Helsinki tops global rankings for work-life balance

Helsinki tops global rankings for work-life balance

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Helsinki is the world’s best city for work-life balance according to a new study from technology business Kisi which compares data on a range of factors such as “livability”, work intensity, institutional support, equality and legislation to rank cities. Helsinki, Munich, and Oslo are the three best ranked cities while the cities deemed as having […]

Changing nature of work revealed in official data

Changing nature of work revealed in official data

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Many aspects of the changing nature of work in the UK are highlighted in a new official report into the number of hours worked in the country. The UK’s ongoing productivity challenges, highlighted by another ONS report last month, are well known, but the new data suggests that a number of common suppositions about the […]

Bosses at financial services firms falling behind on tech know-how

Bosses at financial services firms falling behind on tech know-how

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With widespread disruption from new and emerging technologies facing companies, the financial services sector is still lacking in both diversity and CEOs with a background in technology, according to recent analysis from recruitment firm,Robert Half UK. According to the results of the annual Robert Half FTSE 100 CEO Tracker, not one of the CEOs leading […]

London occupiers mixing conventional and flexible offices

London occupiers mixing conventional and flexible offices

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Although London retains its status as the European capital of flexible offices and coworking, a new report from Colliers International claims that the capital is also enjoying above average demand for conventional office space, coupled with reduced footprints overall, as corporate occupiers seek to expand their businesses but without taking on property at the same […]

Incoming BCO President commits to focus on wellbeing

Incoming BCO President commits to focus on wellbeing

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Paul Patenall, Projects Director at U+I, has been elected as President of the British Council for Offices (BCO) and will focus on the positive impact the industry can have on wellbeing. Patenall set out his vision as Chair of this year’s BCO Conference, held in Copenhagen. The event explored the Danish concept of Arbejdsglæde, which […]

One in ten firms sued for business rates arrears

One in ten firms sued for business rates arrears

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Around one in ten businesses in England were sued by their local authorities over the past year for failing to pay rising business rates, new data suggests. According to real estate consultancy Altus Group, around 750 businesses were sued each working day. The real estate group said the figures highlight the cost pressures on UK […]

Flexible working has increased dramatically in last two decades

Flexible working has increased dramatically in last two decades

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The proportion of people with some form of flexible working has increased dramatically in the last two decades. That is according to an analysis of working trends by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). According to the 1999 Labour Force Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the percentage of people working flexible […]

London is top flexible offices market in Europe

London is top flexible offices market in Europe

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Research conducted by CBRE claims that London’s stock of flexible offices amounted to over 1.1 million square metres, representing over 5 percent of the city’s total office stock. This places London firmly top of the table of flexible office markets, when compared to major cities across Europe.

School holidays signal stress for home-workers

School holidays signal stress for home-workers

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For many working parents the summer school holidays can be a cause of stress instead of a time for rest and relaxation.With children no longer occupied at school, many parents choose to work from home to juggle both work and childcare, but productivity can suffer with family, pets and noisy household appliances found to be […]

Stress most prevalent among health and social workers

Stress most prevalent among health and social workers

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Health and social care are the most stressful industries to work in, according to an analysis by The Office Group (TOG), which claims that health and social workers tend to work longer hours and report more cases of work-related stress, depression and anxiety than staff in other sectors. TOG calculated an overall stress score for […]

Work is no more insecure than it was twenty years ago, claims report

Work is no more insecure than it was twenty years ago, claims report

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Employment insecurity affects many people but, overall, work in the UK is as secure as it was 20 years ago, with limited evidence of growing casualisation, new research from the CIPD claims. The report Megatrends: Is work really becoming more insecure? finds that at 20 percent, the share of non-permanent employment in the UK – […]

Maternity leave progressing around the world

Maternity leave progressing around the world

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With studies claiming almost as many women with children (74.1 percent) participated in the labour force as women without, in 2014, women who are juggling careers and motherhood benefit from flexibility at work the most. Recent research claims women account for 40 percent or more of the total labour force in several countries, making flexible […]

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