The 2013 Legal Salary Survey

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  UK recruitment specialists Sellick Partnership have revealed the key findings from the 2013 salary survey for the legal sector in an easy-to-read infographic.

The survey is an accurate reflection of the changes being made by employers over the past 18 months, in an aim to entice the best talent and meet the demands of today’s generation of legal professionals.

The economic down significantly changed the overall legal picture and many firms across the UK have reasserted themselves as profitable entities for the year ahead. As legal salaries have increased little in the past three years, the surprising trend from the survey reveals remuneration benefit packages employees are offering have become the main priority for job seekers.

The job outlook is certainly promising for the year ahead and employees will need to consider how they engage with staff in order to hold on to key personnel.

The information is the survey has been gathered from over 500 respondents, as well as data from Sellick’s extensive candidate database.

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The Great Reset

After writing yesterday’s post about worker insecurity being at a 20 year high, I then found this article, via Jo Plumstead’s rather good The Grumpy Daily,  in which she linked to Will Hutton’s article in last Sunday’s Observer about how technology is making most human jobs redundant: Driverless cars, pilotless planes … will there be jobs left for human beings?

Hutton is writing about The Great Reset,

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Worker Insecurity at 20 Year High

That was a rather depressing headline in the Financial Times over the weekend. According to the 2012 Skills and Employment Survey “Britain’s employees are feeling more insecure and under pressure at work than any time in the past 20 years”.  Public sector workers are also more worried than those in the private sector about losing their jobs and status.

The reason for this is is a combination of recession and low growth, as well as “work intensification” i.e. working harder and with less autonomy over how to do the work. However, for some the restrictions on individual employment rights was an issue,

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More Reform Ahead?

The Queen’s Speech is to be given any minute now and most employment lawyers will probably be watching the speech with a mixture of interest and trepidation.

The Institute of Directors (IOD) weighed in saying that today was the last chance for the Government to save the economy by “unleashing business”.  A survey of IOD members showed that 65% of them thought the economic conditions were having a negative effect on their business and 45% blamed too much regulation. The press release said;

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April 2013 employment law changes explained

Guest Post by Linder Myers

The government has made a number of employment law changes in April 2013 that employers need to know about.

Through having a clear understanding of the alterations and amendments usually made in April and October every year, employers can make sure that their policies and procedures reflect any changes, which can serve to protect them from falling into pitfalls that could result in Employment Tribunal claims being brought against their business.

Redundancy procedure

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How to Resign

Chris Holmes' resignation cake.

Employment lawyers can get very excited about clients resigning from employment.  How much notice has to be given or why the person is resigning are often key questions; legal claims may be envisaged as a consequence of resigning. For instance, when an employment relationship has gone seriously pear shaped, careful consideration may be given to resigning immediately and claiming constructive dismissal.  In most cases then the discussion is about timing, or the reason for leaving.

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Redundancy for New Mothers on the Rise?

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A new survey carried out by research company OnePoll suggests that pregnant women and new mothers could be being discriminated against by employers looking to lay off staff.

One thousand women were questioned as part of the research, and their answers reveal a problem that appears to be escalating. Pre-recession, it was estimated that 30,000 women per year were losing their job unfairly as a direct result of their pregnancy. It is thought that this figure is likely to be much higher now.

The responses revealed that:

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Proposed Changes to Employment Tribunals

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March 14 saw the announcement of the introduction of new rules regarding employment tribunals, with the government attempting to streamline the process.

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson made the announcement, bringing to an end a long running review which began in November 2011. Employment tribunals had previously been a lengthy process, surrounded by a great deal of complicated legislation. The changes announced by Swinson are designed to make the process easier for both employees and employers alike, helping to ensure a swifter resolution to any workplace issues. The proposals are expected to come into place during the summer of 2013.

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C’Mon Everybody … Do the Harlem Shake


What do an Oxford Librarian, a school teacher and a group of miners in Western Australia have in common?

Answer: they’ve all been sacked for performing the Harlem Shake at work.

The Harlem Shake, m’lud, is the latest You Tube craze in which groups of people dance in a wild, unco-ordinated fashion, in fancy dress,  to a piece of music by a fellow called Baauer. It’s not to be confused with the song “Harlem Shuffle” by the Rolling Stones, a band with whom you might be familiar m’lud.  Yes, you may have seen it at the English National Ballet, m’lud.

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