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Construction industry ‘will create the most interim managers’

The UK’s construction sector is expected to create the most opportunities for senior business executives this year. A study by Interim Partners found that 34% of respondents believed the industry would hire the most interim managers. technology, media and telecommunications … Continue reading

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UK consulting records fastest growth for six years

The UK’s management consulting sector grew at its fastest rate for six years in 2013. Figures released by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) revealed that the industry achieved an eight per cent surge to reach £4.8 billion, its strongest performance … Continue reading

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Contractor rates rise as demand for new talent soars

Assignment rates for contractors and freelancers increased at their fastest rate for 89 months in May. A study by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG showed that contractors’ earning power grew at a speed last witnessed in December … Continue reading

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Sky-high confidence triggers manufacturing recruitment boom

Record-high confidence levels have led to a recruitment boom amongst the UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers. The latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer revealed that over half of those questioned (54%) planned to take on more staff – an increase … Continue reading

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Holiday pay ruling ‘a disaster for recruiters’

A European court’s landmark ruling on commission and holiday pay could prove disastrous for recruitment firms. That’s the view of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which has warned the decision could have a serious impact on agencies – … Continue reading

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