Oxfordshire Business Barometer – issue 20 [April 2016]

The Oxfordshire Business Barometer is a quarterly survey designed to provide an insight into what it’s like to do business in the county, showcase best practice and highlight some of the challenges. It is run by Withy King in partnership with Allen Associates.

Through our collaboration with the Oxford Times, we are able to provide insight and commentary based on interviews with directors and managers in a 10 page report published quarterly in ‘In Business’ magazine and online.

A wide range of Oxfordshire businesses take part in our short, confidential surveys which are emailed out every quarter. From 2015, a £2 donation will be made to a local charity for every survey completed. Businesses which expressly consent to publicity will also have the opportunity to provide free editorial within the reports.

We would welcome your involvement. If you are based in Oxfordshire and would like to receive our quarterly survey and associated benefits, please email your name, business name and contact details to barometer@roydswithyking.com

To find out more, please read our other quarterly Barometer reports or join our LinkedIn group entitled Oxfordshire Business Barometer.

In this feature:

County’s business leaders speak up for Europe

Oxfordshire business leaders have spoken out in favour of the UK remaining in Europe, with over half (58 per cent) warning that a Brexit would negatively impact the county’s jobs, businesses and the economy.

Employment rights unlikely to change with Brexit

Some businesses may wrongly be pinning their hopes on a substantial reduction in employment red tape if the UK leaves Europe, according to an Oxford-based employment law specialist.

Demand for shared parental leave to rise in 2016

The number of staff applying for Shared Parental Leave is expected to rise over the next 12 months, according to a survey of Oxfordshire employers conducted in the run up to the first anniversary since the controversial new laws were introduced.

The reality of recruiting in a competitive market

Almost half the businesses surveyed during the first quarter of 2016 said they had lost out on their first choice of job candidate due to them receiving a better counter-offer.

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