Flexible working is most valued benefit for UK workers

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, pwc, Human Resources, Human Resources

Flexible working is the most valued benefit for UK employees, ahead of material perks such as bonuses, research revealed today.

In a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey of 1,167 workers, 47% rated flexible working arrangements as the most...

Shoosmiths moots pay cuts for all staff

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, pay cut, pep, redundancies, shoosmiths, Finance, Finance

Shoosmiths has asked all staff to consider a 2.5 per cent pay cut in order to save jobs, with employees making a decision over whether to accept this over the next few weeks.

The pay cuts are being accompanied by the introduction of a four...

Eversheds restructuring to affect 117 jobs

News Article - 19/01/2012 : eversheds, flexible working, outsourcing, redundancies

Eversheds has entered into its fourth redundancy round with the top 10 UK law firm putting 117 roles under threat.

The consultation, announced today (10 September), will affect up to 22 fee earners in its real estate practice in what the...

Staff willing to take pay and holiday cuts to help firms during downturn

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, recession, Human Resources, Human Resources

Two-thirds of employees would take a pay cut, work fewer hours, work more unpaid hours, and reduce their holidays to help their company succeed during the economic downturn, a survey has revealed.

A survey by communications giant Orange...

Cobbetts rolls out reduced hours measures to avoid further job cuts

News Article - 19/01/2012 : cobbetts, flexible working, Human Resources, Human Resources

Cobbetts is extending its part-time and flexible working arrangements in a bid to stave off further redundancies.

The firm said the measures will affect all fee earners and support staff across transactional practices, with only those...

Camerons draws up future battle plans

News Article - 19/01/2012 : cms cameron mckenna, economy, flexible working, Finance, Finance

CMS Cameron McKenna has created business responses for three potential scenarios as it prepares for a challenging year ahead.

The firm has made plans for how it would react in a situation of economic recovery, continued recession and...

Hewitsons cuts salaries to stave off job cuts

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, hewitsons, pay cut

Fee-earners across Cambridge-headquartered firm Hewitsons' offices have had their pay cut, but their hours have been reduced by a disproportionate amount.

It is understood that fee-earners in teams including corporate have had their...

HR welcomes time off for training rules

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, Human Resources, Human Resources, Practice Management

New rules giving employees the legal right to request time off for training need not cause disruption for HR and will be positive for staff self-development, employers have said.

The Time to Train regulation, which came into force on 6...

What the party manifestos offer for HR

News Article - 19/01/2012 : conservative, election, flexible working, labour, manifesto, tory, Human Resources, Human Resources, Practice Management

The Labour and Conservative parties have both unveiled their manifestos for the forthcoming general election, with flexible working, national insurance, and public-sector reform among the key battlegrounds.

Labour’s most eye-catching...

Four in 10 people 'plan to work past 65'

News Article - 19/01/2012 : cipd, flexible working, Human Resources, Human Resources

Nearly half the UK workforce plan to continue working beyond the state retirement age of 65, the new CIPD Employee Outlook survey has revealed.

The findings of the 'Focus on the ageing workforce' survey showed support for government...

Firms should 'comply or explain' on board diversity, says CBI

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, networking, Human Resources, Human Resources, Risk & Compliance

All listed companies should be required to measure their progress on improving diversity but there should be no quotas for the number of women on boards, the CBI has argued.

In its submission to the review being carried out by Lord...

Acas launches guidance on summer holidays

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, VAT, Human Resources, Human Resources

Acas has issued guidance on workers' rights to annual leave, as employers face a rush of summer holiday demands from parents as the schools break up.

With working parents making up more than a third of UK employees, 12.8 million adults...

Three-quarters are still struggling with diminished pay packets

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, recession, recruitment, redundancies, Human Resources, Human Resources

Over three-quarters of employees who took a pay cut during the recession have still not had their previous pay reinstated, a study has found.

Some 77 per cent of staff who accepted a pay reduction in order to avoid redundancy have not seen...

Shoosmiths posts massive profit hike despite falling turnover

News Article - 19/01/2012 : flexible working, pep, profitability, redundancies, Finance, Finance

Shoosmiths has posted an 83 per cent hike in net profit for the 2009-10 financial year with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising 69.5 per cent over the same period.

The figure rose from £6m in 2008-09 to £11m, while...

A&O sets benchmark for part-time work

News Article - 19/01/2012 : Allen & Overy, association of women solicitors, flexible working, Human Resources, Human Resources

When Allen & Overy (A& O) announced it would allow part-time equity partners (The Lawyer.com, 21 January) City firms cried that this was nothing new.

Many of the top 50 UK firms have partners working flexibly, but one of A&O's...