Entries by Eileen Pirie

Apprenticeship Levy

Starting in April 2017, employers will require to pay the Apprenticeship Levy at 0.5% of their annual wage bill.  Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy, meaning that in practice only employers with a wage bill of over £3million will pay the levy. In Scotland, the system […]


Commenting on the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech, Bryan Buchan, our Chief Executive, said: “The issues covered by the Prime Minister were very broadly expressed.  Two areas we really see as being crucial, are that legislation as it applies to business will now be our own preserve and won’t be controlled from Europe. “In terms of trading […]


Commenting on the First Minister’s Brexit proposals for Scotland today, Bryan Buchan, our Chief Executive, said: “The First Minister’s “second strand” proposal to devolve business and trade regulations from the UK norm would be totally impractical.  In the unlikely event that Scotland was allowed to be part of an EU while the rest of the […]

Proposed increases to Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Shared Parental and Sick Pay announced

These increases are proposed to take effect in April 2017. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – £89.35 (up from £88.45) Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) – £140.98 (up from £139.58) Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) – £140.98 (up from £139.58) Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) – £140.98 (up from £139.58) Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) – £140.98 (up from […]

Beware of the Christmas party!

In a personal injury claim brought by an employee against his employer in respect of a violent assault upon him by the Company’s Managing Director, it was held that the Company was not liable for the injury in the circumstances of this case.  The Company had held a Christmas party at an organised venue but […]

Press Release – QR December 2016

ENGINEERING INDUSTRY PERKS UP SLIGHTLY http://scottishengineering.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/QR-December-2016.pdf For the first time in two years, Scotland’s engineering industry appears to be offering hope for the future. According to our latest Quarterly Review of the industry, there has been an improvement in orders, output and staffing in the final quarter of 2016.  Though, after seven quarters of negative results, […]

Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2017

This free competition, hosted by Primary Engineer and supported by engineers in Scotland, looks to create links between schools and industry by having engineers visit a classroom and chat about themselves and their work in engineering.  After the visit, pupils are asked: If you were an engineer in Scotland, what would you do?  The wonderful […]

Holiday Pay Update

The latest Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd has confirmed that employers will require to include result-based commission payments when calculating holiday pay. In summary, Mr Lock was a salesman who received a basic salary with variable commission, which was paid in arrears. Mr Lock was unable […]

ConnectUp – SME Event – Tue 25 October 2016

INVITATION TO ATTEND The Weir Advanced Research Centre, part of The Weir Group, are holding a joint event in conjunction with Scottish Power, Doosan Babcock, Subsea7 and Stena Line, aimed at identifying new SME partners. The two event themes, which reflect the broader innovation needs of the host companies, are Industry 4.0 and Energy Efficiency, […]

Modern Apprenticeships for SMEs – Skills Development Scotland

Thousands of small businesses in Scotland employ Modern Apprentices.  Here’s why you should join them: It’s cost effective – we contribute towards training costs Three quarters of employers say apprentices improved their productivity Training through work means your apprentices really understand your business – and your customers How we can help: You want to invest […]