Internships: Good or bad?

InternshipsInternship has become shorthand for cheap labour in many companies and some industries. There are countless stories of well-qualified graduates working for free over many months in the vain hope of gaining paid employment. But before the credit crunch, internships were structured programmes of temporary work and some sectors still do see long term benefit in paying for work experience placements. Here.
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Sector focus: Finance part 2

Finance sector 2In part 1 of our financial sector focus, we explained how although the industry had seen a decline in job postings and applications, it was slowly on its way back up. This was highlighted by several banks and insurance companies making large profits, helping the industry recover at a steady speed. In part 2 we discuss the bad press coverage,.
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My worst hire ever

My worst hireHiring a new recruit can be costly, in fact the Charted Institute for Personnel Development estimates that it costs up to £6,125 to fill a vacancy. And hiring the wrong person can turn out to be even more expensive. A tribunal or the infamous ‘compromise agreement’ can run into thousands of pounds, and so it’s good to fix.
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Recruiter SoapBox: Should we be advertising British jobs in the EU?

Recruiter soapboxLast week it was revealed that 800,000 British jobs are being advertised to the EU through a website funded by the European Commission. Prominent recruitment specialist Mark Rainsbury stirs controversial waters and asks if this strategy works for the British economy.   “Nigel Farage reacted with predictable public outrage on hearing that 800,000 British jobs were being advertised in the.
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Sector focus: Finance

Finance sector focusEvery month we’ll be taking an in-depth look at a particular sector and letting you know how it’s doing. From employment figures and salaries to the latest trends and stories that rocked that industry. This month we’re giving you a snapshot on the financial industry, which unlike some of the more stable sectors we’ve previously focused on, has seen its fair.
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Would Scottish independence affect the jobs market?

Scottish independanceThere’s been a lot of debate about whether Scotland should become independent. In this video we discuss whether Scottish independence would affect Scottish jobseekers and businesses, and if so, how. We talk to people who are for and against independence and hear what they think it would mean for the Scottish jobs market. Our contributors are… Amy Dalrymple, Policy and Research Manager.
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How will Boris Johnson’s plans for Heathrow affect the job market?

Boris JohnsonHeathrow should be bought by the Government, bulldozed and turned into a new London borough for 250,000 people, according to Boris Johnson as the debate over airport expansion intensifies. The Mayor of London has been heavily criticised after outlining plans to convert the UK’s biggest airport into a residential area to make way for a four-runway hub to the east.
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How to build a successful recruitment team

How to build a recruitment teamYour recruitment team needs to be sublime if you want to impress and win clients. But we all know that bringing suitable personalities together into the perfect team is an art form as much as a science. And there’s no one-size fits all approach that’s going to work for such a finely tuned team. So where to look for inspiration? Twenty.
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The perils of company websites

Company websites may still be the favoured channel for candidates to find information about jobs, but don’t get too relaxed just yet as there’s a sting in this tail. Jobseekers don’t just want a job – they want a perfect match, so employers need to raise their game beyond yesterday’s benchmarks of what makes a great company site. Employers are miles.
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Scottish jobs market strenghtens

Scottish job marketTotaljobs recently reported an unprecedented rise in job opportunities in Scotland. Financial journalist and author Ian Fraser explains why. As Scotland ponders whether to remain part of the UK ahead of next year’s referendum, its jobs market is humming. The growth of private sector jobs over the past three years has been ahead of the UK as a whole.
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