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Recruitment Industry News

Under 16s GCSE entries fall

28/08/2014 13:34
Fewer children aged 15 or below have been entered for GCSEs, Joint Council for Qualifications data shows. While there were 806,000 last year, that has gone down to 489,000 according to the most recent numbers. Nick Gibb, school reform minister, has...   more

NEET numbers down to lowest this side of 2000

26/08/2014 13:57
Recent government stats show the amount of England's young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) has dropped lower than it has been for nine years. A set of figures which Nick Boles, Skills Minister, has claimed demonstrate the way...   more

Housing starts up 18 per cent

22/08/2014 14:21
April to June this year saw 36,230 housing starts in England according to government statistics. That's an 18 per cent hike year-on-year. For the last year, there have been 137,780 starts, which is 22 per cent up year-on-year, as well as the biggest...   more

Stats show rise for A Level science entries

19/08/2014 17:51
Joint Council for Qualifications figures suggest that people in teaching jobs are seeing more pupils study science and maths at A Level. This side of 2010 there have been 10.7 per cent more entries for biology. Chemistry is up 21.5 per cent and physics...   more

ONS numbers show 4.59 million self employed

18/08/2014 14:06
Recently released Office for National Statistics (ONS) data covering April to June shows 4.59 million people are self employed. Overall, 30.6 million were recorded as being in work, up by 820,000 year-on-year, according to the Labour Market Statistics. Reacting...   more

New STRB chair named

12/08/2014 17:03
The School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) - which advises government on conditions and pay for people in teaching jobs - has just had a new chair appointed, the government has announced.   New chair Dr Patricia Rice works for the University of...   more

New studio schools and technical colleges planned

11/08/2014 16:33
A range of new university technical colleges are set to give young people the right skills to get "the high-tech jobs of the future," the chancellor has said. It came as George Osborne announced proposals for seven new such colleges as well...   more

Quarter of soon-to-be students 'want self-employment'

11/08/2014 12:51
One in four people who are about to begin their time at university (24 per cent) want to be self employed following graduation, recent stats show. And 47 per cent say their desire for self employment has increased because of the recession and tricky...   more

Close to 40,000 households have used Help to Buy

06/08/2014 17:05
Newly released official data shows 32,500 households have purchased new homes via Help to Buy equity loan and Help to Buy NewBuy - both of which cover only new builds. Meanwhile 7,300 have bought through Help to Buy mortgage guarantee, according to the...   more

David Hoare named as new Ofsted chair

05/08/2014 16:58
Starting next month, David Hoare is set to become the new Ofsted chair, replacing Baroness Sally Morgan in this role at the organisation well-known to those in teaching jobs. The appointment was announced by Nicky Morgan, the recently appointed...   more

Nearly 60% of contractors are confident about economy

29/07/2014 16:33
The last Freelance Confidence Index, put together by PCG, has shown that most UK contractors are confident about the state of the economy. Some 59.4 per cent of those who participated in the survey said that they expected Britain to do well in economic...   more

Higher tax band could affect contractors

29/07/2014 16:31
Contractors could be dragged into higher tax bands as the number of people paying this rate is expected to grow. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts that some 4.6 million people will pay tax at the 40 per cent rate by 2014-15, a figure...   more

Positive news for construction workers

22/07/2014 13:26
There's been a lot of positive news out there for construction workers in recent months. For example, at the tail end of last month, the National House Building Council (NHBC) revealed that it had handled 37,975 new home registrations in March to...   more

Academy heads voted to RSCs headteacher boards

21/07/2014 14:02
A range of the Secretary of State's responsibilities are being given to new regional schools commissioners (RSCs), who are set to do things like accepting applications for the creation of academy schools and take on other tasks linked to these institutions. Recently,...   more

ONS data shows another increase for self employment

18/07/2014 08:15
The PCG's Simon McVicker, director of policy and external affairs at the organisation for independent professional workers, has reacted to the latest Office for National Statistics employment data, which showed a rise in people who are self employed. The...   more

Record 73.1 per cent employment matched in latest stats

16/07/2014 16:51
The UK employment rate has hit 73.1 per cent, according to the latest figures, matching a record level hit in 2005. Official figures released today and covering March to May this year show that 920,000 more people were employed in this period than...   more

DfE publishes online film on reforms

15/07/2014 16:45
An online film about recent education reforms has been published by the Department for Education. 'The school revolution' includes people in teaching jobs, heads, educationalists and governors who have been involved in bringing reforms in during...   more

Business Champion for Older Workers named

14/07/2014 17:03
As part of action from the government to improve support for people over 50 in the world of work, Dr Ros Altmann CBE has just been announced as Business Champion for Older Workers. The consumer champion, economist and expert on policy is taking on this...   more

New competition for self employed people launches

02/07/2014 12:51
A new PCG competition has been launched to find the best self employed professionals in the country. This is set to culminate in London awards ceremony this November featuring 15 finalists. Called 15 for 15, the competition aims to help the best examples...   more

Help to Buy has helped more than 35,000, stats show

01/07/2014 13:19
Kris Hopkins has welcomed Help to Buy's role in bringing about positive outcomes such as boosting construction jobs.
It came as he announced that more than 35,000 people had bought homes via one of the Help to Buy programmes. Since its launch,...   more

Gove approves nearly 40 new free schools

23/06/2014 14:52
Michael Gove has just approved 38 more free schools - meaning there are now 331 such schools either already open or approved. These schools are established by parents, people in teaching jobs or charities, off the back of local demand. The newly announced...   more