Recruiting Ex-Offenders


Around 20% of the UK workforce has a criminal record, so the chances are, whatever size of business you run, you’ve recruited, interviewed or at the very least, considered an application from an ex-offender.Which, let’s face it, is no big deal… except that many employers (especially those in smaller businesses) don’t know their legal obligations and rights when it comes to employing ex-offenders. And in the absence of knowledge, the vacuum is all too often filled with unnecessary concerns and even prejudice – sometimes resulting in a blanket ban on recruitment of this particular segment
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To pay or not to pay (a rise)?


The latest CIPD report shows that UK employers are falling into one of two broad camps when it comes to salary increases: ‘yes’ and ‘no’. The ‘yes’ group are the 40% whose employees received a pay rise of 2% or more in 2014. Another 42% have instigated a pay freeze (39%) or even a pay cut (3%) in the same period.Not such a simple questionThe decision whether to make an annual increase to salaries may seem simple on the surface:
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