All posts written by Rosalind Mullen

House construction activity at a near 10-year high

house-buildingThere’s a rosy hue around the construction industry, following recent reports that it is no longer one of the weakest links in the economy and is enjoying significant growth at last. According to the number-crunchers, the Markit/CIPS Construction PMI for October rose to 59.4, up from 58.9 in September. In short, this means growth, and the highest recorded increase in the.
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Climbing the recruitment ladder

recruitment-ladderIt’s ironic that while you have been spending your working day helping your candidates to improve their career prospects, you might have been neglecting your own progression up the recruitment ladder. As you know, it doesn’t matter how good you are at your job, if your boss doesn’t recognise what you are doing then you won’t get that promotion. In practice, you.
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The benefits of social media recruiting

social-mediaNot that long ago, if you had said you would be fishing for potential recruitment candidates on Facebook you’d have been laughed out of town. Well, that’s all changed. Today, finding skilled, talented candidates using social media sites is as viable as using more traditional methods, such as jobs boards, advertising, networking, word-of-mouth or cold-calling. In fact, arguably, social media has helped.
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Nissan expansion set to create 1,000 new jobs

Nissan Yet more good news for the UK automotive industry. Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has just been given the green light to expand its Sunderland plant by 25,000 sq ft, rubber-stamping plans to start production of its luxury Infiniti Q30 model in 2015. The Nissan expansion, set to cost £250m, will also create a welcome 300 new jobs on site and a.
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Managing client and candidate

managing-client Does your job make you feel like you’re constantly being pulled in two directions; trying to keep everyone happy? Well, console yourself with the fact that many recruiters feel the same. The nature of the job means that you’re forever trying to meet the requirements of both the client and candidate. Unfortunately, it’s a fine balance that can leave you in.
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Are zero-hour contracts all that bad?

zero-hoursYou can’t have missed the recent furore over news that an estimated one million people across the UK are employed on zero-hour contracts – roughly 3-4% of the workforce. Under the terms of such a contract, employers can keep their workers on call without guaranteeing them even a minimum amount of work. In addition, they only pay for the hours worked.
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Interest rates tied with unemployment rates

London-skylineIs the jobs crisis finally being tackled? Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney has parachuted into his new job and hit the ground running. One of his first announcements at the beginning of August was that interest rates will remain at the all-time low level of 0.5% until unemployment drops from its current 7.8% to 7%. He reckons it.
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Do video interviews work?

Do-video-interviews-workGone are the days when recruiters needed to sweat over a stack of CVs, agonising over which candidates to invite in for interview. Nowadays, before you commit to meet a candidate face-to-face, you can screen them on the telephone, via email or – more recently – by assessing them using a video interview. Video interviews can be conducted in two ways.
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Competition for Police jobs

PoliceBritain’s 43 police forces have been hit by swathing cuts to funding, with some 17,600 jobs – including 11,000 uniformed officers – axed since March 2010, saving £749m. Now it seems the career path of many front-line police will be cut off with news that the Metropolitan Police Force is being squeezed at the top. According to figures from Labour London Assembly.
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New Bentley project to create job opportunities

BentleyThe brakes are off as the British car industry enjoys yet another boost through a new Bentley project. Volkswagen-owned Bentley Motors has announced it is to inject £800m into a project to build its first sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Crewe, Cheshire. The plant, which already employs 4,000 people, will generate a further 1,000 jobs – 400 in direct employment and 600.
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