Author: Isabella Vasilescu

Number of self-assessments filed early this year more than doubled

HMRC: ‘Filing your Self-Assessment early means you can spend more time building your business or doing the things that you enjoy and less time worrying about completing your tax return’.

Majority of UK women not supported by employer during menopause

Benenden Health: ‘Although our research shows that a lot of people take on the challenge of the menopause alone, it’s important to remember that this doesn’t have to be the case and it’s really important that as a society, we are able to open up the conversation to include families, friends and workplaces’.

Small business confidence sees strong recovery

FSB: ‘Our latest Small Business Index data shows that small firms may be about to turn the corner and rebound after the pandemic and the energy crisis, with confidence recovering alongside improved optimism for Q2’.

Employees commanding better pay

Robert Half: ‘The challenge for employers will be finding the right balance of financial and non-financial incentives to ensure unrealistic pay rises don’t have a detrimental impact on the bottom line’.

Job advert benefits focus on cost of living help

Totaljobs: ‘Recruitment has held strong despite rising economic challenges and although salaries are rising, we’re seeing massive shifts in the benefits employers are offering to attract and retain talent’.

Calls for government to address IR35 issues

APSCo: ‘While we anticipate news on a possible consultation on this matter will be unveiled in Spring, we stand by our view that Off Payroll itself is having a detrimental impact on the UK’s flexible labour market’.

Many firms still haven’t created an appealing office environment

Unispace: ‘Businesses and employees remain in a state of limbo, with many firms indicating a desire for people to return to the office more frequently, while staff remain somewhat reluctant. The key driver for this reticence is an element that is too often being overlooked, namely that there is no real incentive for staff to head back into the office’.

Nearly a quarter of SMEs trapped in fixed energy contracts

FSB: ‘From cafes and pubs to salons and convenience stores, small firms that fixed their energy contracts last year will see their bills rise by three or even four-fold as prices revert back to high prices and to pre-Energy Bill Relief Scheme level’.