Category Archives: Contracting News survey reveals IT professionals support apprenticeships

Key points from the survey: 84% of respondents believe that apprenticeships are a good alternative to further education 83% of respondents believe that not enough businesses offer apprenticeships in Information Technology The majority believe that the Government should offer support to encourage apprenticeships 55% of graduates will either be unemployed or will work in a […]

Institute of Recruiters (IOR) launched on the 1st June

The Director of Member Services at the IOR, Dave Barber, said that “We have been thrilled with the volume of activity that has taken place in the IOR’s LinkedIn Group in the lead-up to the launch, which has shown there’s a real need for a body like the IOR within the sector. The organisation will […]

REC praises final Agency Worker guidance document

Mrs Econopouly said in a statement on the REC website that “Whilst we did not get all the improvements we had hoped for, several issues have been clarified within the guidance and we are pleased that BIS has taken into account some of the critical questions raised by REC members. These include further clarification about […]

Birmingham City Council planning to offshore up to 100 jobs to India

The dispute concerns roles within Service Birmingham, a joint venture between Capita and BCC, which provides IT & HR services to the local authority. The aim of the Service Birmingham joint venture is to save an estimated £1 billion in modernisation and efficiency savings over 10 years. Sir Albert Bore, who is opposing the plans […]

Randstad says organisations need to embrace AWR changes

Mr Naylor told the Recruiter that “With 70% of employers still stating that they are experiencing a skills shortage, employers will need to be aware that candidates are also far more likely to be attracted to organisations that embrace the spirit of these regulations.” Commonwealth Contractors At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private […]

Barclay Meade report says there is a growing sense of confidence and optimism among UK employers

The ‘Tracking UK Recruitment’ report found that: The proportion of medium and large employers recruiting at a similar level to the pre-recession period increased for the third consecutive quarter, reaching 50% in Q1 of this year compared to just 39% in Q3 last year The proportion of firms with recruitment freezes fell from 24% in […]

REC warns IT recruiters not to become complacent over AWR implementation

After the meeting the Recruitment and Employment Confederations Technology Chair, Jeff Brooks, said that “Many IT recruiters have assumed that, as their candidates are self-employed and better paid than their permanent equivalents, AWR would simply not affect them. However, areas have been highlighted where trouble could arise, and underlined how important it is that members […]

Employers beginning to plan for the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR)

The Head of Policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Gillian Econopouly, said that \”The fact that over 40% of employers are still considering their response to the regulations underlines how important it is for recruiters to be engaging with clients. For some employers, the AWR has been a catalyst for a more fundamental review […]

New EU Proposals could aid Limited Company Contractors & Fledgling Recruitment Agencies

EU Commissioner, Michel Barnier, said that \”Today\’s agreement means in practical terms that the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts for these micro-businesses will be pared down to the key elements only. Publication of information will be reduced and simplified to balance sheets only and a one-stop shop. I am confident that this agreement […]

Hays Director says 45% of Public Sector Workers face redundancy

Key Points from the report: 45% of public sector workers face the prospect of redundancy 80% of employers say that job security uncertainty is stopping people from looking for work in the sector 51% of employers say that changes to benefits are stopping people from looking for work in the sector 39% of employers say […]