a. Accordingly to a survey by recruitment company totaljobs, nearly two thirds of older workers feel discriminated against on the grounds of their age. The survey finds that 63% of workers in the 55 to 64 age bracket believe they have been discriminated against by employers. This compares to 33% of 16 to 24 year olds, 21% of 25 to 34 years old and 22% for 35 to 44 year olds.
b. "Gigging" is no longer solely the realm of up and coming musicians. The decisions in the Uber case and the claims being raised by Deliveroo couriers have drawn the attention of the media over recent months to the "gig economy" - where temporary positions are common and businesses contract with independent workers for short term engagements-. The Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee have now launched an inquiry into this developing working environment focussing on "the rapidly changing nature of work, the status and rights of agency workers and those working in the gig economy". On the back of the publicity surrounding Sports Direct the inquiry will also look at issues such as low pay and poor working conditions for those working in these non traditional employee roles. Full terms of reference and details on how to make a submission can be found here.
c. Ever had that feeling, just after firing off an email, that you have replied to all or maybe just sent it to the wrong person? Feel for the NHS worker who recently caused havoc by cc'ing in 840,000 of his colleagues. While no one individual has been blamed for the original error (the reason being given as a glitch in the system) other NHS employees compounded the system by replying to all when asking to be removed from the distribution list.