Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality
May10

Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality

The Welsh Government’s campaign to recruit and train nursing students starts as Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years. The...

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OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling
May04

OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling

The OECD Skills Outlook report 2017, launched today has revealed that the UK may lose it’s competitive advantage if it does not improve its skills mix to ensure that it meets the skills requirements of technologically advanced industries – the full UK breakdown is available here. Obviously, this is a significant issue for the UK, and whilst the Government has already taken some action with the introduction of the...

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Big Data demand up by more than 50% with businesses on the hunt for top talent
May04

Big Data demand up by more than 50% with businesses on the hunt for top talent

Demand for Big Data IT professionals has increased by 51.7% in the past year, according to the latest Tech Cities Job Watch report from Experis, the global leader in professional IT resourcing. The year-on-year increase from Q1 2016 to Q1 2017, highlights the growth in demand for individuals with Big Data skills, in an age when we’re producing more digital information than ever before. The quarterly report tracks IT jobs advertised...

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Teacher recruitment and retention will remain a significant challenge, says Education Committee
May02

Teacher recruitment and retention will remain a significant challenge, says Education Committee

The Education Committee has today published the Government response to the Committee’s Recruitment and Retention of Teachers report. The Committee’s original report had covered a range of issues relating to teacher recruitment and retention, highlighting concerns over teacher workload, the status of teachers, shortcomings in the Department for Education’s teacher supply data, and the ability of teachers to undertake high...

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Britain’s secret customer service army: unsupported and undertrained
Apr27

Britain’s secret customer service army: unsupported and undertrained

Britain has a secret army of untrained customer service workers who are stretched to breaking point as businesses fail to invest in technology or training. Currently there are 766,000 people working in contact centres in the UK. However, there are more than 4.6 million additional staff dealing with customer service enquiries, who don’t work in a traditional contact centre. These ‘informal contact centre’ staff aren’t getting the same...

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Looking for talent?  Research finds the best candidates could work for you already!
Apr27

Looking for talent? Research finds the best candidates could work for you already!

Ensuring employees are in the right roles will be the biggest opportunity for businesses in the immediate future according to a poll of over 3,000 senior HR professionals carried out by Alexander Mann Solutions. In its survey, the global talent acquisition and management specialist found that 25% of senior HR professionals believe that improving lateral hiring internally will serve as companies’ best weapon for talent retention in the...

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Britain is “sleepwalking into a low-value, low-skills economy post-Brexit” warns Sage People EVP
Apr20

Britain is “sleepwalking into a low-value, low-skills economy post-Brexit” warns Sage People EVP

Adam Hale, EVP of Sage People responds to this weeks CIPD report which raised serious concerns about skills and training in the UK. The report from the CIPD highlighted multiple failings in the UK’s skills system, including: England and Northern Ireland together rank in the bottom four OECD countries for literacy and numeracy among 16-24 year olds Out of 19 countries, the UK ranks bottom of the class on young peoples’ computer...

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As older workers are ‘most untapped resource in Britain’, Skills Commission Report calls for reform
Apr06

As older workers are ‘most untapped resource in Britain’, Skills Commission Report calls for reform

A cross-party Commission of parliamentarians from both Houses has called for a series of reforms to meet the skills, labour and employment challenges of longer working lives. The recommendations set out within the new Skills Commission report on older workers – Spotlight On…Lifelong Learning for an Ageing Workforce – have become especially relevant in light of the findings of two recent reports stating that the State Pension Age will...

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Editors blog: Exceptional candidates and where to find them
Mar21

Editors blog: Exceptional candidates and where to find them

I’ve worked in a number of different careers over the years, and I’ve been fortunate to encounter a lot of great people whom I’ve had the pleasure of both employing and working with, some abled, some differently abled. One person I encountered along the way illustrates to me more than ever why broadening the talent pool is so vital for employers – because the label of a health condition or a syndrome does not...

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TUC analysis details risk to NHS and social care in England from loss of EU workers
Mar09

TUC analysis details risk to NHS and social care in England from loss of EU workers

145,200 NHS and adult social care workers in England risk losing their right to live and work in the UK after Brexit Services in London, South East and East of England most vulnerable to loss of vital staff Government should unilaterally confirm right to remain in the UK for EU residents, says TUC The TUC has published analysis that provides a regional breakdown of where NHS and adult social care services are most reliant on workers...

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Is Your Talent Management Strategy Ready For The Global Skills Gap?
Feb27

Is Your Talent Management Strategy Ready For The Global Skills Gap?

Guest blog by Alexandre Pachulski, Co-Founder of Talentsoft Our global economy has begun yet another transformation. We are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution that will bring major changes to our societies, driven by advances in connectivity, automation, and artificial intelligence. With that, has come a global gap in the skilled talent necessary to keep pace. As expert Klaus Schwab, puts it, “the changes are so...

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Financial jobs see cautious start to the year amid relocation worries
Feb14

Financial jobs see cautious start to the year amid relocation worries

  With an 81% increase in jobs available and an 83% increase in professionals seeking jobs, the supply and demand of jobs and professionals is a balanced and welcome start to the new year. Nevertheless, January 2016 saw a 115% increase in jobs, making this year’s spike muted in comparison. “If the January jobs surge isn’t in the triple digits, something’s off”, said Hakan Enver, Operations Director, Morgan McKinley Financial...

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CIPD: Early signs of fall in supply of EU nationals contributing to skills and labour shortages in key sectors of the UK economy
Feb14

CIPD: Early signs of fall in supply of EU nationals contributing to skills and labour shortages in key sectors of the UK economy

While the short-term outlook for employment remains strong, labour and skills shortages are starting to bite in UK sectors that employ a high number of EU nationals, according to the latest Labour Market outlook from the CIPD and The Adecco Group. The report suggests that, despite a near record number of vacancies (748,000 according to the latest ONS data), UK employers are struggling to fill roles with the right candidates as a...

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City of London Corporation: Firms need to be more ‘ambitious’ on social mobility
Feb09

City of London Corporation: Firms need to be more ‘ambitious’ on social mobility

  The City of London Corporation has called on the UK’s top companies to be more ambitious in their approach to tackling social mobility. Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said that a level playing field of opportunity is in the best interests for all businesses and warned that the UK’s long-term economic sustainability is vulnerable unless its skills gap is plugged. His comments came as the...

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Skills shortages ‘major concern’ for UK CEOs, say PwC, as OU stress need for upskilling
Jan25

Skills shortages ‘major concern’ for UK CEOs, say PwC, as OU stress need for upskilling

PwC’s latest annual CEO survey indicates that concern about the availability of key skills is second only to uncertain economic growth as an issue in the minds of UK CEOs. 83% of CEO expressed concern 83 percent of surveyed CEOs said that they were ‘somewhat’ or ‘extremely’ concerned about access to talent. These results come in the context of current UK trends which suggest that technology will drive a shift from low-skill, routine...

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