HR news round-up – Thurs 5 Oct 2017

By October 5, 2017News

Hello, here’s today’s late afternoon look at what’s been happening in the world of HR and employment law.

Fifth of UK workers consider launching a ‘side hustle’ for extra cash or to pursue a passion – The Independent

A fifth of UK workers are considering starting a so-called “side hustle” within the next two years, to generate extra cash, pursue a passion or explore the feasibility of changing their careers altogether.

A new report, published by internet domain registrar GoDaddy, shows that over half of those who successfully launch a business while holding down another job make between £500 and £5,000 in extra income each year.

Some 48% of those who start a “side hustle” do so to develop – and often monetise – a passion or hobby. And thanks to technology and the rising popularity of flexible working, the trend towards having multiple streams of income is expected to rise over the coming years.

BBC investigation into equal pay finds ‘no systematic’ discrimination against women despite star salary row – The Independent

The gender pay gap across the BBC is just over 9% – half the national average – and there is no “systemic” gender discrimination in the organisation, a review has found.

The corporation ordered reviews into equal pay following a furore over its star salaries this summer. Director-General Tony Hall commissioned a report on the gender pay gap among staff and a separate audit covering other aspects of equal pay. Female BBC presenters demanded changes before the end of the year.

The audit was overseen by former Appeal Court judge Sir Patrick Elias, and carried out by consultancy firm PwC and legal firm Eversheds.

Sir Patrick said: “The conclusion in the report that there is no systemic discrimination against women in the BBC’s pay arrangements for these staff is, in my judgement, amply borne out by the statistical evidence and is further supported by the analysis of particular cases carried out by Eversheds.”

Almost three-quarters of employees ‘put in more effort’ when working from home – CIPD

Close to three-quarters (73%) of workers have revealed that they put more effort in than is required when working from home, according to new research.

The study from Cardiff University found that 39% of people who mostly worked from home often worked additional hours to get through their tasks, or to help out colleagues, compared with less than a quarter (24%) of those in fixed workplaces.

In addition, the research – which was based on approximately 15,000 responses from workers in 2001, 2006 and 2012 – found that the proportion of people who mainly worked in traditional workplaces, such as an office, had decreased from 75% in 2001 to 66% in 2012.

Skills minister ‘flabbergasted’ at the lack of understanding of apprenticeship levy – CIPD

The skills minister yesterday revealed she was “quite flabbergasted” to discover many businesses were unaware of the apprenticeship levy, despite having already paid large amounts under the measure.

Speaking an at apprenticeships forum at the Conservative Party Conference, FE Week reported that Anne Milton recalled meeting several senior businesspeople who “didn’t know anything about [the levy]”.

“[I met a] local business, big business, [that is] paying the levy,” she is quoted as saying. “Certainly the managing director didn’t know anything about it. Finance director knew vaguely about it.”

Her comments reflect recent research on the levy. A report published last week by the British Chambers of Commerce found that 23% of levy-paying organisations did not understand how the levy worked, while more than half (56%) did not expect to recover their apprenticeship levy payments in full and are treating the fees as an ‘extra cost’.

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