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Research shows increase in number of jobs in City of London

August 17 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

Helen Gould

The latest city jobs index from recruitment company Robert Walters has shown an increase in the number of jobs in the City of London.

The figures show a rise of 37 per cent in July compared with the same period last year.

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Research finds workers in further education prioritise self-development

August 09 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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New research from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and the Society for Education and Training (SET) has explored career trends within the further education and training sector.

The online research is the first of its kind to explore barriers to career progression and career aspirations in the sector.

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Data shows increase in job applications and job vacancies

August 07 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Data from CV-Library has shown an increase in job applications and advertised job vacancies, with a rise of 1.1 per cent and 8.3 per cent respectively.

The data revealed the locations that saw the highest rise in job applications last month, with Bristol topping the list at 6.5 per cent, followed by Guildford at 6.3 per cent and Southampton at 5.9 per cent.

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Data shows increase in permanent vacancies in finance

July 31 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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New data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has shown that permanent vacancies in the finance sector have increased by 8 per cent since last year.

The overall number of permanent vacancies showed a rise of 2 per cent in June 2017 compared with 2016.

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Information hub launched to provide self-employment skills

July 21 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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A new information hub has been launched to help executives gain the skills they need to become successful “self-drive workers.”

Launched by Russam GMS Founder Charles Russam, Working Free provides advice and resources for senior-level executives that are looking to become self-employed.

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Accountancy sector continues to grow, figures show

July 14 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Figures from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have shown that accountancy student numbers have risen to 164,000 in the UK.

There has also been growth in the number of female members and students, with 35 per cent of members now being female.

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General election leads to boost in jobs, employment monitor shows

July 12 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The number of financial services jobs in London increased month-on-month in June as a result of the 2017 general election, according to Morgan McKinley’s London Employment Monitor.

This is the third year in a row that this figure has risen, with an increase of 18 per cent in 2016 after the EU referendum and a rise of 56 per cent in 2015 after the previous general election.

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IT professionals are the most sought-after in London, shows research

July 07 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and Vacancysoft has shown the high demand for IT professionals in London, with IT jobs accounting for 28.4 per cent of all job vacancies in the two-year period up to May 2017.

The data showed a 10 per cent rise in vacancies across the board in the three months leading up to May 2017 and a rise of 2.6 per cent in the same period in 2016.

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Women in Finance awards recognises talented women

July 03 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Talented women in the finance sector have been recognised at the Women in Finance Awards 2017, which took place in London last week.

The awards are the European finance industry’s largest diversity-led event, with 119 finalists from a wide range of sectors in the industry being celebrated this year, including accountancy and banking.

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APSCo research shows increase in permanent job vacancies

June 28 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has shown an increase in the number of permanent vacancies in the UK.

The data showed that permanent vacancies for professional jobs increased by 1 per cent in May 2017, whilst permanent roles in finance and engineering increased by 7 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.

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Travelling could help make UK adults more employable, research shows

June 19 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Travelling could help UK adults to gain invaluable skills and make them more employable, according to research from hostel booking website Hostelworld.

The research surveyed 1,000 people in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, South Korea and Brazil, and found that 64 per cent of UK adults and 82 per cent of employers believe that travelling can make people more employable.

 

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Employment rate remains at a high, Labour Force Survey shows

June 14 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The employment rate in the UK continues to be at a high at 74.8 per cent, according to the Labour Force Survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures showed that the number of employed people increased between November 2016 and January 2017 and continued to rise between February and April 2017. 

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Lloyds Bank PMI shows London employment and business activity growth

June 13 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The latest Lloyds Bank Regional Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has shown a boost in business growth and employment in London for the month of May.

The PMI, which is an economic health check of the UK’s regions, showed that business activity grew at a faster rate in London than in the rest of the UK last month, with rising business demand helping to boost employment levels in the city.

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More executives using networking for job search process, research finds

June 07 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Networking is becoming a more important part of the job search process, with over 75 per cent of executives using this method to select candidates, according to research from executive search provider Korn Ferry.

The research has shown a decline in the importance of CVs when it comes to the job search process, with just 3 per cent of business executives believing that resumes are still the most important.

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Research shows increase in demand for HR and recruitment professionals

June 05 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Demand for HR professionals and recruitment specialists increased in March 2017, up by 4 per cent and 12 per cent respectively from March 2016, according to data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

The data identified the top sectors for job growth within HR over the past 12 months, with advertising seeing the highest growth at 34 per cent, followed by media at 33 per cent.

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Seedrs teams up with NatWest to offer alternative funding options

June 01 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Seedrs has teamed up with NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to become part of the Capital Connections programme.

Through the programme, the crowdfunding platform will be joining a panel of funders to provide alternative finance solutions to business and commercial customers of NatWest and RBS in the UK who are unable to access the financial support they need through traditional funding routes.

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How to succeed in your ACCA studies

May 31 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Going into the accountancy field is a big decision. If you’re planning to study for the ACCA qualification, one of the main factors you may have considered is the notorious difficulty of the exams – and how much work you’ll have to put in to ensure you get a good mark.

Don’t be too discouraged though; here’s our advice on how to give yourself the best chance of success.

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Increasing salaries would attract the right candidates, says recruitment agency

May 31 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Employers should consider offering a higher salary in order to attract the right candidates for jobs, according to recruitment agency Select Appointments.

The advice comes after recent research from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) found that over 40 per cent of employers have had to increase salaries to attract suitable candidates for jobs. 

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Financial education helps employees cope with life issues, research finds

May 04 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Financial education in the workplace can help employees to cope with life issues, with 48 per cent believing that it would enable them to save for retirement, according to a report from Capita Employee Benefits.

The Insight report surveyed over 1,800 employees aged 16 or over in the UK and found that over 75 per cent believe that being provided with financial education would enable them to cope with issues such as saving for retirement or saving up for a deposit on a mortgage.

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Challenger bank to offer financial workshops to educate consumers

May 03 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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The UK is to receive another challenger bank as Chicago-headquartered Iam Bank plans to expand and roll out online services, branches and financial workshops to consumers.  

The company, which has dubbed itself the “Apple store” of banking, will be the first bank of its kind to offer learning and therapy-based financial workshops to help educate consumers on their financial decisions. 

 

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London banks on a hiring spree, says finance recruiter

April 21 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Banks are no longer worried about Britain leaving the EU, according to London-based finance headhunting firm Robert Walters. The recruiter stated that the banks are on a hiring spree across the UK, and this has prompted the company’s net fees to increase by 27 per cent in the first three months of 2017.

CEO, Robert Walters, stated that banks are positive about the UK now and are showing signs of commitment. They are looking for staff in specialised fields, such as investment management, cyber security, compliance and change management. There appears to be a great demand for specialists in these fields. 

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What are your options after you get your ACCA results?

April 18 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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For most students, passing the ACCA exams takes up a huge amount of their time and energy – but once the results are in, a whole new challenge begins.

Here’s our advice on what to do, whether you pass or not.

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Online business education guide launched for UK SMEs

April 12 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Business valuation expert Company Valuation Services (CVS) has launched an online guide to help UK businesses learn how to increase their potential.

The online guide offers expert advice and guidance for UK businesses to help them boost the value of their company in 12 months.

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MarketInvoice funding to UK businesses reaches record high

April 11 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Peer-to-peer invoice finance platform MarketInvoice funded a record £130 million of invoices in the first quarter of 2017, a 160 per cent rise from the first quarter of 2016.

The company also achieved a record high in March, with £54.7 million worth of invoices raised by businesses in the UK being funded.

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Research reveals investment needs of UK’s early-stage businesses

March 27 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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Research from the UK Innovation Hub and Tech City UK has revealed what early-stage businesses believe are the most important factors for raising external finance.

The research found that start-ups believe that personal trust and chemistry is the most important factor, whilst access to a wide network of investments is also considered to be important, cited by three-fifths of respondents.

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