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Full Employment Intensifies Skills Challenge for Employers

Commenting on the publication of labour market statistics by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which shows that the employment rate reached 75.3 per cent in the three months to July, the highest level since records began in 1971, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Kevin Green says: “Businesses continue to hire despite economic and […]

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Jobs market lags behind demand for flexible working

Employees’ desire for flexible working far exceeds companies’ capacity to offer it, a report published today has found. According to the new study, from recruitment, analysis and consultancy firm Timewise, less than one in 10 jobs paying at least £20,000 full-time equivalent are advertised as being open to flexible working options. This has left the […]

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What employees expect from work in 2017

Reports show that by 2020 millennials will make up a third of the global workforce Instant Offices take a look in to what members of this digital generation really look for in a career.   The ManpowerGroup, whose job is to find work for 3.4 million people, about half of whom are millennials, surveyed the […]

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The 10 biggest job interview mistakes

To increase your chance of landing your dream job, brushing up on your interview technique will be in your favour.  If you are repeatedly being turned down for roles that you have the skills and qualifications for, you could be guilty of committing of these common interview mistakes. The Telegraph enlisted the help of their Human Resources department […]

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Poor Productivity keeping earnings down

Figures published  by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the demand for labour remains strong, which includes a relatively high share of permanent, full-time jobs. However, the CIPD today warns that poor productivity growth remains the underlying reason why earnings remain stuck around the 2% mark. The latest monthly figures show that the […]

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Hiring demand remains strong whilst unemployment is at a record low

The latest CIPD/The Adecco Group Labour Market Outlook suggests that UK employment will again grow strongly in the third quarter of 2017, but wage growth is likely to remain weak. The quarterly survey of more than 1,000 employers identifies that near-term employment expectations have risen compared with the previous spring report (May 2017). This is […]

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UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975. The squeeze on real incomes continues to grow, though at a slower pace. Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year earlier – slightly higher […]

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Brexit: Fear of skilled labour shortage hits 28-year high for UK’s small manufacturers

More firms say lack of skilled employees will hit production than at any time since October 1989 The UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers grew output at the fastest pace in seven years in the three months to July, according to an industry survey. However, fears that a shortage of skilled labour would restrict production in […]

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Holiday pay: regular voluntary overtime included, says EAT

Payments for purely voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay if they are regular enough to constitute “normal pay”, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed. In Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others, 56 council workers who repair and improve housing brought employment tribunal claims for unlawful deductions from wages in relation […]

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Advertised UK vacancies hit 19-month high, Adzuna reveals

  Average advertised vacancies currently reached a 19-month high (1,202,573) in June 2017, the highest number recorded since the 1,229,131 available in October 2015, according to Adzuna.co.uk. Against a backdrop of Brexit negotiations forcing UK companies to scale back their hiring processes and pressure from inflation squeezing household disposable incomes, advertised vacancies have defied the […]

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