Opinions

Meeting the challenge of a national living wage

The Chancellor’s surprise announcement in the Summer Budget to introduce a national living wage of £7.20 per hour for workers aged over 25 from next April is good news for both workers and employers.

Anna Kozlowska, Myway Enterprises

Logistics is a great career for women

Logistics: a male dominated, old-fashioned industry based around pain-in-the-backside, slowing-us-down-on-the-way-to-work, dirty trucks. That's probably the idea of the logistics and parcels delivery industry held by most people in the UK. In terms of a career many woman would think ‘absolute nightmare’; but not me.

Mike Josypenko, Director of Special Projects, Institute of Export

Exporting to Russia – the top five tips for UK businesses

A year on from the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions by the EU and USA against Russia, the outlook remains uncertain for British companies who currently export there – and for those businesses that are seeking to expand into the country.

Dr Emel Aktas

Is a sea change needed for the shipping industry?

The world of container shipping is crucial to our everyday existence. More than 60% of the goods we use every day are transported by sea. This takes its toll on the environment. Maritime transport accounts for approximately 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 4% of the EU’s total GHG emissions.

John O’Reilly, Operations Director, Flex Recruitment Plus

Why are agency workers so ill informed of their rights?

Research recently conducted by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) on agency workers highlights the fact that many are unaware of their rights and are afraid of raising concerns. It is right, and valid, that Acas has brought this important issue to the fore, and begs the question: Why are agency workers so ill informed of their rights?