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31 Oct, 2012

National Freelancers Day

Whether you consider yourself a Contractor, Freelancer, Consultant or Interim, Wednesday 21st November celebrates National Freelancers Day. Now in its fourth year, this once a year event acknowledges the massive contribution of flexible workers to the UK economy. Sponsored by the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) considered ‘the voice of...

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30 Oct, 2012

Private Sector

Private sector employers are predicting a 2.5% pay award over the next year, according to pay specialists XpertHR. Based on a survey of predicted pay awards for 343 groups of employees in the private sector, findings include: The median (midpoint in the range of values) pay increase in 2013...

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30 Oct, 2012

UK ranks fourth internationally

The UK ranks fourth internationally for creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, according to a ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ survey published by member-based advisory firm, CEB. Reinforcing this, almost two thirds (63%) of UK employees stated their organisations are actively promoting workplace diversity through relevant policies and programmes. In contrast,...

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18 Oct, 2012

Flexible work drives record employment

In response to today’s unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics, Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, says: “More people in work than ever before and the lowest unemployment in over a year is another significant step on the road to recovery. The truly amazing thing...

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18 Oct, 2012

Monster Global Poll

A recent global poll conducted by Monster  reveals more than half of respondents (55 per cent) would change jobs for the opportunity to work in an industry they are passionate about.  While we know from past research that salary, benefits and job location are critical to the job decision-making...

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17 Oct, 2012

Equality Act

The Law Society has warned that removing certain provisions from the Equality Act will not help employers. The warning comes after the government published a series of amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill this week. The amendments, to be considered in the report stage of the Bill,...

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17 Oct, 2012

Salary survey

Businesses are remaining ‘cautious’ with no dramatic headlines from this year’s local Salary Survey. But that’s no bad thing following several years of noticeable decreases and artificially high increases in pay, according to experts at Anne Corder Recruitment. The agency produces the Peterborough Local Market Survey in partnership with...

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16 Oct, 2012

Trade and Investment

Speaking at APSCo’s Export Your Way Into Growth forum last week, Lord Green explained how recruitment companies should take the opportunity to support the British service sector overseas to facilitate the UK’s economic growth. Commenting on the shift in world power, he focused on growth areas in Africa, Latin America,...

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12 Oct, 2012

Singapore economy contracts 1.5%

Singapore’s economy contracted in the July to September period, but has narrowly avoided a technical recession.    Asian countries have seen growth slow as a result of dwindling exports to Europe, the US and China.    Gross domestic product shrank 1.5% compared with the previous three months, the Ministry of Trade...

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11 Oct, 2012

New Apprenticeship programme announced

The National Skills Academy for Retail (NSA for Retail) is trailblazing an innovative new training programme which will give young people across England an opportunity to kick-start a career in retail. The Retail Apprenticeship Scheme (RAS) is a new concept which aims to unearth and develop the best young...

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11 Oct, 2012

Graduate employment stable

The employment rate for new graduates remains relatively stable at 61.8% (62.2% in 2011), indicating that career prospects are better than feared despite a weakening economy and further job losses from public spending cuts, according to research published today (11 October 2012) by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit...

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11 Oct, 2012

Job Hunters

Job interviews leave UK’s job hunters lost for words according to new research from Hays, the leading recruiting expert. In a survey of over 400 Brits looking for a new role, just under two thirds (64%) said their biggest fear before a job interview was not knowing the answer...

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09 Oct, 2012

Employee absence

The average level of employee absence has fallen compared with last year from 7.7 days to 6.8 per employee per year, according to this year’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey. However, the fall in absence levels coincides with almost a third of employers reporting...

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09 Oct, 2012

Job Growth Continues

September 2012 Index Highlights: The Monster Employment Index UK registers one per cent growth in September, continuing the rebound noted in August. The findings reflect recent ONS (Office of National Statistics) figures showing UK employment is at a four-year high Public Sector, defence, community charts the highest annual online...

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09 Oct, 2012

Temp workers in demand

Employers are ramping up their recruitment of temporary workers as Britain gets back to business after the Olympics, according to new research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). But permanent recruitment  shrinks 15% Graduate starting salaries slump 13.2% this year Placements of temporary staff in the UK...

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