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    Unilever boss signals flexible work here to stay

    Photo: Shutterstock (Unilever, The Netherlands) Unilever’s chief executive has said his company’s office workers will never return to five days a week behind an office desk and that all its employees should be vaccinated against Covid as soon as they have the opportunity. Alan Jope told the virtual Reuters Next conference yesterday (Wednesday 13 January) […] More

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    Covid-19 testing to be targeted at staff unable to work from home

    Alessia Pierdomenico / Shutterstock.com Key workers and people unable to work from home are to receive more frequent Covid-19 testing – even if they are not displaying any symptoms – under an expanded community testing programme. The Department of Health and Social Care is encouraging local authorities to target testing at people who cannot work […] More

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    Lifetime Skills Guarantee: free courses launch in April 2021

    Shutterstock Four hundred free training courses, ranging from engineering to healthcare, will be available to adults without a qualification at A-level or equivalent from April 2021 to help boost in-demand skills and provide job opportunities. The fully-funded courses, part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by Boris Johnson in September, have been carefully chosen to […] More

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    Food and consumer goods firms struggle to make progress on diversity

    Shutterstock Employers in the food and consumer goods industry have seen the Covid-19 crisis as a catalyst to take action to improve diversity and inclusion, a report has claimed, but many are struggling to make progress on ethnicity in particular. According to a survey of 30 companies and interviews with senior HR leaders at major […] More

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    Unilever to trial four-day week

    Lipton ice tea – one of hundreds of Unilever’s global consumer brands. Photo: Ho Su A Bi/Shutterstock Unilever is to begin a year-long trial of a four-day week at its offices in New Zealand with the aim of  changing the way work is done, not increasing the hours worked over four days. The consumer goods […] 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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    Scientists surprised at construction industry Covid clusters

    The construction industry has been singled out as being a higher-than-expected source of Covid-19 outbreaks given stringent safety regulations being imposed on it. A member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said yesterday (22 November) he had been “surprised” by the rates of transmission in the construction sector. Speaking on Sky’s Sophy […] More

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    Dyson staff unhappy over request to return to workplace

    Dyson Malmesbury plant, pictured a few years ago. Photo: PA Images Dyson employees have been told to return to their workplaces during the lockdown despite some telling management that they can do their jobs equally well at home. The engineering and manufacturing firm told research and development staff to return to facilities in Malmesbury and […] More

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    National strategy needed to ramp up digital skills in manufacturing

    Shutterstock Nine in 10 manufacturers have benefitted from adopting digital processes during the pandemic, but the majority are worried the education and training system is not keeping pace with technology advancements. This is according to a new report from Make UK, the manufacturing representative body, and Sage, which calls on the government to work with […] More

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    Rolls-Royce faces strike over Singapore production switch

    Paul Ellis/PA Archive/PA Images Workers at two UK Rolls-Royce factories are on the verge of strike action because of plans to move some production to Singapore. The engineering giant announced plans to cut 350 jobs in August and merge two plants in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. Now, the Unite union said its members would not allow the […] More