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Recruitment Industry News

UK jobs market growth continues in January 2016

05/02/2016 15:25
The strong growth seen in the UK jobs market in 2015 has persisted in the first month of the new year, with hiring rates continuing to increase in January 2016. Data from the latest Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Markit Report on...   more

Skills shortage 'has risen 130 per cent in four years'

04/02/2016 13:57
Employers across the UK are facing an unprecedented struggle in finding talented workers to fill key roles, according to a new report. Data from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) collated from interviews with 90,000 establishments has...   more

IPSE cautiously welcomes new EU deal as positive for self-employed

03/02/2016 14:07
Self-employed people may have reason to feel encouraged by the progress of the negotiations taking place between the British government and the EU over the UK's continued membership of the union. Prime minister David Cameron has been in correspondence...   more

Freelancers 'fear they may be paying too much tax'

02/02/2016 14:52
Freelancers and the self-employed could be losing out financially by accidentally paying more tax than they actually owe. A new survey from freelance website has shed light on this trend, indicating that 22 per cent of the self-employed...   more

Self-employed people 'do not trust pension schemes'

01/02/2016 14:12
Many self-employed people are avoiding putting money into a pension due to a distrust of this model of saving. This is according to a new report from Citizens Advice, which was compiled based on focus groups with self-employed people, as well as a survey...   more

New REC report demonstrates strong demand for temporary workers

29/01/2016 14:29
The strong demand for temporary and contract workers among UK businesses has once again been demonstrated in a new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). According to the organisation's JobsOutlook survey - which polls 600...   more

Latest APSCo report highlights continued growth of UK hiring

27/01/2016 17:00
The UK jobs market continued to go from strength to strength in 2015, with temporary and contract-based workers seeing a particular benefit. This is according to the latest survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo),...   more

UK businesses 'to increase hiring in 2016'

25/01/2016 14:00
The conditions in the British jobs market are set to continue to improve in the coming year, according to a recruitment agency. Research published by Robert Half has indicated that around 60 per cent of British firms are intending to recruit more staff...   more

Business urged to submit evidence on impact of travel expense tax cut

21/01/2016 15:20
Freelancers and small businesses that will be impacted by the imminent removal of travel and subsistence tax relief allowances have been urged to speak up about it. The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has allied with the Confederation...   more

Move to quarterly tax reporting 'will cause problems for self-employed'

19/01/2016 14:37
The government's planned implementation of a quarterly tax reporting system for small businesses and the self-employed could cause some severe administrative problems, according to tax professionals. A report from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group...   more

UK construction sector wages rising due to skills shortage

18/01/2016 15:51
Average wages for construction sector workers are currently on the rise as a result of the prevailing skills shortages affecting the industry. The latest UK Construction Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed...   more

Flexible working 'helps staff achieve better work-life balance'

15/01/2016 14:05
A new survey has shown how greater flexibility over working hours can help people to achieve a better balance between their personal and professional responsibilities. The report from Scottish Widows' Centre for the Modern Family thinktank has indicated...   more

NAO report: public sector use of temporary staff on the rise

14/01/2016 15:59
The use of consultants and temporary staff within the public sector is once again on the rise, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO). Data from the organisation has indicated that since 2010, annual spending on consultants and temporary...   more

Nearly half of UK workforce 'to seek new jobs in 2016'

13/01/2016 16:33
Almost half of the UK workforce will be seeking new job opportunities in 2016, according to a new study. The Job Exodus Trends 2016 report from Investors in People has indicated that 49 per cent of people are looking to move jobs as the economy improves,...   more

Demand for IT contractors continues to rise

12/01/2016 16:10
IT specialists seeking contract-based roles are finding themselves increasingly in demand, according to a new labour market report. The latest data from KPMG and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation has indicated that December saw an acceleration...   more

Job market growth moderates in December 2015

08/01/2016 15:35
The growth of the UK jobs market slowed in December 2015, according to a new study, though the overall trend remained positive. Data from the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs indicated that temporary and contract...   more

Temporary workers experience surge in demand during 2015

07/01/2016 15:17
Demand among UK businesses for temporary and contract-based workers saw a pronounced increase during 2015, according to a new industry report. Survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and Staffing Industry Analysts...   more

UK games industry set for increased job creation in 2016

06/01/2016 17:09
Hundreds of highly-skilled IT jobs are to be created by the UK videogames industry in the coming year as optimism in the sector continues to grow. TIGA, the trade association representing the games industry in the UK, has published its Business Opinion...   more

Construction sector performance rebounds in December

05/01/2016 16:20
Employment rates in the UK construction sector saw a rebound in December 2015 as a consequence of an upturn in the industry's performance. According to the latest purchasing managers' index (PMI) from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement...   more

Falling construction apprenticeship numbers 'exacerbating skills gap'

30/12/2015 13:55
The current skills gap in the UK construction sector is being amplified by a relative lack of interest in apprenticeships, according to a new report. New analysis from small business insurer Direct Line for Business has shown that construction and trade...   more

Jobs market outlook for 2016 'positive despite skills shortage'

29/12/2015 15:03
Prospects for the UK's jobs market remain positive going into 2016, despite the ongoing skills shortage affecting many businesses. This is according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which indicated...   more