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17 Aug, 2017

UK Employment rate at 75.1 – the highest since 1971

Yesterday publication of labour market statistics by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which shows that the employment rate reached 75.1 per cent in the three months to June, the highest level since records began in 1971. Summary of UK labour market statistics for April to June 2017 Number...

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10 May, 2017

Permanent placements growth slows

The Markit/REC Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. Slowest increase in permanent placements for seven months Growth in permanent staff placements slowed to its weakest for seven months during...

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07 Apr, 2017

UK Labour Market

The Markit/REC Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. Permanent placements increase at softer pace Latest data pointed to sustained growth in permanent placements during March. Although the pace of...

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20 Dec, 2016

UK employers face growing candidate shortages

Almost half of UK employers (48 per cent) expect to face a shortage of suitable candidates to fill permanent jobs in 2017, according to this month’s JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). For the last six months employers have consistently cited engineering and technical jobs as...

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20 Oct, 2016

UK Labour Market Statistical bulletin October 2016

The results are out for the UK Labour Market: October 2016, with estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other employment-related statistics for the UK. Between March to May 2016 and June to August 2016, the number of people in work and the number of unemployed people increased. The...

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01 Aug, 2016

Think Your MBA is Your Ticket to Freedom? Think Again

Have you just graduated from business school, armed with your MBA and ready to attack the job market? First of all, congratulations! Second, take a seat and consider your current situation. While having an MBA is a great asset, and definitely opens up both exciting career opportunities, and your...

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22 Jul, 2016

Brexit plunges UK economy

Britain’s decision to leave the EU has led to a “dramatic deterioration” in economic activity, not seen since the aftermath of the financial crisis. Data from Markit’s Purchasing Manager’s Index, or PMI, shows a fall to 47.7 in July, the lowest level since April in 2009. A reading below...

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20 Jul, 2016

Brexit causing job security fears

70{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} of employers have received concerns from staff about job security or right to work in the UK following the vote to leave the EU. The UK’s decision to leave the EU has left many employees feeling vulnerable about their job security, a new CIPD survey has revealed. In...

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15 Jul, 2016

Talent boost for the UK’s small enterprises

A growing trend of professionals moving from large to small companies is providing a welcome talent boost for the UK’s small enterprises, according to new findings released today by the online professional network LinkedIn. The findings – based on a sample of its 20 million UK members – showed...

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27 May, 2016

Considering a career change

Over a quarter of British workers (28{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}) are considering a career change in the next ten years, with 11{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} considering it in the next year, according to a new poll commissioned by Oxford Open Learning Trust. Over a third of British workers (34{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}) that have changed careers saw an...

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31 Mar, 2016

Digital skills gap

British businesses are not doing enough to boost employees’ digital competence, according to new research commissioned by Barclays. While almost half (47{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}) of all businesses believe better digital skills would lead to a more productive workforce, investment in digital upskilling remains low at only £109 per employee among medium...

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31 Mar, 2016

Eurozone in deflation

Consumer prices in the eurozone fell for the second month running in March thanks again to falling energy prices. Prices were 0.1{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e} lower than a year ago. The figure was a small improvement on February, when deflation was running at 0.2{6060b2de664e4eaa3e7b7e86961ce2c4bbd7a29b6c1097abf8257a4e5b07383e}, but it maintains pressure on the European Central...

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23 Mar, 2016

Economic conditions are improving

Eight in ten employers (79 per cent) believe that economic conditions are improving, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Overall, 81 per cent of businesses plan to hire more permanent staff in the next three months. However, the data also indicates that...

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11 Mar, 2016

Staff appointments continue to rise at solid pace in February

The Markit/REC Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. Key points: Permanent placements increase at quickest pace in three months Temp billings growth remains steady Permanent salaries rise at stronger...

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10 Dec, 2015

UK trade deficit widens in October

The UK’s trade deficit – the difference between the amount it imports and exports – widened considerably in October, according to official figures. The monthly deficit was £4.14bn, up from £1.07bn in September. Between August and October there was a deficit of £8.4bn, a £2.4bn increase from the previous...

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