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Contractors to the rescue as skills gap dents workplace morale

Severe talent shortages are threatening to destabilise employee morale, potentially jeopardising the UK’s economic recovery. Research by recruitment firm Robert Walters reveals that almost a quarter (24%) of businesses are reporting a dip in staff motivation, as the pressure of … Continue reading

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Sustained action needed to secure UK’s manufacturing future

A long-term industrial strategy is essential if Britain is to be at the forefront of the manufacturing revolution, a new study has claimed. Research from the manufacturers’ organisation EEF revealed that the UK is on the cusp of a fourth … Continue reading

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Why it pays to be a contractor

The good news just keeps on coming for the UK’s flexible workforce, as new research reveals that an increasing number of contractors are earning more than their counterparts in “traditional” employment. Today’s JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation … Continue reading

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Will older workers boost the UK’s recovering labour market?

An increase in the state pension age will help drive the UK’s labour supply, further assisting its recovery after the financial crisis. Yesterday’s EY ITEM Club ‘special report on labour’ predicts that around 125,000 extra workers will be in circulation … Continue reading

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“Radical shakeup” needed to preserve UK’s digital future

A lack of co-ordination between government, business and the education system is threatening undermine the “vital” digital industry, a new study has claimed. Members of the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee urged whoever wins May’s election to completely rethink … Continue reading

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