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| 2nd November 2022

In the news: October 2022

A brief summary of some of the media coverage featuring the Partners& team in the wellbeing, benefits, pensions, protection, and Human Resources space in the month of October 2022…

The rapid growth and expertise of the Partners& team is now being recognised by our increased presence and expert commentary in the Human Resources (HR) and employer-facing media.

Below is an overview of the key themes we have commented on in recent weeks (with links embedded for those wishing to read the full article).

Health and Social Care Levy axed

The government’s ill-fated mini-budget has now been mostly reversed, but one key measure – the scrapping of the Health and Social Care Levy and reversal of the recent National Insurance rate increase – has survived. Steve Herbert comments on this key development.

Publication:  Health & Protection

Second jobs

A recent survey by pension provider Royal London suggests that millions of UK workers are seeking a second – or even third – job as they seek to navigate their way through the cost-of-living crisis in the winter ahead. Partners& consider how employers should respond to this issue in this useful article.

Publication:  Partners& Website

Most popular work perks revealed

A recent survey of more than 10,000 people has revealed the most popular work perks. Our own Steve Herbert adds a UK specific context to these global results in HR Magazine.

Publication:  HR Magazine

Cost of living crisis may last for years

Research undertaken by Partners& suggests that the vast majority of employers expect the cost-of-living crisis to last for a year or longer, with half expecting inflation to stay above target levels for 2 years of longer. The survey also found that 1 in every 10 employers has no cyber-crime insurances in place.

Publication:  HR News

Reporting reforms for smaller businesses

A surprise announcement by the government on the 3 October indicated that employers with up to 500 staff will be exempt from some red tape and reporting requirements with immediate effect. Wellbeing & Benefits Director Steve Herbert provided some initial thoughts in Personnel Today magazine on this important issue.

Publication:  Personnel Today Magazine

Are older workers the solution?

The UK continues to experience a very real candidate shortage despite a looming and predicted recession in the months ahead. In his monthly blog post for Employer News Steve Herbert wonders if encouraging older workers back into the workplace could be part of the solution to this issue.

Publication:  Employer News

Quiet quitting & productivity

Partners& continue their in-depth look at the on-trend topic of quiet quitting. This article – the second in the series – looks at how quiet quitting and disengagement can damage employee and employer productivity, and considers options to reduce or eliminate such concerns.

Publication:  Partners& Website

Will 69 be the new retirement age?

Is the State Pension Age (SPA) set to increase to age 69, and if so what are the implication for employers and employees alike? This insightful item looks at this issue and includes commentary from Steve Herbert on behalf of Partners&.

Publication:  People Management Magazine

We will of course continue to update our followers with our latest posts, comments, and thoughts throughout the year.