Browsing by topic: Human resources and skills

BSA submits response to disability employment consultation

  • BSA staff
  • 20 Feb 2017
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The BSA has published its submission to the government’s green paper consultation on disability, work and health. The BSA welcomes the government’s ambition to halve the disability employment gap and we have outlined what could be effective measures aimed at achieving this. To read the full submission, please click [here](http://http://www.bsa-org...

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BSA contributes to corporate governance consultation

  • BSA staff
  • 17 Feb 2017
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The BSA has published its submission to the government’s green paper consultation on corporate governance reform. The BSA welcomes the government’s ambition to improve trust in business and we have outlined where we believe reform can take place while retaining the UK’s world-leading corporate governance structure. To read the full submission click...

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Flexibility key for apprenticeship levy in Northern Ireland, BSA says

  • BSA staff
  • 6 Jan 2017
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Employers in Northern Ireland should be able to use apprenticeship levy funding as flexibly as possible, the BSA has said. Responding to a consultation from the Northern Ireland government, the BSA called for a better flow of information between Westminster and devolved governments. The response also highlighted the important role of business service...

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BSA submission to Inclusive Growth Commission highlights key role of business services industry

  • BSA staff
  • 4 Jan 2017
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The BSA has offered its submission to the Inclusive Growth Commission on how to ensure communities across the UK benefit from economic growth. The Commission is chaired by former BBC Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders and seeks to devise new models for place-based growth, which include the widest range of people. Devolution, public-sector commissioning...

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BSA calls on National Infrastructure Commission to conduct in-depth skills analysis

  • BSA staff
  • 11 Nov 2016
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The BSA has responded to the National Infrastructure Commission’s call for ideas. The Commission’s call comes after it conducted specific studies on high-speed rail in Northern England, London transport, energy storage, the 5G rollout and the MK-Cambs-Oxford corridor, the last two of which are still due for publication. The BSA’s response calls...

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BSA engages with the Scottish Government on apprenticeships

  • BSA staff
  • 26 Aug 2016
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The BSA has responded to the Scottish Government consulation on the UK apprenticeship levy on behalf of our members. BSA full members employ over 17,000 apprentices across the UK and provide around 845,000 days of training each year. The business services sector considers apprentices to be a key part of their workforce and provides schemes across...

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BSA feeds into DCLG consultation on Fair Deal in Local Government

  • BSA staff. Photo credit: Jacob Edward
  • 19 Aug 2016
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The BSA has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations. BSA members welcome the proposals to implement policies on Fair Deal which will create consistancy across the public sector pension schemes and promote uniformity in approach by local authorities...

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The workforce of the future: robots and roadmaps

  • BSA staff. Photo credit: Stephen Chin
  • 14 Jul 2016
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Transformation is the business buzzword of this generation. Preface it with digital, leadership, cultural or service and you’ll find a slew of articles, comment pieces and case studies on how it’s been done and why everyone should try it. In reality, it boils down to change. We live, as they say, in “interesting times” and one of the striking features...

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Infrastructure Summit - June 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 1 Jul 2016
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On Tuesday 7th June the BSA, in partnership with PA Consulting, hosted an event discussing the latest state of infrastructure in the UK. Speakers represented a range of different perspective including, but not excluded to, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the Education Funding Agency and APM Group. Topics covered included the skills needed...

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DWP - Wellbeing and Work Trials - Group Work

  • BSA staff
  • 31 May 2016
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DWP have launched an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for Group Work contracts in 5 contract package areas. Avon, Severn and Thames, Durham and Tees Valley, Mercia, Merseyside and Midlandshires. This is an open competition. Full details of the specification can be found on the Contracts Finder website. Wellbeing and Work Trials - Group Work Supplier...

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BSA publishes response to Lord Carter Review

  • BSA staff
  • 17 May 2016
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The BSA has published it’s response to Lord Carter of Coles’ review of hospital efficiency, having been engaged with the process since it’s inception nearly two years ago. Bringing together ideas from across the BSA membership, the response outlines how closer collaboration between private providers and NHS Trusts can help achieve some of the efficiency...

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BSA publishes 2016 Responsible Cleaning Provider Scheme (RCPS)

  • BSA staff
  • 13 May 2016
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BSA members have reaffirmed their commitment to the Responsible Cleaning Provider Scheme (RCPS) in 2016, coming together to protect and promote the welfare and development of their employees; to make sure their experience and capabilities are recognised and developed; and to promote the professionalisation of the industry itself. Sixteen companies...

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BSA responds to Apprenticeships Inquiry

  • BSA staff
  • 18 Mar 2016
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The BSA has made a submission on apprenticeships to the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy. It covers the need for quality assurance in standards, difficulties with the Government’s 3 million starts target, and calls for the Government to provide greater information on the implementation of the apprenticeship levy. BSA full members...

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BSA submission on gender pay gap reporting

  • BSA staff
  • 11 Mar 2016
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The BSA has responded to the Government Equalities Office consultation on the draft regulations on mandatory gender pay gap reporting. We welcome the draft regulations as they reflect many of the key points raised in the BSA’s previous submission and will introduce meaningful reporting on gender pay issues. It is now important that the Government...

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BSA comment on the Spending Review and Autumn Statement

  • BSA staff
  • 25 Nov 2015

Commenting on today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement by the Chancellor, the BSA’s chief executive, Mark Fox, said: “The Chancellor’s statement sets a sustainable forward path. The private sector has a key role to play in growing the UK economy and delivering public services. The BSA will continue to work closely with all central government departments...

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BSA responds to Spending Review 2015

  • BSA staff
  • 8 Sep 2015

The BSA has published its submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Spending Review 2015, which will be delivered on 25th November. The BSA believes that to make the significant savings in the non-protected departments and to cope with rising demand in the protected ones, more imaginative redesigning of the state is needed. Notable...

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BSA Annual Lecture

  • 4 Apr 2015
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The 7th BSA Annual Lecture was delivered on Thursday 19th March by Stan Soloway, President and CEO of the Professional Services Council. This was a well-attended event and we are grateful to Barclays for their support.

The notes accompanying Stan Soloway’s keynote speech can be found below.

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BSA Blog: The unintended consequences of changes to employment regulation

  • BSA staff
  • 31 Mar 2015

In recent years, there have been numerous changes to employment law and regulations, including changes to TUPE legislation, right to work checks, right to request flexible working, the introduction of the ACAS early conciliation process and the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, among others. In addition to this, cases going through the tribunal...

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UK business services sector: a national growth engine

  • 4 Feb 2015
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An article written by the BSA has been published in Outsource magazine. Revealing the impact of the business services sector at national, regional, and parliamentary constituency level, showing the sector as an engine for growth across the UK. The full article can be found here: http://outsourcemagazine.co.uk/uk-business-services-sector-a-national...

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Oxford Economic report sets out the economic contribution of the business services sector

  • 2 Feb 2015
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The BSA has published a report - commissioned from Oxford Economics - setting out the economic contribution of the business services sector to the UK economy, at the national, regional, and constituency level. The sector is made up of five categories – FM, Business Process Outsourcing, IT and digital services, construction services and front-line...

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