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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.

15/05/2008

Graduates unlikely to benefit from flexible working rights

Government-unveiled plans to increase flexible working rights are unlikely to directly benefit recent graduates, few of whom are expected to fit the required criteria, it has been claimed. read more...

15/05/2008

Top firms offer extra financial perks

While the world's most successful companies do not always pay the highest salaries they do offer greater bonuses, graduates have been told. read more...

14/05/2008

Graduate mental health improves over time

University-leavers suffering from anger and depression have offered some words of comfort by a study claiming both conditions should decline once they have graduated. read more...

13/05/2008

Lie detector tests to combat employee absence

Employers are set strike back against skiving employees - using lie detector technology. read more...

12/05/2008

Flexible working 'should be available to all'

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has called on the government to extend the right to request flexible working to all workers.

This comes after reports suggested that Gordon Brown is to extend the right to request such an arrangement to parents of children up to 12 years old. read more...

12/05/2008

Hot weather causing 'sickness absence'

Some eight out of ten businesses have had employees call in sick because of the good weather, while seven out of ten employees admit the spate of sunshine has tempted them to stay away from work. read more...

08/05/2008

Firms 'struggling to manage remote workers'

Around half of small businesses find it difficult to control remote workers' performance, which may interest graduates looking at homeworking opportunities.

The IT skills for Flexible Working report by communications company BT revealed that 88 per cent of mangers have not received adequate training in how to manage home workers. read more...

07/05/2008

Cost of tackling skills shortages 'over £38 bn'

The amount of money spent on training per employee hit a record high last year, according to new figures.

The National Employer Skills survey 2007 by the Learning and Skills Council indicated that the average money spent on training per employee rose by 11 per cent from £1,550 in 2005 to £1,750 in 2007. read more...

07/05/2008

Workers 'have concerns about flexible working'

Many workers are not exercising their right to request flexible working due to concerns it will damage their career prospects, according to new research

The Flexible Working and Performance study of 3,500 employees was undertaken by charity Working Families in association with the Cranfield School of Management. read more...

06/05/2008

Companies urged to implement flexible working plans

Those looking for graduate jobs that offer flexible working may be interested to know that one expert has called on companies to practice what they preach.

Jan Peters, women's forum manager at the British Computer Society, said that although many companies have policies on flexible working, these are not always implemented fully. read more...

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