The top 10 most read stories online in January-February 2016


The most read stories on between 14 January and 14 February:

Asda, Roche and Vauxhall Motors among the UK’s Top Employers 2016

Asda, Bentley Motors, HCL Technologies, KFC, Roche and Vauxhall Motors were among the winners at the Top Employers UK 2016 Awards, which took place on 10 February at London’s Guildhall.

Government consults on simplifying auto-enrolment process

In January, the government launched a consultation to gain views on its proposals to simplify the administration process of auto-enrolment. It closed on 16 February. 

The benefits of being a human cat

An advert on Gumtree Australia looked to recruit a human cat companion. The successful candidate’s employee benefits package included a bowl of milk and a bowl of tuna.

Harrods, Jaguar Land Rover and AstraZeneca named UK’s best employers

AstraZeneca, Harrods and Jaguar Land Rover are the best employers to work for in the UK, according to research by financial software, data, and media firm Bloomberg.

Tesco to increase staff pay by up to 3%

Tesco is to increase the pay of its UK store-based staff by up to 3% as part of a two-year pay deal.

Halfords cuts bonuses by £2 million

Halfords is to cut bonus payments for some employees by a total of £2 million after the organisation failed to hit sales targets.

EXCLUSIVE: Atos launches car salary sacrifice scheme

Digital services provider Atos has introduced a car salary sacrifice scheme for its 10,000 employees.

9% have reviewed salary sacrifice against national living wage compliance

Less than one in 10 (9%) of employer respondents have reviewed their use of salary sacrifice against the new national living wage requirements, according to research by Jelf Employee Benefits.

Boots UK increases base pay for hourly-paid staff

Pharmacy retailer Boots UK is increasing the starting rate of pay for customer assistant staff outside of London by 7%, and that of customer assistants in London by 3%.

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M&S gives staff thermal underwear to combat the cold

Employees at Marks and Spencer (M&S) were given complimentary thermal underwear after the heating failed at one of its stores in Oswestry, Shropshire.