Employee resignations at five year high and rise in HR rise to 8.2%
Oct23

Employee resignations at five year high and rise in HR rise to 8.2%

One in seven (15.5%) employees resigned from the job in 2016, according to the latest data from XpertHR. Labour turnover statistics from 288 organisations show that the resignation rate has increased steadily since 2012, when it stood at 10.6%. HR has the fourth highest voluntary resignation levels out of the groups measured, with rates up for the second consecutive year, standing at 8.2% – up from 7.4% in 2016 and 6.3% in 2015....

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Considering your next career move? Here are the top 10 cities to find a job in right now
Oct23

Considering your next career move? Here are the top 10 cities to find a job in right now

…With Portsmouth, Brighton and London leading the way   If you’re considering your next career move then now could be the perfect time! New data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has revealed that the nation experienced a job boom in the last quarter, suggesting that there are plenty of exciting career opportunities out there.     The study, which compared Q3 job market data with that of the same...

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New Data Reveals: Employees Rise by 540,000 in the UK
Oct23

New Data Reveals: Employees Rise by 540,000 in the UK

   Number of employees in the UK increased by 540,000 (1.8%) between 2015-16  Employees increased in all regions except the North East, which decreased by 23,000  Strongest growth in London (up 99,000) and the East of England (up 85,000)  The transport and storage sector saw the largest percentage increase (up 6.7%)  The retail sector saw the largest percentage decrease (down 2.0%)   The UK Business Register and...

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Building for the future: Recruitment partnership helps youngsters secure jobs
Oct17

Building for the future: Recruitment partnership helps youngsters secure jobs

  Award-winning builder and developer Seddon has employed five new trainees as part of a successful recruitment partnership. The family-run business, which is headquartered in Bolton, has hired three apprentices and two former work experience candidates under the sector-based work academy (SBWA) scheme. The apprentices, aged between 16 and 25, beat 700 applicants to land the coveted roles at one of the North West’s biggest...

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The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud
Oct09

The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud

Guest Blog from I Screen You Screen (www.iscreenyouscreen.com):   With the skills gap widening for UK businesses, it seems HR departments and recruiters are willing to take more and more risks in an attempt to fill vacancies. One avoidable risk however is reference checking of candidates to ensure details of the individual’s history can be checked. However, one survey suggests only a third of employers carry out these...

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Employers fear social media despite enormous potential
Oct05

Employers fear social media despite enormous potential

Social media key to developing strong employer brand and recruiting best candidates but employers shy away from using it. 59% of employers believe employee involvement in recruitment via social media risks damaging rather than enhancing the employer brand, according to a study of 155 HR decision makers by SocialReferral, a recruitment software company. The research also found that only 39% are using social media to actively search for...

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New research finds volunteers gain new skills and path to employment
Sep29

New research finds volunteers gain new skills and path to employment

  A major new report from Demos think tank reveals that despite mixed feelings among local communities, there is a wide reaching social impact from the charity retail sector as it plays a vital role in supporting job seeking volunteers on the path to paid employment, and helps highstreets and communities thrive Demos finds two-thirds of volunteers at charity shops believe the role had improved their employment prospects, made them...

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Revealed: The top five questions your employees are afraid to ask
Sep20

Revealed: The top five questions your employees are afraid to ask

  … From pay rises and promotions, to flexibility and time off Dealing with the boss can be nerve wracking, so it’s unsurprising that one in four (22.5%) professionals admitted that there are certain questions they’re afraid to ask their employer, with this figure rising to almost a third (31.3%) amongst millennials. This is according to a recent study from CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board.   The survey,...

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Busting the myths around reference checking
Aug24

Busting the myths around reference checking

  Reference checking has changed over the last 10 years in the UK. We’ve moved from offering informative, opinion-based feedback about former employees, to providing only neutral references that simply confirm a candidate’s name, dates of employment and job title. While there may be many reasons for this, the common assumption is that it has come about due to the fear or paranoia of a legal battle resulting from candidate claims...

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Employer demand for graduates remains high
Aug24

Employer demand for graduates remains high

This year’s graduates are heading into a robust recruitment market, with eight out of ten employers (79%) taking on new recruits in 2017/2018, a study by HR website XpertHR shows. It also reveals that starting salaries have been frozen for the past nine years, with data from previous surveys in the annual series showing no change since 2008/2009. Key findings from the survey of 186 public and private sector employers show that:...

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Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview
Aug22

Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview

Interviews can be a daunting process for many, and new research from the UK’s leading independent job board,  CV-Library has found that a whopping 87.4% of workers think there are certain questions candidates should avoid asking in an interview if you want to get the job! The research, which quizzed 1,200 UK workers on interview preparation techniques, found that over three quarters (79.3%) of professionals will prepare questions in...

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Why is it important to retain staff?
Aug21

Why is it important to retain staff?

It’s important to retain your staff when running a business, and it doesn’t matter whether your business is large or small. Losing staff members is not only disruptive, but it’s also costly and time-consuming to find new staff and train them. Together with Nisbets, specialists in catering supplies, we assess how to retain employees within a business, and why the leave when things appear to be going wrong. Within the latest Nisbets...

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Welcome to a world where working life is one big game
Aug17

Welcome to a world where working life is one big game

Dr. Paul Barrett, Chief Research Officer at Cognadev discusses the use of gamification in recruitment. Gamification of recruitment has endured as one of the big HR news themes, thanks to a steady rise in the number of new platforms, each offering highly playable, game based psychological assessments.   Engaging millenials and Gen-Z Research has shown that these games, which typically use scenario based encounters to measure...

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What is culture, anyway?
Aug10

What is culture, anyway?

Stephen Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Jobbio discusses the issue of culture – an oft used term that means different things to different people, and which five things he believes really make a difference to employment, engagement and retention. Culture, Culture, Culture. A word that’s being bandied about by companies big and small. It has come to light in recent years, that ‘culture’ is a key element of organisational success. You...

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How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising
Aug10

How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising

Behavioural expert, Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, explains why unconscious bias could be changing our workplaces without us even realising. In the news over the past few days there has been a story in the news about an individual employee in Google posting an anti-diversity memo and the strong reaction (both ways) that this has caused. The author of the memo is purported to be a male software engineer arguing...

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