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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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BCC SAYS MANY BUSINESSES FACE DIFFICULT WEEKS AHEAD DESPITE PLAN FOR SELF-ISOLATION EXEMPTIONS

While it will be a relief to some businesses in England that select critical workers can be exempt from self-isolation, it will leave many more still facing critical staff shortages and lost revenue as the number of people being asked to isolate remains high.

BCC Calls for Negotiated Settlement Following Latest NI Protocol Announcement

Responding to the announcement of the new UK approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, said: “Businesses in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland need durable, workable, negotiated solutions on compliance with the Protocol to ensure the continued two-way flow of goods East-West and North-South. The UK Government and EU need to work together to find solutions which work for business."

BCC SAYS BUSINESSES CAN HAVE A LEADING ROLE IN THE SWITCH TO A GREENER FUTURE

The UK government should seek to expand trade opportunities for UK businesses in the switch to greener technologies and practices.

BUSINESS SUPPORT WILL BE CRUCIAL AS NEW EU BORDER AND CUSTOMS CONTROL PLANS ARE CONFIRMED

Hard-pressed companies will need further support into next year as they adjust to this new phase of the biggest change in trading terms with the rest of Europe for half a century.