Workplace pension contributions are set to increase starting from 6 April 2019. Minimum contributions for employees will increase from 3% to 5% under the new rules, while employers will see their contributions go up from 2% to 3%.

New pension rules 2019

An employee earning approximately £27,000 would normally contribute about £500 into their pension, but that amount would increase to £850 after the new rules. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled into their workplace scheme but may choose to opt out and will get back any money already paid in. However, opting out would mean missing out on tax benefits and employer contributions.

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Brexit affecting jobs

A deal was struck between the UK and the EU in November last year, but British MPs voted it down in the House of Commons by a staggering margin – 432 against and 202 for. Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan was to establish the terms of departing from the EU, but the defeat marked how unpopular it was. The UK is still set to leave on 29 March, but the loss leaves the country’s future shrouded in uncertainty.

The UK is expected to withdraw from the European Union on 29 March 2019.

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Trouble filling vacant jobsWhile unemployment has fallen to low levels in the UK, a lack of non-UK born workers is causing serious employment issues for many companies, as reported by the CIPD Labour Market Outlook, Autumn 2018.

The number of employers reporting difficulties filling vacancies has risen from 56% in June 2017, to 70% in autumn 2018. This issue is especially prevalent in the healthcare, public administration and defence sectors.

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Tattoos no longer affect jobs

If you’re worried that getting a tattoo would hurt your job prospects or affect employment opportunities, you’re in luck.

A new study published in the journal Human Resources titled ‘Are Tattoos Associated With Employment and Wage Discrimination? Analyzing the Relationships Between Body Art and Labor Market Outcomes’ found that tattoos are no longer associated with wage discrimination in the workplace.

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How to make your business eco freindly, greenPledge to go green in the workplace and you may find that reducing your carbon footprint not only helps to look after our planet, it has benefits for your business too.

If it feels like your business has a long way to go before it can call itself environmentally friendly, you can begin by implementing one small and manageable step at a time to reduce your business’ carbon footprint and for peace of mind that you’re doing your bit to look after our planet.

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Inappropriate interview questionsDid you know that around 70% of all job interviews contain inappropriate questions? If you are involved in interviewing potential employees but don’t want to fall foul of the law, read on. We can help you avoid posing queries that could land you in serious trouble.

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Employees in the UK are expected to receive a salary increase in 2019. But don’t break out the champagne just yet! The latest Salary Trends Report from ECA International reports that salaries are expected to increase 0.8 per cent. That’s the equivalent of almost £20 a month or £237.35 per annum for the average worker before taxes are deducted.

It may sound like a modest increase but it’s actually double the 0.4 per cent rise in salary that UK workers received in 2018. Real salary is based on the difference between the forecast nominal wage increase (3 per cent) and the rate of inflation (2.2 per cent).

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What do you think is a reasonable waiting time to hear from a potential employer after interviewing for a position?

According to a study conducted by Shortlister, 71% of Brits believe that 7 days is more than enough time for a potential employer to provide feedback after an interview.

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Criminal History

Searching for a new job is a challenge; hiring the right talent for the job – also a challenge. There’s a multitude of factors to consider with every candidate, and one that sometimes rears its head is criminal history. The question is though: do you need to know?

Whether you check this through a system or ask them directly can be seen as controversial but necessary, especially depending on the industry you’re in as there are differing levels of risk.

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Living Wage

According to the latest research, more than six million jobs in the UK are failing to pay employees a living wage. This figure has increased by 300,000 to more than 6million. Recent analysis of the  Officefor National Statistics (ONS) data shows, the 3 million full-time jobs and 3.3million part-time jobs that pay less than the rates set by the Living WageFoundation translate to roughly one in five UK workers earning less than theyrequire to meet the costs of living.

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