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Specialist Fire Safety Staff Numbers ‘On The Decline’

Specialist Fire Safety Staff Numbers ‘On The Decline’

An investigation by the Guardian newspaper has revealed that the numbers of specialist fire safety staff members in fire services across England are dropping. A Freedom of Information request found that the numbers of these workers in 26 fire services around the country have fallen from 924 to 680 between 2011 and 2017. These fire safety officers conduct inspections of high-risk buildings to make sure […]

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Construction ‘Needs 1 Million More Workers By 2020’

Construction ‘Needs 1 Million More Workers By 2020’

The construction industry in the UK is in need of a million more skilled workers by 2020 and one chief is urging every corner of the industry to help bring new talent into British building. Leo Quinn, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, one of the country’s biggest construction companies, has called for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to do more to address the skills […]

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Egg Contamination Scare Hits The UK

Egg Contamination Scare Hits The UK

Being vigilant where food safety is concerned is a must for all businesses in this particular industry – and you can do an awful lot of good for you and your company if you go on refresher courses like the CIEH level 2 food safety for catering course. But all the information about how to handle produce, how to keep your premises clean and how […]

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Faecal Bacteria Found In Numerous Food Chains

Faecal Bacteria Found In Numerous Food Chains

It seems that there may be a few managers out there who need to go on refresher food hygiene training courses, given the news that’s been popping up over the last few weeks that faecal bacteria has been found in drinks and ice in various well-known chains. At the end of last month, for example, a BBC Watchdog investigation found that ice from Costa Coffee, […]

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What Is The General Data Protection Regulation?

What Is The General Data Protection Regulation?

Businesses in the UK should be preparing themselves for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new EU legislation that will be coming in to replace the Data Protection Act 1998. The new regulations have been drafted in order to cover the different ways that data is now being used, bringing in tougher fines for breaches and non-compliance, while also giving people more of a […]

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CFOs Planning To Hire For Digital Transformation

CFOs Planning To Hire For Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a term that’s being thrown around in many businesses, big and small, these days. Making sure your firm is able to cope with the demands of our increasingly digital world is essential to success. With more companies planning digital transformation, a picture is emerging of a skills shortage in this area. New research conducted by Robert Half has revealed that eight out […]

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Construction Firm Health & Safety Beard Ban Draws Criticism

Construction Firm Health & Safety Beard Ban Draws Criticism

A company that has decided to ban beards at work and which requires all employees to be clean shaven so they can wear their dust masks effectively has been criticised by the biggest construction union in the UK. Housing maintenance firm Mears recently told employees doing social housing maintenance work in the borough of Tower Hamlets in London during a tool box talk that beards […]

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UK Licensing Laws ‘Should Follow Australia’

UK Licensing Laws ‘Should Follow Australia’

Over ten years ago the Labour government of the time introduced a major shake up of alcohol licensing laws, bringing 24-hour drinking to the UK. The changes, which came into force in 2005, were met with a mixed response at the time and continue to divide opinion. But now a new study, which compares the licensing laws of the UK with Australia and the impact […]

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How To Become A Better Listener

How To Become A Better Listener

You might well think that good communication skills simply require you to have enough confidence to speak up and have your say, but it’s actually a bit more complicated than that, we’re afraid. A huge part of communicating well with others is actually learning to become a better listener – which truly can be very difficult if you’re not used to it. And when you […]

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UK ‘Lagging Behind’ Competitors For Literacy, Numeracy & More

UK ‘Lagging Behind’ Competitors For Literacy, Numeracy & More

When it comes to key skills, it seems as though England and Northern Ireland have a lot of work to do in order to ensure that the country weathers the Brexit storm well, especially if it is to face restrictions on talent coming in from outside the UK. This is according to the latest report from HR and people development organisation the CIPD, which has […]

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