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Government will name and shame companies that fail to address gender pay gap

Government will name and shame companies that fail to address gender pay gap

From 2018, companies with more than 250 employees that fail to address the gender pay gap will be highlighted in league tables as part of equality measures announced by the Government.

Deadline extended for UK PR agencies to be included in Top 150

Deadline extended for UK PR agencies to be included in Top 150

The deadline for agencies to submit financial figures to be included in PRWeek's Top 150 UK PR Consultancies list has been extended to Tuesday 23 February.

New press regulator powers and 'tightrope walk' welcomed by PRCA

New press regulator powers and 'tightrope walk' welcomed by PRCA

The PRCA has welcomed the increased powers awarded to press regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Is editorial independence threatened when advertising spend is invoked?

Is editorial independence threatened when advertising spend is invoked?

A spat between a Financial Times columnist and the head of comms for Hewlett Packard Enterprise that invoked the company's advertising spend with the newspaper has turned the spotlight on editorial independence this week.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Daesh and Scotland

PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Daesh and Scotland

Sporting a '[heart] unions' badge, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used his questions to the Prime Minister to explore the issue of housing but did not refer to the junior doctors' strike at all, leaving several commentators scratching their heads.

UK pharma body launches Value Story campaign to enhance industry reputation

UK pharma body launches Value Story campaign to enhance industry reputation

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is rolling out a multi-year campaign to highlight the positive values of the industry, following a number of new hires in its comms team.

Concise, thrice: Vote Leave plays it cool after attacks from rival Brexit group

Concise, thrice: Vote Leave plays it cool after attacks from rival Brexit group

Vote Leave, one of the groups campaigning for a British exit from the EU, has three times responded with curt statements following public attacks from fellow campaign group Leave.EU in recent days.

Watch: Saving the world isn't just for the movies, says Scottish Government climate campaign

Watch: Saving the world isn't just for the movies, says Scottish Government climate campaign

The Scottish Government has launched an integrated campaign with the strapline 'Saving the world isn't just for the movies', to encourage Scottish households to help fight climate change.

Former Blair adviser John McTernan joins public affairs agency

Former Blair adviser John McTernan joins public affairs agency

Tony Blair's former director of political operations, John McTernan, has joined Westminster Policy Institute as an associate.

Are UK PR agencies ageist?

Are UK PR agencies ageist?

New research shows that the chief executives of the UK's top PR agencies are predominantly under the age of 50, and the dearth of older practitioners at all levels across the agency industry serves to underline PR's ongoing problem with retaining senior talent.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Cancer targets, PFI and a reluctant foray into the EU

PMQs Twitter round-up: Cancer targets, PFI and a reluctant foray into the EU

There were several bad-tempered exchanges between David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn in this week's PMQs but it took the intervention of SNP and Tory backbenchers before the elephant in the room - the new deal with the EU - was discussed.

Late payment: PRCA calls for clarity on Government's Enterprise Bill

Late payment: PRCA calls for clarity on Government's Enterprise Bill

The PRCA has welcomed the scope of the Government's new Enterprise Bill, but has also called for more clarity on how its provisions will be enforced.

Cameron's deputy spokesman Christian Cubitt to take comms role in NHS

Cameron's deputy spokesman Christian Cubitt to take comms role in NHS

Christian Cubitt will leave Downing Street at the end of this month for a new role in the NHS.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Google tax, bedroom tax and the refugee crisis

PMQs Twitter round-up: Google tax, bedroom tax and the refugee crisis

In a lively session of PMQs, the issues of corporate tax, the bedroom tax and Zac Goldsmith's mayoral ambitions were discussed.

Opinion and features

Will devolution change the public affairs agenda?

Will devolution change the public affairs agenda?

Historically there has always been a whiff of smoke and mirrors about anything related to devolution, with governments promising it, then delivering something that isn't devolution at all, but that, with the aid of a bit of sleight of hand, can be made to look like it come election time, says Curtin&Co's Martin Curtis

Temporary workers are not to blame for the NHS deficit

Temporary workers are not to blame for the NHS deficit

The use of temporary workers in the NHS, including PR practitioners, has been blamed for the deficit - but this smacks of scapegoating.

Corn, granite and momentum: The view from the Iowa caucuses

Corn, granite and momentum: The view from the Iowa caucuses

Let's be clear: I'm glad that the Iowa caucus - as we say in New Jersey - "is in the rear view mirror", writes Nick DeLuca of Open Road

Crisis comms: The power of preparedness

Crisis comms: The power of preparedness

Time is of the essence, they say. I don't know who 'they' are, but 'they' may well have worked in PR; a sector that has had crisis response and issues management at its foundation since it began, says Four Consulting's Alun James.

The Labour Party needs to modernise - or it risks disappearing altogether

The Labour Party needs to modernise - or it risks disappearing altogether

The Labour Party needs to remodel itself and become relevant to the electorate if it is not to be superseded, writes Ketchum's Jo-ann Robertson.

24 hours in Davos

24 hours in Davos

Day one in Davos has come to an end and I can say with certainty that I've walked away with some important learnings - some that make me optimistic for the future, others that are more concerning, writes Barri Rafferty at Ketchum.

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." Boring is not a word you would ever associate with David Bowie, writes Tony Garner of Viva PR.

Floods furore highlights why we must be honest with the public

Floods furore highlights why we must be honest with the public

The recent floods and the way they have been handled has brought to the fore the importance of ethical comms, writes Greater Manchester Police's Amanda Coleman

PR winners and losers of 2015

PR winners and losers of 2015

It has been another tumultuous year in the world of PR. But who were the biggest PR winners and losers of the year? Here are my top three in each category, writes Phil Hall of PHA Media.

Let 'Diversity' be part of your everyday vocabulary in 2016

Let 'Diversity' be part of your everyday vocabulary in 2016

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Diversity to Inclusion seminar, writes Mavis Amankwah.

The 17 opinion pieces that shook 2015

The 17 opinion pieces that shook 2015

If there is something the PR and comms industry is never short of, it's an opinion. Here are the opinion pieces which floated your boat, rattled your cage and flipped your pancake in 2015.

Recent public sector people moves

Weber's Colin Byrne and government deputy comms chief Keith Coni join CIPR board

Weber's Colin Byrne and government deputy comms chief Keith Coni join CIPR board

Weber Shandwick UK and EMEA CEO Colin Byrne and Keith Coni, deputy director of government comms, have been appointed by new CIPR president Rob Brown to the professional body's board.

In brief: Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London

In brief: Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London

Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London and more from PRWeek UK

Google hires Weber's David Skelton to head public policy

Google hires Weber's David Skelton to head public policy

Google has appointed David Skelton from Weber Shandwick in the role of public policy manager, based in London.

PR battle begins ahead of May election for London Mayor

PR battle begins ahead of May election for London Mayor

The PR battle in the election of the next Mayor of London has heated up, with the first Monday of the new year seeing coverage of the impact on commuters of train fare rises.

Former Ed Miliband health adviser moves to The Health Foundation

Former Ed Miliband health adviser moves to The Health Foundation

Tim Horton, former health policy adviser to Ed Miliband and head of public services at the Labour Party, has joined charity The Health Foundation.

Leave.EU campaign appoints former MSP Brian Monteith as head of press

Leave.EU campaign appoints former MSP Brian Monteith as head of press

One of the campaign groups working towards a British exit from the European Union has hired former Conservative member of the Scottish Parliament Brian Monteith as its head of press.

Corbyn's comms man Kevin Slocombe takes permanent role, new spokesperson to be hired

Corbyn's comms man Kevin Slocombe takes permanent role, new spokesperson to be hired

Kevin Slocombe has taken a new permanent job as head of media for the leader of the Labour Party.