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SMEs Set To Expand Benefits To Attract & Retain Talent

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

It’s no secret that the UK is currently suffering from a definitive skills shortage. The skills gaps – which is the difference in skills required within a business and the actual skills the workforce has – is one of the reasons why the UK has the lowest productivity among the G7. According to an independent study by recruitment specialist Robert …

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Number Of Patients Waiting For Elective Treatment On The NHS Has Risen 4.6% In A Year

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

The number of people waiting for elective treatment on the NHS has risen by 4.6% in just one year. Today, 4.4 million individuals are currently waiting for elective treatment, which is a procedure or surgery that is chosen by the patient or physician because it is advantageous to the former, but not necessarily urgent. Of these patients, one in seven …

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UK Students Waiting Too Long For Mental Health Support

In Individual, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Students in the UK with mental health problems are having to wait up to 12 weeks (three months) for help from their universities. It’s a reality that has prompted fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Figures collected by British universities show that students at the Royal College of Music had the longest waits for counselling …

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Excess Body Fat Linked To Increased Depression Risk

In Healthcare, Industry News, Mental Health by Paul Howell

Obesity is complex and having excess body fat is something that is not just a cosmetic concern. The bottom line is obesity is a medical problem and it increases a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other health problems. But now new research suggests that carrying excess body fat also increases a person’s risk …

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A Significant Amount Of Absence & Presenteeism Could Be Addressed With Employer Interventions

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Health-related absenteeism and presenteeism cause employers to lose an average of 35.6 working days a year per employee, which equates to a staggering £61 billion in lost productivity annually. Those are two of the key findings of Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study, which was published earlier this year. Back in 2014, the number of days lost annually per worker due …

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More Employees Than Ever Seeking Mental Health Support

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

More employees than ever are seeking help for mental health conditions, figures from Unum show. According to the insurer’s data, two-fifths of people using its rehabilitation services are doing so to address mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety. In fact, of the individuals seeking help under Unum’s return to work scheme, the majority were doing so because of …

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NHS Crisis Continues: Record A&E Attendances & Longest-Ever Waiting Times

In Healthcare, In The Press, Industry News by Paul Howell

New NHS data reveals record numbers of A&E patients, as well as the worst-ever waiting times for routine operations. Furthermore, the number of operations being cancelled is also on the rise and the number of patients waiting on a trolley for more than 12 hours has also increased since last year. According to the Society for Acute Medicine, the figures …

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Number Of Workers Receiving Employee Benefits At 12-Year Low: Where, Why & What Next?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

The number of employees in the UK receiving company benefits is at a 12-year low, an analysis from an accountancy group shows. According to the analysis of HMRC data by UHY Hacker Young, in just 12 months, the number of individuals receiving things like company cars, private medical insurance and staff accommodation fell by more than 600,000 – from 3.92 …

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Ongoing Employee Benefits, Not Celebrations, Drive Employee Loyalty – GRiD

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

A significant proportion of businesses commit to providing ongoing employee benefits, such as private healthcare and group income protection, to motivate, reward and engage staff. According to research by Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector, over a third (36%) of businesses provide ongoing employee benefits as a way of adding real value to …