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Recruitment Industry News

ONS Labour stats: growth for self employment

23/01/2015 11:39
There's been annual growth in self employment, according to new Labour Market figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In September to November last year there were 3,220,000 full-time self employed people, which is up 1.7 per cent...   more

ONS stats show 30.8 million employed

22/01/2015 11:37
New Office for National Statistics UK Labour Market data shows 30.8 million in employment - a record level. The figure includes self employed people. Covering September to November, the numbers show an employment rate of 73 per cent, which matches the...   more

Cable announces funding for automotive skills project

21/01/2015 11:41
Vince Cable has just given word of funding for a government and automotive industry scheme focussed on jobs in the sector. Automotive businesses are teaming up to make sure UK vehicle makers and companies in the supply chain have the skills they require...   more

Fresh headteacher standards introduced

20/01/2015 11:49
Following a review in 2014, new headteacher professional standards have been announced for England by Nicky Morgan, the education secretary. The last set of similar standards came out in 2004, and were reviewed in 2014 by Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski and...   more

HMRC nudges tax return action via email

19/01/2015 11:51
Many self employed people will have noticed the current ads from HMRC which are designed to get people to sort out their tax returns in time. The tax authority is also sending out some 650,000 reminder emails, aimed at people who do their return...   more

Who's more often late with tax returns: women or men?

14/01/2015 15:33
We all know not to get our tax returns to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) late, but it seems that women follow this advice rather more than men do. New analysis from the tax authority shows that 394 tax returns for each 10,000 sent in by men last year...   more

Help to Buy has supported over 73,000 purchases, stats show

12/01/2015 11:55
Help to Buy is helping British construction, Brandon Lewis, housing minister, has claimed in the wake of recent official figures about these government schemes. Over 73,000 homes have thus far been purchased using the schemes, the latest numbers...   more

IPSE brings out new infrastructure report

07/01/2015 16:37
A variety of infrastructure-themed recommendations to government have been presented in a new report from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). Simon McVicker, the organisation's director of policy and external...   more

HMRC publishes poor tax return excuses

06/01/2015 12:11
One person who failed to comply with HMRC's tax return deadline date of January 31st went on to tell the tax authority their dog ate the return document - and every reminder too - it has been revealed. This is just one of the less-than-impressive...   more

Govt. announces new fund for character education

02/01/2015 11:50
Nicky Morgan has announced new help for schools and other organisations who teach what is being termed 'character' to young people. A fund worth £3.5 million is set to help expand 'character' teaching efforts with the aim of putting...   more

IPSE reacts to UK self employment hike

22/12/2014 12:22
New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that self employment's 'meteoric rise' isn't showing any sign of becoming slower, the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE)...   more

1.6 million infant pupils use free meals after policy change

18/12/2014 11:44
People in infant school teaching jobs are now seeing more of their pupils having free school meals, thanks to a recently introduced government policy. Nick Clegg launched the policy of letting all infants in English primary schools have free school meals...   more

Self employed numbers up year-on-year

17/12/2014 12:40
There's been a rise in the number of self employed people during the last twelve months, Office of National Statistics (ONS) numbers show. The UK Labour Market data from this month, which covers August to October, shows around 3.25 million full time...   more

Primary school figures: 79 per cent hit level 4 in 3Rs

11/12/2014 11:47
The latest data shows 79 per cent of 11 year old pupils getting level 4s or more in the so-called 3Rs, maths, writing and reading - a rise of three percentage points since last year, the Department for Education has announced. Meanwhile, 67 per...   more

HMRC launches Solicitors' Tax Campaign

10/12/2014 12:03
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has just announced a Solicitors' Tax Campaign, which solicitors can register their participation in until March 9th next year.   The tax authority reports that the campaign will allow such professionals to clear...   more

Govt gives word of new homes action

09/12/2014 12:16
The government has recently given word of a number of new actions linked to the provision of homes. For example, with its help, up to 13,000 new properties for people to live in will be provided by a Bicester garden town, in an initiative being spearheaded...   more

Plan to boost physics and maths teacher numbers announced

08/12/2014 12:09
A new £67 million scheme to train-up an extra 17,500 people for physics and maths teaching jobs has been announced. Aimed at bringing in new recruits as well as well as re-training people already in teaching jobs who are not specialists in...   more

Proportion of trainee teachers with a first hits record

03/12/2014 12:11
A record 17 per cent of trainee teachers who began their training this year (2014/15) previously gained a first in their degree, while 73 per cent have at least a 2:1. That's according to initial teacher training census data released by the Department...   more

First Employment and Payroll Group meeting imminent

02/12/2014 11:47
Employers, payroll bureau, software developers and payroll and employer representative organisations are set to come together on December 4th for the first ever meeting of the Employment and Payroll Group (EPG), a stakeholder group arranged by HM Revenue...   more

IPSE launches late payments report

01/12/2014 11:31
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has outlined a range of proposals for the government, to improve matters when it comes to late payments from clients - something that people who are self employed are sometimes...   more

HMRC news: Paper tax return deadline passes

21/11/2014 12:41
People who need to file this year's tax return have been reminded by HMRC that paper returns will result in a fine. Making the declaration on paper would have been okay before this month, but on October 31st the paper return deadline came and...   more