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GETTING RECRUITMENT RIGHT BOOSTS UK PRODUCTIVITY BY £7.7BN EACH YEAR - THIS MUST BE USED TO DRIVE THE RECOVERY

Posted on 22nd February 2021 - INDUSTRY NEWS

Professional recruitment and staffing firms increase UK productivity by £7.7 billion each year by using their expertise to get people into the right jobs, new research from the REC reveals. But with only half of Britons (52%) saying that UK companies are doing a good job at recruiting efficiently, there is so much more that could be achieved. The overall cost of a bad hire to a business is estimated to be three times higher than the salary paid, so getting recruitment right has the potential to be huge driver of recovery. In particular, the REC is calling for more UK businesses to drop wasteful approaches and treat recruitment as a critical part of their business success.

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UK COMPANIES REPORT STRONGEST EMPLOYMENT INTENTIONS SINCE ONSET OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SURVEY SHOWS

Posted on 22nd February 2021 - INDUSTRY NEWS

UK employers are reporting their strongest employment intentions in a year, the latest CIPD/Adecco Labour Market Outlook shows. The survey's net employment intentions figure, which measures the difference between the proportion of employers expecting to add jobs and those planning to cut positions, rose to +11 this quarter - its highest in a year. This compares to -1 in the previous quarter.

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WOMEN WORKING IN UK GARMENT FACTORIES FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF COVID-19 THAN AVERAGE WOMAN WORKER

Posted on 22nd February 2021 - INDUSTRY NEWS

Women working in Britain's garment factories are four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than the average woman worker, according to new analysis published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The analysis of official statistics reveals that women sewing machinists have the highest Covid-19 fatality rate (64.8 deaths per 100,000) of any female occupation. This rate is higher than for women working in at-risk sectors like caring, leisure and other service occupations (27.3 deaths per 100,000).

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TIME IS TICKING, DON'T DELAY IN DRIVING YOUR BUSINESS FORWARD

Posted on 1st February 2021

Many businesses have decided to wait before making their next hire. After all, there's plenty of things to wait for: we have to wait for the effect of Brexit to settle down, economic recovery from lockdown, a fuller vaccine roll-out, the' new normal' to establish itself, a return to the office for staff, news on new Covid strains, remote on-boarding process adjustment, absenteeism to reduce... that's quite the list of things to wait on! The truth is, many businesses are deciding that now is the best time to hire, for their business objectives and for their recovery strategy.

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'ECONOMIC SECURITY TRAP' DRIVING MILLIONS OF BRITS TO WORK WITH COVID SYMPTOMS, RSA WARNS

Posted on 27th January 2021 - INDUSTRY NEWS

Millions of British workers are putting themselves and others at risk of Covid-19 due to inadequate sick pay and pressure from their employers, new research shows. The RSA (royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce) warns that a growing 'economic security trap' - the choice workers face between protecting their income and their health - is contributing significantly to the spread of the virus.

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INDUSTRY AND REGIONAL DIVIDE IN JOB ADVERT RECOVERY

Posted on 27th January 2021 - INDUSTRY NEWS

In December 2020 there were around 1.77 million active job adverts in the UK, an increase of 10.5% on the previous year. A number of factors, including pent-up demand for staff and an increase in the amount of time that employers are leaving job adverts open for, meant that the total number of job postings was notably higher than before COVID-19 hit the UK. However, these figures also show a clear divide in terms of which sectors and regions have been impacted most strongly by the pandemic.

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CIPD URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO EXTEND THE FURLOUGH SCHEME AHEAD OF THE BUDGET

Posted on 27th January 2021 - INDUSTRY NEWS

With weeks still to go until the Chancellor's Budget, the CIPD is urging the Government to extend the furlough scheme to protect jobs, support incomes and enhance skills development. Its calls are outlined in a report that the professional body for HR and people development is launching: The Future of Furlough - Recommendations for now and for any future wage subsidy.

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JOB ADVERTS REACH NEW 2020 HIGH IN EARLY DECEMBER, BOOSTING HOPES OF 2021 GROWTH, CLAIMS REC

Posted on 14th December 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

The number of active job adverts in the UK rose to a new high in the first week of December, after growth in the labour market stalled during England's month-long lockdown. There were 1.40 million active job postings between 30 November and 6 December, the highest weekly total of 2020. This should give us renewed confidence that the jobs market will bounce back in 2021, despite the continuing threat of COVID-19. News that the vaccine rollout has begun should also boost positivity among businesses and consumers.

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UK PRIVATE SECTOR SALARIES TO INCREASE BY AN AVERAGE OF 2.4%

Posted on 3rd December 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

UK private sector workers are set to receive average pay rises of 2.4% in 2021, according to Willis Towers Watson's latest Salary Budget Planning report. As the Covid-19 pandemic swept through the country in March, companies were forced to revise down their pay rise plans, leading to average increases of 2.2% this year.

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CMI WOMEN CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF LEADING THE CHARGE FOR WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT

Posted on 3rd December 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

Alison Rose, Chief Executive of Natwest Group Plc, and Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE joined Dr Heather Melville OBE CMgr CCMI, Chair of CMI Women, Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive of CMI, and guests to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)'s CMI Women network. Falling during the Covid-19 pandemic, CMI Women's 50th Anniversary celebration was held in the spirit of the debate over what the continued impact of the pandemic may be on gender diversity in the workplace.

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UK COMPANIES SAY REMOTE WORKING IS HERE TO STAY, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN A MOVE TO OFF-SHORING AND LOCATION BASED PAY

Posted on 27th November 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

UK companies saw levels of home working nearly quadruple from one-in-five employees (20%) in 2019 to nearly three-quarters (73%) in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research from Willis Towers Watson. Employers anticipate remote working levels to drop slightly in the first quarter of 2021 as companies and employees learn to adapt to life during a pandemic, but they will remain high at nearly two-thirds (64%) of employees.

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72% OF UK MANAGERS NAME WELLBEING AS TOP PRIORITY FOR 2021

Posted on 24th November 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) launches the findings of a major new survey that has taken a temperature check of the UK workforce during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic - looking at how they were coping with the immediate shift to homeworking, how they were supporting colleagues' mental health and wellbeing, and how they were helping teams remain productive, remotely.

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LATEST LABOUR MARKET STATISTICS SHOW A SHARP RISE IN UNEMPLOYMENT AND REDUNDANCIES

Posted on 24th November 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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Unemployment though low by historic standards at 4.8%, rose sharply by 0.7 percentage points on the quarter. Redundancies reached a record high of 314,000 suggesting that unemployment will continue to rise over the winter.

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EMOTIONAL REACTION TO COVID-19 AKIN TO GRIEF FOR MANY EMPLOYEES

Posted on 24th November 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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Having provided mental health support to employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, RedArc believes that many people are experiencing some of the same emotional reactions to their circumstances as they might during bereavement. The organisation has witnessed employees at various stages of denial, anger, bargaining depression and acceptance, as set out in Kubler-Ross's Grief cycle, a theory widely accepted by therapists.

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SHINE IN YOUR INTERVIEW WITH THE STAR TECHNIQUE

Posted on 5th November 2020

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Most of us have been asked a competency-based question in a job interview. These questions (sometimes also called 'behavioural'-based questions) will typically ask you to provide an overview of a previous work situation, project or task where you used your skills and talents to achieve success! These types of questions are very commonplace in the modern job interview... they might be scattered around the end of an interview or even comprise the entirety of the interview itself! Either way, you'll need to make sure you're 100% prepared and not left floundering for the perfect answer.

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LOST IN YOUR BREXIT HIRING PLANS? FIND YOUR WAY WITH OUR 2021 RECRUITMENT OVERVIEW

Posted on 2nd November 2020

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Coronavirus may have taken the focus off Brexit, but we need to re-visit the latest details of the UK's ongoing departure from the European Union. From the new year onwards, the rules around hiring from the EU, or elsewhere outside the UK, will change. Employers will need a sponsorship licence, bringing with it a number of challenges including additional costs and a lengthy application process. However, These new challenges also offer an opportunity to re-assess hiring strategies to increase cost savings, boost business flexibility and prevent skills gaps, vital in such uncertain times.

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TEMPORARY HIRING - THE SUPPORT YOU NEED FOR AS LONG AS IT'S NEEDED

Posted on 13th October 2020

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From immediate availability and significant cost savings through to enhanced flexibility in today's highly challenging economic environment, the benefits of using temporary staff have never been more abundant. Discover more of the fantastic benefits for your business below.

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A TARGETED APPROACH FROM YOUR NEW SPECIALISED NETBOX TEAM

Posted on 30th September 2020

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Our team are here to help your business continue to succeed and drive forwards through this period of economic turbulence. We have always been confident in our ability to only attract the very best candidates that will fit seamlessly into your business. However, we continually strive to enhance and improve the service we offer and as such, we are realigning how each of our Recruitment Business Partners will work within the local jobs market. Each one of our team will operate as specialists in a specific industry within which they have refined their expertise and knowledge. This will enable us to provide an even greater match between our clients and candidates with our team able to truly understand not only your business's needs but the wider context from the industry you operate within.

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HOW SAFE IS YOUR OFFICE FROM COVID-19?

Posted on 7th August 2020

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As recruitment experts, we continually keep our pulse on the industry's wider issues and the impact from Coronavirus. Research shows that of businesses currently trading, 6% of the total workforce had returned to the workplace from furlough in the last 2 weeks, and 4% had moved from remote working to the normal workplace*. As people return to the office, it's vital to ensure their safety. We are delighted to partner with Netbox Digital to offer the latest technology to scan visitors on arrival, efficiently looking for signs of fever.

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TOP TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME DURING LOCKDOWN

Posted on 26th March 2020

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As a response to the Coronavirus situation, many employees will now be working from home for the first time. From assigning a dedicated working area to remaining connected to your colleagues and keeping track of your time, Netbox Recruitment's top ten tips will help ensure that your time spent working at home remains productive whilst prioritising your wellbeing.

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DEALING WITH AN INCREASED RISK OF STRESS AND ANXIETY, AS MORE EMPLOYEES WORK FROM HOME

Posted on 26th March 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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With a government directive to work from home where possible in the wake of Coronavirus, many companies are asking their staff to do this for the first time. And while this has been a trend for some years, the practicality and reality of working from home will still be a shock to the system for many. Combined with emotions running high around Coronavirus, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) acknowledges can cause stress and anxiety, employers need to do what they can to support the mental health of their workforce during such an unprecedented time.

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WE'RE HERE TO PROVIDE TOTAL SUPPORT IN THIS PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY

Posted on 24th March 2020

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We want to provide total reassurance that despite the uncertain economic climate caused by the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic, Netbox Recruitment will continue to offer complete support to both businesses and candidates across Kent and the South East. We continue to support the needs of our current clients as well as helping businesses who requiring specific staffing requirements in direct response to the challenges created by current events. Similarly, as well as working with our existing candidate pool, we are also committed to providing the absolute best possible service to help candidates who may have unfortunately faced redundancy or reduced hours in the face of the current climate.

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CIPD RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT ESTIMATE THAT A FIFTH OF UK WORKFORCE COULD BE ABSENT OVER CORONAVIRUS

Posted on 12th March 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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The CIPD is urging employers to take necessary measures to protect employee well-being as the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the UK continues to climb. The UK Government has highlighted that at the peak of this event, a fifth of workers could be absent from work.

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WORK AFFECTS SLEEP AFFECTS WORK: EMPLOYERS CAN HELP BREAK THE CYCLE

Posted on 12th March 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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Despite experts recommending we should have between seven to nine hours sleep each night, the average Briton gets just six hours and 19 minutes. Work-related reasons can contribute significantly to a disturbed slumber, but businesses can play an important role in helping employees meet their sleep quotas, and this World Sleep Day (13 March) provides the perfect opportunity.

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MALE EMPLOYERS TWICE AS LIKELY TO SUPPORT A PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - BUT REAL CHANGE, NOT TOKENISM, IS NEEDED

Posted on 12th March 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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One in four male employers (25%) think International Women's Day (IWD) should be a public holiday, compared to just one in eight (13%) women employers, according to a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). But IWD, observed on 8 March, is best marked by employers taking action to remedy discrimination in the workplace rather than adopt token gestures which make employers feel good about themselves for a day but don't have the impact that women employees deserve or want for the longer term, argues the REC.

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WIN TREATS FOR YOUR TEAM IN OUR END OF DECADE QUIZ

Posted on 28th February 2020

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To mark the need to leave outdated recruitment strategies in the last decade, we want you to test your knowledge of the 2010s by taking part in our fantastic online end of decade quiz! From famous sporting moments, to iconic films, albums, fashion trends and political events, the 2010s were filled with memorable moments but do have what it takes to achieve a perfect quiz score? Our quiz is also a chance for you to win tempting treats for your team!.

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LEAVE LAST DECADE'S APPROACH TO RECRUITMENT BEHIND YOU

Posted on 28th February 2020

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At Netbox Recruitment, our approach has always been forward thinking. In fact, the company itself was born from a desire to do things differently and push against the conventions of the wider industry. It's no wonder then that our in-depth, personal service feels right at home at the start of the brand new decade. If you're still using recruiters who are simply forwarding you CVs or shortlisting candidates they've never met then it's time to move forwards with a new approach ready for a new decade.

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MAJORITY OF BRITS WORRY ABOUT DISAPPOINTING THEIR MANAGER

Posted on 25th February 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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According to the latest research from CV-Library, most (58.1%) Brits worry about disappointing their manager at work, with one in three (36.1%) admitting that they rely on praise from their boss to help boost their confidence at work. The study, which surveyed over 2,000 UK professionals, also reveals that the younger generation are most likely to worry about letting their boss down (83.3% of under 18s and 62.2% of 18-24 year olds), while only 53% of 55-64-year olds are concerned about this.

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NEW CALL FOR LICENSING TO PROTECT VULNERABLE WORKERS

Posted on 24th February 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has commended the recent spotlight on the UK Hand Car Wash industry, and its link to modern slavery, from the interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Matthew Taylor, who calls for mandatory licensing.

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BUSINESSES PUSH FORWARD WITH HIRING EFFORTS AHEAD OF BREXIT DEADLINE

Posted on 10th February 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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According to the latest data from the UK's leading independent job board, CV-Library, the UK job market boomed in the first month of 2020, with job numbers and applications both rising year-on-year. The study, which explores job market data from January 2020 and compares this with findings from the same period in 2019, reveals that businesses have regained their confidence in the UK economy, as job numbers grew by 2.8% year-on-year.

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ALMOST 3 IN 4 UK MANAGERS NOW FEELING 'FAIRLY PREPARED' FOR BREXIT

Posted on 10th February 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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A survey conducted by the Chartered Management Institute brings new insight into business preparations for a post-Brexit Britain. The survey, which took place between 24th October and 5th December 2019, saw 1,104 UK-based CMI members respond to various aspects of the UK's exit from the EU.

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45% OF UK WORKERS HAD NO SOFT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT OFFERED IN PAST 12 MONTHS

Posted on 10th February 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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Research conducted by e-learning specialists, GoodHabitz, verifies the strong link between employees being offered soft skills learning and development opportunities and employee satisfaction and motivation. Yet many UK employers are not providing any of these learning at work opportunities.

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SALARY SLUMP: WAGES DROP FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE Q1 2018

Posted on 29th January 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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According to the latest quarterly job market report from CV-Library, salaries dropped by 7.8% in the final few months of 2019; the first time they've fallen year-on-year since Q1 2018.

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BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SOARS TO A RECORD HIGH

Posted on 29th January 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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Business sentiment has surged to an all-time high, according to Deloitte's latest CFO survey. The Q4 2019 survey, which took place immediately after the December UK general election, showed the largest increase in confidence in its 11-year history.

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SPORTS BANTER IN THE OFFICE CAN ALIENATE FEMALE STAFF

Posted on 29th January 2020 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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Business leaders should show greater awareness and sensitivity towards female staff when sports banter takes place on the "shopfloor". Ann Francke on BBC Radio 4 TODAY warned business leaders and managers that football banter in particular could act as a "gateway" to other laddish behaviour; with Francke warning that "if it goes unchecked this can signal a more "laddish culture in the organisation".

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READY TO BEAT BLUE MONDAY?

Posted on 20th January 2020

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Blue Monday is the name given to the day loosely 'calculated' to be the most depressing of the year. A range of contributing factors are taken into account to pinpoint Blue Monday including the gloomy, dark and cold Winter weather and the realisation that Christmas and new year festivities are well and truly finished for another year.

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KEEPING STAFF IN THE DARK ABOUT PAY FEEDS PERCEPTION OF UNFAIRNESS

Posted on 10th January 2019 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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Only half of permanent employees (51%) think they are paid fairly and even fewer (34%) think that everyone in their organisation is paid fairly, a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, reveals.

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6 STEPS EMPLOYERS CAN TAKE TO HELP EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RETIRING IN 2020

Posted on 10th January 2019 - INDUSTRY NEWS

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The New Year is the perfect time for employees to take stock of their finances and those who are approaching retirement will have a number of decisions to make given the freedom and choice in pensions. Many will turn to their workplace for support with this.

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