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“Graduates suffer six-year freeze in starting salaries”

Julia Gausseran
1st September 2014 by Julia Gausseran

UK employers have frozen graduate starting salaries for a sixth consecutive year, according to the latest XpertHR Benchmarking research on the graduate labour market.

Despite ongoing economic recovery and an upturn in graduate recruitment activity, more than two-thirds of employers reported a freeze in graduate starting salaries between 2013/14 and 2014/15. Among the minority who have raised graduate starting salaries, most increases from the previous year are tightly bunched between 1% and 3%.

 

Flexible working: Finding the right balance

Holly Jay
29th August 2014 by Holly Jay

New flexible working legislation could radically change the world of business. But what are the challenges and opportunities for HR?

Flexible working, whether it’s in the form of part-time hours or working remotely, is not only gaining in popularity, but has now been given a jump-start.

On 30 June, new legislation was enacted that allows all employees the right to request flexible working. This means a company has to ‘reasonably’ consider flexible working requests, whereas previously only employees with caring responsibilities were legally covered.

While the laws have been cautiously welcomed by most corners of business, and certainly by this publication, questions remain over whether companies will be able to cope. HR magazine decided to investigate the likely implications of flexible working and where the challenges and opportunities lie.

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