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Recruitment Industry News

UK temporary workers 'largely happy with staffing agencies'

31/08/2015 12:46
A majority of temporary workers in the UK are either satisfied or extremely satisfied with the professionalism of the staffing agency they are signed up with. That's according to a new study, which asked around 6,000 temporary workers whether or...   more

New childcare scheme to benefit working parents

28/08/2015 12:41
Working parents are to be given more help in juggling their jobs and family responsibilities. As of September 2016, some families across the UK will be able to take advantage of a new government scheme guaranteeing them 30 hours of free childcare every...   more

Opportunities for contractors continue to grow, according to jobs data

26/08/2015 14:30
A new survey has suggested that opportunities for temporary and umbrella workers are increasing. Conducted by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), the survey of professional recruitment firms show that they now have nine per cent...   more

Bogus self-employment 'costing workers and the economy'

24/08/2015 16:56
A new report has shed light on the growing problem of UK companies using bogus self-employment as a means of avoiding fulfilling their legal responsibility to their workers. According to analysis from Citizens Advice, there is a small number of unscrupulous...   more

APSCo reaffirms faith in labour market health despite recent dip

21/08/2015 14:33
The long-term health of the labour market remains robust despite recent fluctuations in employment levels, according to an industry body. Responding to the latest jobs figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Association of Professional...   more

IPSE calls for better support for UK self-employed

20/08/2015 14:27
Self-employed, freelance and contract workers require better support from the government if this sector is to resume growth, according to a trade body. The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has expressed concerns about...   more

UK businesses 'increasing demand for temporary staff'

19/08/2015 16:29
Demand for temporary staff is on the rise across the UK as companies remain keen to expand their workforce and generate new growth opportunities. The new JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has indicated that 95 per...   more

New government campaign to promote value of work experience

17/08/2015 14:42
The government has launched a new campaign that will promote the value of work experience as a means of addressing the country's persistent skills shortage. More than 30 leading businesses and 12,000 young people will be spearheading the WE can campaign,...   more

ONS data: 31.03 million in work, 73.4 per cent employment rate

12/08/2015 13:59
The employment rate is 73.4 per cent, with 31.03 million in work, new UK Labour Market stats from the Office for National Statistics show. The number in work is up by 354,000 against a year before, data for the April to June 2015 period shows. This measure...   more

Hike in pupil numbers forecast

11/08/2015 17:22
The Department for Education (DfE) has just published figures forecasting a large hike in secondary school pupil numbers in England - because of the birth rate going up. State-funded secondaries will be serving 3,287,000 pupils by 2024, the forecast...   more

Clark launches new fund for starter homes

11/08/2015 17:11
Greg Clark has just launched a new multi-million pound fund as part of the starter homes programme from the government, which is aiming to construct 200,000 starter homes by the year 2020. The starter homes are going to be sold - with a healthy discount...   more

Building contractors struggle to secure carpenters

11/08/2015 16:57
Research suggests that many building contractors have had trouble recruiting construction workers of various sorts recently. In the second quarter of 2015, half of contractors faced difficulty recruiting carpenters, with similar proportions saying the...   more

Sunday trading consultation begins

07/08/2015 16:30
A new consultation has just been launched in England and Wales on government proposals which could see big shops trade longer on Sundays. The New West End Company recently published research relating to London, suggesting that if Sunday trading went...   more

NHBC brings out positive housing registration stats

04/08/2015 16:32
Last year, 1,919 UK properties designed for the use of elderly people were registered for construction with NHBC.  During just January to June of 2015, though, the figure is a much bigger 2,337 - suggesting more work for construction workers...   more

BIS names employers over not paying Minimum Wage

31/07/2015 12:34
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has just released details of 75 employers who didn't pay National Minimum Wage in circumstances when they should have. The list of names was announced by Nick Boles, business minister, on July...   more

Skills minister launches new local authority NEET scorecards

28/07/2015 15:23
Nick Boles has just launched a new scorecard system for local councils, tracking success in helping younger people find education, training and employment. It comes after a half-year trial for the system. Official data suggests fewer people aged 16 to...   more

Study shows your background as a child can affect earnings

27/07/2015 16:34
Even if you're a highly able five year old, if you're poor you're less likely to become a high earner when you grow up than even a seemingly not as able child with a rich family, recent research suggests. The new study looked at assessments...   more

Office workers are working from home

23/07/2015 16:18
Self employed people can sometimes be found working from home - and so can people who are employed in other ways. Indeed, recent research among office workers suggests that on average, employed people are home workers for about five days a month. The...   more

Schools get new literacy grants

21/07/2015 15:00
Eight sets of primary schools are being given special funding in an effort to help early literacy work. The grants, worth £10,000 per group, have just been announced by Nick Gibb, school reform minister. Eight schools have been chosen to lead...   more

HMRC publishes Annual Report and Accounts

20/07/2015 14:52
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has just published its Annual Report and Accounts. Lin Homer, chief executive, has spoken of the tax authority's 'strong performance' in the 2014/15 period covered by the publication. The report shows that HMRC...   more

Construction Leadership Council renewed

17/07/2015 14:30
The Construction Leadership Council will have 12 members for its new incarnation, rather than its previous 30, the government has announced. First put together in 2013, the council is an industry and government cooperation, which looks to help with...   more