Administrative Earnings Threshold to rise for Universal Credit Jobseekers

Around 114,000 people on Universal Credit will be supported to increase their pay while getting access to more one-on-one time with a Work Coach. Workers on low incomes will be able to earn more and still receive intensive support. The changes will bring tens of thousands of claimants of all ages across Great Britain into … Continue reading Administrative Earnings Threshold to rise for Universal Credit Jobseekers

IR35 Off payroll working rules repealed from 6th April 2023

As part of the Chancellors Growth Plan 2022 speech: Mr Speaker, we can also simplify the IR35 rules – and we will. In practice, reforms to off-payroll working have added unnecessary complexity and cost for many businesses. So, as promised by My RHF the Prime Minister, we will repeal the 2017 and 2021 reforms. Of … Continue reading IR35 Off payroll working rules repealed from 6th April 2023

The Growth Plan 2022: Investment Zones

New employer National insurance reliefs to be introduced Similar to Veterans and Freeports, a new investment zone employer NIC relief is proposed requiring change in payroll solutions. Investment Zones Investment Zones are to drive growth and unlock housing across the UK by lowering taxes and liberalising planning frameworks to encourage rapid development and business investment. … Continue reading The Growth Plan 2022: Investment Zones

3rd National Insurance change confirmed for 6th November 2022

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The 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance will be reversed from 6th November 2022, the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has announced 22nd September 2022 April’s National Insurance increase to be reversed from November 2022 - delivering one key Prime minister pledge to cut tax burden and promote economic growth Health and Social Care Levy will … Continue reading 3rd National Insurance change confirmed for 6th November 2022

Real Living Wage increases to £10.90 in UK and £11.95 in London

The Living Wage Foundation has announced their new uplifted rates early on Thursday 22nd September 2022, a day ahead of the UK governments fiscal statement. Employers who declare themselves as Living Wage employers usually have 6 months to implement these new rates from the date of announcement, however the deadline has been set as 14th … Continue reading Real Living Wage increases to £10.90 in UK and £11.95 in London

State funeral will be a public holiday

King Charles III has approved, at the ceremony St James palace proclaiming him as monarch, a bank holiday across the United Kingdom for the day of the funeral of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The date of the Funeral is yet to be confirmed but it is believed to take place ten days after the … Continue reading State funeral will be a public holiday

Funding for maritime cadets and ratings boosted

The future of maritime has been given a massive funding boost by the UK Government with an increase in training subsidies for cadets and ratings. Eligible seafarers will now get half of their training paid – providing a real investment in the future of maritime and securing future growth. Previously, the subsidy was 30% but … Continue reading Funding for maritime cadets and ratings boosted

Scale-up visa to propel high-growth businesses

The UK’s top high-growth businesses will have greater flexibility and power to entice the world’s top talent through the new Scale-up visa, the government announced 22nd August 2022. UK businesses experiencing success will be eligible to sponsor talented individuals, from scientists and engineers to architects and programmers, to support their growth and contribute to boosting … Continue reading Scale-up visa to propel high-growth businesses

Help for 2,000 adults with autism into work

A new £7.6 million government initiative has been launched to help over 2,000 adults with learning disabilities and autism move into work. The Local Supported Employment (LSE) initiative is providing grant funding to 24 local authorities in England and Wales, representing an investment of £7.6 million over the next three years. Each local authority area … Continue reading Help for 2,000 adults with autism into work

P&O Ferries update

The Insolvency Service has provided an update following its urgent enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies made by P&O Ferries on 17th March 2022. An Insolvency Service spokesperson said: “After a full and robust criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the employees who were made redundant by P&O Ferries, we have concluded that we … Continue reading P&O Ferries update

London landmark tax avoidance scheme named

A tax avoidance promoter based in The Shard has been exposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) with users warned to withdraw or risk large tax bills. ContractorCare Ltd has been named by HMRC as a tax avoidance promoter, along with PAYEme Ltd, and Gateway Outsource Solutions Ltd. Customers of these business are being urged … Continue reading London landmark tax avoidance scheme named

TUC calls on ministers to get pay rising, as real wages fall again

Commenting on the labour market figures published by the ONS, which show real wages falling by 4.1 per cent (on CPI measure) as the cost of living crisis intensifies, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Everyone who works deserves financial security.  “But with the Bank of England predicting the worst decline in real pay for … Continue reading TUC calls on ministers to get pay rising, as real wages fall again

Labour market overview, UK: August 2022

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its latest Labour market overview indicating changes in employment for the United Kingdom. The UK employment rate for people aged 16 to 64 years decreased by 0.1 percentage points on the quarter to 75.5%, and is still below pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic levels. However, the number of people … Continue reading Labour market overview, UK: August 2022

Organised Labour Fraud

As part of the August 2022 employer bulletin, HMRC has issued information on Organised Labour Fraud. Organised labour fraud is the collective name HMRC gives to three main frauds: labour fraud in constructionmini-umbrella company fraudpayroll company fraud It’s ‘organised’ because it is orchestrated and conducted by organised crime groups. It’s ‘labour fraud’ because it always … Continue reading Organised Labour Fraud

August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their August 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements — introducing new digital version of the PSA1 Form Payment deadline and calculation reminder Employers PAYE — introduction of variable payment plan First Full Payment Submission for new starters: the importance of using the … Continue reading August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

More tax avoidance schemes named

Countrywide Partners Limited has been named as a promoter of a tax avoidance scheme by HMRC. If you have been paid by them via this scheme where a part of your salary was in the form of a loan, please get in touch with HMRC now! Scheme users entered into an employment contract with Countrywide … Continue reading More tax avoidance schemes named

Protecting the health & safety of pregnant workers

The TUC has issued a new toolkit designed to help union reps ensure that the health and safety of members who are pregnant is protected from the moment the rep becomes aware that a member is pregnant, to their return to work and beyond. It is mainly targeted at health and safety reps but will … Continue reading Protecting the health & safety of pregnant workers

Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published a report on non-compliance and enforcement of the minimum wage in Leicester’s textiles manufacturers. Since 2020, multiple agencies have carried out large-scale joint enforcement operations in Leicester, partly in response to persistent reports of exploitation and underpayment. Low Pay Commissioners heard evidence on the forces driving non-compliance and … Continue reading Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

The government have launched a consultation to improve data in relation to employment and self employment. The consultation Proposes a number of options for improving the range of data HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) collects, uses and responsibly and safely shares across government. They want to ensure that the data held gives an accurate and … Continue reading Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

New law allow businesses to hire agency workers to plug gaps caused by strike action

Law changed to allow businesses impacted by industrial action to fill vital roles with temporary, skilled workersReforms to help ensure crucial public services and people’s daily lives remain uninterrupted by staff strikesBusiness Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng: “In light of militant trade union action threatening to bring vital public services to a standstill, we have moved at … Continue reading New law allow businesses to hire agency workers to plug gaps caused by strike action

New law ensures all staff keep their tips

Government backs new reforms making it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staff. New legislation to make it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staffit means customers will know for certain that all tips will go to hard-working employees, who will take home more moneythe Tipping Bill will benefit more than 2 million … Continue reading New law ensures all staff keep their tips

New bursaries will support learners in over 100 flexible short courses

Learners who could struggle with study-related costs such as books and childcare fees can now apply for up to £2.5 million worth of targeted bursary funding to help them access new higher education ‘short courses’. As part of the government’s pledge to offer tens of thousands of adults the chance to retrain in later life, … Continue reading New bursaries will support learners in over 100 flexible short courses

7 in 10 young people in work 4 months after leaving government’s Kickstart Scheme

Tuesday 12th July 2022, senior Cabinet Ministers awarded young people and employers for their contribution to tackling high youth unemployment through the Kickstart Scheme, as the country recovered from the pandemic. Launched in September 2020, the scheme secured 163,000 plus jobs for young people nationwide as part of the government’s drive to help those aged … Continue reading 7 in 10 young people in work 4 months after leaving government’s Kickstart Scheme

Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

The Mid-life MOT is a review for workers in their 40s and 50s that helps them take stock of their finances, skills and health, and enables them to better prepare for their retirement and build financial resilience. As part of the expansion, Mid-life MOTs will be delivered online, in the private sector and through the … Continue reading Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has issued new guidance around eligibility for DBS checks, for people in the charity sector and overseas aid organisations. There is separate guidance for those who work with children, and those who work with adults. DBS guidance leaflets The guidance covers England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle … Continue reading New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

new pay protection laws on minimum wage for thousands of seafarers regularly entering UK waterslaws will prevent firms undercutting fair pay for seafarers by using legal loopholes to pay low wagesgovernment publishes response to the consultation on Seafarers’ Wages Bill The UK government introduced new legislation on 6th July 2022 to make sure seafarers get … Continue reading Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

New support to help over 50s back into work

The government announces millions of pounds of new measures to tackle unemployment amongst the over 50s on benefits. New measures set to help quarter of all jobseekers get back into workMulti-million package will increase jobcentre support for over 50s including those thinking about retirementLong term unemployed will be referred to the multi-billion-pound Restart Scheme which … Continue reading New support to help over 50s back into work

Top apprenticeship employers for 2022

The country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers for 2022 have been recognised for their vital work boosting career opportunities for more people. The public sector secured the prestigious top slots on the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2022 list, with the Army first, the Royal Navy second and Royal Airforce in fourth place, closely followed by the Department of … Continue reading Top apprenticeship employers for 2022

Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

Over 500,000 jobseekers have been supported to find work through their jobcentreBenefit claimants moved into work at a record rate in April 2022 as part of the “Way to Work” driveHundreds of employers across the UK saving money on recruitment costs and filling vacancies fast Launched in January 2022, government ministers set the target of … Continue reading Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

We want to help people start, stay and succeed in work

Chloe Smith, Minister for Disabled People statement to UN General Assembly Location: New York - Delivered on: 14th June 2022 Transcript as delivered Thank you Chair. The UK is committed to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is through legislation like the Equality Act 2010 and the new British … Continue reading We want to help people start, stay and succeed in work

Major plan to bolster supply chain

Campaign launched to kickstart careers in logistics and create a more environmentally friendly and resilient haulage sector. industry and government pledge to secure a more robust supply chain and drive economic growth with £7 million investment for new freight technologymore to be encouraged into skilled, logistics jobsfollows unprecedented government action during the pandemic, which created … Continue reading Major plan to bolster supply chain

HMRC urges customers to leave tax avoidance scheme promoted by London-based firm

HMRC names Peak PAYE Ltd as a tax avoidance promoter and urges individuals to withdraw from using it. This tax avoidance scheme has been exposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on 8th June 2022, to help ensure customers do not end up with large tax bills. Individuals using a tax avoidance scheme provided by … Continue reading HMRC urges customers to leave tax avoidance scheme promoted by London-based firm

Umbrella company director banned

Best Employment Services provided umbrella payroll services and outsourced its operations to a network of Isle of Man companies, and shifted assets to Anguilla. Adrian Benedict Sacco 55, has been disqualified after running an umbrella payroll services company with links to the Isle of Man, potentially costing the public millions in unpaid income tax, National … Continue reading Umbrella company director banned

Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Over the past 5 years it is claimed that apprenticeships have been transformed into a high-quality skills programme for learners and employers. Employers have created over 640 standards to meet their business skills needs with training delivered by registered providers, which are regularly inspected, and apprentices complete rigorous end-point assessment, so employers know that they … Continue reading Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

Over 347,000 unemployed people on benefits have found work in just four months through the Way to Work campaign – a national push to get half a million more people into jobs by the end of June 2022. figures show 347,000 people have moved into work since January 2022 due to a drive to fill … Continue reading Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

In the HMRC agent update 96 published 19th May 2022, revised guidance has been issued in relation to the late receipt of P45s from employees that are too late to be applied to the first payment. Often employees mislay or employers have not yet issued the P45 to their leaving employee. Equally employees may not … Continue reading HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

The Prime Minister has asked Matt Warman MP to lead a review into how the government can best support a thriving future UK labour market. Creating a highly-skilled workforce in the UK will power the mission to grow a high-productivity, high-wage economy that builds the foundation for prosperity across the whole country and for a … Continue reading Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

Number of ex-offenders in work picks up speed

The number of ex-prisoners in work has increased dramatically following a drive to make our streets safer, cut crime and protect the public by getting offenders skilled up while behind bars. Over the last year, the proportion of ex-offenders in work 6 weeks after release increased by more than half – with tough new targets … Continue reading Number of ex-offenders in work picks up speed

Minimum wage laws set sail for Seafarers

Tens of thousands of seafarers must be paid an equivalent to UK national minimum wage in a major step forward on pay protection, confirmed by the government on 10ty May 2022. Following P&O Ferries’ sacking of 800 workers, the government is introducing pay protection reforms requiring ferry operators who regularly call at UK ports to … Continue reading Minimum wage laws set sail for Seafarers

Multiplying maths skills for adults

£270 million investment in adult numeracy in England to help people progress and secure great jobs Adults looking to improve their numeracy skills are set to benefit from a £270 million investment in new courses, helping to level up opportunities for more people to progress and get good, well-paid jobs. Around 17 million adults in … Continue reading Multiplying maths skills for adults

Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Working from home: claiming tax relief from April 2022 As part of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, Government instructions to work from home where possible, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you or a close contact tested positive for coronavirus, meant that in tax years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 millions of people across … Continue reading Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Record number of employees on payroll

The latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for December 2021 to February 2022 show that the employment rate is unchanged on the quarter, while the unemployment rate decreased. Over the same period, the economic inactivity rate has increased slightly. The UK employment rate was largely unchanged at 75.5%, … Continue reading Record number of employees on payroll

Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

April 2022, HMRC are publishing an update to the E24 guidance on tips, gratuities, service charges and troncs – in addition to the updated Tips at work guidance published in November 2021. The updated guidance will reflect a shift towards customers paying tips electronically, such as through digital applications designed for this service. E24: tips, … Continue reading Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work. From April 2022 you may notice changes to the … Continue reading Digital ‘fit note’ launched

New National Minimum Wage rates commence

For pay periods commencing from the 1st April 2022, the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates come into force. Employers who fail to ensure that their staff are paid at least minimum wage for all work-time will be in breach of National Minimum Wage law and are committing criminal activity. those found … Continue reading New National Minimum Wage rates commence

Movement to Work CEO Summit

Monday 28th March 2022, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey delivered a speech at the Movement to Work CEO Summit. By thinking hard and digging deep in the roundtables you’re about have, how to turn ideas into action at this Summit, you could also be back next year to celebrate the great achievements that come … Continue reading Movement to Work CEO Summit

New statutory code to prevent unscrupulous employers using fire and rehire tactics

A statutory code on the practice of ‘fire and rehire’ will clamp down on controversial tactics used by employers who fail to engage in meaningful consultations with employees. Tuesday 29 March 2022, Labour Markets minister Paul Scully announced a new statutory code on the practice of ‘fire and rehire’. The code will also clamp down … Continue reading New statutory code to prevent unscrupulous employers using fire and rehire tactics

Next steps for living with COVID

New guidance, from the Department of Health and Social Care, outlines free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups once free testing for the general public ends on 1st April 2022 Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff … Continue reading Next steps for living with COVID

Employment allowance increased to £5,000

As part of the spring statement initiatives, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an increase to the Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 Employment Allowance is a relief which allows eligible businesses to reduce their employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) bills each year Around 495,000 businesses (30% of all businesses) benefit from the increase, including … Continue reading Employment allowance increased to £5,000

Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

The Home Office have issued an updated draft version of Employer's Guide to Right to Work Checks' to reflect changes in legislation coming into force on 6th April 2022. Employers Guide to Right to Work Checks What Right to Work checking changes? The updated guidance includes: changes in the way Biometric Residence Card Biometric Residence … Continue reading Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

Violence and harassment at work treaty

Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey deposits treaty tackling workplace violence, completing the ratification process for the UK. The UK government has strengthened its efforts to end violence and harassment in the workplace, becoming the 11th country to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Violence and Harassment Convention. This is the first international treaty to recognise … Continue reading Violence and harassment at work treaty

Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

Latest TUC polling by Britain Thinks reveals majority of workers say they have experienced surveillance in the past year Overwhelming support for stronger regulation to protect workers from punitive use of AI and surveillance tech Post Office scandal must be a turning point on uncritical use of worker monitoring tech. Intrusive worker surveillance tech and … Continue reading Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

National Minimum Wage increase impact on Historic Statutory Maternity Pay

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase for pay periods commencing 1st April 2022. HMRC, as part of the February 2022 Employer Bulletin are reminding employers of the obligations for any pay rise that falls into the maternity leave period (from the start of the earnings averaging period and through to the … Continue reading National Minimum Wage increase impact on Historic Statutory Maternity Pay

February 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes their Employer Bulletin online 6 times a year, providing employers and agents with the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In the February 2022 edition there are important updates and information on: PAYE Basic PAYE Tools ― new release Changes to our Employer Helpline processes Health and Social Care … Continue reading February 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Pension AE threshold for 2022/2023 frozen

The government have confirmed that the Pension Auto Enrolment thresholds have all been frozen at the April 2021 levels. For the first time the Lower Earnings Threshold (LET) separates from the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) which rises from 6th April 2022. Automatic enrolment: review of the earnings trigger and qualifying earnings band for … Continue reading Pension AE threshold for 2022/2023 frozen

150 new jobcentres and Youth Hubs

Thousands more jobseekers can now access tailored face-to-face job support and meet local employers as 150 new jobcentres are opened, levelling up opportunities across the country. These are at the heart of the government’s Way to Work Campaign to encourage more people into jobs. Towns and cities from Falkirk to Torquay are now home to … Continue reading 150 new jobcentres and Youth Hubs

National Apprenticeship Week 2022: Building the future with apprenticeships

The ‘Build the Future’ theme returns for its second year, with over 1,200 events taking place across England to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships. The week aims to celebrate and promote the fantastic benefits which apprenticeships offer both learners and employers, spotlighting businesses who are investing in this life-changing education route. Secretary of State for Education, … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2022: Building the future with apprenticeships

Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Vaccination as a condition of deployment revisited as Omicron replaces Delta as dominant variantLegal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed to be removed, subject to consultation and Parliamentary approvalVast majority of health and care workers vaccinated but remainder are urged to Get Boosted Now as a professional responsibility Regulations making … Continue reading Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Brexit Freedoms Bill to cut EU red tape

A new ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill will be brought forward by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to mark the two-year anniversary of Getting Brexit Done. ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill will be brought forward to end to the special status of EU law and ensure that it can be more easily amended or removedMajor cross-government drive to cut £1 … Continue reading Brexit Freedoms Bill to cut EU red tape

COVID-19: England returns to plan A

All measures under Plan B have been lifted meaning face coverings are no longer mandatory in indoor venuesCOVID Passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs and people are no longer being advised to work from homeIt comes as hospital admissions stabilise, Omicron infections decline and the number of people in intensive care with … Continue reading COVID-19: England returns to plan A

Returning to offices

Cabinet Office Minister calls for Government departments to accelerate the return to office based working to boost staff collaboration and help support local businesses The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, has tasked departments across government with ensuring their offices can return quickly to full occupancy following the lifting of work from home … Continue reading Returning to offices

England to return to Plan A

People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be able to choose whether to require NHS Covid PassesVaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19 and people are urged to Get Boosted Now The government announced Wednesday 19th January 2022 that … Continue reading England to return to Plan A

New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

Employers, Landlords and letting agents will be able to use certified new technology to digitally carry out vital right to work and right to rent checks aimed to crack down on abuse of the immigration system. The government has announced that, from 6th April 2022, certified identity service providers (IDSPs) will be able to use … Continue reading New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

From Monday 17th January, self-isolation ends after 5 full days

People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature, from Monday, 17 JanuaryIndividuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have … Continue reading From Monday 17th January, self-isolation ends after 5 full days

Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

The following case study is issued by UK Visas and Immigration as example of how an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK and the steps they will take to apply for a sponsor licence. Blooms florists Employing someone with settled status Sole proprietor florist with a small high street shop, trading as … Continue reading Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

Support to help more disabled people into work

New package of support to help thousands of disabled people into work as Government builds back fairer.15 Jobcentre Plus sites to trial framework to become more autism-friendly.26,000 work coaches are undergoing accessibility training to improve jobcentre services for disabled people. Thousands more disabled people are set to benefit from a new package of support designed … Continue reading Support to help more disabled people into work

Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Seasonal Worker visa route extended until end of 2024, to allow foreign workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick both edible and ornamental crops. The visa scheme which allows seasonal workers to come to the UK will continue, but the government has demanded a plan from the sector to … Continue reading Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Care workers, care assistants and home care workers to become eligible for Health and Care Visa for 12 month period Care staff to be added to the Shortage Occupation List in response to pandemic pressuresVisa Boost complements £462.5m investment in Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund Thousands of additional care workers can be recruited to boost … Continue reading Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

£1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businessesGovernment will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized … Continue reading £1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced support for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant with the reopening of the SSP rebate scheme (SSPRS). It is a temporary scheme to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19. The SSPRS will refund small and medium-sized employers’ COVID-related SSP costs for up … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently

Local hospitality businesses no longer need planning permission to put up marquees on their land and councils will no longer need planning permission to hold an outdoor marketMeasures originally introduced during the pandemic will now be made permanent following public consultationThis will draw more people to high streets and town centres and boost local businesses … Continue reading Markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently

HMRC to name tax avoidance promoters

Naming tax avoidance promoters As part of the approach to support taxpayers to steer clear, or move out, of tax avoidance HMRC plans to publish details of those involved in the supply of mass-marketed tax avoidance schemes and details of the schemes they are selling. This will enable taxpayers to spot avoidance schemes more easily … Continue reading HMRC to name tax avoidance promoters

Temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence

HMRC have issued the following and asked that we share: On 12th December, the Prime Minister launched the Omicron Emergency Boost, with the NHS expected to offer every eligible adult over the age of 18 a booster vaccination by 31st December. Developing this accelerated booster programme presents a huge challenge for the NHS and it … Continue reading Temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence

Skills boost to support jobs

Nine new Institutes of Technology and a multi-million-pound investment in skills and technical training to level up opportunities. Adults and young people will benefit from more high-quality and flexible education and training – levelling up opportunities and supporting more people into higher skilled, higher wage jobs. Those looking to upskill or retrain will have access … Continue reading Skills boost to support jobs

Consultation: disability workforce reporting

The Minister for Disabled People launches a consultation on disability workforce reporting as part of the National Disability Strategy Consultation one of 100 immediate commitments in the National Disability StrategyEmployers, staff networks, disabled people and their organisations, encouraged to have their saySurvey will run until close 25th March 2022. Views on voluntary and mandatory reporting … Continue reading Consultation: disability workforce reporting

Record number of people on payroll

The December 2021 Office of National Statistics (ONS) report: Labour market overview, UK: December 2021 The data comes from HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC's) Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Real Time Information (RTI) system. Covering the whole working population within PAYE rather than a sample of people or companies. RTI data allows more detailed estimates … Continue reading Record number of people on payroll

TUC want to hear from Childcare workers

The TUC is looking to engage with childcare workers to understand their experiences of working in the sector before and during the pandemic. They want to understand the priorities childcare workers have for reform of the sector and what they would like to see happen to improve working conditions. Who should complete this survey The … Continue reading TUC want to hear from Childcare workers

Why are employers breaking minimum wage law? ‘don’t be a Scrooge – pay your staff properly’

Government has named and shamed another 208 businesses which failed to pay the minimum wage to 12,000 of the lowest paid workers. What are employers doing wrong? The employers named underpaid workers in the following ways: Deduction and Dress codes 37% - deductions that reduce minimum wage pay, for example workers out of pocket to … Continue reading Why are employers breaking minimum wage law? ‘don’t be a Scrooge – pay your staff properly’

More help to train and test new HGV drivers

First intensive short courses in HGV driving under way to help tackle skills shortages and support 11,000 people launching new careers in the logistics sector. Free courses to train as HGV drivers are under way as part of a package of measures to ease driver shortages and support supply chains for Christmas and beyond. Skills … Continue reading More help to train and test new HGV drivers

‘Passport’ to help disabled graduates get in to employment

Hundreds of disabled university students are set to benefit from a new ‘passport’ scheme that will support them as they move into work. The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Access to Work Adjustment Passport is to help ease the transition from university into employment by reducing the need for repeated health assessments. A pilot … Continue reading ‘Passport’ to help disabled graduates get in to employment

Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

The government has published a call for evidence on the umbrella company market. Umbrellas - what are they? Umbrella companies play a role in the labour market by facilitating the engagement of temporary workers. Umbrella companies employ individuals on behalf of clients and employment businesses. They do not source work for the employee, which is … Continue reading Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) and HMRC have carried out joint operations in London, Bradford and Glasgow last week to ensure that security staff were employed legitimately and treated fairly. Teams attended a number of venues and spoke to security operatives to check the correct taxes were being paid and to ensure they were not … Continue reading Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

National Apprenticeship Week theme ‘Build the Future’ announced for 2022

The theme of “Build the Future” continues for its second National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which will take place between 7th and 13th February 2022. The 15th annual week-long celebration will take place across England, encouraging individuals of any age to reach their career goals by building their skills and knowledge through an apprenticeship. Peter Mucklow, … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week theme ‘Build the Future’ announced for 2022

Margaret Beels appointed as Director of Labour Market Enforcement

“The new appointment will bolster government’s continued efforts to protect and enhance workers’ rights while stamping out workplace exploitation” Margaret Beels appointed as new Director of Labour Market EnforcementBeels will set strategic direction for labour market enforcement bodies and will oversee an annual assessment of the scale and nature of workplace non-compliance Margaret Beels OBE … Continue reading Margaret Beels appointed as Director of Labour Market Enforcement

Health and Social Care payslip message issued

On 7th September 2021, the government announced a new 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy to fund investment in the NHS and social care. The Levy will be effectively introduced from April 2022 when National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for working age employees, self-employed people and employers will increase by 1.25% and be added to the … Continue reading Health and Social Care payslip message issued

Over 100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart

Launched as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, Kickstart has helped young people in all corners of the country to develop new skills, build confidence, and get a crucial first foot on the career ladder, with jobs at a huge range of UK employers including Yorkshire Water, Pinewood Studios, JD Sports, EFL football clubs, … Continue reading Over 100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.90 IN UK AND £11.05 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES.

Over 300,000 Living Wage workers are set for a pay boost More than £1.6 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of the Living Wage movement 20 years ago £613 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of lockdown, with a record number of employers … Continue reading REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.90 IN UK AND £11.05 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES.

Employers – are you Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring in the workplace. Over 20,000 organisations have already signed up. Disability Confident employers play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the … Continue reading Employers – are you Disability Confident

COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline health and social care workers

Health and social care workers, including volunteers who have face to face contact with service users, will need to provide evidence they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be deployed, under new measures announced Measure aims to ensure patients and staff are protected against infectionDeadline for care home workers to be double … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline health and social care workers

Furlough numbers for September at record low

The number of people on furlough fell to a record low during its September 2021 last month of operation. Figures show 210,000 employees came off the scheme in September – and around half of the 1.1 million people supported were on flexible furlough working some of their usual hours. Insolvency Service data also showed redundancy … Continue reading Furlough numbers for September at record low

Funding to create jobs, expand woodlands and protect trees

Applications for new £6m fund start from 3rd November 2021, with environmental charities, not-for-profits, local authorities and protected landscape bodies encouraged to apply. Action to get more trees in the ground, create more jobs and improve access to nature across the country has been stepped Sunday 31st October 2021 with a new £6 million ‘Trees … Continue reading Funding to create jobs, expand woodlands and protect trees

Powers to make temporary modifications to employment taxation

According to HM Treasury, COVID-19 has highlighted the limited scope to make changes to the current benefits in kind and expenses tax system to respond quickly to the pandemic. The government has had to introduce primary and secondary legislation with temporary effect to respond to the pandemic, to exempt a number of benefits in kind, … Continue reading Powers to make temporary modifications to employment taxation

Van benefit charge and fuel benefit charges for cars and vans from 6 April 2022

As part of the Autumn Budget 2021, the following has been announced: Who is affected? Employers and employees: where employers provide employees with company vans available for private use, or provide fuel for private mileage in company cars and vans. Approximately 150,000 individuals are likely to be affected by the increase in the car and … Continue reading Van benefit charge and fuel benefit charges for cars and vans from 6 April 2022

Large minimum wage increase to boost low-paid workers’ incomes

Minimum wage rates from April 2022 have now been confirmed Following a period of speculation, media briefings and the Autumn budget 2021 announcements, changes to National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage following the Low Pay Commission recommendations have been confirmed for April 2022. The National Living Wage (NLW) will rise to £9.50 from 1st … Continue reading Large minimum wage increase to boost low-paid workers’ incomes

Payroll-deducted saving schemes

True Financial wellbeing in the workplace “Financial wellbeing is about feeling secure and in control of your money. It is knowing that you can pay the bills today, can deal with the unexpected, and are on track for a healthy financial future. In short: feeling confident and empowered.” The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) is … Continue reading Payroll-deducted saving schemes

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases April 2022

On the 21st October 2021, the UK government indicated approval of the Low Pay Commission recommendation for the uplifting of minimum pay rates within the United Kingdom – these new minimum rates apply for pay periods commencing on or after 1st April 2022. The National Living Wage (NLW) increases to £9.50, a 6.6% rise. With … Continue reading National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases April 2022