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31 May, 2012

Healthcare executive committee

REC Healthcare, the specialist sector group for REC members who work in health and social care recruitment, has this week approved a new executive committee to oversee the campaigning work of the growing group and drive their engagement on key issues relating to NHS staffing. Members of the new committee include...

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31 May, 2012

Career transition in UK

Despite an increase in the number of people receiving outplacement support, the percentage of candidates accepting higher or same salaries in the UK has increased in 2012 according to a recent Report.   Sixty-two percent of candidates in the UK now accept the same or higher salaries compared to 52...

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30 May, 2012

UK to increase investment spending

UK government must continue with overall spending cuts to reduce the fiscal deficit, but balance this with increased investment spending, the European Commission has said.  The commission said such extra investment – particularly on infrastructure projects – was required to stimulate the UK economy. Regarding the overall growth of...

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30 May, 2012

Graduate job

Just 19 percent of graduates thought about their career before starting their university course. The Milkround Student and Graduate Career Confidence Report, a study of 1,730 students by the graduate recruitment website, found that although the majority of students didn’t consider future job roles before starting their course, once...

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30 May, 2012

UK business

UK businesses are failing to engage with the workforce through social media channels, damaging their reputation as an employer of choice and their ability to attract talent, according to new research. The survey shows that the reputation of businesses is increasingly forged online, with half (50.7%) of UK employees...

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29 May, 2012

UK industry

Half of key UK industries surveyed believe their sector is suffering a skills shortage – and even more expect the shortfall to get worse, according to recent research.  The results reveal that 54.5 percent of respondents felt the lack of skills in science, technology, engineering and maths would only...

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28 May, 2012

UK growth dependent on international talent

Following last weeks publication of ‘The Growth Factory’, a report exploring ways to rebalance the economy and backed by some high profile MPs, Anna Marie Detert, director in KPMG’s People and Change advisory team, comments: “With the economy shrinking more than was first thought in the first quarter of...

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28 May, 2012

Latest EU legislation

The latest EU legislation comes into force on 26th May 2012, and has potential consequences for every job board and recruitment website. The crux of the new law is that every website targeting users in any EU country must EXPLICITLY provide an OPT-IN to accept cookies being written to...

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24 May, 2012

Public opinion of recruitment

A survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found that recruiters have a professional image in the eyes of the majority of the British public, and that people’s good opinion of recruitment consultants increases further when they turn to them for help with their own search for...

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24 May, 2012

Employee confidence

New research shows that employee confidence in management is falling. Almost half of the workers sampled (43%) felt that they are better people managers than their own boss and 23% say that management standards are getting worse. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of employees (22%) don’t think their boss has...

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23 May, 2012

Economic outlook

Despite welcome news today that inflation dropped to 3% in April, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is warning that employers are continuing to struggle to close the gap between basic salaries and the cost of living.  The prediction is based on the CIPD’s Labour Market Outlook survey of...

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22 May, 2012

REC compliance

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is planning to introduce a new compliance test as part of its membership process.  Under the proposed scheme, from 1st July 2012 all recruitment agencies wishing to obtain REC membership would have to successfully demonstrate their compliance with relevant industry regulations as well as...

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18 May, 2012

Selecting and retaining skilled talent in a competitive environment

Three quarters of organisations reported experiencing recruitment challenges in 2011, despite widespread unemployment across the UK. Employers are being inundated with unsuitable candidates, struggling to fill vacancies, and talented individuals are staying put, leading to huge skills gaps and a war for talent. This year’s Chartered Institute of Personnel...

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18 May, 2012

Redundancy Survey

More than two-fifths of employees have been made redundant or suffered long-term ill health during their working life, new research. The nationwide study shows 20% have been made redundant at some point in their working life while 21% have been off work for more than four weeks highlighting the...

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18 May, 2012

Latest ONS figures

Legal & General have this morning commented on the latest ONS figures showing that 131 million days were lost to sickness absence in the UK last year. The report found that: There has been a fall in working days lost because of absence of around 26% since 1993 when...

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