Millions of pounds of apprenticeship levy money is unused

According to new research by Evolve Learning Group Ltd and West London College only one in three (32 percent) of employers who qualify for the levy are taking advantage of it to train new and existing staff, suggesting that much of the levy is going untapped. Comment Garry Phillips, CEO – West London College. This is despite strong evidence that employers are finding it difficult to recruit staff with the right skills: 90 percent of...

Employer dangers of non-compliant group risk protection

As the State Pension Age increases, both now and into the future, employers are in danger of having group risk protection policies that are not legislatively compliant. Group Risk Development (GRiD) is urging employers to check this out. Comment from Katharine Moxham, Spokesperson – GRiD. Following the removal of the default retirement age (DRA), group risk insurance benefits (group life assurance, group income protection and group...

TfL refuses to renew UBER’s license to operate in London

Decision follows GMB’s legal victory over Uber, forcing company to defend their record on drivers’ employment rights and public safety. Comment from Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director. GMB, the driver’s union, has scored an historic victory for workers’ rights and passenger safety after Transport For London (TfL) today refused to renew Uber’s license to operate in the capital. In October 2016, the Central London Employment...

Inflation clawing back £5k on average

Current savings rates mean it would take 11 years to earn that in interest. The pressure is on to protect nest eggs from significant erosion. Comment from Ross Andrews, Director, Minerva Lending plc. Inflation is robbing the average UK saver of £5k four years quicker than they can earn it, fixed-rate bond provider Minerva Lending PLC revealed. The average UK saver faces an 11-year wait to make £5,000 in interest but will lose that...

“Paltry” public sector pay rise just “smoke and mirrors” says GMB

Robbing Peter to pay Paul, raiding already stretched departmental budgets shows Theresa May is living in a fantasy land. GMB, the union for public sector workers,says today’s announcement the pay cap will be lifted for some public sector workers is nothing but smoke and mirror politics. From Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary – Public Services. The Government has said prison officers will get a 1.7 percent rise while police will...

UK students least likely to complete internships

Global report reveals less of an appetite from UK students to take on an internship, compared to their global counterparts. Comment from Michael Flanagan, Director of Estates and Facilities at University of Greenwich. Sixty three percent of UK students are aware of their university careers service but have never used them, according to the new global student report by Sodexo. The best way university career services can help UK students...