Is LinkedIn a threat to the recruitment industry?

Professional social networking site LinkedIn has become a phenomenon that could threaten traditional recruitment practices. This is according to advisory firm Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), which revealed that the UK’s staffing market is expected to grow by 7% next year … Continue reading


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Onshore reporting: Our solution for staffing firms

Here at Parasol we’re developing software designed to ease the administrative burden placed on recruitment firms by new HMRC regulations. Our solution will “lighten the load” of agencies affected by reporting requirements linked to the onshore employment intermediaries legislation. We … Continue reading


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Recruiters unite to defend agency social workers

The recruitment sector has leapt to the defence of agency-sourced social workers in the wake of a damning report. A Freedom of Information Act request by the Community Care magazine found that local authorities have spent over a third more … Continue reading


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IT recruiters in rude health as contractor market flourishes

Staffing firms specialising in IT and telecoms recruitment are becoming increasingly reliant on the contractor market, according to new research. The analysis by Recruiter magazine reveals that the UK’s 10 ‘hottest’ technology recruitment firms have shown a further shift towards … Continue reading


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False self-employment: taxman accused of U-turn over reporting

HMRC has come under fire for its handling of the onshore intermediaries legislation reporting requirements. From April 2015, recruitment companies will be forced to provide specific details about their organisation and the temporary workers they supply to clients. This includes … Continue reading


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Holiday pay: recruiters who use compliant umbrellas needn’t worry

Yesterday’s employment tribunal ruling on holiday pay and overtime sent shockwaves through the UK business landscape, with many employers bracing themselves for a raft of backdated claims. The judgement stated that non-guaranteed overtime must be taken into account when calculating … Continue reading


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Talent drought threatens growth aspirations, warn recruiters

Recruiters are increasingly worried that the UK’s skills shortage epidemic will derail their plans for growth, according to a new study. Figures released by accountants Deloitte and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) reveal the majority (59%) of recruitment … Continue reading


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Is jargon the greatest threat to IT recruitment?

IT contractors could be missing out on assignments because client HR departments fail to understand niche role specifications. Recruitment firm Hudson says IT departments often have to take the lead in the recruitment process. This is because the technical language … Continue reading


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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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