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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Tax tribunal sheds light on false self-employment guidelines

HMRC’s failed attempt to take action over an alleged breach of the false self-employment legislation should shed some light on how the rules will be interpreted by a tribunal, according to the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC). The case centred … Continue reading


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Pensions auto-enrolment: 25 recruitment firms breach rules

A total of 25 UK-based recruitment firms are known to have breached pensions auto-enrolment rules since the legislation came into force. Data we have obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that, between 1st October 2012 and 30th April … Continue reading


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Holiday pay: reprieve for recruiters?

Recruitment firms fearing the possibility of huge tribunal costs as a result of the EU’s holiday pay ruling could be granted a reprieve. This is following a statement from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which argued that large … Continue reading


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Recruiters report double-digit growth in contractor placements

Placements of contractors have increased 10% year-on-year across all professional sectors, according to a survey of recruitment firms. The latest monthly data from Staffing Industry Analysts and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) confirms that the UK’s temporary and … Continue reading


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