• Businesses across the country are facing severe staffing shortages due to the recovery in the British economy, it has emerged. A report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) showed that the number of positions left vacant because employers cannot find people with the skills or knowledge to fill them has risen by 130 per cent since 2011.

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  • Employers are feeling the strain of workplace pension schemes, according to new findings. A report published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that seven out of ten employers told EO researchers that the rise in pension take up has put them under financial strain.

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  • UK digital professionals are among the cheapest and therefore the most headhunted in Europe, new research has suggested. Research published by professional services firm Willis Towers Watson revealed that digital professionals working in IT the average employer’s annual base salary cost per employee is £52,000.

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  • There are many reasons why an employee may be absent from work. Getting to the bottom of these causes may help to prevent future absences.

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  • The government has introduced a new law that is designed to end the ‘snobbery’ towards apprenticeships. Under the legislation, schools must allow access to apprenticeship providers and colleges, and place an equal emphasis on the non-academic routes that pupils can take after the age of 16.

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