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Number in employment reaches record high

There are a record 810,000 vacancies in the economy at any one time This is a rise of 415,000 compared to last year’s figures Official figures released show that the employment rate is at a joint record high of 75.3%, with a record 32.2 million people in work. The figures, released by the Office for […]

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Slow feedback cited as biggest turn off in recruitment process

Research from Robert Half UK suggests UK businesses could be missing out on top talent because they are alienating candidates with poor communication and long hiring practices. A poll of 1,000 jobseekers found that the biggest frustration for candidates is slow feedback from prospective employers about their progress through the application process. This was cited […]

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Employees are in it for the Long Haul with Average of 4.5 Years in a Job

With the UK facing an almost unprecedented skills shortage, employers are bracing themselves for higher staff turnover, as their employees are given the bargaining power to move on more quickly to their next role. Yet new research from global recruiters, BPS World, suggests employees are far more loyal than businesses expect. The survey of 1000+ […]

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Skills gaps will hamper growth in 2018 say most employers

Four-fifths of companies worry that they will not be able to fill skills gaps in the coming year, according to the annual CBI/Pertemps Network Group employment trends survey. The report found that 79% of respondents believed skills gaps would be their primary concern in 2018, up from 64% in 2016. Almost half (49%) blamed this […]

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Christmas in the workplace: 10 common employer queries

During the Christmas period employers face a minefield of HR challenges. How well prepared is your organisation for the festive season? Ashok Kanani and Laura Merrylees set out some essentials. Workplace Christmas parties bring up issues of conduct and discrimination. For example, employees may misbehave, or fail to turn up the next day. Holiday and […]

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Apprenticeship numbers drop by 59% after levy imposed

Government levy scheme may have had an impact on number of workers starting apprenticeships in England Last year, 117,000 people began apprenticeships between May and July – these numbers have dropped significantly to less than half this year at just 48,000 according to the Department for Education. The levy was introduced to raise £2.5bn a […]

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Sash Windows decision leaves employers wide open to holiday pay claims

Anyone deemed to have “worker” status must be able to carry over paid annual leave, even if they have not had the opportunity to take it, the European Court of Justice has ruled. In the case of The Sash Window Workshop and another v King, the ECJ has agreed with the Advocate General’s opinion earlier […]

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UK employers raise concerns, as young professionals admit to not wanting to take on the work of EU migrants

Over half (54.6%) of UK professionals aged 24 and under have said that they are not willing to take on work that EU migrants traditionally do in the UK, with a further 66.7% of 18-24 year olds stating that this is because they want to earn a higher wage That’s according to new research from […]

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The Funniest Reasons for Calling in Sick After the Christmas Party Revealed

The office Christmas party is a highly anticipated annual event in the calendar, with workers across the nation using it as a chance to get dressed up and let their hair down with colleagues. But, what happens when it all goes a little too far, and colleagues are left embarrassed by their antics or too hungover to […]

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Stress of Work Search – CV Library studies the stress of the hunt

A study to time in with National Stress Awareness Day has revealed that the majority of the nation’s workers (84.6 per cent) admit that looking for a new job always or frequently makes them feel stressed. The survey from CV-Library also found that 83.5 per cent of professionals believe that job hunting stress is a […]

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