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In the news: May 2023

A short summary of some of the coverage featuring the Partners& team in the wellbeing, benefits, pensions, protection, and Human Resources media during May 2023…

The Partners& team are now firmly established as a regular – and insightful – provider of expert commentary across a range of specialist media titles.

Below is a summary of just some of the key themes we have commented on in the month of May 2023 (with links embedded for those wishing to read the full article).


Will it happen?

Steve Herbert looks again at The Chancellor’s “Back to work” Budget announcements and wonders whether all the proposed changes will be enacted before the next General Election, and what will happen to those that don’t.  An informative read in his monthly column for the Employer News website.

Publication:  Employer News


Unpaid carers and the workplace

Employees that double as unpaid carers make up a significant – if hidden – percentage of the UK workforce.  What can employers do to support such individuals, and how can employee benefits provision help?  Some useful insights from Partners& are included in this important and informative article.

Publication: HR Magazine


Working hard, or hardly working?

The month of May 2023 was replete with bank-holidays, with no less than three Mondays representing a national day off work.  So, was this good or bad for the economy, and how might things be better planned to support business?  LinkedIn News asked several sector experts – including Steve Herbert of Partners& – for their thoughts.

Publication:  LinkedIn News


Supporting Financial Wellbeing

How has the UK economic landscape changed since the brief Truss premiership last year, and what should employers be doing to support their employees through the continuing economic challenges?  This article explores these themes for the members of The Surrey & Sussex HR Forum.

Publication:  The Recruitment Consultancy


Public sector pay lags the private sector

A survey by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) highlights that public sector recruitment is a challenge amid a cost-of-living crisis.  Partners& provides some context and comments on this issue, and suggests some simple measures that public sector employers could consider to improve the perception of their offering.

Publication:  People Management Magazine


Business reacts to yet another interest rate increase

May witnessed the 12th successive increase to the Bank of England’s base rate.  What does this latest increase mean for employers and employees alike?  Lots of opinions in this LinkedIn thread, including those of Steve Herbert who addresses the good and bad news inherent in this latest announcement.

Publication:  LinkedIn News


HR & The Economic Outlook

The 2020s have been a pretty grim experience for employers and their HR departments so far, so when will things improve?  Our own Steve Herbert takes an in-depth and engaging view of the economic situation in the months ahead.

Publication:  HR Review


That’s it for this month, but we will (of course) continue to update our followers with our latest posts, comments, research, and thoughts regularly.