Monthly Archives: June 2011

Gap between Public & Private Sector Pay Widening

A Director of Policy Exchange, Neil O’Brian, said that \”Public sector pay has got hugely out of control. There is pressure on budgets like never before because of the deficit. If the unions want to preserve their members\’ jobs they have to realise that pay is an issue which will have to be looked at.\” […]

British Workers under represented in Europe due to foreign language skills

The Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom, Michael Shackleton, said that “People like me are coming to retirement and it’s very clear there are not enough people to take our places. I think it matters at all levels of the institutions not just at the highest levels. Having people from […]

First IR35 Forum meeting reports progress

Key Points from the meeting minutes: Draft guidance should be written to reassure those who are clearly \’outside the ambit\’ of IR35, that they need not worry about IR35 compliance. The move to specialist IR35 teams should improve the likelihood of inconsistency when selecting compliance targets. The Forum will consider creating a \’Gateway Test\’ to […]

UK Border Agency criticised in new report

Mr Green said that “Some of these cases date back more than a decade and the UK Border Agency was always clear that, because of the length of time many of these individuals have been in the country, there would be no alternative to granting them leave to remain.” This led to accusations that the […] 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 […]