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National Minimum Wage Rates

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 10th November 2020.3 min read

National minimum wage figures for UK employers. This data is updated whenever legislation changes.

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Methods of Job Evaluation

VideoWritten by John Berry on 23rd September 2018. Revised 10th November 2020.1 min read

Job evaluation is at the heart of the process in which managers determine how much to pay one employee over another. Many managers guess where salaries should lie. This results in feelings of injustice in employees over both the method and the result. Here are some rational methods where the manager can justify decisions.

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Just what benefits should you offer?

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 17th August 2018. Revised 10th November 2020.6 min read

Broadly, most UK SME managers grant employees the bare minimum of additional benefits over and above salary. In many cases, they’ll award staff the statutory minimum. Yet a few SMEs do give their employees generous high-value benefits. So why the difference, and does it make any sense to offer more than you must? Here we discuss the origins of this minimalist thinking and explore what other options there are for beneficial benefits.

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Calculating Total Reward

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 10th November 2020.5 min read

Firms do a great deal for staff. Of course they pay for work done, and give statutory holidays. But it goes a lot further than that. Keeping a good work-life balance and giving recognition and career builds employee commitment. Thinking about total reward helps managers add elements of great benefit to employee and firm without huge cost.

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How do I deal with an employee who is under performing during their probationary period?

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017. Revised 10th November 2020.1 min read

Where an employee is failing to perform during their probationary period there is an onus on the employer to provide training to support the person. If the person proves not to be capable of meeting the requirements they may be dismissed. You must still so this fairly.

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How do I motivate someone I am making redundant?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 10th May 2017. Revised 10th November 2020.2 min read

When you make someone redundant, you are breaching the psychological contract that exists between the firm and the employee. One of the key assumptions that an employee has (particularly when on a permanent contract) is that the employment will continue. And that assumption’s just been smashed.

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