Monthly Orbit – January 2022

2022 is here with a bump and we are back into measures for Omicron. We shall keep you advised on the work place rules
and changes as they materialize. For now the ask is that your employees work from home if feasible for you and them.

Mounting recruitment difficulties point to higher pay inflation in 2022. Vacancies in the UK have risen again to create a record high in excess of a million with the majority of industries impacted. With a fall in work-related migration in the EU means that employers are now having to seek labor from outside of the EU via skilled worker route (previously tier 2) and the temporary worker route (previously tier 5). of course all being far more expensive options. In the last twelve months the top five countries for labor sourcing have been, India, Philippines, Nigeria, USA and Pakistan. Compounding the labor shortages is that older workers number has fallen and the data suggest many have opted to exit the workplace and aren’t looking for work.

Looking ahead to what’s coming in 2022. How businesses need to engage, reward and monitor employees working in an increasingly remote, hybrid or other atypical way of working. Checking your working from home (office) policies we should be looking at policies that cover menopause support and baby loss as the need for both in the workplace has grown. The Employment Bill will be implemented meaning changes to maternity related redundancy. Flexible working being a day one right and employers having to give their workers tips and service charges. Al in all its going to be an interesting year ahead.