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Over a third of older workers have not had a pay rise for more than three years, according to figures released today.

Those aged 45 and over are most likely to have seen a freeze on their wages during the economic downturn, according to the study by the financial group MetLife UK.

Younger employees have not been as seriously affected: 29 per cent had a pay rise this year, while 30 per cent were told to expect one.

Across the UK, 26 per cent of all workers said they have not have a pay rise for three years or more. This rises to 34 per cent for those aged 45 to 54.

The pensions crisis may be partly to blame for the wage freeze, with many firms trying to save on retirement payouts in a few years' time, said MetLife UK.


Two recent pieces of research look at whether or not a reward scheme can help create a high-performance organisation, and how a low level of trust in management affects employee engagement and retention. This is the first in a series summarising findings from a new journal of evidence-based HR management


In a speech to be given by the Labour leader tomorrow, he will pledge that if Labour wins the next election, employers will receive a tax rebate of up to £1,000 for every low-paid worker who gets a pay rise during the first year of the party's Government. 

Evidence-based HR, the scientific approach to devising and implementing HR policies and practices, has gained traction over the past year. However, despite all the hype, there is still a challenge in implementing it effectively. The approach may be scientific, but the implementation needs to have an understanding of people at its heart, managing director of SharedXpertise Faye Holland says.


As austerity cuts bite, many see the public sector as the most challenging HR arena in which to work. We profile the six shortlisted teams for the Personnel Today Awards 2013 category Excellence in Public Service HR, sponsored by the Public Sector People Managers' Association. 

The proportion of British companies reporting high rates of staff sickness fell to less than half that reported in Germany and France over a five-year period in the middle of the last decade, according to research by the University of Wolverhampton.


Britain's biggest companies have reined in boardroom pay and tightened incentives in the run-up to regulatory changes that give shareholders a binding vote on remuneration policies, an executive pay report has shown.


Even though employer and employee have agreed in advance that an employment contract will come to an end, the expiry of a fixed-term contract is regarded as a dismissal in UK law.

Fixed-term contracts come to an end either on a specified date, at the end of a specified job or project, or in relation to a specific event, such as another employee returning from maternity leave.

Jeya Thiruchelvam, employment law editor at XpertHR, said: "It is sometimes mistakenly assumed that nothing, or very little, needs doing when a fixed-term contract comes to an end. However, employers must remember that in the eyes of the law the expiry of a fixed-term contract constitutes a dismissal and, as such, employers must take steps to protect their organisations against unfair dismissal claims and ensure that any such dismissal is fair."

Here, we provide four tips for HR professionals to consider when dealing with termination:


Dedicated Britons are less likely to pull a sickie than workers in Europe’s other large economies, new research shows.


Up to 50,000 women who take maternity leave each year are unable to return to the jobs they left behind because of discrimination by employers, research seen by The Independent suggests.

Figures analysed by the House of Commons library found that as many as 14 per cent of the 340,000 women who take maternity leave every year find their positions under threat when they try to return.


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