2009

Ecommerce Christmas Sales: 2009 Ended on a High

Ecommerce Christmas Sales: 2009 Ended on a High

Orders up by over 50% on 2008 A survey conducted by ecommerce specialist Actinic has backed up positive predictions for prosperous online Christmas trading for 2009. In Actinic’s seventh annual Christmas poll of small and medium businesses selling online, respondents reported an average 51% increase in order volume for November and December 2009 compared with 2008 figures. The average turnover figures were also positive with a 42% increase in revenue on 2008 though growth had slowed compared to last year’s 48% over 2008. This trend highlights the increasing price sensitivity as shoppers continue to compare prices and seek out bargains . Sean McMenemy from www.arkwildlife.co.uk suggested, “In tough times, don’t cut back on advertising and marketing, potential custome... »

Just Half of Employees Received Pay Rise in 2009

Just Half of Employees Received Pay Rise in 2009

Two thirds of employees received a pay rise last year, but just half received one in 2009, research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has highlighted. However, the survey also revealed that the number of employees who were satisfied with their pay rise has doubled since last year — from 31% to 62%. In addition, 41% of staff had their pay frozen this year, compared with 21% in 2008. “Businesses need to engage with staff and explain what their position is on salaries,” said HR consultancy firm the Efficiency Coach’s founder, Heather Townsend. “If a firm explains that times are still tough then employees are more likely to accept the situation than if a freeze is put in place when the indications given out are that a company’s... »

Statutory Sick Pay, Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay and Adoption Pay Rates

These statutory pay rates are for the period 2008-2009. For the most up to date figures see the Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay Rates – 2009-2010 Please note that all the changes to rates announced below are subject to Parliamentary Approval. Statutory Sick Pay The weekly rate for days of sick absence on or after, 6 April 2008 is:   Average weekly earnings of Weekly Rate SSP £90.00 or more £75.40 Statutory Sick Pay Daily Rates Information about the SSP daily rates for 2008-2009 tax year is given in the Employer’s Help Book E14, "What to do if your employee is sick", for use from April 2008. SSP recovery under the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) Unless an employer qualifies under the PTS... »