HR news round-up – Thurs 21 Sept 2017

By September 21, 2017News

Good afternoon, it’s time to take a look at what’s in today’s news regarding HR and employment law.

More Ryanair cancellations likely as pilots reject cash to work on days off – The Guardian

Ryanair customers face the threat of a fresh wave of flight cancellations as the airline’s pilots prepare to reject an offer of a cash bonus if they give up days off.

The Guardian has obtained a draft letter signed by Ryanair pilots from across Europe, rejecting the offer and warning they will now “work to rule” – refusing to work beyond their basic contractual obligations. Ryanair had told pilots earlier this week that if they declined the £12,000 payment more flights might have to be scrapped.

The no-frills carrier is scrambling to cope with a public relations disaster after it announced plans to cancel up to 50 flights a day until 31 October, citing a “mess-up” in how it schedules time off for pilots. The move has affected 315,000 customers.

One in five wouldn’t hire the wrong cultural fit – HR Magazine

Employers see a candidate’s cultural fit as very important, but experts warn this mustn’t become bias.

One in five (17%) employers wouldn’t hire a candidate if they were not the right cultural fit for their organisation, according to a survey by totaljobs.

The survey found that 67% of employers see a candidate’s cultural fit as ‘very important’ in the hiring process, with only 1% seeing it as not important.

Only 24% of ‘working carers’ receive full support from their employer, research reveals – HR Review

New research has revealed the mental, physical and professional strain that juggling a job with caring for an elderly relative is having on the UK’s workforce.

The ‘Invisible Carers’ research of over 2,000 working carers shows that less than a quarter of those caring for an elderly relative outside of work receive ongoing support from their employer – with a majority finding that support is only given during an emergency situation (47%) or none at all (29%).

As a result, many are now balancing caring duties alongside their careers – 50% have checked-in with an elderly relative over the phone, 46% have received distressing calls from their relative and 40% have taken calls from a concerned carer or family member, all during working hours.

Stress caused ambulance workers to take 80,000 sick days last year – CIPD

One in eight (12%) paramedics and ambulance healthcare assistants were off ill with stress or anxiety last year, forcing them to take more than 80,000 sick days collectively.

According to figures gathered through a series of freedom of information requests submitted by trade union GMB, 2,468 paramedics and healthcare assistants had to take time off because of stress in the financial year 2016-17, leading to 81,668 working days being lost.

In two of the surveyed NHS trusts, almost a quarter (23% and 22%) of frontline staff were off sick with stress.

“These disturbing figures once again prove what we already know – that our frontline ambulance workers are in the midst a stress and anxiety epidemic,” said Kevin Brandstatter, GMB national officer.

Growth in apprenticeships outstripping graduate roles – Personnel Today

Roles open to apprentices have grown by almost a fifth, vastly outstripping growth in graduate jobs.

According to the Institute of Student Employers, formerly the Association of Graduate Recruiters, companies hired 11,016 apprentices this year, up 19%. They increased graduate hiring by just 1%, recruiting 20,614 graduates.

The ISE also found that the number of apprenticeships has grown to 54% of the volume of graduate jobs, compared with 44% last year – perhaps reflecting the introduction of the apprenticeship levy earlier this year.

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