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'Increased productivity, enhanced quality of work' - Middle East comms agency lauds four-day working week

'Increased productivity, enhanced quality of work' - Middle East comms agency lauds four-day working week

Communications, branding and digital agency WonderEight is benefitting from the positive consequences of a healthy work-life balance, says its co-founding creative director.

COVID-19: Two thirds of PR agencies to furlough staff, half plan redundancies – new study

COVID-19: Two thirds of PR agencies to furlough staff, half plan redundancies – new study

Nearly two-thirds of PR agencies plan to furlough staff and half are planning redundancies as the coronavirus crisis bites, a new study has revealed. The industry's take-up of a Government loan scheme is noticeably low.

To furlough, or not furlough?

To furlough, or not furlough?

Agency leaders are divided over whether to take advantage of the government’s Job Retention Scheme unless it is urgently required. Has the idea of furloughing staff become too stigmatised?

Movers & Shakers: Publicis, Omnicom, Ranieri, Beattie, APCO, Memac Ogilvy and more

Movers & Shakers: Publicis, Omnicom, Ranieri, Beattie, APCO, Memac Ogilvy and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

COVID-19 crisis hits one in three PR jobs – new PRWeek UK study

COVID-19 crisis hits one in three PR jobs – new PRWeek UK study

The coronavirus pandemic has had a direct impact on the jobs of 28 per cent of PR professionals, a new PRWeek study has found – but this compares favourably to peers in other marcomms disciplines, with the events industry hardest hit.

Comms recruitment 'cut off at the knees' as businesses fight to retain and motivate staff

Comms recruitment 'cut off at the knees' as businesses fight to retain and motivate staff

Agencies and businesses are holding on to comms staff and honouring many new-starter contracts, although the recruitment market has taken a dramatic dip, recruitment agents confirm.

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme

Employers can access the Job Retention Scheme to continue paying 80% of the salary for employees that would have been laid off.

Insurance firm NHBC hires head of marketing and comms

Insurance firm NHBC hires head of marketing and comms

NHBC, a warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, has appointed Guy Lambert as head of marketing and communications.

Coronavirus impact: PR freelancers face 'dire straits' as firms cut budgets

Coronavirus impact: PR freelancers face 'dire straits' as firms cut budgets

The PR industry is calling for urgent government intervention to support freelancers and self-employed workers as research reveals more than half have already lost at least 40 per cent of their regular income and the majority face financial ruin unless they receive help.

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