Posts tagged with ‘UK’

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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Infographic – Recruiting for today’s public sector

TJ-Public-Sector-InfograpicFollowing the massive austerity cuts to thousands of public sector jobs, we ask, are the reforms realistic or have those plans been scuppered by the depletion of the civil service workforce? Totaljobs asked over 1,600 public sector professionals to get their opinion, and while 62% of public sector HR staff believe that there is a major skills shortage in many areas.
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City jobs up 25%

city-jobsSpecialist financial recruitment firm Astbury Marsden recently released a study that revealed that the number of London city jobs increased by 25% last month compared with a year ago. The report comes after the UK economy grew by 1.8% in 2013, its fastest pace in six years and the clearest sign yet that a recovery is actually underway. It’s not something.
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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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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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UK services sector growth reaches 16-year high

mechanicThe UK services sector, which accounts for around 75% of the UK’s economy, ended its strongest quarter in more than 16 years with a solid display of growth in September. The suggestion now is that the economy is approaching the same momentum it had pre-2008. The latest batch of impressive figures came from the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for services,.
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Construction & Manufacturing boost hints at economic recovery

constructionAccording to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistic, British GDP grew 0.7% in the second quarter of 2013, helped in part by the turnarounds in manufacturing and construction. In light of this, some economists have even gone as far as to predict that growth could pick up to more than 1% in the July-September period, strengthening the.
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Area focus: Wales pt. 2

welsh-valleyPart 1 of this area focus was based on the challenging, but generally upbeat state of the Wales region in comparison with the rest of the UK. We found that although unemployment had increased slightly in the past year, and there had been some significant job losses, new opportunities were also being created. The Office of National Statistics reveals that like.
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How does UK economic confidence compare to the rest of the world?

London-confidenceAccording to information and insights company Nielsen, global consumer confidence rose in the second quarter of this year thanks to more optimism about jobs, finances and spending in the United States, China and Japan. Around the world, Indonesia remains the most bullish consumer market, followed by the Philippines, which pushed India into third place. Meanwhile, Portugal retained its position as the.
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