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28 Feb, 2013

Eurozone inflation falls to 2% in January

Inflation across the eurozone has fallen from 2.2% to 2% in January, according to official figures. The fall comes as widespread austerity and weakening economies leave consumers with little free cash to spend, depressing retailers’ ability to increase prices.   Some analysts think the drop could leave the European Central...

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27 Feb, 2013

Job growth continues

Fears of a triple dip recession have failed to make a dent in employer confidence on hiring decisions in 2013, according to the latest survey of 600 employers from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. The REC’s JobsOutlook report indicates that the UK jobs market is likely to continue to...

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26 Feb, 2013

European Employers

The decision of Moody’s credit rating agency to remove the UK’s AAA credit status could have a profound impact on the City of London as one of the worlds top financial centres. The Chancellor George Osborne should take urgent action to stimulate the economy – and the best way...

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25 Feb, 2013

Regulations consultation Conduct

Earlier this month the REC held a webinar to gauge member opinion on the Conduct Regulations consultation being carried out by the Department for Business Industry and Skills (BIS) which closes on 11th April 2013. Members took part in a live survey and expressed strong opinions on of the...

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25 Feb, 2013

Work Programme

Responding to the publication of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on the Work Programme, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The Work Programme has attracted a lot of harsh criticism, and this report is no exception.  However, it...

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22 Feb, 2013

Employees and jobseekers

Commenting on the latest ONS Labour Market statistics, for the period October-December 2012, Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said:  “The latest figures show that the run up to Christmas provided mixed blessings for employees and jobseekers, with buoyant recruitment but...

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21 Feb, 2013

Strength of UK labour market continues

Commenting on the latest employment figures released today by the Office for National Statistics the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) Director of Policy and Professional Services Tom Hadley says: “The strength of the UK labour market continues to defy the doom-mongers. Employer confidence remains strong and the outlook for...

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20 Feb, 2013

Dedicated apprenticeship

After calls for the standardisation of training across the recruitment sector, March 1st will bring a benchmark for the industry with the introduction of its first dedicated apprenticeship. The apprenticeship has already gained the support of recruitment expert and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw James Caan, who believes a standard...

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18 Feb, 2013

Staff placements continue to increase

The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs indicated a further strong rise in permanent placements at the beginning of 2013, albeit at its slowest rate in three months, with Scottish recruitment agencies generally citing improved economic conditions. Demand for staff also rose in January, particularly for temps, and...

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18 Feb, 2013

Economic growth results

Employment will continue to grow in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)/SuccessFactors Labour Market Outlook report. Its key indicator is the net employment balance, which measures the difference between the proportion of employers that intend to increase total staffing...

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