Also in the news this week - 3 March 2017

Working past retirement age

Older workers in the UK are bracing themselves to continue working until they are 70 years old, according to new research by the CIPD. Almost half (49%) of over-55s believe they will work past retirement age; the average age they expect to retire is 70. The most common reasons for employees wanting to work past 65 are: to keep mentally fit (32%); and to be able to earn enough money to continue to enjoy themselves and have holidays (27%). However, only 25% of employees said their employer is prepared to meet the needs of workers aged 65 and over.

Sedentary workers risk health problems

Brits who work at a desk are spending too many hours sitting down, experts have warned. A poll of 2,000 workers by AXA PPP Healthcare found that one in four notch up seven to eight hours of sitting every day at work. And commuting and leisure time adds more sitting hours every day. Half of those polled said they were "OK" with this and a third were positively happy. Jan Vickery, head of musculoskeletal services for AXA PPP healthcare, said: "For the sake of our health we need to break the sedentary cycle. Employees - and their employers - should be aware that adopting and developing better habits can make a big difference."

Why some firms are missing a trick during bad weather

Disruption from bad weather is costing the UK billions according to economists at the Centre for Economics and Business Research. But a new poll by 8x8 has found that remote working is being denied to 37% of workers when they're struggling to make it into work. Kevin Scott-Cowell, UK md of 8x8, said: "When trusted to make their own decisions about remote working, staff are more loyal, happier and ultimately more productive. This is even more important when the weather turns cold or strikes make it difficult to travel in. With the right technology in place, remote working can be a seamless experience that makes sure it's business as usual for customers, whatever the weather."

Micro-businesses sceptical about late payment tsar

Just 2% of UK freelancers and micro-businesses think the forthcoming Small Business Commissioner will be able to do anything about the issue of late payments. And 57% said they didn't even know there was a late payment tsar. These are the findings of a survey by OnePoll, commissioned by FreeAgent. Research previously carried out by FreeAgent found that just 51% of invoices sent by micro-businesses in 2015 were paid on time.

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