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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 […]

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 […]