New forecast shows pay rises remain subdued at 1% as 24 applicants chase every low-skilled job vacancy
Aug17

New forecast shows pay rises remain subdued at 1% as 24 applicants chase every low-skilled job vacancy

The latest CIPD/The Adecco Group Labour Market Outlook suggests that UK employment will again grow strongly in the third quarter of 2017, but wage growth is likely to remain weak. The quarterly survey of more than 1,000 employers identifies that near-term employment expectations have risen compared with the previous spring report (May 2017). This is reflected in the quarter’s net employment balance – a measure of the difference...

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ONS Stats: Record low for unemployment, but productivity gap increasing and real wages falling
Aug16

ONS Stats: Record low for unemployment, but productivity gap increasing and real wages falling

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, released today, reveal that between January to March 2017 and April to June 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell. The UK unemployment rate fell to 4.4% in the 3 months to June 2017 – the lowest it has been...

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Even with new AI jobs creation, AI will lead to big job losses, warns Joblift
Aug07

Even with new AI jobs creation, AI will lead to big job losses, warns Joblift

PwC expect 30% of jobs to be lost to automation The debate surrounding the threat from artificial intelligence (AI) and automation leading to the loss of jobs has been highly publicised. Most recently, tech titans Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have locked horns over the issue, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has estimated that by the early 2030’s 30% of British jobs will be lost to automation. So, are we really under threat from...

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How will the new ‘Google for Jobs’ affect expanding workforces – and recruiters?
Jul06

How will the new ‘Google for Jobs’ affect expanding workforces – and recruiters?

HR Commentator Chris Thompson takes a look at how the new Google for Jobs will impact the UK recruitment market. Image courtesy of Google The mystery and intrigue surrounding Google’s foray into the recruitment market was put to bed last week when the Google for Jobs platform landed in the USA. Emerging quietly and without warning, like many of Google’s updates, Google for jobs is a hiring interface that sits conveniently on the...

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RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment
Jun22

RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment

The UK’s largest independent recruitment organisation, RSG, has named The Prince’s Trust as it’s chosen charity partner in a bid to help disadvantaged young people across the country take the first steps into work. The Prince’s Trust aims to support 60,000 new young people across the UK, helping to give them the skills and confidence needed to get a job. With five centres across the South, the aim is to reach more than 10,000 new...

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UK jobs rose by 17.7% in May, as business confidence remains strong
Jun12

UK jobs rose by 17.7% in May, as business confidence remains strong

CV-Library reveals the top cities for job growth last month New data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has found that advertised job vacancies in the UK jumped by 17.7% in May, suggesting that business confidence is strong across the nation. The data, which analysed the number of jobs in the UK’s key cities in May 2017, compared with April 2017, found that this growth was apparent in all corners of the UK, with...

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Latest ONS figures show pay and productivity falling despite strong employment
May17

Latest ONS figures show pay and productivity falling despite strong employment

Today’s latest ONS statistics once again show employment has continued to increase and unemployment has fallen to the UK’s lowest rate since 1975. However, that positive news is overshadowed by confirmation that real regular pay is now falling, with a 0.2% drop in the last three months, and UK productivity continues to struggle. We share reactions from the HR World:   Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the CIPD,...

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In the money: The top locations in the UK for a pay rise right now
May11

In the money: The top locations in the UK for a pay rise right now

  As many UK businesses vie to attract the best candidates, offering bumper pay packets is clearly a strategy that is being taken, with new data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, revealing that key locations across the nation saw standout increases in salary offerings last month. The findings, which compared April 2017 job market trends with April 2016, suggest that employers across the UK are offering...

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Salary and vacancy growth struggling to match 2015 figures – but graduates seeing increase
May02

Salary and vacancy growth struggling to match 2015 figures – but graduates seeing increase

Annual salary growth at joint lowest level since 2015 – down 3.8% year-on-year UK vacancies reach four-month high – 1,156,701 openings currently listed Average graduate salaries up 2% year-on-year despite internships and apprenticeships becoming more crucial – typical post-university salaries currently stand at £24,429 Sector highlights: Social work jobs face an annual salary decrease of more than 12% following recent staff...

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HR Managers experiencing increased demand as vacancies up by 25%
Apr27

HR Managers experiencing increased demand as vacancies up by 25%

It seems that HR professionals are in increased demand as the latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that job vacancies for HR professionals rose by 25% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year. Mid-level management roles made up the largest percentage of advertised roles at 12% while executive and assistant HR vacancies made up 9% of the total volume. Nick Allwood, Manager, Robert Walters said: “In...

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UK job market sees positive growth over first quarter of the year
Apr27

UK job market sees positive growth over first quarter of the year

2017 has already been marked by a lot of change in the UK, especially now Brexit negotiations are firmly underway. As such, it is extremely positive to see that the job market has continued to go from strength to strength, with the latest data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, finding that job applications, vacancies and average salaries all saw impressive growth in the first quarter of the year. In fact,...

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Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?
Apr25

Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?

Guest blog by Sara Allen, senior strategist and job share expert for Further & More. The parent penalty is a curious feature of modern work – talented, highly experienced senior staff in whom employers have invested time and training walk away from well-paid, senior roles once they have kids. It’s equally frustrating for parents, and employers, alike. Replacing staff is expensive, costing around 75% of a year’s salary; and...

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Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US
Apr18

Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US

Online retailer Amazon has announced massive expansion plans for 2017, including the creation of 25,000 new part-time jobs at it’s fulfilment centres and 5,000 new work from home positions. The work-from-home positions are limited to inhabitants of certain US states and will attract pay of $10 per hour. Many US employers, particularly in the tech industry are increasingly offering flexible and home working, which is a perceived...

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New ONS stats show low unemployment – but CIPD warns of ‘pay squeeze’
Apr12

New ONS stats show low unemployment – but CIPD warns of ‘pay squeeze’

The Office for National Statistics has today released UK Labour Market statistics for the three months ending February 2017. The figures show: The unemployment rate was 4.7% in the 3 months to February 2017, down from 5.1% a year earlier; it has not been lower since June to August 1975. Strong demand for labour is translating into a shift from part-time to full-time employment, and an increase in the average hours worked per week by...

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UK vacancies on the rise as competition for jobs cools
Apr03

UK vacancies on the rise as competition for jobs cools

Total number of UK vacancies increases – up 3.5% from 1,088,353 in January to 1,126,376 in February Advertised wages creep gradually upwards – improvement of 0.3% from £32,420 in January to £32,520 in February HR & Recruitment Jobs currently the most well-performing sector in terms of wage growth – annual increase of 4.6% to stand at £32,042 London and South East England continue to be hardest hit regions –...

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