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Skills crisis worsening as UK training spend falls significantly


UK employers are facing a massive skills crisis and are not doing anywhere near enough to overcome it. So says a new CIPD report, ‘From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making the UK’s skills system world class’, which claims that the UK is “sleepwalking into a low-value, low-skills economy”. The report, which reviewed the UK’s skills policy […]

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What can HR do to counterbalance the effects of a chair-based lifestyle?


Sitting is the new smoking. These were the words of a man called Dr James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and author of the book ‘Get up!: Why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it’. He had quite a lot more to say on […]


DPG is now an apprenticeship provider!


As an apprentice provider, we can either work with organisations as a direct employer running your apprenticeship programme, or we can work in partnership through our preferred lead apprenticeship provider. We are also very happy to work with apprenticeship lead providers who want to forge strong networks in this area. Find out more about how DPG can […]


Are you aware of the latest Employment Law changes?

April is, of course, a busy time of year in terms of HR legislation. There are several new pieces of employment legislation coming into force this month, including two biggies – gender pay gap reporting and the apprenticeship levy. We have set out all the new legislation below and outlined the key bits of information […]


What do millennials want from work?


By 2020, over a third of the global workplace will be millennials, according to this 2016 Manpower research. Other research puts the number even higher at 50%. No wonder then that employers keep talking about the importance of recruiting, rewarding and retaining millennials in the workplace. But, if you want to recruit and retain them, […]


Employers recruit older workers to combat ageism


Employers need to recruit a million older workers over the next five years in order to combat ageism and address the widening UK skills gap. So said Andy Briggs, the Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers and chief executive officer of UK Insurance at the insurance company Aviva. Achieving that target requires every UK employer […]

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What is the most desired personality trait in employees?


Conscientiousness is the most important and desired personality trait in employees, followed by agreeableness. This was one of several findings of a study carried out by US psychologists Paul R Sackett and Philip T Walmsley in 2014. The study, published in the journal ‘Perspectives in Psychological Science’ followed the principle that personality types can be […]

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What can HR do to help working parents achieve a better work-life balance?


Achieving a good work-life balance is increasingly stressful for fathers. So much so that nearly half of working fathers would like to take a less stressful job so that they could spend more time with their children. And over a third would take a pay cut if it meant a better work-life balance. These are […]

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How does your career history affect future job opportunities?


Recruiters can be a picky lot. They see that a potential employee has just come back from an 18-month globe-trotting career break and worry about their commitment to their career and to any future employers. Or they look at a candidate who has had four jobs in the past two years and instantly see a […]


Top tips on how to be a good manager


Some people take very easily to management and are naturally good at it. They inspire and motivate their team, support them and get great results, individually and collectively. Others need to work a lot harder at it and hone their management skills in order to get the best out of their team. Different styles of […]