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Workforce Survey 2019: Cost and administrative burden of employment continues to climb

Workforce Survey 2019: Cost and administrative burden of employment continues to climb

Business is calling on the next Prime Minister to reduce the unsustainable cost of employing people in the UK. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of firms report the cost burden of employment has increased compared to five years ago, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce and global job site Indeed.

Based on the responses of over 900 firms from across the country, the survey found a third (33%) say the cost burden of employment has increased significantly.


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Workforce survey 2019:  Immigration proposals could exacerbate labour shortages

Workforce survey 2019: Immigration proposals could exacerbate labour shortages

Over half of UK businesses with staff from outside the UK would be negatively impacted by government proposals for the UK’s future immigration system, according to new research released today by the British Chambers of Commerce and Indeed.

According to a survey of 380 businesses that currently employ non-UK nationals, 53% report they would be negatively impacted by proposals requiring all skilled migrant workers to earn a minimum annual salary of £30k once the UK leaves the EU.


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Workforce survey 2019: Remove blockers in the skills system to alleviate recruitment struggles

Workforce survey 2019: Remove blockers in the skills system to alleviate recruitment struggles

New research by the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with global job site Indeed, reveals the increasing time it’s taking businesses to recruit the skills they need, emphasising the importance of removing blockers in the training system to develop a pipeline of talent.


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Workforce Survey 2018: UK set for a pay rise

Workforce Survey 2018: UK set for a pay rise

One in two businesses (50%) are set to grant staff pay rises of over 2% in the next year, according to a new survey by the BCC and online recruitment company Indeed.

The survey, of over 1,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors, reveals that 6% of firms will increase pay by more than 5%, 32% by 2-5%, 12% in line with consumer price inflation, and 18% by 1-2%.

Only 2% of firms say that they expect to decrease salaries – set against a backdrop of increasing upfront business costs.

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Workforce Survey 2018: Training and flexible working key to staff retention

Workforce Survey 2018: Training and flexible working key to staff retention

Aside from staff pay, firms are more likely to increase their investment in training, and introduce more flexible working practices, in order to retain staff, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce and recruitment company Indeed.

The survey, of over 1,000 businesspeople across all sizes and sectors, shows that just under half (42%) of businesses would invest in training and developing their staff in order to increase staff retention, while 38% would look to introduce flexible working practices, from flexible hours and remote working to job-sharing.

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EXPORT RECOVERY REMAINS FLAT AMID DISRUPTION TO SUPPLY CHAINS

A survey of 2,600 UK exporters has revealed that the recovery in export sales has largely stalled in Q3. The proportion of firms reporting increased sales rose only three points (to 30%) from Q2 (27%), whilst the proportion reporting decreased sales fell by just two points (Q3:26%/ Q2: 28%).

BCC welcomes digital services tax deal

The announcement of a deal between the US, the UK, France, Austria, Italy and Spain on digital services taxes, and transitioning unilateral measures taken beforehand, will be strongly welcomed by business in the UK

After the pandemic: what more can banks and government do to support SMEs?

​It’s no secret that a lot of small businesses have been hit hard by Covid-19. Both at TSB and through the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Business Banking, we’ve seen the determination and sheer hard work firms have put in to adapt and survive through the toughest environment most of us can remember.

BCC Responds to UK-NZ Announcement of Agreement in Principle on Trade

The BCC looks forward to engaging with the UK Government and the New Zealand Ambassador in the final stages of these negotiations and to giving our views on the draft text at the earliest opportunity.