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“Good work”?

Yesterday, Matthew Taylor launched his  “Review of Modern Working Practices”.   Commissioned by the UK government this was specifically to report on the so-called ‘gig economy’ and zero hours contracts.  This link takes you to the Royal Society of Arts … Continue reading

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‘1 million for work flexibility’

In the UK there has been much debate about the so-called gig economy, zero hours contracts, and flexible working.  I have blogged about how it is perceived to be undesirable by some politicians, employers and trades unions here in the … Continue reading

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“Stressful dead end jobs are bad for productivity”

In his tenth annual lecture as Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Matthew Taylor reflected on the quality of work in the UK.  Taylor’s views are of interest because he was appointed by the government … Continue reading

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Working in the gig economy

The so-called ‘gig economy’ has been in the news a lot just recently.  This BBC News webpage provides a good overview of what this means, and reports on some of the recent court cases brought by unhappy ‘self-employed workers’.   … Continue reading

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Managing performance in the UK hotel industry – productivity, multi-skilling & migrant labour

Earlier this week I co-chaired a one day conference centred around an ESRC research project conducted by former colleagues at the University of Surrey.  This research had used data from a cloud-based labour scheduling system* used by two mide-scale hotel … Continue reading

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Is the ‘Gig Economy’ a passing fad or here to stay?

I’ve only just heard about the so-called ‘Gig Economy’ so forgive me for not blogging about it before.  If you’re not sure what it is either, this is the idea that a high proportion of workers right now – and even … Continue reading

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How to get the best out of seasonal workers

With the festive season upon us, it is worth reflecting on how operators should go about recruiting and managing any extra staff they hire to cope with the increased demand.  One sector that has always relied on seasonal workers is the … Continue reading

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Flexible working factsheet

We blogged about the change in the law with regards flexible working a few weeks ago.  This Jobsite factsheet explains exactly what workers’ rights are.

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Flexible working requests must be considered by employers

From 30 June, all employees in the UK will be able to request more flexible working hours from their employers.  Companies do not have to grant this, but they must give it reasonable consideration.  The government has intervened in this … Continue reading

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Zero hours contracts

Interesting to hear the Business Secretary Vince Cable discuss zero hours contracts on Radio 4 this morning.  It is estimated that 1 million people are employed on this type of contract – which has come in for a great deal … Continue reading

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