• 12 Aug 2016

    Financial well-being needs to become part of a well-being at work strategy

    By Monica Kalia The well-being at work agenda has gathered momentum among employers and policymakers since Dame Carol Black published her pioneering report, Working for a Healthier Tomorrow , in 2008. Calling for a “new approach to health and work in Britain”, in which the promotion of good well-being is a fundamental component, the report concluded that the issues surrounding health at work are not...
    • 13 Jul 2016

    Brexit and pensions

    By Charles Cotton, Performance and Reward Adviser The prominent Brexit campaigner, and now Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has a reputation for having a Greek or Latin quote for most occasions. I’m sure that he’d be familiar with the say...
    • 13 Jul 2016

    Brexit: Standing up against race hate

    The CIPD is supporting a campaign by the EHRC to encourage employers to show leadership in challenging intolerance and to ensure those experiencing workplace racism feel supported. David Isaac, Chair of the EHRC, talks more about this campaign in his...
    • 29 Jun 2016

    An age of uncertainty

    Deborah Moon, Reward blogger Whether you were a “remainer” or “leaver”, probably one thing we would all agree upon is that we are now entering a period of considerable uncertainty, not least in economic and employment terms. The worldwide volatility in the stock markets, significant fall in the value of the pound and downgrading of the UK’s credit ratings will impact on both organisational...
    • 27 Jun 2016

    Brexit: the implications for reward

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Adviser for Performance and Reward Last week the UK narrowly voted to leave the EU. There are many questions now being asked about what our future might hold, but what are the possible consequences for reward and HR of this de...
    • 26 May 2016

    Socialising executive pay setting

    By Professor Stephen J. Perkins, London Metropolitan University Click here for an audio version if you prefer to listen instead of reading “Some of Britain’s largest companies are preparing for a summer of tense consultations on executive...
    • 3 May 2016

    Benefit cuts v National Living Wage

    By Glen Jenkins, former CIPD Reward Examiner In response to the government’s policy on the National Living Wage (NLW) a string of retail companies have hit the press because they have sought to partially offset the cost of the NLW by cutting em...
    • 20 Apr 2016

    Tax, transparency and remuneration committees

    By Tony Hatton-Gore, Rewardhr Ltd The Panama papers have catapulted tax transparency into the headlines. Much has been made of the implications for politics and the EU referendum because of high profile individuals but I am concerned about the implications for the wider population and the role of employers. We have recently lived through an era of concern about the impact of income tax rates on incentivising or...
    • 4 Apr 2016

    The new state pension: what’s in it for employers?

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Performance and Reward Adviser The state pension changes on the 6th April and those that are entitled to it could get up to £155.65 per week, depending on their national insurance record. Unlike the old state pension, th...
    • 1 Apr 2016

    The success of National Living Wage depends on more businesses raising their game on productivity

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Performance and Reward Adviser Today’s introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase the pay of millions of the UK’s low-paid workers. Ultimately, though, it will only be judged a success if em...
    • 22 Mar 2016

    Pension well-being: how we can get more people saving more for their old age

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Reward Adviser Thanks to automatic pension enrolment, 66% of UK workers are now saving through a workplace pension scheme, according to our latest Employee Outlook: Focus on employee attitudes to pay and pensions . If we exclud...
    • 26 Feb 2016

    Great pay expectations

    By Charles Cotton, CIPD Reward Adviser The latest Employee Outlook: Focus on employee attitudes to pay and pensions from the CIPD, finds that out of over 2,000 employees surveyed 51% of them got a pay rise in 2015. This figure is down slightly on the...
    • 23 Feb 2016

    The tipping point

    By Alan Measures, Moog As any compensation professional can tell you, the most memorable part of the film Reservoir Dogs is not the mystery of who shot Nice Guy Eddie (the late Chris Penn), or Michael Masden's (Mr Blonde) dancing. The real ...
    • 15 Feb 2016

    The strategy and soul of the reward professional

    By Duncan Brown, Head of HR Consultancy, Institute for Employment Studies Writing a PhD in reward strategy alongside of the day job for the past year or so has led me regularly to question the purpose and value of our roles and contribution as reward...
    • 9 Feb 2016

    Getting that team spirit – a more collective approach to reward?

    By Deborah Moon, Reward blogger An item in the latest edition of People Management (February 2016) reported on the findings of a study conducted by researchers in the UK and Australia which suggested it makes better business sense to reward team perf...
    • 5 Feb 2016

    The future of work and its tie to the future of the HR profession

    By Sara McAuley, World at Work Two HR professionals, one a pessimist and one an optimist, walk into their supervisor’s office. The supervisor asks, “What does the future hold for jobs as we know them today, and what effect will that ...
    • 25 Jan 2016

    It’s time to completely rethink reward

    Clive Wright, Hyperion HR The recent past has been a time of significant turmoil in the reward environment. The financial crisis and subsequent slowdown in the global economy has meant no pay increase for many employees are several years; increasing costs of insured benefits has put pressure on their use; changes to pension risks and regulation; developments in the structure of executive compensation; a new generation...
    • 7 Dec 2015

    U-turns and the Citizens’ Wage

    By Glen Jenkins, former CIPD Reward Examiner During the recent debate on welfare cuts and the government’s u-turn, I read some articles on automation. The onward march of technological innovation is leading us to the Automated Technological Revolution (ATR). The future we are told will include autonomous electric pods that will be at the centre of our new public transport systems. While you savour that for a...
    • 10 Nov 2015

    Generational change, reward and a fair society

    By Tony Hatton-Gore, Rewardhr Ltd There is much evidence about changing attitudes of the workforce. Salary is still the top job consideration for the digital generation but it is less important to them than to previous generations; and they are much more concerned about interesting and challenging work, career opportunity and culture and less interested in salary. 1 When millennials were asked to name the factor...
    • 6 Aug 2015

    How to tackle the gender pay gap: lessons from higher education

    By Hayfa Mohdzaini , lead researcher for the New JNCHES Gender Pay Gap Working Group Report Higher education employers have been conducting equal pay reviews for years so focus in the sector has shifted from measurement to identifying practices that help reduce the gender pay gap. As part of the New JNCHES 2014/15 pay agreement in higher education, UCEA and five trade unions – UCU, UNISON, Unite, EIS and GMB...
    • 21 Apr 2015

    What’s new?

    By Clive Wright, Hyperion HR It was after a discussion at a networking group that I started to really look at what’s going on in reward. The question I am asked more than any other is ‘What’s new in Reward?’ So I started to look at recent research, the articles in journals and ask around to see what companies are doing. I came to the conclusion that there is really very little new in reward...
    • 13 Mar 2015

    ‘Gender Pay: A moving target’…..but one where more transparency and HR action will help

    By Duncan Brown Watching Gemma Arterton and cast on the West End stage humorously representing the misogynistic views of male executives and trade unionists at Ford in the 1970’s and resulting Equal Pay Act finale, reminded me that I have been working on equal pay ever since, starting work then as a ‘green’, graduate Personnel trainee up the M1 at Vauxhall in Luton. But with my own two girls soon...
    • 6 Mar 2015

    What do “hot sex” and a Boston Terrier tell us about reward?

    Deborah Moon, Reward blogger In recent months we have seen a number of encouraging indicators of the improving UK economy, with pay rises now seemingly outpacing falling levels of inflation, and reported increases in earnings and income levels. However, delivering and maintaining longer-term and sustainable financial wellbeing remains a challenge for many employers, employees and their families. What reward options...
    • 19 Jan 2015

    Naming and shaming

    By Glen Jenkins The New Year has brought with it a renewed focus on poverty in the UK with the Church of England and others criticising the coalition government on its moral support for the less well off. Their criticism highlighted “poverty wages” as a contributing factor to increased income inequality with 6.1 million working households in poverty. Moreover, child poverty in working homes is double that...
    • 17 Dec 2014

    Austerity, CSR and computer skills

    By Tony Hatton-Gore, Rewardhr Ltd It seems that whichever government comes to power next year in the UK we will have a continuing age of austerity as they seek to balance the books. There are obvious implications for pay and resources in the public sector and knock on effects in the voluntary, arts and other sectors which depend to some extent on government funding. The differences between the highest and lowest...