Category Archives: Contracting News

APSCo Joins the HM Revenue & Customs IR35 Forum

The Chief Executive of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), Ann Swain, said that “As the industry body that represents recruitment firms that engage a high proportion of self-employed individuals in the UK, it is important that we take a front seat in these discussions. The Government has taken the view that as far […]

REC encourages Banks to lend to Recruitment Agencies to oil the wheels

The Chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Neil Smith, said that “Recruitment agencies often have to pay workers before they receive payment from the end clients; loans from banks are the only realistic way to plug this gap and keep the agency going in the interim. A steady stream of bank funding over the […]

Hays Director says Talent Shortages will test organisations

Director of Hays, Charles Logan, said that “Talent shortages will become one of the biggest challenges facing organisations over the next two decades. So while organisations can attract and recruit from a much wider geography than ever before, which has obvious advantages when skills are in short supply, the global talent pipeline will also create […]

REC Jobs Survey reveals 44% of Perm Employers Plan to Increase Headcount

Roger Tweedy, the Research Director at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said that “This is the first real confirmation that employers are feeling more confident and are taking a long-term strategic view of their workforce planning. Creating more permanent jobs and the lifting of headcount freezes are solid indicators of this returning confidence.  This is […]

REC says temporary jobs market slowing due to uncertainty over the AWR

The Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Kevin Green, said that “This month’s Report on Jobs shows a clear split developing in the UK labour market. Public sector employment is radically slowing while there is growth in the private sector, confirming that we are now in a two-speed jobs market. A number of […]

Monster Employment Index increases by 1% in April

Isabelle Ratinaud, a spokesperson for Monster UK & Ireland, said that “The Monster Employment Index for April demonstrates a positive forecast for worker demand around the UK. In particular, the technical and industrial sectors have seen a boost in activity.  With elementary occupational job opportunities also growing, this is positive for young job-seekers.” In other […]

Powerchex says confirmed job offers fell by 3% in April 2011

Overall the number of offers in investment banking fell by 30% in April. On the figures the founder of Powerchex, Alexandra Kelly, said that \”Many banks are reviewing and restructuring their operations, it\’s probably reasonable to expect that recruitment in the investment banking divisions will slow down. However, with April being so disrupted by bank […]

Scottish Labour Market continuing to improve

The Chief Economist at the Bank of Scotland, Donald MacRae, said that “The latest Report on Jobs shows a further improvement in the Scottish labour market. The number of people placed in to permanent positions increased for the seventh consecutive month, while demand for permanent staff rose markedly in April, with recruitment consultants registering a […]

Drop in UK Unemployment Figures

The Head of Policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Gillian Econopouly, said that “Though this continuing trend is welcome, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the jobs market remains volatile. Our latest Report on Jobs shows that while hiring activity in certain sectors is steadily increasing, there is still concern over the […]

Graduate use of Business Social Media Tools to fuel future boom?

A recent study by graduate career site WikiJob found that 63% of graduate respondents were on LinkedIn whereas only 23% of older respondents used the site. The results suggest that graduates, who are generally more familiar with social media applications are more willing to use it as a job-seeking tool. According to the report Graduates […]