Seven key HR trends for 2020

From data-driven decisions, to culture and kindness, HR experts offer their views on the themes that are set to dominate HR practice over the coming 12 months 2019 was a year of flux for UK HR professionals, with a complex political and economic landscape shaping everything from employment law to labour market trends. As we move into a new decade, 2020 is an opportunity for HR leaders to focus on getting their own house in order: to lead change, advocate data-driven action, and become a truly strategic force. Here are the seven key tends our panel of HR experts have…


The UK’s coronavirus furlough scheme, explained

  Days after he announced a £350 billion business bailout package to help British companies cope with the coronavirus lockdown, chancellor Rishi Sunak made history when he announced the government would pay the wages of millions of workers. He called it “unprecedented measures for unprecedented times”. Economists said the new plan would cost an additional £78bn. Unprecedented but necessary. One in 20 people in the UK has lost a job due to coronavirus, a YouGov poll suggested last week, while almost one in ten have had their hours reduced as a result of the pandemic. In the days after his…


Impact of COVID-19 on hiring in Europe

As countries around the world try to manage the impact of COVID-19 on their economies, LinkedIn’s hiring rate (a measure of hires divided by LinkedIn membership) gives us early insight into how the labour market is responding and what might lie ahead. Yesterday, we posted insights on how COVID-19 is impacting hiring in China and Italy, the two most impacted countries, and what that means in the U.S. According to sources we now have new insights on what the picture looks like for the UK and France. It’s clear that the hiring rate has declined across these European countries as…