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21 Dec, 2012

Economic Forecast

While 2012 has been tough, conditions in 2013 should get better, but only marginally so. That’s the view of the Forum’s economics expert, Professor Philip Whyman, who has warned of another tough year ahead for business with growth coming in at under 1% for the year – significantly less...

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21 Dec, 2012

Pay awards have ended the year on a low note

As 2012 comes to an end there is no sign of a sustained increase in the level of pay awards. Instead, 2% has emerged as the benchmark pay award over the autumn months, according to data released today from pay specialists XpertHR. The median basic pay increase (which excludes...

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19 Dec, 2012

Festive Season

It’s that time of year again; the festive season is in full swing.  Many employers will be throwing a Christmas party for their employees in order to reward them for their hard work during 2012.  But how do you ensure fun and merriment all round? At the risk of...

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19 Dec, 2012

Recruit the best talent

Employers are facing a conflict between the employee skills and changing workforce needs. Research among over 20,000 employees from member-based advisory company, CEB, suggests that managers need 20 per cent more productivity from their employees at a time when the instability of the current economy is impacting the corporate...

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18 Dec, 2012

UK inflation unchanged at 2.7% in November

According to offical data, UK consumer prices inflation remained unchanged at 2.7% in November.    The fastest price rises were seen in the cost of fruit, bread and cereals, as well as in energy bills, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.   Retail prices index (RPI) inflation, which includes housing...

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13 Dec, 2012

Older worker

There are more people working in the UK today than at anytime in our history. Today’s labour market statistics show another increase in the numbers employed taking the total to 29,600,000, up 40,000 on the previous quarter and 500,000 on a year ago. Almost half of the rise has...

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12 Dec, 2012

2013 UK Hiring

The UK’s Employment Outlook now stands at its strongest level since before the recession, according to ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions. With an Outlook of +6%, employers across the UK are looking to take on staff in the first three months of 2013, giving the jobs...

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10 Dec, 2012

Employment Index Europe

The Monster Employment Index Europe is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career web sites and online job listings across Europe. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or...

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10 Dec, 2012

Quest for new talent

The Public Sector People Managers’ Association (PPMA) is launching an Apprentice-style competition to identify and boost the next generation of people leaders in the public sector. Rising Stars 2013 is open to anyone working in HR and is free for individuals in organisations which are PPMA members. The competition...

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10 Dec, 2012

Mandatory monitoring

There should be mandatory monitoring by all employers to ensure ethnic minority women workers are not unfairly treated during the redundancy process, Unite, the country’s largest union, has said. The call was made by Unite national officer for equalities, Collette Cork-Hurst when she gave evidence to the all party...

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06 Dec, 2012

Flexible Market

Speaking ahead of chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement this afternoon, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) chief executive Kevin Green said: “The chancellor has to do more to get Britain working – by helping young jobseekers, the long-term unemployed and by doing all he can to support the vital...

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06 Dec, 2012

UK’s flexible labour market

In response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “Today’s statement underlines that the road to recovery hinges on the continued ability of the UK’s flexible labour market to support employment growth in tough economic conditions. It...

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06 Dec, 2012

Ability to retain people

Less than half of senior managers in UK and Ireland blue chip organisations are confident of retaining the high value* individuals who are critical to their success. And only 55% believe they are effective at retaining their future senior leaders. This is despite the fact that most organisations invest...

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06 Dec, 2012

UK Graduates

UK graduates who display drunken photos on their social media profiles reduce their chances of gaining an interview by 70 per cent, AVG Technologies’ latest Digital Diaries study reveals. The study of UK HR Professionals, also found that 90 per cent search for unprotected social media profiles in order...

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04 Dec, 2012

Experienced professionals

Average pay for many UK employees in clerical and entry-level professional roles stagnated in 2012 as small annual pay rises were nullified by relatively high inflation, while experienced professionals enjoyed average pay rises of six per cent, according to Towers Watson. Towers Watson’s Global 50 Remuneration Planning Report, launched...

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