Stress-related absences increase

Stress-related absences from work are increasing, a survey by the CIPD has found.  Of the 600 employers surveyed, 41% reported an increase in stress-related absence. This figure rises to 51% in the public sector. The most common causes of stress in the workplace are: high or difficult workload management style relationships with colleagues non-work and[…]

UK R&D spending lowest in the G8

The government spends around 0.49% of GDP on funding research and development (R&D), prompting business groups to call for an increase to help increase growth. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the government to increase total R&D spending to 3% of GDP as research shows that the current level of spending is[…]

Workplace productivity remains a puzzle

Trust and flexibility in the workplace are the key components in creating a workforce that tends to work longer hours and be more productive, according to data compiled by Red Letter Days for Business. The survey of more than 2,000 employees highlights that flexible hours, taking regular breaks and chatting to colleagues are viewed as[…]

Choosing an employee share scheme

The number of businesses that offer employee share schemes has doubled since 2000, according to HMRC. Giving employees the chance to invest in their company can help an employer improve retention, attract staff and raise funds. For employees, there’s the opportunity to save money in a tax-efficient way. Schemes are split into 2 categories: approved[…]

Property and tax

A guide to tax when buying, renting out and selling property. When the Chancellor George Osborne announced that he was curbing tax breaks for landlords in Summer Budget 2015, there was speculation that it would result in thousands of landlords selling up and getting out of the property business. This was because the changes would[…]