The top 10 most read stories: September-October 2016


The top 10 most-read stories on between 19 September and 17 October 2016 were:

  1. EXCLUSIVE: BT to consolidate benefits in global online platform

Communications organisation BT is launching an online benefits portal that will bring all of its employee benefits together in one place.

2. National minimum wage rises to £6.95

A higher minimum wage rate came into effect on 1 October 2016, increasing from £6.70 to £6.95 an hour for employees aged 21-24 years old.

3. British Gas Court of Appeal decision confirms inclusion of commission in holiday pay

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that holiday pay calculations should include a representative amount of commission-based pay, upholding the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of British Gas v

4. EXCLUSIVE: Central government to launch online benefits platform

The UK central government is to launch a benefits platform to provide 418,000 civil servants with online access to their employee benefits package.

5. EXCLUSIVE: Hachette UK introduces financial education workshops for under 30s

Publishing group Hachette UK introduced targeted financial education workshops to address financial issues that affect employees under 30.

6. BMW consults on closure of final salary pension schemes to future accrual

On 29 September, BMW opened a 60-day consultation with employee representative bodies regarding the closure of its two final salary pension schemes to future accrual.

7. 80% do not take time off for stress-related illnesses

Research by Canada Life Group Insurance found that 28% of respondents feel their workload is too great to call in sick, and 21% go into work when ill because of financial reasons. 

8. 70% want to access employee benefits from their mobile device

According to Thomsons Online Benefits’ Global employee benefits watch 2016-17 report, 18% of employee respondents are unhappy with how they have to interact with benefits, while 17% are unhappy with benefits communication.

9. 59% feel their employer supports their work-life balance

The Why BWell report by Barnett Waddingham found that 45% of respondents aged between 18 and 29 feel their organisation supports them in leading a healthy lifestyle, compared to 41% of 30-49 year olds, and 37% aged 50 and over.

10. Old Mutual launches financial education programme for staff

International investments and savings organisation Old Mutual launched a personalised financial education programme for its 200 employees as part of its wellbeing strategy.