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Skills gap and low UK productivity? Flexibility is the solution, says British Chambers of Commerce

Flexible working can be key to cutting the skills gap and boosting UK productivity, according to Claire Walker, co-executive director of policy and campaigns at British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Citing research which suggests the number of UK services firms currently recruiting is at its lowest for 25 years, she urged British businesses to embrace new ways of working. Despite record high e...

5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction

The HR Dept is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the 5 Star Franchisee Satisfaction Badge in the WorkBuzz annual Franchisee Satisfaction survey. It is a tremendous recognition to receive a five-star rating. In 2018 we reached out to our licensees to hear about their experience with us. Here is what we discovered. The franchise satisfaction benchmark, provided by WorkBuzz, surveys ...

What do new customers think of our HR services in 2018?

In Spring 2018 we reached out to over 1,000 SMEs who have been HR Dept customers for a year or less. We wanted to see how things are going in their first year of being with us. Here’s what we discovered. 97% respondents said that we met or exceeded their expectations for speed of response. This is important to us because we know that time is money for our SME customers, and people problems wi...

Tumelty trailblazer: Sue named as top 50 entrepreneur

HR Dept’s founder and executive director Sue Tumelty is one of three women to be included in Business Leader’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs of the South West. Ranking alongside Dragon Den’s Deborah Meaden and recruitment giant Helen Lacey, Sue’s placement is an amazing achievement and a testament to the power of the leading HR franchise. With strong feminist roots, the HR Dept colours are th...

Uber’s tribunal appeal rejected – Drivers are workers

Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed Workers are entitled to rights such as rest breaks and a minimum wage Two drivers originally took the case to tribunal last year There are more ‘gig economy’ legal cases to come Likely to end up in the Supreme Court, but the appeal tribunal decision is significant Self-employed contractor status could n...

Gemma Tumelty Of The HR Dept Responds To The CIPD’s People Skills Pilot Report

“Having delivered outsourced HR advice and support to SMEs around the UK and Ireland since 2003, we are better placed than most to recognise the huge value that face-to-face and telephone support offers businesses at the smaller end of the spectrum. As such we are unsurprised by the results of the CIPD People Skills pilot and welcome their recommendations. “It is patently true that lack of ...