Totaljobs recruiter news 10.06.13

All the jobs industry and recruiter news you need to know in the UK.

Labour leader urged to get his “facts right” on UK’s recruitment industry

Ed Miliband

Earlier this month Labour leader Ed Miliband gave a speech on his party’s welfare reform plans, which centred on jobs and growth in the recruitment sector.

However, Recruitment and Confederation (REC) chief executive, Kevin Green, called on Miliband to focus on the real issues impacting on compliance in the sector.

Green welcomed parts of the speech around welfare change, especially as he looked to deliver good jobs and employment prospects. But in terms of the recruitment industry, he said Miliband “just isn’t getting his facts right”.

He said: “One myth is that recruitment agencies are sourcing candidates exclusively from overseas. This simply isn’t the case. Time and again our members operating in sectors like manufacturing and hospitality tell us that they struggle to attract home-grown candidates for the roles on offer.

He added: “The more serious issue is Ed Miliband’s suggestion that agency workers are being used to undermine the pay and conditions offered to permanent staff.

“This oblique reference to the AWR is not based on fact and is particularly galling for our industry as it was the last Labour government that was responsible for writing the UK Agency Worker Regulations.”

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Britain’s ‘big four’ banks cut 189,000 jobs in five years

Big four banks

Britain’s four biggest banks will have cut 189,000 by 2014, since the start of the financial crisis, as employment in the industry hits a nine-year low.

According to figures published by Bloomberg, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays will employ around 606,000 people worldwide by the end of the year; this is down 25% from its peak of 795,000 in 2008.

Lloyds banking Group, which is 39% owned by the taxpayer, will have cut 31,000 jobs by the end of this year, including 2,340 in 2013. Barclays will have cut 20,800 jobs by the end of 2013 since the start of the financial crisis. This includes about 5,500 jobs lost in the UK between 2008 and 2012.

RBS has lost 78,000 jobs since its taxpayer bailout in 2008 and HSBC 14,000 staff.

“The continuing cost-cutting announcements you’ve been getting reflect an incredibly difficult revenue environment and that’s new,” said Simon Maughan, an analyst at Olivetree Securities.

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SAP announce plans to employ people with autism

SAP logo

German software firm SAP is targeting workers who have autism, in an attempt to drive innovation.

By 2020 the company plans to increase the number of employees with autism to 1% of its 65,000 strong workforce.

SAP will look to hire: software testers, programmers and data quality assurance specialists.

“By concentrating on the abilities that every talent brings to the table, we can redefine the way we manage diverse talents,” said Luisa Delgado, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Human Resources.

She added: “Only by employing people who think differently and spark innovation will SAP be prepared to handle the challenges of the 21st century.”

SAP has already hired six people with autism at its office in Bangalore, India, where they work as software testers.

The firm said its productivity had increased as a result of their efforts, and it now plans to take on more such staff in other countries.

Autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, are thought to affect about 1% of the population worldwide.

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