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30 Apr, 2013

Real contribution to business growth

Moving from transactional to transformational people management practices is fundamental to the long-term performance of SMEs. That will be one of the key messages delivered during the CIPD’s first dedicated conference for those responsible for HR within small and medium sized organisations. The Conference, building on the CIPD’s research...

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29 Apr, 2013

Lack of support from bosses

Lack of support from managers is a key contributor to employee’s disengagement in the workplace, a Webrecruit poll has revealed. The poll, taken by 257 respondents, asked ‘what was the biggest thing that affects your motivation at work?’ 30% of survey respondents attributed their lack of motivation to little...

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29 Apr, 2013

Consumer retail landscape

UK small businesses are rapidly developing e-commerce sites released last week by Freelancer. The survey of 280,000 online jobs found that businesses hiring experts to create an ecommerce site was up 19% in the first three months of 2013. The results reveal that British small businesses are moving online...

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25 Apr, 2013

Unpaid internships

Today Monster.co.uk pledges publically that it will not support the advertisement of unpaid internships on its site. The announcement comes just weeks after HM Revenue and Customs launched an inquiry to investigate 100 companies believed to be breaking the law through their use of unpaid interns. It is also...

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25 Apr, 2013

One third of graduates

A recent survey of UK graduates has revealed that 34% have claimed jobseekers allowance since graduating whilst 21% have been looking for work for as long as 12 months. Almost a fifth (19%) have applied for more than 100 jobs and many as a quarter (25%) have not been...

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24 Apr, 2013

Most employers still plan to hire not fire

The latest results from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) monthly JobsOutlook survey of 600 employers show most businesses plan to build their workforces in both the short and medium terms. According to the survey, nearly two thirds (60 per cent) of employers plan to increase their permanent workforce...

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23 Apr, 2013

Investing in hiring freelancers

A survey of 2000 small businesses shows that faced by banks not lending they are cutting costs by hiring cheap workers in the developing world via the internet. The findings are released following the Bank of England’s announcement of a £4.8 billion fall in lending to businesses. The survey...

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22 Apr, 2013

Placement increase in March

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs indicated growth of both permanent and temporary staff placements in March. The strongest rise was for permanent appointments, which more than reversed a reduction in February. Higher placements generally reflected greater demand for staff, but the rates of vacancy growth remained...

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22 Apr, 2013

Workaholics table

As we enter into a new financial year, a new lifestyle study out today has revealed that an alarming 72% of British workers are giving their bosses an extra 10 hours of free labour a week – in a bid to manage their workload and to keep their line...

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18 Apr, 2013

Jobs growth

Commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Mark Beatson, chief economist at the CIPD, comments: “This month’s figures have seen the recent period of sustained employment growth come to an end.  The number of people in employment is very marginally down on...

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18 Apr, 2013

Recession struck graduates

Since the recession more graduates have found work in London and the jobs outlook varies greatly across the country, reports the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) in the spring edition of Graduate Market Trends (GMT) published today (18 April 2013). Charlie Ball, deputy director of research at HECSU...

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17 Apr, 2013

Skills deficit is looming problem

Commenting on employment figures released today by the Office for National Statistics which show employment levels remain stable but a rise in the number of unemployed people, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s CEO Kevin Green says: “Although there has been an increase in the number of people unemployed this month,...

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17 Apr, 2013

UK small businesses

A survey of 10,000 UK small businesses on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral reveals that more than 65% blame the Coalition Government’s lack of courage to take on vested interest than Margaret Thatcher’s ‘big bang’ reforms for lack of investment and credit available to do them during the...

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16 Apr, 2013

Traditional on-boarding of staff

Organisations need to radically rethink their traditional approaches to onboarding new staff and reap the benefits, according to a leading academic from London Business School. Dan Cable, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School and his colleagues, Francesca Gino, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School and Brad...

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16 Apr, 2013

Skilled tradesmen

Research from a leading UK small business insurer discovered that 25% of plumbers and 19% of bricklayers have left their trades over the last four years. “The government says that it is preparing to invest in infrastructure projects and home building. Where do they think the skilled tradesmen will...

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