Key Quotes - Work/Employment

Key Quotes - Work/Employment

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Last update: Monday 20th August
 
Ethnical-certification companies are failing to combat an epidemic of forced labour at the base of the tea and cocoa industries world-wide, researchers at the University of Sheffield have found. In a study published last week, academics reported that agricultural workers in the cocoa industry in Ghana, and the tea industry in India, were paid very low wages and were routinely subjected to multiple forms of exploitation.
Work/EmploymentChurch Times - 8th June 2018
 
Employers must be flexible and allow staff to wear religious symbols at work as long as it does not interfere with their tasks, according to new government guidance. Equalities minister Victoria Atkins announced new guidelines will be issued to help employers set appropriate dress codes.
Work/EmploymentPremier Christianity - June 2018
 
University vice-chancellors earn far more than those in leadership roles elsewhere in the public sector, it has been reported. According to analysis, their salaries were well above those taken home by chief executives of councils and NHS hospital trusts across several major cities in England. University bosses’ pay continues to be put under the spotlight, with growing concerns over spiralling salary hikes, with several high-profile figures calling restraint.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 13th March 2018
 
The gender pay gap is widest when a women reaches 50, at an average of more than £8,400 a year according to a new study. Full-time female workers are paid less than men at every stage of their career from when they turn 18, research by TUC showed. The average 18 to 21-year-old working full-time starts her career on the back foot financially, earning £1,845 less than her male peers, it was found.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 23rd March 2018
 
Unemployment has increased by the biggest amount in almost five years, new figures reveal. There was 1.47 million people out of work in the quarter to December 2017, an increase of 46,000 giving a jobless rate of 4.4%. The quarterly rise was the biggest since early 2013, although unemployment is 123,000 lower than a year ago, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 22 February 2018
 
Many GPs across Britain are working above safe levels, leading doctors have said. The Royal College of GPs said family doctors have a “relentless” workload. The comments come after a survey of UK GPs found that each deals with 41.5 patients a day, according to a GP magazine. Pulse found that one in five GPs (20%) is dealing with double this number. Patient contacts include face-to-face and telephone consultations, home visits and e-consultations.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 18 January 2018
 
Ignoring emails until the end of the day makes employees feel overloaded with work, increasing stress levels, according to research. A study suggested that messages should be checked regularly throughout the day to help workers feel in control rather than an email “slave”. Dr Emma Russell, of Kingston Business School, said it was a “myth” that workers should limit checking emails to a few times a day, or that emails were a time-wasting distraction.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 10 January 2018
 
The NHS has more than 100,000 vacant posts, Labour has estimated. The full-time equivalent vacancy rate across England’s acute, community and mental health trusts is 9%, Labour’s shadow health secretary said. This is a rise from 8.4% last year, Jonathan Ashworth MP found. Information obtained by the party from 82 NHS trusts found that the average nurse vacancy rate was 12.2%.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
The number of young people with a part-time job has fallen by a fifth in five years. A freedom of information request to local authorities by the BBC gave 104 different area statistics that revealed the decrease in young people working part time.
Work/EmploymentPremier Youth and Children’s Work – January 2018
 
Ipsos Mori recently surveyed 2,612 11 to 16-year-olds to find out their most trusted professions, and vicars ranked fifth.
Work/EmploymentPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
A large-scale Ministry Division survey published this week suggests that most priests report high levels of well-being, including living in financial comfort and enjoying good health. Overall about three quarters of respondents indicated that financially, they were “living comfortably” or “doing all right”. Eighty two per cent of ordained respondents were able to draw on other sources of income than that received for ministry. Those unable to do so were “much more likely to struggle financially”, with several reporting dependency on tax credits and benefits. Retirement provision emerged as a “major concern” of respondents. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale was employed to measure mental health. The average score among the general population is 51 and 50.2 among clergy.
Work/EmploymentChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
Christian Pharmacists will be able to continue doing their jobs in line with their Christian convictions following the efforts of Christian Concern and others. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) previously amended its guidance to deny pharmacists the right to opt out of providing services which conflict with their deeply held religious or moral beliefs.
Work/EmploymentChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
An employment tribunal ‘said people should not express their own beliefs without it being first being raised as a question by someone else’, during a hearing on 30th March. Judge Martin Kurrein made the comments during the hearing of Sarah Kuteh, a Christian nurse dismissed by the NHS after she spoke to patients about her faith, and occasionally offered prayer.
Work/EmploymentEvangelicals Now - May 2017
 
Religion has become the butt of workplace jokes as sexism has become unacceptable, a survey by ComRes has found. According to the study, up to one million workers may have faced harassment, discrimination or bullying because of their faith. The authors suggested that this was often not considered serious to report, with respondents made to feel uncomfortable by colleague’s jokes about their faith.
Work/EmploymentEvangelicals Now - May 2017
 
There are now more than one million people working in charities, according to the latest annual figures published by the Charity Commission. Figures for the year up to September 2016 show that total sector workforce has reached 1.08 million. This is an increase of almost 130,000 on the year to September 2015.
Work/EmploymentCivil Society News - 17th March 2017
 
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