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Recruitment Industry News

NHBC announces new home registration hike

23/10/2014 11:54
Construction workers will likely be pleased by the Q3 2014 new home registration numbers, showing 36,343 homes registered. The National House Building Council (NHBC) figure, showing registrations it has handled from July to September, is the biggest...   more

New school attendance data released

21/10/2014 12:47
The number of pupils persistently missing school in England has hit a record low, according to new data released by the government. Last year (2013/14) in the autumn term and spring term, 176,850 fewer young people were persistently absent compared to...   more

General Election: Freelancers to cast their votes

20/10/2014 12:08
There's another General Election on the way, with the next such poll planned for May 2015. And it seems that the vast majority of freelancers in the UK will probably vote. New research which The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self...   more

IPSE boss: 'the rise in self-employment is here to stay'

17/10/2014 12:07
Following Office for National Statistics data showing that the level of people becoming self employed is growing much faster than the equivalent figure for more traditional employment, Chris Bryce of The Association of Independent Professionals and the...   more

ONS stats show more people self employed

16/10/2014 11:15
There has been a rise of 187,000 in full time self employed people, according to new UK Labour Market data from the Office for National Statistics. After this year-on-year hike, the number in June to August 2014 was recorded at 3.25 million. Meanwhile,...   more

Extra council powers aim to boost building

09/10/2014 12:12
Councils are getting extra borrowing powers, with the aim that this will boost their construction of affordable homes, as part of the Housing Revenue Account borrowing programme. Brandon Lewis gave word today (October 9th) that 22 local authorities are...   more

Government asked to boost help for self employed in new petition

08/10/2014 14:09
November 19th this year is National Freelancers Day and, as the day approaches, a tie-in petition has been launched by IPSE and posted on the website. This is set to be given to the government on National Freelancers Day. IPSE chief executive,...   more

Fresh cooking and nutrition GCSE dished up

03/10/2014 12:07
People in teaching jobs are soon set to teach a fresh GCSE on the subject of cooking and nutrition, which will be brought in starting September 2016.  Nick Gibb, school reform minister, gave word of the move late last month.  On September...   more

IPSE posts reaction to Cameron conference address

02/10/2014 11:57
Prime minister David Cameron’s address yesterday (October 1st) as part of the Conservative Party Conference included numerous measures that will probably go down well in the business community, according to a representative from the Association...   more

Sept to Aug stats show 137,500 new UK homes registered

01/10/2014 13:30
Between September last year and August this year, 137,500 new homes in the UK were registered, new NHBC statistics show.  And while in June to August 2013 33,593 registrations were recorded, this was up six per cent in June to August 2014,...   more

Help to Buy demand shows appetite for new homes

30/09/2014 16:54
The latest figures released for the Help to Buy scheme - launched by the coalition government in April 2013 - have shown that the scheme continues to be a success for both the property and construction sectors.  In the latest report, the government...   more

More younger buyers struggle in property market

30/09/2014 16:51
A greater number of new homes at affordable prices may need to be built across the UK in the next few years as an increasing number of young people in the UK are priced out of the market, according to the latest report from the National Association of...   more

Could Help to Buy expansion help with deposits?

30/09/2014 16:49
The Help to Buy market has helped more than 50,000 people get onto the property ladder in the past year and a half, but there are still many people who can't afford to save for a deposit to get themselves a mortgage.  It could mean that an expansion...   more

EU migrants help to address skills gap

30/09/2014 16:48
More EU migrants are now helping to address the UK skills gap, according to the latest jobs report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  It comes at a time when it is reported that highly-skilled jobs in the UK are facing...   more

Teacher training financial incentives boosted

30/09/2014 13:51
The government has given word that several financial incentives for people training to be teachers have been increased.
The idea is that this will help bring top graduates to this sort of training and into teaching jobs. For example there is a...   more

Chancellor's speech 'encouraging for small businesses'

30/09/2014 13:47
George Anastasi of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has called George Osborne's latest address  "hugely encouraging for small businesses". It comes after the chancellor of the exchequer spoke...   more

Rent to Buy launched

29/09/2014 13:40
Eric Pickles launched another government move aimed at helping with home building on Friday (September 26th). The communities secretary marked the introduction of rental home building initiative Rent to Buy - worth £400 million. "Both house...   more

IPSE reacts to Miliband's conference speech

26/09/2014 16:42
Labour leader Ed Miliband recently made the self employed a feature of his party conference speech - a fact that the IPSE has reacted positively to. The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed's Simon McVicker has said that...   more

Three-quarters of year ones hit reading target

25/09/2014 13:55
The latest government data shows that 74 per cent of six year old children are hitting the standard expected for reading, a rise of 16 percentage points since 2012. It comes after the phonics reading check was brought in for children of this age. Introduced...   more

Improve things for self employed, Scottish and English policy makers told

22/09/2014 17:32
Simon McVicker, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed's (IPSE - formally PCG) director of policy and external affairs, has urged Westminster and Holyrood policymakers to improve the environment for UK self employed people. His...   more

Free school lunch initiative begins

04/09/2014 17:35
September 2nd marked the start of the new free school meal strategy for children in the initial years of school. The government action, announced by Nick Clegg in 2013, means that all children in school years from reception to year two can get meals...   more