News burst: 23 November 2012

Recruitment freeze at the FT The Financial Times (FT) has imposed a recruitment freeze in a run up to Christmas in a bid to control costs in an increasingly tough advertising market. In an internal email sent by FT chief executive.
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Working parents: can they actually afford to work?

Today’s working parents in the UK are caught in a worrying spiral of increasing childcare costs and failing family incomes. According to a recent article written by Childcare Minister, Liz Truss MP, in the Telegraph, “high childcare costs are putting British mothers off going.
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Is it really grim up North?

While some regions in the UK were encouraged by unemployment figures rising by 50,000 in three months, there were wasn’t much optimism in the North, which continues to have the highest unemployment in the country. Trade union Unison’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, pointed out the bigger economic picture shows that any talk of growth is premature. In areas such as Yorkshire and Humberside,.
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Tips for part-time recruiters

If you’re new to recruiting, or it’s something you don’t do very often, it can seem like quite a daunting job. From understanding what you’re legally allowed to ask candidates, to ensuring your interview technique gives you relevant information, it all may feel like uncharted territory. So what can part-time recruiters learn from those who find hiring second nature? And what are.
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Too good to be true?

Writing a CV is becoming an art form today and people are investing increasing amounts of time making theirs just right. But sometimes the sales aspect can go a  little too far and at other times not far enough. So how can you make sure you’re neither having the wool pulled over your eyes or binning the perfect candidate? Whether you’re.
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Planning changes: will they boost the construction industry?

The Government’s bid to kick-start the economy by proposing a year-long free-for-all in house and business extensions might not be such a panacea for the jobs market. The controversial proposals double the area that homeowners and businesses can extend outside conservation areas. That means detached homeowners will be able to build a single storey up to eight metres into their gardens.
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When headhunting goes wrong

The very nature of search and selection means when mistakes are made they tend to be pretty big ones, often with major consequences. Here are five real examples of what happens… when headhunting goes wrong! Please note, names have been changed to protect the innocent… 1. Hung up by a phone provider Self-employed Derek White wasn’t even looking for a permanent job when.
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Making your mind up

As some of you may have read previously, I’m not just a recruiter, I also coach my clients, mainly back into employment, and run a CV-writing service as well. One of the biggest debates I have with my clients is about the length of time a recruiting line manager actually spends reviewing their CV before making a decision. I tell my.
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Totaljobs Barometer report: Q3 2012

The UK jobs market continued to buck expected trends by showing decent growth in the third quarter of 2012, with improvements of 5% from the same period last year and 4% compared to the previous quarter. Is this down to the much-publicised ‘Olympic effect’? Well, this quarter showed the biggest July and August we’ve seen yet on the Barometer, with.
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Is the jobs market cashing in on the feel-good factor?

While the summer of sport obviously brought money and tourism into the UK, what has been the real effects on the jobs market? According to recent figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the recent sporting events has unquestionably delivered a boost to Britain’s jobs market as unemployment dropped and Britain’s part-time workforce soared. But the question still remains.
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