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28 Jun, 2013

European Court of Justice

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling has provided useful clarification that EU legislation protecting fixed-term workers does not apply to temporary agency workers. This is helpful, says the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), as it has been lobbying the UK government on a similar point for two years,...

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28 Jun, 2013

Work-life balance

A survey from StepStone and totaljobs has revealed two thirds (66%) of UK employees admit to being dissatisfied with their work-life balance, whilst 42% said the stress of work affects their home life. Of the 1,072 British workers surveyed, 25% said they do not get enough time to themselves...

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28 Jun, 2013

Jobseekers

We’re sleeping on the job before we’ve even got it, according to the latest research* from Monster.co.uk.  The survey of UK jobseekers has found that 40 per cent of respondents get bored during job interviews. With more than one in ten (14 per cent) admitting to always being bored...

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27 Jun, 2013

Recruiters can make a difference

Yesterday’s REC Skills Summit saw leading business figures from across the UK come together to discuss the challenges of equipping both current workforces, and the next generation, with the skills they need to flourish in the jobs market and the role recruiters can play in making this happen. A...

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26 Jun, 2013

Disclosure Barring Service

The REC has previously updated you on the changes made to the Disclosure Barring Service on 17 June which mean that criminal record certificates are now only sent to the applicant. This will mean that in time, the need to use the old portability process will be phased out,...

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26 Jun, 2013

Senior management

What is the strangest thing your boss has asked you to do?  Spy on senior management?  Work on her daughter’s science project?  How about loan him money?  Nearly three-in-ten workers (28 per cent) reported that their bosses have asked them to perform tasks that are not related to their...

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25 Jun, 2013

Youth Contract

A survey of 200 employers has found that the government has failed to win their support for the coalition’s flagship policy for tackling youth unemployment, the Youth Contract. None of the employers polled by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) had used the programme to employ a young person...

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25 Jun, 2013

Digital channels

UK workers are shunning social media when applying for jobs because they do not think their profile will be taken seriously by prospective employers, a new survey by hyphen, has found. The poll of 1,000 workers shows that the number of professionals that use social media to apply for...

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25 Jun, 2013

Results-based pay

There is widespread support for performance-based pay in the UK with almost a third of workers already on results-based pay arrangements, and many others saying they would become more productive at work if they were. 30 per cent of UK workers have their pay tied to some form of...

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24 Jun, 2013

Professional standards

Employers value individuals who are committed to professional standards and development according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. David Evans, Director of Membership at the Institute explains further: “Our experience of working with employers, small and large, is that they want to hire and retain individuals who are...

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