Diversity Developments UK
According to research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, graduates are losing interesting in investment banking careers, expressing more interest in job security, among other factors. Job opportunities in the financial services sector have fallen by a quarter compared with 2011, although the Centre forecasts that 30,000 jobs will be available in the City of London in 2012.
The House of Commons debated on 24 April the Equality and Human Rights Commission, including the impact of cuts to the organisation’s annual budget. The debate can be accessed at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120424/hall...
Source: Hansard, 24 Apr 2012
The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal (CA) in Seldon v Clarkson, Wright & Jakes, referring to the Employment Tribunal the issue of whether a mandatory retirement age of 65 was proportionate (see: http://www.supremecourt.gov.uk/docs/UKSC_2010_0201_Judgment.pdf).
A recent EU survey of obesity within the EU reveals that nearly a quarter of British women are obese, the highest of 19 countries surveyed; 21.1% of British men were also classed as obese, second only to Malta. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of over 30. The survey was based on 2008-09 data which showed that between 8% and 23.9% of adult women and between 7.6% and 24.7% of men across the EU were obese.
While supporting the government’s proposal to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees, the TUC warns that plans to replace the current statutory process for considering requests with a code of practice could weaken current flexible working rights.
Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice covering the period 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 show that there has been an 8% fall I the number of claims (218,000) received between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 as compared with 2009-2010, but an increase (44%) on 2008-2009 figures. On average each claim contained 1.75 jurisdictional claims, in other words the grounds for the claim.
An employee with type 1 diabetes who was told that it was inappropriate to inject herself in front of colleagues -- something she had to do on average four times a day during working hours -- and that she should use the hallway or toilet instead, was unlawfully discriminated against on grounds of disability, according to an employment tribunal.
A report by Aviva, an insurance company, shows that childcare costs are prohibitive for some parents, and that it may be more cost-effective in these cases (especially for part-time workers) not to work. Aviva’s Family Finance Report is based on a survey of 6,000 families.
Government figures reveal that in 2066 there will be at least half a million people aged 100 or over. Twenty-year-olds are three times more likely to reach 100 than 80-year-olds, and twice as likely to reach 100 as 50-year-olds.