The coffee shop chain has said most of the job cuts would be made in its stores, which have been badly hit by the drop in the number of  commuters and office workers caused by lockdown. Although undeniably welcome to employers struggling to survive the economic impacts of Covid-19, it presents a big challenge for HR teams that have spent weeks preparing for the introduction of the job support scheme and the job retention bonus. Almost 400 job cuts at a BMW Mini plant in Oxford have been put on hold after an increase in global demand. ", 5pm School travel company PGL to cut 670 jobsÂ, PGL, a travel company that hosts children at residential activity centres across the UK, has announced plans to cut its workforce by a quarter amid cancellations caused by the pandemic. The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said services were returning to around 90 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. “Instead of helping, the government continues to impose more travel restrictions without also coming up with a government assistance package as many other nations have done.”. The firm, which was granted €450m in grants and loans, handed 200 managers €2.9m in bonuses for their performance last year, with the four-man management board awarded €500,000 in total. Two-hundred jobs will be created in the next year at Flipdish, a food-ordering software company based in Dublin, because of the rapid growth in online food ordering as a result of coronavirus. “In the most unprecedented of times while the entire aviation industry in Canada has been shuttered, our pilots came together and this agreement provides a road forward and a plan for all of our members who are suffering financially,” said Barret Armann, … 4.45pm England to return to three-tier system after lockdown. Employment levels have also decreased, with 220,000 fewer people in jobs compared to the previous quarter, marking the largest quarterly decline in a decade since the financial crisis in May to July 2009, with both men and women seeing decreases on the quarter. 10.15am Heathrow workers plan four-day strikeÂ. The government guidance also states that CEV people may be eligible for statutory sick pay, employment support allowance or universal credit if they cannot attend work.Â, 2.45pm John Lewis and Lloyds Bank cut hundreds of jobs. The study said that the proportion of working adults “not working from home or travelling to work reduced from 23 per cent to 18 per cent, suggesting more people are returning to work", which corroborates the CIPD’s findings that 37 per cent of employers believe staff will regularly avoid the journey into the office following Covid-19.Â, However, the Confederation of British Industry previously warned the BBC that city centres could become "ghost towns" if more staff do not return, and that home working could damage small businesses that rely on office worker trade.Â, 4pm John Lewis scraps staff bonus in wake of Covid-19. Gatwick Airport plans to axe 600 of its workforce, its chief executive has announced, after an 80 per cent reduction in passenger numbers. No final decisions have yet been reached but BBC reports speculate that prime minister Boris Johnson is “deeply reluctant” to order another national lockdown.Â. the , . The government is "absolutely confident" the UK will have 800,000 coronavirus vaccine doses by next week, the business secretary has said. The first body to approve it was the FAA in November 2020, followed by the Brazilian ANAC, with GOL being the first company to reintroduce it into service.. EASA Director Patrick Ky said, “We expect to publish it next week, … Domino’s Pizza has announced it will create 5,000 jobs and support more than 1,000 placements through the government’s Kickstart scheme. It comes after the baggage handler announced 4,175 job cuts over the summer, which the GMB described as “devastating news”. 3pm Sheffield Forgemasters plants to cut 95 jobs, Steel company Sheffield Forgemasters has revealed plans to cut 95 jobs because of the impact of coronavirus on global markets. Last week, the council-owned firm that runs the two venues said it would not be moving workers on to the new job support scheme, which had been due to replace furlough. In July, Dentons announced the closure of two UK offices to cater for full-time remote working and shrink its real estate footprint.Â, 9.10am Mitchells & Butlers confirms around 1,300 jobs cut. Working from home has no positive effects and makes debating ideas harder, Netflix's chairman, Reed Hastings, has said, speaking to The Wall Street Journal. The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is urging the government to redistribute Tesco’s £585m business rates relief to pubs and breweries. Though management hoped this voluntary process will "help us make these significant savings", management said they cannot rule out having to move to compulsory redundancy in 2021 to meet the necessary level of reductions. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new job support scheme that will focus on “protecting viable jobs” and replace the furlough scheme when it ends in October. ", 7.50am More than 10.5 million meals claimed through government scheme in first week, 10,540,394 meals have been claimed through the government's ‘eat out to help out’ scheme in its first week, the Treasury has said. Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced that more areas in England will be moved into tier three, the highest level of restrictions, as Covid cases rise once more. However, it said the blanket retention of the furlough scheme is currently “not effectively targeted” and does not clearly offer value for money. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) now says a “huge community sacrifice” has enabled compulsory job cuts to be avoided. KPMG staff are now back on full pay but at a recent online company-wide meeting many demanded compensation given the firm was back to awarding bonuses. Nearly 100 staff running the Newport Live leisure centre have been told they could be at risk of redundancy as trade has been "significantly impacted" by Covid-19. 10.20am PwC inducts record number of graduates after rise in virtual recruitment. 1pm Majority of public in favour of continued home working, poll finds. Rail firms are coming up with new types of ticketing to better suit employees who will be continuing with flexible working arrangements. In total, they have vowed to pay back more than £2bn to the UK government. Being permanently in ‘fight or flight’ mode inhibits the immune system and our ability to create a compelling vision for the future, warns Karen Beaven. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the deal was "not ideal", but the government said it was "proof of our commitment". Airline Photo Galleries and Aircraft Slide Shows. Asda has just announced that it will pay its business rates of £340m in full to the UK government and devolved administrations. The proposed restructure is set to conclude in October.Â. The UK arm of German automotive supplier Brose has said it will make 73 redundancies because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mark Drakeford, first minister of Wales, said the new rules would tackle a rise in coronavirus cases. In pre-recorded remarks, Johnson told his weekly cabinet meeting that offices were seeing a marked uptick in the number of workers returning, according to the Financial Times. Its net employment intentions figure – which measures the difference between the proportion of employers that expect to increase staffing levels and those that expect to decrease them – rose to -1 per cent, an improvement on the record low of -8 recorded in the last quarter. 12.50pm How are people teams responding to coronavirus? In a statement, the company said the pandemic had “severely impacted the whole commercial aviation industry” and it must now reduce its manufacturing capacity and cost base to protect its remaining workforce. The new restrictions mean people will not be permitted to travel outside of their own council area unless it is essential. Balpa said 60 flight crew had taken voluntary redundancy while a further 1,500 had opted for part-time employment.Â, But an easyJet spokesperson told The Independent that the negotiations had not been finalised, adding: “We are waiting to receive the last few signed contracts in the next couple of days and remain hopeful that this means that when the process is completed there should be no need for any compulsory redundancies.". “I am truly sorry for the anguish these measures will impose, particularly for businesses which have just got back on their feet. 11.40am WH Smith to consider cutting 1,500 jobs, WH Smith is considering cutting 1,500 jobs after lockdown caused sales to plummet. But payments will be made in arrears and businesses will have to wait until early December to claim. National law firm Shoosmiths has cut 43 roles after "identifying more efficient ways of working" during the pandemic. The Stratford-based company said it has begun a formal consultation with its permanent workforce, trade unions and staff representatives, and that it hoped to keep the number of compulsory job losses to under 90. “The company is not being fair or transparent. The NHS test and trace service is cutting 6,000 contact tracer jobs, allocating roles to regional teams to work with councils. In July, the charity launched a restructure programme in response to the impact Covid-19 had on its fundraising and trading arms. With just a couple of months until the scheme comes to an end, there is real concern that this gap could widen even further.”, 9.30am Senior managers forced to take pay cuts, CMI report finds, Just under one-fifth of senior UK managers took pay cuts during the pandemic and almost half said business had suffered as companies were forced to put operations on hold. The estimates, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealed this drop to be the largest since 2009 when comparing both quarterly and annually. Flipdish said 50 vacancies are to be filled immediately with the remaining 150 jobs to be filled by the end of 2021. As such, the government will provide 80 per cent of furloughed workers’ wages up to a cap of £2,500 a month, with businesses only expected to pay national insurance and pension contributions. There were currently 1,355 lawyers working at virtual law firms, up from 1,270 pre-Covid and just 803 in 2017. M&B, which owns Harvester and All Bar One, employs 44,000 workers across 1,700 pubs and restaurants. This could have potentially catastrophic long-term consequences for both people and the economy, said the think tank’s chief executive, Andrew Carter. The TUC proposed a 70 per cent subsidy from the government for employers, provided they bring back every worker on the scheme for a minimum proportion of their normal working hours. It also demotivates people and undermines their skills, the report added. Writing in The Times, Simon French, chief economist at Panmure Gordon, also said the uptake of home working had reduced commuting times – the most unproductive part of most worker’s day – and could improve labour mobility by reducing the regional differences in the cost of living. Sites that provide background noises of things like printers and coffee machines, as well as people chatting, have attracted millions of hits during lockdown, the BBC has reported. Firms would need to top up workers’ pay to at least 80 per cent of normal wages for the hours they are not in work, including training.Â, Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC told the Guardian that “ministers cannot afford to throw away the good work of the [furlough] job retention scheme. Weight Watchers – which rebranded as WW International in 2018 – is attempting to slim down its organisational costs, with plans to shed up to half its UK coaches as soon as next week. The loans are part of the government’s £1.57bn cultural recovery fund to help a sector which has been one of the hardest hit by Covid. The PwC survey also found that UK business leaders were more likely than their international peers to provide financial assistance to staff and support the mental health and wellbeing of workers. They have refused to tell us exactly how many people will lose their jobs, and they said they have no intention of giving people the chance to take voluntary redundancies or exploring the furlough scheme,” she said. When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. The report also found that the overall number of vacancies had increased for the first time since February, although only slightly. As the government’s job retention scheme starts to wind down and additional levels of complexity are introduced, more and more employers will be at risk of falling foul of the strict rules attached to the grants. In terms of whether L&D and OD were counted as part of this overall figure, 83 per cent of respondents said L&D was, while 79 per cent said the same for OD. This rate of worklessness was higher for those aged 16-25 (18.3 per cent) than for those aged 26-65 (11.9 per cent). The curfew comes as part of a series of expected restrictions the government will put in place as the UK's Covid-19 alert level moved to 4, meaning transmission of the virus is "high or rising exponentially".Â, The measures will be set out by prime minister Boris Johnson in the Commons before he addresses the UK in a live broadcast at 8pm tonight (22 September). 11am Lack of Covid tests causing NHS staff absences, A lack of coronavirus tests for NHS staff is leading to absences and services being put at risk, hospital bosses have warned. ", 10am Concern over job losses as one in ten workers still on furlough, official figures show. The retailer's revenue fell 45.9 per cent to £169.5m for the 28 weeks ended 8 August, driven by the ongoing impact of Covid on trading. Asda follows other retailers including Marks & Spencer, Pets at Home and toy store The Entertainer in closing. River Island said this latest restructure would allow it to simplify its store management structures.Â, Will Kernan, chief executive of River Island, said the retailer needs to make sure "we have the right structures in place" to continue to deliver the in-store experience that customers "know and love". More than 70 per cent said they were working at home because their employer had made the decision or their office was closed, rather than it being a personal choice. If the government says it will replace their income, then they stand a chance of making it through the winter as well,” he told the paper. 12.30pm National Express to use government jobs bonus to cut fares. They added that once the furlough scheme comes to an end, it anticipated casual workers will transfer to the job support scheme or whatever equivalent support scheme it is eligible for. The latest data on the number of statements of fitness to work signed by GPs, published by NHS Digital, showed mental health problems now account for four in 10 (41 per cent) of all sick notes signed by GPs during the pandemic. Andrew Hufford, commercial director for Penny Brohn, said: "It is essential that we make significant changes to the way we operate in order to protect our frontline services and ensure that we are still here for people living with cancer who need us now and in the future. Economic inactivity for the over-50s rose 1.4 per cent from 13.9 million to 14.1 million between the three months to February and the three months to May – equating to 198,000 older workers leaving the workforce through the course of the pandemic. The announcement follows Deutsche Bank considering letting all staff work from home twice a week, and Standard Chartered allowing all 75,000 employees they can work from home whenever they want. Sam Smethers, chief executive at the Fawcett Society, said: “The Second World War gave birth to the welfare state; the winter of discontent led to a new Thatcherite era. In the report, the NAO warned billions had been lost to furlough fraud. However, the company still faces a gap between its target reduction in headcount and the number agreeing to leave voluntarily, despite hundreds already accepting offers. How likely are these to be adopted by the government? Employees have been advised that returning to any of the company's 31 worldwide offices is "entirely voluntary" and that if they do so they should walk or cycle. 1.20pm Half of key workers have blown whistle on unsafe Covid practices, poll finds. It announced on Wednesday (5 August) a range of measures including a voluntary redundancy programme and offering staff the opportunity to request reduced working hours. Sports Direct was previously accused of asking furloughed shop managers to move stock from stores to depots during the pandemic to cope with a surge of online orders.Â. Labour said the figures suggested the government's blanket approach to ending the furlough scheme risked worsening regional inequality. 12.15pm Why employers play a critical role in lifting the lid on domestic abuse. The review on the impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minority communities, by Baroness Doreen Lawrence and commissioned by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, said the virus had “thrived on inequalities that have long scarred British society”, and called on the government to do more to protect employees.Â, 12.45pm The role and rights of health and safety representatives. Retaining the human touch and acknowledging this is a stressful time to be job hunting will sustain competitive advantage through improved employer branding, says Corine Sheratte. 9.45am Theatre producer makes 200 staff redundant, Theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh has made approximately 200 employees redundant. I regret that this will have an impact on a significant number of colleagues whose roles will be affected by these necessary actions," he said. However, the bank would not comment on specific figures for the job losses. Britain's biggest cinema chain, Cineworld, is set to close all its sites temporarily, putting thousands of jobs at risk. 5.30pm PwC and Schroders will allow staff to work from home after lockdown. It comes hours after the government said the UK's four nations had backed plans to allow some household mixing "for a small number of days" over Christmas. Last week, Carlisle Lake District Airport said it would not be resuming passenger flights.Â, John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, said the announcement was "very disappointing", but it was "not unexpected". Once again, a heavy responsibility will rest on all of us to remain at home as much as possible over the course of the six-week period." Richard Morley, partner in tax dispute resolution at BDO, the accounting group, told The Times: “Given that HMRC has clearly started to actively follow up on tip-offs and potentially incorrect claims, including recent arrests, businesses and individuals should start reviewing their furlough claims now. More than a million workers could still lose their jobs as the country enters new lockdown measures despite the chancellor's latest package of support measures, economists have warned. The scheme, which will be piloted in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham, will allow eligible individuals who test positive for the virus to claim up to £130 to cover their-10 day self-isolation. “Who knows exactly what might be needed in the future, but we must have better contingency plans so they can be rolled out quickly and the level of fraud properly controlled.” A Whitehall source said the full extent of problems with the job retention scheme may not become clear until April when loans were due to be repaid. “With research showing that youth unemployment can have a long-term impact on mental health, earnings and career progression, we’re pleased to direct the focus of Steps Ahead where it’s needed most,” she said. But she said LGH hotels were being run by a small number of staff at present, and this was likely to continue for some time.Â, 7.30am Two-thirds of shielders happy to return to work. Productivity fell at its fastest rate since records began during lockdown, official figures show, as millions of people stopped working and economic activity dropped. 3pm Hundreds to lose jobs at Mini car factory in Oxford, BMW-owned Mini is set to cut 400 of its 950 onsite agency staff at its Oxford factory, as well as a “small amount” of core staff. He claimed the new arrangements would allow staff to “live their best life”.Â. The company said: "Until travel returns in greater numbers, survival is predicted on reducing costs further and continuing to preserve cash. 8.30am ‘Redundancy floodgates’ will open without furlough extension, union says, The Unite union has called on the government to extend furlough or face "redundancy floodgates" opening in the UK, with today marking 45 days before the end of the scheme, which is the same amount of time employers must give for notice of redundancy. 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