Monthly Archives: March 2011

London 2012 may create 5,000 IT jobs and leave a high tech footprint

The Managing Director at Greythorn, Paul Winchester, said that “The IT and telecoms infrastructure required to host the Olympics will leave a significant high-tech footprint on the UK labour market. Before the Olympics begin, emergency service lines need to be secured, WiFi coverage needs to be expanded and measures must be taken to prevent cyber […]

EFA says employers show unconscious favouritism

The research revealed that: 35% of respondents said they face discrimination when applying for a job or promotion 17% said that the reason for discrimination was due to age The most commonly shared characteristics were: Age (68%) Gender (62%) Social Background (53%) According to the Chief Executive of the Employers Forum on Age (EFA), Denise […]

Prime Minister announces plans to inspire new entrepreneurs

Speaking at the launch of the scheme the Prime Minister said that “We won’t build the future we want to see in this country if we go back to the bad old days of big government spending, big borrowing and big debt. The recovery we need is a private sector-led recovery, a recovery with ‘Made […]

REC response to Student Visa changes

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said that it is good news that the Government has recognised the need to retain graduate talent through the switching provision. Under new rules the Post Study Worker subcategory of Tier 1 will end in April 2012 however Non EEA students who graduate with a recognised degree will […]

Dyson says Tier 4 changes are “sheer madness”

Sir James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, has told the BBC that the decision by the Coalition Government to tighten up the rules surrounding science and engineering graduates under Tier 4 visa is “sheer madness”. Last week Theresa May announced plans to change Tier 4 of the points based system in order […]

CIOT urges Government to reconsider disguised remuneration policy

A spokesperson for the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) said that “We urge further reflection before the final legislation is introduced. The proposals are moving to taxing the form (involvement of a third party) rather than the substance (reward or loan in connection with the employment) of the arrangement. There are many hard edges which […]

Budget good in the long run but of little immediate impact

John Philpott, the Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said that “The OBR forecasts have moved closer to the economic outlook for 2011 published by the CIPD following Mr Osborne’s first budget last year, but still look very optimistic for 2012 onward and may well have to be revised further […]

Income Tax & National Insurance Systems to be merged?

A senior tax manager at Grant Thornton UK, Ellie Gamble, said that “We cautiously welcome government plans to merge the operation of income tax and NICs. This could really make life easier for both employer and employee. We would, however, urge the government not to rush anything through. Moreover, the change should not lead to […]

Diane Jarvis resigns from Healthcare Locums (HCL)

Last month Mrs Bleasdale resigned from the board of Healthcare Locums (HCL), the business she founded in 2003, a month after the company’s shares were suspended amid ‘serious accounting irregularities’. In last month’s statement HCL said that “Kathleen Veronica Bleasdale has resigned from the board of directors of the company with immediate effect. This does […]