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18 Sep, 2014

Independent professional

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has welcomed a new report calling for freelancing to be put at the heart of public policy. The Freelancing Agenda launched today by the Labour Finance and Industry Group calls for a range of recommendations to make it easier...

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17 Sep, 2014

The top 5 questions you should ask a prospective headhunter – Part One

So you have an urgent hire to make and you need to find someone from your industry and fast. You realise that advertising for the post won’t actually reach the true individuals you need from your competitors. The best people are happy and busy in their jobs hitting targets...

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05 Sep, 2014

Demand for staff increases

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. – Demand for staff increases at fastest pace since April 1998 – Growth of staff...

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04 Sep, 2014

Jobseeker confidence

A strong UK labour market and low unemployment is tipping the balance of power back to candidates, with over a third (38 per cent) confident they will get a job within the next two months, according to comprehensive new research by  This is a five per cent jump...

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04 Sep, 2014

Economic recovery solid

The UK economic recovery is on solid ground but growth will even out in the second half of 2014 and into next year, the CBI said in its latest economic forecast. The UK’s leading business group forecasts 3.0% growth in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015, unchanged from May. Between...

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11 Aug, 2014

UK firms intend to hire staff at the fastest rate for 16 years, research suggests.

Accountancy firm BDO said its jobs index for July, which measures hiring plans over the next three months, was at its highest level since 1998. A “significant uptick” in hiring plans by services firm in particular was driving the increase, BDO said. An increase in the rate of job...

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23 Jul, 2014

So what’s the difference between a Recruitment Agency and a Headhunting Organisation

On the surface both of these businesses appear to offer the same service – helping companies to hire people. However in truth the routes to finding clients a solution are extremely different as they each have distinctive business models with little in common. Recruitment agencies match employers to employees...

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08 Jul, 2014

Record rise in starting salaries

Record fall in permanent staff availability in June… The latest survey of UK recruitment consultancies indicated a considerable reduction in the availability of staff to fill permanent roles. The rate of contraction accelerated to the sharpest seen in the survey history, which began in October 1997. Temporary/contract staff also...

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02 Jul, 2014

Flexible Working

The right to request flexible working to all employees as of 30 June 2014. Flexible working (which can mean anything from an adjustment in working hours, working times, or a change to allow work from home for example) was previously only open to employees who had responsibilities to care...

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21 May, 2014

Job Outlook

Eight out of ten employers are planning to hire more people in the next three months, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)’s JobsOutlook survey of employers. The monthly tracking survey reveals that the proportion of employers saying they need new staff to meet increased demand has risen...

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13 May, 2014

UK car production

The recovery in UK car production, highlighted by a 12 per cent increase in March against the same month in 2013, is indicative of a growing demand from Europe, according to the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This, coupled with the government’s injection of £500m to boost...

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12 May, 2014

Positive strong growth of staff placements

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. Marked growth of staff appointments… Permanent staff placements rose at a strong and accelerated rate...

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08 May, 2014

Graduate career options

A recent study completed in the United States of America has discovered many graduates beginning their work career are not prepared for the role they have been hired for.  This worrying research discovered a disparity between the expectations of students and reality.  Just under half of students who graduated...

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04 Mar, 2014

International Executive search

Executive search firms should publish data on the proportion of women on the long and shortlists that they present to employers for board and senior management positions. This is the main recommendation from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the recruitment industry in the UK,...

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28 Feb, 2014

Employers plan to boost permanent staff numbers

The first few weeks of 2014 have seen a significant boost in both employers’ confidence and their willingness to make more permanent job offers, the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found. The REC ‘Jobs Barometer’, which is calculated from employers’ responses to questions...

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