from Wednesday, the government has been urged to consider the significant of small and medium sized businesses to the economy – with the UK’s 30,000 medium firms acc... »

Businesses Need To Equip Employees With Digital Skills Before Robots Take Their Jobs

Businesses Need To Equip Employees With Digital Skills Before Robots Take Their Jobs

UK businesses are being urged to equip their employees with digital skills before artificial intelligence (AI) makes their role redundant, according to a new report by PwC. It’s now estimated that more than 10 million UK employees risk losing their jobs within the next 15 years as more and more routine tasks are being automated –  with 30% of the workforce potentially at risk. When broken down by sector, the wholesale and retail industry is most likely to bear the brunt of digitalisation with 2.25 million workers on the brink of being let go. This is followed by 1.2 million in manufacturing, 1.1 million in administrative and support services and 950,000 in transport and storage. It’s predicted that while such an automation process will actually boost productivity and create new job opportu... »

Late Payments Causing Small Businesses To Miss Out On £250bn In Liquid Cashflow

Late Payments Causing Small Businesses To Miss Out On £250bn In Liquid Cashflow

UK small businesses are missing out on £250bn worth of liquid cashflow due to late payments, according to a new report by Siemens Financial Services. It’s revealed that an average small to medium-sized enterprise spends 130 hours a year chasing outstanding invoices and overdue payments, equating to a cost of £10.8bn per year. When this figure is combined with the average value of unpaid invoices, it equates to £250bn. Small firms appear to suffer from this ‘late payment epidemic’ disproportionately more than larger enterprises, and its suggested that this is because they tend to be positioned towards the end of the supply chain. Invoice Finance and Your Small Business Indeed, firms with an annual turnover of under £1m wait on average 72 days for invoices to be paid, compared to just 53-54 ... »

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