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Employment and wages up again but progress is slowing

Wages are on the increase amid near record rates of employment, according to official figures. Data released by the Office for National Statistics this morning reveals unemployment fell by 47,000 to 1.36m in the three months to August and pay rose by 3.1% over the quarter, compared with a year ago, while inflation for the […]

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Decline in candidates as recruiters report continued problems finding staff

The UK is experiencing a steep drop in candidate availability, according to the latest ‘Report on Jobs’ from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).   The IHS Markit/REC report, released this morning, reveals recruiters reported continued difficulties regarding the availability of staff for both permanent and temporary roles. While easing since August, the rate of […]

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UK wages rise faster than expected

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), wages grew by 2.9%, excluding bonuses, well above the inflation rate.   Unemployment also continued to fall, dropping by 55,000 to 1.36 million, with the jobless rate remaining at 4%, its lowest level for over 40 years. The number of people in work remained unchanged at 32.4 […]

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Working nine-to-five? No way for Brits to make a living as new survey finds just six per cent work traditional shifts

Almost half workers polled by YouGov were working job shares or flexible hours Two thirds said their ability to work flexible hours was a key feature of a good job Poll questioned 4,000 UK adults aged over 16 and 1,000 McDonald’s employees The traditional nine-to-five is on the way out – as just six per cent […]

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Unemployment falls to 43-year low, but EU national numbers also down

UK unemployment has fallen to levels not seen for 40 years, according to official figures. The figures from the Office for National Statistics, released this morning, reveal unemployment fell by 65,000 to 1.36m in the quarter to June. This meant 75.6% of people aged 16-64 were in work – up from 75.1% at the same […]

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Sickness Absence dropped to record low in 2017

The average number of sick days taken fell to an all-time low last year, as the CIPD warns “unhealthy” working practices such as presenteeism continue to be overlooked by employers. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that employees took an average of 4.1 days off sick in 2017 – almost half the […]

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Pimlico Plumbers worker wins Supreme Court battle

By Jo Faragher on 13 Jun 2018 in Gig economy, Latest News, Personnel Today, Employment contracts Gary Smith leaves the Supreme Court after the judgment was handed down Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images In a key gig economy case decision, the Supreme Court has decided that a plumber who brought a case against his former employer […]

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Employment stays at record levels, unemployment also falls

The number of people in work in the UK remains at record levels, according to official data. Released by the Office for National Statistics this morning, the data reveals in the quarter to April the number of people in employment reached a record high of 32.3m –remaining at a record high of 75.6% for a […]

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Skill shortages drive fastest wage growth for three years

Wages on the rise as employers are forced to up pay due to strong jobs market and growing skills shortages Average wages rose by 2.9pc in the 12 months to March The ONS has revealed a wage growth of 2.9pc in the 12 months to March, representing an acceleration from 2.8pc in February, and comes […]

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Industry gives cautious reaction to unemployment fall

Unemployment has fallen to levels not seen since the year Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac, Microsoft was founded and Monty Python and the Holy Grail hit cinemas. According to Office for National Statistics figures for the quarter to February 2018, unemployment fell by 16,000 to 1.42m – the lowest since the three months to May […]

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