Totaljobs recruiter news 29.05.13

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

Unemployment rises and pay growth slows, ONS figures show

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The number of unemployed people in the UK has risen to 2.52 million, the latest job figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

There was an increase of 15,000 in the three months to the end of March, and the unemployment rate now stands at 7.8%.

The figures also revealed that total pay increased by 0.4% between January and March 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. However, the growth rate has not been lower since March to May 2009. Regular pay rose by 0.8% over the same period, the lowest growth rate since comparable records began in 2001.

Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) head of policy, Kate Shoesmith, remained optimistic despite this month’s figures. She said: “Recruiters are telling us they are seeing employer confidence returning, illustrated for instance by the hiring process starting to speed up and decisions about taking people on being made more quickly.

“We remain optimistic there will be growth in the jobs market in 2013.”

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HSBC to cut 14,000 jobs

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Nearly 14,000 jobs could be lost at banking giant HSBC, as its chief executive Stuart Gulliver aims to reduce costs, boost profitability and pay big dividends to shareholders.

The job cuts would reduce the firm’s headcount to around 240,000 over the next three years.

The bank is aiming to save £2 billion in annual costs as tougher regulations eat into profits.

“HSBC is now simpler, easier to manage and ready and able to take advantage of opportunities to grow,” Gulliver said.

He added: “We are confident that these measures will deliver consistent and superior financial results and move us closer to achieving our ambition of being the world’s leading international bank.”

This month also saw another banking firm reduce staff numbers.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has said it expects to cut 1,400 jobs from its retail banking head office over the next two years.

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SAP in autism recruitment drive

SAPSAP, the German computer software company has announced plans to hire hundreds of employees with autism, as they believe it will “spark innovation”.

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

Autism is a developmental disorder that can cause problems with social interaction and physical behaviour.

However, some people with the condition are highly intelligent and have a keen attention to detail.

“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 now it plans to take on more staff in other countries

The company will work with Specialisterne who specialise in harnessing the talents of people with autism to work in technology-oriented jobs.

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