Category: News analysis

Barometer results reveal good news in the jobs market

Barometer results 2014Our latest barometer results are in and have revealed good news for recruiters as a number of industries in a range of UK locations have seen a rise in the number of both jobs and applications. Our barometer analyses the behaviour of 5.9 million British jobseekers and 5,000 recruiters, and has found that competition amongst jobseekers is particularly rising, with the.
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UK economy set to hit pre-recession peak by summer

UK-economyAfter six bleak years, news that the UK economy is set to hit its pre-recession peak by this summer is enough to merit a public holiday. Business confidence is rising along with recruitment plans in the wake of the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) announcement that gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2014 will hit the level seen.
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The gender pay gap in the UK

gender-pay-gapSeveral recent reports have flagged up that British women are still getting the thin end of the wedge when it comes to equal pay. The PwC Women in Work Index puts the UK 18th in a survey of 27 OECD nations, indicating that we are being outstripped by other countries with comparable economies. The fact is that while the UK has.
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Business confidence at record high

business-confidenceWhile large swathes of the country were under water a couple of weeks ago, it’s not dampening business confidence according to the accountancy industry body the ICAEW. A survey for the association, produced by accounting giant Grant Thornton, found that business confidence has now increased for six quarters in a row. This is echoed by reports from fellow accountants BDO. It’s.
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The UK unemployment rate drops again

unemployment-rateWith the UK unemployment rate dropping quickly to 7.1%, in the three months to November 2013, there is a strong case for optimism in the jobs market. Roughly 30.15 million people are now in work, an increase of 280,000 in the last quarter – the biggest increase since records began in the 1970s. As we went to press, however, this month’s.
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Strongest graduate jobs market in 2014

graduatesThere’s a collective sigh of relief as this year’s crop of university talent are tipped to have the strongest graduate jobs market in 2014 since the economic crisis took hold. New findings from High Fliers Research claim some of the UK’s biggest employers including Google, British Airways, John Lewis, the police and the civil service plan to recruit a total of.
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UK inflation rate is down to 2%; how does this affect the jobs market?

bank-of-englandNew Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney would appear to have the golden touch as the UK inflation rate is down to the targeted 2% earlier this month. According to reports, the UK’s inflation rate, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index, fell to 2% in December, down from 2.1% the month before. This drop has been helped by.
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Npower cut 1400 jobs

npowerThe North East jobs market is on a roller-coaster. The feel-good factor created by car manufacturer Nissan’s promise of 300 jobs locally has been undermined by energy company Npower, which has announced swingeing job-cuts, most of which fall in the region. Altogether, Npower cut 1400 jobs across the North and Midlands, after a decision to outsource much of its customer service.
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UK set to be the fastest growing economy in the West for 2014?

economyAccording to the UK Business Confidence Monitor, Britain is set to be the West’s fastest growing economy at the beginning of 2014. The report which is produced by accountants Grant Thornton and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), hit +24 during the third quarter, the highest reading since the second quarter of 2010. The ICAEW now.
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Job hunting hits two-year high

london-job-huntingIndications are that the jobs market is perking up. Hot on the heels of headlines proclaiming that unemployment has dropped to the three-year low of 7.6%, is news that job hunting has hit a two-year high. In short, one in four workers are scouring around for a new role, according to the report by HR body the CIPD, in partnership with.
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