Talent mismatch close to crisis point, warns recruiter

The UK’s talent crisis is a ticking time bomb that could explode at any time, according to a new report. Recruitment firm Hays has published its third Global Skills Index, which identifies a major gulf between supply and demand in … Continue reading


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Onshore legislation: recruiters take action over compliance

New research has offered an insight into the steps recruitment firms are taking to ensure they comply with the onshore employment intermediaries legislation. Our parent group Optionis asked a panel of 16 senior staffing industry executives how they were approaching … Continue reading


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Grow your own talent, urges IT recruiter

The UK technology sector must nurture a generation of home-grown professionals if it wants to meet future demands, a new study warns. Business and IT recruiter ReThink Recruitment claims there are “nowhere near” enough junior professionals in the digital marketplace, … Continue reading


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False self-employment: recruiters play the waiting game

Although the onshore employment intermediaries legislation has been on the statute books for a number of months, exactly how it will be enforced by HMRC is still up in the air. This was the take-home message from a recent recruitment … Continue reading


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Political uncertainty fuels ‘hourglass’ jobs market

A climate of political uncertainty is changing the shape of the UK’s jobs market, according to a new study. Recruitment company Manpower’s latest Employment Outlook Survey reports that questions surrounding Scottish independence and the UK’s EU membership have helped create … Continue reading


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Help close zero-hours loopholes, recruiters urged

Unscrupulous employers that abuse zero-hours contracts have been warned that the government is onto them. Business secretary Vince Cable has launched a new consultation aimed at identifying and closing potential loopholes that would allow firms to get around the proposed … Continue reading


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Lack of niche skills ‘fatal for contractor prospects’

Contractors who fail to display niche and in-demand skills risk being overlooked by recruiters, our latest agency survey has found. We asked more than 40 recruitment consultants to describe their policy towards contractors nearing the end of an assignment. The … Continue reading


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Recruiters: are you up to speed with auto-enrolment?

Pensions auto-enrolment may already be in full swing, but there are fears that many businesses are still unprepared. This has prompted the online community Accounting Web to launch its “No-one gets left behind” campaign. Although aimed primarily at accountants and … Continue reading


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Recruiters report dramatic fall in contractor availability

Contractor availability decreased at the fastest rate since 1998 in July, according to a monthly survey of 400 recruitment firms. Analysts described the findings as further evidence of the UK’s talent shortage – a phenomenon that is creating opportunities for … Continue reading


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Minimum wage penalties to be strengthened

Plans to introduce tougher financial penalties for employers who fail to pay workers the minimum wage have been discussed in the House of Lords. First announced by business secretary Vince Cable in February 2014, the proposals would see companies being … Continue reading


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