HR news round-up – Tues 12 Sept 2017

By September 12, 2017News

Hello! It’s time for today’s round-up of the latest news from the world of HR and employment law.

Public sector pay cap to be lifted next year, No. 10 says – The Guardian

The government is to lift the longstanding 1% annual cap on public sector pay from next year, and has confirmed higher rises for police and prison officers immediately, Downing Street has announced.

The cabinet agreed on Tuesday that police would receive a 2% pay rise for 2017-18 – half of which is a one-off “non-consolidated” bonus – and prison officers an average 1.7% rise, Theresa May’s spokesman said.

He added that more widely there would be scope for “flexibility” over public sector pay rises from 2018-19, effectively spelling the end of the 1% cap that has been in place for seven years.

Jeremy Corbyn attacks bosses over ‘gig economy’ – BBC News

Jeremy Corbyn has accused “unscrupulous bosses” of using technology to undermine workers’ rights in a speech to trade union members.

The Labour leader told the TUC conference that the rise of the so-called gig economy has harmed workers’ mental health. Mr Corbyn used his address in Brighton to hit out at companies that use temporary and short-term contracts, saying they were a “source of continuous worry and insecurity for millions of people”.

Advertised salaries hit three-year low – HR News

Average advertised salaries have plunged to a three-year low of £32,199, according to

The last time wages sunk this low was in April 2014 when they reached £32,185. The current average also represents a 1.5% annual decrease from the £32,688 posted in July 2016. Regionally, South East England has endured the slowest pace of wage growth as salaries have fallen by 3.3% behind last year’s figures, residing at £30,683.

Public sector employers ‘preparing to hire at fastest pace since 2015’ – The Guardian

Public sector employers are preparing to hire at the fastest pace since 2015, as NHS staff shortages and the rejection of austerity at the election encourages managers to recruit more workers, according to a survey.

A poll of 2,100 employers across nine different sectors by employment agency ManpowerGroup found that a net balance of 6% were planning to increase staff levels rather than make cuts in the final months of the year. In the public sector, the balance improved by four percentage points to 2%, the biggest rise in two years.

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