Take up of office space in Central London at highest level in six years

Take up of office space in Central London at highest level in six years

Take-up of office space in Central London was almost 11m sq ft in 2013, way above the 2012 figure of 7.3m sq ft and an increase of more than 50 per cent year-on-year. According to the latest figures from Cushman & Wakefield, leasing activity to December increased across all Central London markets, with transaction volumes […]

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Google is a better source of information than HR team, say line managers

Google is a better source of information than HR team, say line managers

The image of the cosy Personnel Manager, part mentor part counsellor, has little in common with the reality of the modern Human Resources professional, steering the organisation through the upheavals of a prolonged recession and engaged in strategic thinking, such as big data. In many ways the professionalisation of HR, which (unlike FM) has achieved […]

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Team announced to review restoration needs of UNESCO World heritage site

Team announced to review restoration needs of UNESCO World heritage site

The House of Commons and House of Lords have announced the team which is to carry out an appraisal of the work that needs to be done to restore and repair one of Britain’s most iconic sites. The study will explore a number of ways in which Parliament can remain operational while implementing long overdue […]

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Architects’ workloads remain in positive territory across the country reports RIBA

Architects’ workloads remain in positive territory across the country reports RIBA

The design and construction sector continues to pick up, particularly in Scotland, Southern England and London says the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Although the Future Trends Workload Index fell back slightly in November, standing at +31 compared with +35 in October 2013, it remained firmly in positive territory. RIBA’s monthly survey illustrates the profession’s […]

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Workforce to grow across the regions next year, bolstered by flexible working

Workforce to grow across the regions next year, bolstered by flexible working

The management issues which dominated 2013 centred on the rise of flexible working; if pay scales would remain below inflation; and whether jobs recovery would continue and if so, could expand beyond the fringes of London. As today’s ONS figures show unemployment at the lowest rate since 2009, the latest CBI/Accenture Employment Trends Survey reveals that more […]

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Insight newsletter is now available to view online

Insight newsletter is now available to view online

In the Insight newsletter, available to view online; cost is still viewed by businesses as the most important factor in assessing an office’s performance; a suspiciously high number of occupiers claim that their programmes of workplace change are successful; PwC’s nine-storey headquarters in London surpasses all BREEAM scores to date, and we review The Emergent […]

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Festive burnout is latest ailment to strike unwary office workers

Festive burnout is latest ailment to strike unwary office workers

As we enter the last full working week before the Christmas holidays, the reason why the office is already half empty isn’t just because staff have faked a sickie to do their Christmas shopping. Many of them may be genuinely sick – with Christmas the primary reason. The new ailment of “Festive Burnout” has been […]

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US employees name top 50 firms to work for in 2014

US employees name top 50 firms to work for in 2014

Consultancy firm Bain & Company has topped the list of the 50 best places to work in the US. The top five companies in the annual Employees’ Choice Awards, compiled by careers specialist Glassdoor includes the three leading social media companies, Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook, which came in fifth, just behind Eastman Chemical. The Employees’ […]

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Staff would “rather have the money” than endure an office Christmas party

Staff would “rather have the money” than endure an office Christmas party

The annual office Christmas party is typically viewed as an annual treat that recognises and rewards employees – but for nearly half of the population the events are a chore more associated with drunkenness and often regrettable romantic liaisons than bonding or motivation. In a poll by serviced office provider Business Environment, one in five […]

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Good practice guide for employers on using social media as a vetting tool

Good practice guide for employers on using social media as a vetting tool

The debate over the right to privacy of job applicants whose activities may be checked on social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, has led to some confusion over what is legally acceptable. Employers’ body the CIPD’s recent social media research revealed that two in five employers look at candidates’ online activity or […]

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Advice to Government to stick to carbon reduction budget welcomed by UK-GBC

Advice to Government to stick to carbon reduction budget welcomed by UK-GBC

The Coalition must stick to agreed targets to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the government has been told. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the statutory body set up to advise the government on meeting long-term carbon goals says there has been no change in the circumstances upon which the fourth carbon budget (2023 – […]

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Remarkable resurgence of confidence in the UK commercial property market

Remarkable resurgence of confidence in the UK commercial property market

The UK commercial property market is continuing its strong recovery, driven in large part by a resurgence in regional markets and financed by more adventurous borrowing by investors, a juxtaposition of three new reports reveals. According to Lloyds Bank’s twice yearly Commercial Property Confidence Monitor, around three quarters of the small and medium sized commercial […]

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