McDonald’s runs out of milkshakes as a result of HGV Driver Shortage

McDonald’s says it has run out of milkshakes at its restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales.

The fast-food chain said it some supply chain issues had affected availability of a small number of menu items.

These products also include some bottled drinks, which are temporarily unavailable in its 1,250 outlets in England, Scotland, and Wales.

The problems emerged because of low stock distribution caused by the continuing shortage of HGV drivers.

Last week, Nando’s was forced to close about 50 of its restaurants after running out of chicken.

Rival KFC also warned recently that supply chain issues meant it was unable to stock some menu items.

What will be affected next as a result the HGV driver shortage? We’ve been working on a plan to tackle the problem head on and we are excited to share it with you in the coming weeks.

You can read more about how the HGV driver shortage is affecting the food industry here.

 

Settled Status For EU citizens and their families

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has today made an announcement regarding the safeguarding of rights for EU citizens in the UK

A scheme will be open in March 2019 whereby EU Citizens living in the UK can apply for “Settled Status” if they want to continue living in the UK after June 2021

For more information please see the link below

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

 

 

GDPR: ‘Don’t panic!’ data watchdog tells firms

Tough new data protection laws come into effect on Friday that promise to bolster consumer rights.

But there are concerns that many firms have not done enough to prepare for the new rules, known as GDPR.

Big fines could be imposed on companies that “persistently, deliberately or negligently flout the regulations”, the UK’s data watchdog says.

But it told small businesses there is no need to panic and that it is “here to help”.

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that small businesses which did not make extensive use of customer data would not come under close scrutiny.

Instead, the focus would be on big companies – particularly those in the technology sector – that “deliberately, persistently or negligently misuse data”, she said.

While small businesses “should not panic” if they suffer a data breach, Ms Denham said there were some basic steps that companies should take to protect data.

As well as individuals being able to bring a complaint to the ICO, she said it could take action as it did in the case of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.

She acknowledges there will be no grace period for businesses – the rules will be fully enforced from 25 May.

However, she says firms have had two years to prepare.

Business body the CBI believes many firms are ready for the new rules.

“You only need to look at your inbox to see businesses up and down the country are stepping up to make sure people are aware of their privacy policies,” a CBI spokeswoman said.

But firms that aren’t compliant “need to get their action plan sorted quickly”, she said.

The ICO is ready to help, and businesses should also consider getting external legal advice, she said.

“GDPR marks a watershed moment in how businesses deal with people’s data… How firms act with personal data goes right to the very core of trust in business.”

The penalties for wrongdoing could be quite hefty, especially for big companies.

The new rules give the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) powers to fine firms up to €20m (£17.5m) or 4% of global annual turnover for serious breaches.

Many smaller firms may not be prepared for the regulations coming into force, business body the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says.

“GDPR is here and the likelihood is that many of the UK’s 5.7 million smaller businesses will not be compliant,” chairman Mike Cherry said.

He says the “burden and scale” of the reforms have proven too much to handle for some.

Latest Figure’s Reveal Big Net Migration Fall Since Brexit Vote

Net migration has fallen to the lowest level for three years after a surge in the number of EU nationals leaving the UK since last June’s Brexit vote.

Net migration – the difference between those entering and leaving the UK – fell 81,000 to 246,000 in the year to March 2017.

More than half that change is due to a decrease in net migration of EU citizens, which is down 51,000.

The government is committed to reducing net migration to below 100,000.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the new figures, saying: “It was good to see a third quarter running of net migration figures coming down”.

But business groups raised concerns about the fall, with the CBI saying: “The loss of these vital skills should concern us all.”

The ONS figures show a particularly sharp rise, of 17,000, in departures of citizens from the so-called EU8 countries – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

An ONS spokesman said: “These results indicate that the EU referendum result may be influencing people’s decision to migrate into and out of the UK, particularly EU and EU8 citizens.

Exit checks

International migration for work remains the most likely reason to move, said the ONS, but it added that people are now more likely to move if they have a definite job, rather than to just look for work.

A spokesman for the Institute of Directors said “no one should celebrate these numbers”.

“Given unemployment is currently at its lowest level ever (4.5{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}), without the three million EU citizens living here the UK would have an acute labour shortage.

“Signs that it is becoming a less attractive place to live and work are a concern,” he added.

Matthew Percival, head of employment at the CBI, said EU nationals made a “crucial contribution” to the economy.

“This latest data reflects a trend many businesses have seen – an increase in the number of EU citizens leaving the country,” he said.

“The loss of these vital skills should concern us all, underlining the importance of urgently providing certainty for millions of workers and their families.”

UK Migration Statistics

In the year to March 2017

81,000 decrease in net migration

246,000 net migration to the UK, lowest figure for three years

Net EU migration fell by 51,000

‘EU8’ emigration rose by 17,000

Green Light Given For “For Self Driving Lorries”

The Government has committed £8.1m to finance trials of semi-autonomous “platooning” lorries.

Under the scheme, a “platoon leader” driving a heavy goods vehicle will head of a small convoy, with the following trucks, or “drones”, being piloted by computers.

The trucks drive closely behind one another and are linked electronically, communicating via radar, GPS and wifi.

Speed, position and the route are determined by the driver of the lead truck, who also controls acceleration, braking and steering for the entire convoy.

The distance between the trucks is optimised to reduce air drag, cutting fuel consumption and emissions – potentially by up to 20{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}.

Roads minister Paul Maynard announced the funding for a pilot scheme during a visit to DAF Trucks’ Leyland truck plant in Lancashire.

“We believe this system has the potential not just to save fuel and therefore emissions, but also to reduce congestion on our roads”, he said.

“It’s potentially win-win all round, and this investment is to ensure we are at the forefront of this new technology.”

The results of trials in the US, Sweden and Germany have been positive. But some experts have concerns that Britain’s roads may not be ideal for so-called driverless lorries.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “I think the real problem in Britain is that we have some of the most congested motorways in the world.

“We have more exits and entries on our motorways than any other motorway system.

“So what that means is either the platoon would have to break up at entries or exits or indeed, pull over, and that could cause problems for drivers in other cars trying to get on the motorway or get off.”

DAF has been working on the technology for some time, and has been awarded the contract for the trials, which will be monitored and evaluated by the independent Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

Richard Cuerden, from TRL, said: “The primary issue is one of safety, but these trials will hopefully allow us to collect a lot of data about not just the technology, but the behaviour of both the truck drivers and other road users.”

The drone vehicles are not unmanned, they will have drivers to take control in case of emergency, and to enter and leave the platoons.

Those drivers will have monitors to show them the platoon leader’s view of the road ahead to keep them in the “information loop”.

Initial trials will take place on test tracks, with the first platooning vehicle tests on major roads scheduled to start before the end of next year.

Later in the trials, delivery firm DHL will join the scheme to test the real-world practicality and potential benefits of platooning

UK unemployment falls to its lowest since 1974

Britain’s labour market confounded a sluggish economy in the second quarter as the unemployment rate fell to its lowest since 1975.

Wage growth remained muted, however, and analysts said the tepid economy could yet take a toll on jobs.

Sterling jumped nearly half a cent against the dollar and British government bond prices slid after data on Wednesday showed the jobless rate edged down to 4.4 percent in the three months to June, against expectations for it to hold at 4.5 percent in a Reuters poll of economists.

Figures on wage growth also came in better than expected but they were flattered by bonus payments in the financial sector. The underlying picture still showed households feeling the strain of rising prices since last year’s Brexit vote.

There were also signs the decision to leave the European Union is having an impact on foreign workers. The number of EU-born people working in Britain rose just 1.6 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, the weakest increase in seven years.

The labour market data were consistent with modest economic growth and although unemployment is at its lowest level since the mid-1970s, it would not be surprising to see the jobless rate edging up later this year in response to the current economic slowdown.

Inflation has eased slightly since May when it hit an almost four-year high of 2.9 percent, but prices are still rising faster than wages.

The Office for National Statistics said workers’ total earnings including bonuses rose by an annual 2.1 percent in the three months to June, compared with 1.9 percent in the period to May, boosted by a 27 percent surge in bonus payments in the financial sector in June alone.

Economists taking part in a Reuters poll had expected wage growth of 1.8 percent.

Overall wage growth in real terms fell by 0.5 percent, the same as in the three months to May and one of the steepest declines in the past three years.

Excluding bonuses – which analysts say gives a better picture of the underlying trend – earnings in nominal terms rose by 2.1 percent year-on-year, the fastest rate since January and beating expectations for a 2.0 percent rise.

The Bank of England is watching wage growth closely as it gauges whether the increase in inflation is creating longer-lasting pressure on prices. It expects wages to rise by 2 percent this year before picking up in 2018 and 2019.

GCSE Results Day For Many Teenagers Across The UK

If you’re aged between 15-16 year-old the chances are that today you will find out whether or not your have obtained the required GCSE grade to secure a place at college, sixth form and other further education centres

So SureStaffing UK Limited wish everyone good luck and hope you gain the grades required!

Female stars call on BBC ‘to sort gender pay gap now’

On Wednesday the BBC revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 are male, with Chris Evans the top-paid on between £2.2m and £2.25m.

Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000 last year, its annual report for 2016/2017 says.

In light of this some of the BBC’s most high-profile female personalities have called on the corporation to “act now” to deal with the gender pay gap.

Presenters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Emily Maitlis are among those who have signed an open letter to director general Tony Hall.

They urge him to “correct” the disparity over gender pay, which they say has been known “for years”.

Lord Hall said “work is already well under way” to resolve the pay gap.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said the BBC’s gender pay gap was “hard to justify”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said discrepancies were “astronomical”.

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More than 40 signatories include BBC Sport’s Sue Barker, BBC Radio 4 Today programme journalists Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague, BBC News and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce and The One Show’s Alex Jones.

The report shows “what many of us have suspected for many years… that women at the BBC are being paid less than men for the same work,” the letter says.

Pay disparities continue “beyond the list” of those earning more than £150,000, they add, including in areas of production, engineering, and regional and local media.

The letter continues: “Compared to many women and men, we are very well compensated and fortunate.

“However, this is an age of equality and the BBC is an organisation that prides itself on its values.

“You have said that you will ‘sort’ the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years. We all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now.”

The women say they are “prepared to meet” Lord Hall to ensure “future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination”.

Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey – who organised the letter and is not on the list of top earners – told BBC Radio 4’s BH programme the BBC should “set a standard” when it comes to fair pay.

“We are not after pay parity,” she said, “it is fairness that we are in pursuit of here, not enormous pay rises.”

It will be interesting to see if the BBC will take an course of action on this and how or if they will bridge certain celebrities pay.

Brexit salaries boom but jobseekers still uncertain

It’s been one year since the UK voted to leave the European Union, but what impact has Brexit had on UK salaries?

According to data from CV-Library, Glasgow experienced an increase in job vacancies by almost a quarter (24.1{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}) and salary growth of 4.6{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6} amongst other major UK cities,

The report, which compared data from the last month with figures from June 2016, also found that average salaries were up by 1.3{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}, whilst major UK cities such as Sheffield (11.3{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}), Cardiff (10.9{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}) and Edinburgh (7.4{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}) saw the most significant salary growth.

Coming in the wake of June’s general election and amidst concerns over post-Brexit economic turbulence, this data details a positive trend in employment. Sectors such as social care and education which were thought to be particularly at risk from the UK’s exit from the European Union, also experienced strong salary growth, whilst the hospitality industry topped the list with growth of 15.2{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}.

Furthermore, the job vacancy average increased by 4.4{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}, with significant growth in Glasgow, Brighton and Manchester, increasing by 24.1{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}, 19.5{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6} and 17.5{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6} respectively, going some way to allay fears of economic uncertainty.

CV-Library’s Founder and Managing Director Lee Biggins comments: “We are now one year on from the EU Referendum, and with post-election uncertainty still looming, it is very positive to see that salaries are continuing to rise at a steady rate, across the UK.

“Many key cities and sectors have seen positive growth, indicating that businesses across the nation are still working hard to attract talented candidates to their vacancies, despite these unpredictable times.”

However, this positivity does not appear to be matched by jobseekers, whose uncertainty is represented by the 11.6{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6} drop in candidate application rates since June 2016.

Biggins continues: “It’s clear that that there is still a lot of uncertainty across the nation and therefore, unsurprising that application rates have taken a dip…While candidate appetite does tend to drop in the summer months, as the dust settles post-election we hope to see application rates pick back up.”

Salary growth in major UK cities

Sheffield – 11.3{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Cardiff – 10.9{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Edinburgh – 7.4{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Glasgow – 4.6{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Leeds – 3.3{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Manchester – 1.6{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

London – 1.5{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Bristol – 1{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Brighton – 0.5{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

Southampton – 0.2{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}

The £2bn Skills Problem Facing UK Companies

The intensification of the UK skills shortage is forcing employers to pay ‘well above market rate’ to attract employees – costing companies over £2billion a year.

According to the survey, conducted by The Open University, the 400 firms surveyed said the skills gap was making it difficult to secure talent, with 90{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6} revealing that they had faced difficulties recruiting workers with the relevant skills in the last 12 months – The Guardian reports.

They found that those already in work were reluctant to move employers, while some EU nationals did not want to take a UK role because of the lack of clarity over immigration.

The duration of the hiring process was lengthened for three quarters of employers surveyed, who said it took them an average of one month and 24 days more than expected.

56{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6} of businesses increased the salary on offer for a role, with the average increase £4,150 per hire for small and medium-sized firms and £5,575 per hire for larger organisations.The extra costs from recruitment fees and hiring temporary staff were “at least” £1.7billion.

Over half (53{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6}) chose to recruit lower level staff to plug the skills gap, whilst the same amount invested in training to bring those new employees up to the required level. Those surveyed also cited uncertainty surrounding Brexit as exacerbating the skills gap.

A separate report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), found that UK businesses are failing to hire the right person for two out of five roles – despite the costs incurred.

Investing in strategic recruitment – from the initial phase through to onboarding – could be one way to soften the financial impact.

REC’s Chief Executive, Kevin Green comments: “Getting recruitment right is even more important during a time of economic uncertainty because businesses need to ensure they’re not wasting money.”

He has also called on the government to be considerate of the growing skills shortage when creating their post-Brexit immigration policy.

“Decisions about the future immigration system are too important to be subject to political whim – we need [a] policy to be built on sound evidence and data,” he said. “Designing the post-Brexit immigration system is an enormous task and it cannot happen only in Whitehall. Recruiters are on the frontline of the labour market, and we are ready to work with the government to design and deliver policies that will help the country prosper.”