All posts written by Rosalind Mullen

Could recycling create more jobs?

Recycling jobsIn this era of austerity, it’s good news that the recycled materials industry could generate thousands of jobs across the UK within the next decade. According to the recently published Going for Growth report from the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the government-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme, a more bullish recycling industry could create 10,000 new jobs by 2020 and.
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Getting out of recruitment

A steady stream of you have been getting out of recruitment in recent years and there are no prizes for guessing the main reason. Yup, the economy’s direct hit on the UK’s workforce has taken a side-swipe out of the jobs market. As badly hit sectors such as banking and construction have shed their workforce, fewer companies have been recruiting, and.
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Are schools providing the right career advice?

Something is definitely rotten in the workplace. On the one hand, we have over a million young people out of work, and on the other the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) tells us that half of companies in the UK have trouble finding staff. The root of the problem may partly lie in the quality of career advice for school-leavers,.
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5 steps to becoming a great recruiter

It’s a no-brainer. Recruiters who can combine a rare understanding of people with a fierce grasp of commerce are going to have happy clients, well-placed candidates and brisker business. But, worry not. If those qualities don’t come naturally, you can still emulate a skilful recruiter to stay at the top of your game. Here are five steps to help you.
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Are the Aviva job cuts selfish given the economic climate?

It’s no wonder that insurance giant Aviva has attracted negative press lately. Its decision to cut 600 back-office processing jobs and relocate them from the UK to India by the end of 2014 would have been controversial even if the economy was sound. But with the UK’s unemployment rate hovering around 2.5 million, are the Aviva job cuts an outright.
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Will Boris Johnson’s ‘Boris buses’ stimulate the economy?

London mayor Boris Johnson has a lot of hope riding on his new fleet of  ‘Boris Buses’ – not least that they will stimulate the economy and boost the jobs market. Johnson has ordered 600 of his so-called “Boris Buses” to be built and on the road by 2016. According to him, the fleet will safeguard at least 220 jobs in.
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Five top tips when recruiting for SMEs

More than a quarter of small companies are planning to increase their headcount by more than 5% throughout the rest of 2013, according to the biannual business confidence report from global workplace provider Regus. This is good news for recruiters as SMEs tend not to have enough HR resources, so often look for your expertise. Remember, however, that cost-wise they can.
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The Amazon tax dodge – Is it worth it for us?

It’s not surprising that the tax-avoidance schemes of mega companies such as Amazon have attracted so much negative publicity. Many ordinary workers are struggling to pay their own tax bills in this limp economy. The fact that the US-based online shopping giant has exploited a loophole to avoid paying corporation tax on the £3.3b sales it took out of the.
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Is it worth testing candidates pre-interview?

Pre interview testingIf you’ve got a daunting list of likely contenders for a vacancy, then a spot of pre-testing to determine whether it’s worth inviting them to an interview is clearly efficient. Let’s face it, weeding out those who don’t have the skills and personality to do the job at an early stage will save you a lot of time later. It also.
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Where you shouldn’t look for candidates

In today’s competitive employment market, cutting-edge employers and recruitment experts like you are looking for the sharpest, keenest and best-fitting candidates out there. To find them, you’ve no doubt been scouring your mind for ever-more imaginative ways to widen your candidate pool. Many of you will have been experimenting, for instance, with the power of technology and social media to deliver.
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