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    Covid infection rates as much as 333% higher for some teachers

    Shutterstock The government’s decision this week to embark on a third national lockdown and close primary and secondary schools in England did not come a moment too soon, as research has suggested Covid-19 infection rates among teachers were in some areas as much as 333% higher than the general population. Figures from the teaching union […] More

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    HR news you may have missed over Christmas

    Shutterstock With many taking a well-earned break over the festive period, you’ll be forgiven for not always keeping an eye on the developments in the HR world. Here, we bring you up to speed. Worst year for retail job losses in 25 years According to the Centre for Retail Research, almost 180,000 retail jobs were […] More

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    Public sector pay freeze will hit those already earning less

    NHS workers protest in the summer at being excluded from public sector pay risesDavid Cliff/NurPhoto/PA Images Public sector workers hit by a pay freeze are already paid less than their counterparts in private sector employers, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation. In November’s Spending Review, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a pay freeze for […] More

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    Personnel Today Awards 2020 winners: NHS praised for Covid response

    The NHS team celebrate winning the first of three awards, including overall winner. NHS England and Improvement has been crowned the overall winner at this year’s Personnel Today Awards. In a year in which thousands clapped for the NHS on doorsteps, the organisation was the clear winner for the “best of the best” prize after […] More

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    New tier system: what will it mean for employers?

    Shutterstock When England’s lockdown is lifted on 2 December, a new, more stringent regional ‘tier’ system will be introduced that will bring in different levels of restrictions that are designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 based on the infection rate in different parts of the country. While tighter than the previous tiered system, it […] More

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    Public sector pay freeze stokes union anger

    Shutterstock Unions have responded angrily to chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a pay freeze for swathes of public sector workers yesterday with Unison general secretary Dave Prentis saying: ‘This is austerity, plain and simple.’ Much of the criticism centred on the view that the public sector as a whole played its part in keeping the […] More

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    Public sector pay freeze set to be announced

    Sandor Szmutko / Shutterstock.com Millions of public sector workers in England are likely to see their pay frozen next year, but NHS staff are set to be exempt from the freeze. According to the BBC, chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to restrict public sector pay in his Spending Review next week, which will set out […] More

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    Union warns of post-pandemic head teacher ‘exodus’

    Shutterstock An education union has warned of a post-Covid exodus of head teachers, with almost half who responded to a survey admitting they are less likely to remain in school leadership for as long as they had planned. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said there was a need for a “post-Covid revolution” of […] More

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    Teachers told to disable NHS contact-tracing app, claims union

    Shutterstock Teachers are being asked to disable the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app while at school in order to reduce the number of staff required to self-isolate, according to a union. The NASUWT claimed that headteachers and local councils’ public health teams were telling staff to either switch off their phone, disable the app or disregard […] More

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    HR in universities: “One day is never the same as the next”

    Joanne Marshall is head of Universities Human Resources and director of people and campus services at the University of Bradford Joanne Marshall has recently become the chair of Universities Human Resources, a body that supports people professionals across the higher education sector. With university HR teams facing unprecedented challenges due to a sharp rise in […] More