The top 10 most read stories: October-November 2016


The top 10 most-read stories on between 18 October and 27 November 2016 were:

  1. Government limits tax-efficient salary sacrifice arrangements

Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the government will limit the range of benefits that attract tax and employer national insurance (NI) advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement from April 2017.

2. How the Autumn Statement 2016 will impact employee benefits

Changes to salary sacrifice arrangements, the national living wage rate, and a reduction in the money purchase annual allowance were among the measures announced in the Autumn Statement 2016.

3. Tesco staff to take legal action over reduced pay

A group of 17 employees are set to take legal action against the supermarket chain over a reduction in pay for working weekends, bank holidays and nights, which was implemented as part of a two-year pay deal announced in February 2016.

4. Sky and Vodafone awarded for gender diversity and family-friendly policies

Lloyds Banking Group, Sky and Vodafone celebrated award wins at the Top Employer Awards, which highlights recognise best practice in gender diversity, female career progression, and family-friendly working practices.

5. Bupa to acquire Oasis Dental Care

Healthcare organisation Bupa is to acquire private dental care organisation Oasis Dental Care in a transaction worth £835 million.

6. Government to abolish employer shareholder status tax advantages

The tax advantages associated with employer shareholder status (ESS) will be abolished for arrangements entered into on, or after, 1 December 2016.

7. Ryanair advertises for the worst job in Ireland

Dubbed ‘the worst job in Ireland’, Ryanair is recruiting for an assistant to the chief executive officer Michael O’Leary. The new recruit’s responsibilities will include ‘general drudgery’ and ‘MOL-ly coddling’.

8. Government to introduce new company car bands for low-emission vehicles

The government will implement new, lower bands of tax for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) for 2020-21.

9. Carlsberg doubles salary for four-hour beer tasting job

Carlsberg Singapore is offering one lucky beer-loving candidate S$20,000 (£11,211) for just four-hours work as a beer taster.

10. Nationwide Building Society introduces retirement planning tool for staff

Nationwide Building Society has launched an online retirement planning tool, provided by Hymans Robertson, for the 12,000 employees in its defined contribution (DC) pension scheme.