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Oxfam has come top of a list of the best not-for-profit employers, as rated by its staff. The charity scored consistently highly in categories including work-life balance, job security, pay and culture. Charities and the armed forces dominated the top 20 organisations listed by jobs site Indeed. Citizens Advice was…
Pregnant women and new mothers could be given greater protection from being sacked under Government plans. Business minister Margot James said there would be "zero tolerance" of discrimination against expectant or new mothers in the workplace. The Government will consult on options to make sure there are sufficient protections against…
We all love the idea of having a fulfilling career in theory, yet not enough of us pursue what they really want to do. Despite this, it is actually possible to find a fulfilling career, if we’d only try. Like many things, there is no magic wand that will make…
Firms are being urged to do more to support workers with mental health issues after new research revealed that an increasing number of employees are suffering. A survey of 2,000 workers showed that almost a third said they had experienced a mental health problem, compared with one in four during…
Anyone who works in the care sector knows how serious their job can be and often times the idea of fun just doesn’t come into it. However, here Simon North suggests some small changes you can make which will improve your workplace environment, relationships and ultimately your ability to cope…
Stark increases in GP workloads are "unsustainable", researchers have said after a new study showed that family doctors are dealing with more consultations than ever before. Workloads in general practice have increased by 16% over the last seven years, according to the largest ever analysis of GP and nurse consultations.…
Millions of workers put in £31.5 billion of unpaid overtime last year, a new study has shown. More than five million people worked an average of 7.7 extra hours a week without pay, worth over £6,000 each, said the TUC. Workers aged 40 to 44 were most likely to do…
Workers on zero hours contracts have similar levels of job satisfaction and work-life balance as full time employees, according to a new report. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said its study also showed that zero hours employees were more likely to want to work additional hours. The…
Nurses are working in "intolerable situations", with many considering leaving the profession, according to a poll. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) survey of more than 4,000 nurses found many felt undervalued, with too many patients to care for and too much paperwork. More than half (56%) said too much…
Nursing shifts of 12 hours or more are linked to heightened risk of burnout and job dissatisfaction, according to an international study of more than 31,000 hospital nurses. A survey of nurses in 12 European countries found such long shifts were particularly common in England and Ireland, research published in…
The publication of a new report ‘Older Women and Work – Looking to the Future’ from the Scottish Commission on Older Women, brings to the fore the experiences of older women seeking to remain in, or re-enter, the labour market. With rising numbers of women over the age of 50…
A Northern Irish social work lecturer who completed a PhD on the topic of ‘Resilience and Burnout in Child Protection Social Work’ was one of eight individuals who achieved the NI Leadership/Strategic Award at the recent NISCC PQ awards ceremony. Dr Paula McFadden is a lecturer at the School of…
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