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London banks on a hiring spree, says finance recruiter

April 21 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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ONS figures reveal average pay of jobs in UK

April 18 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed the average earnings for jobs across the UK.

The ONS surveyed 21,563,000 people in the UK to calculate the salaries of over 400 jobs, with roles such as chief executives, sales accounts and business development managers being amongst the highest-paid positions. 

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Think tank calls for more support for disadvantaged graduates

April 17 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is calling for more support for disadvantaged graduates to enable them to have better access to internships.

A report from the think tank, titled The Inbetweeners: The New Role of Internships in the Graduate Labour Market, found that whilst there are as many as 70,000 internships on offer, many of the positions do not offer meaningful learning opportunities. 

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London banks are hiring more staff for specialised finance roles

April 13 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

Investment banks in London are hiring more staff for specialised finance job roles, indicating that they are no longer concerned over Brexit, according to employment agency Robert Walters.

The agency revealed that banks in the city are looking for staff to fill permanent roles in areas such as finance control, risk and compliance and change management.

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Apprenticeships help to boost career prospects, research shows

April 04 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Over three quarters of young people believe that apprenticeships help to improve skills and boost their career prospects, according to youth charity YMCA’s Work in Progress report.

The report, which has been released ahead of the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, also found that four in five young people would recommend taking an apprenticeship.

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Entrepreneurs are happier than full-time workers, according to research

March 22 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Research from employee engagement company Personal Group has found that entrepreneurs in the UK feel happier and more motivated than people who work full-time.

The research surveyed 800 employees, including 124 self-employed workers, and found that over 60 per cent of those who are self-employed look forward to going to work. 

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Research shows connection between training opportunities and job satisfaction

March 16 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

New research from training platform Course Library has shown a strong connection between training and development opportunities and job satisfaction.

The research, which surveyed 1,000 workers aged between 18 and 64 in the UK, found that almost half are happy in their current job.

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Small businesses planning to recruit new staff, research shows

March 08 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

New research from Hitachi Capital has shown that there will be a jobs boost in the SME sector, with one in six small businesses set to recruit new staff by the end of April this year.

The company’s quarterly British Business Barometer, which surveyed SME decision-makers from 11 regions, found that 20 per cent of businesses that are less than five years old are planning to take on new staff by April.

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Employers consider people skills most valuable asset for employees

February 28 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

People skills have been named as the skill that business leaders believe is the most valuable for employees to have in a new survey from the Oxford Open Learning Trust.

The research, which was carried out by YouGov, surveyed more than 500 senior decision-makers and identified the soft skills that are the most desirable to employers when it comes to recruiting new staff. Over 70 per cent of respondents cited people skills as the most valuable. 

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Amazon to create 5,000 new UK jobs in 2017

February 21 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Amazon has announced plans to create 5,000 new jobs in the UK in 2017, which will bring the company’s UK workforce to over 24,000.

The company will be searching for staff across a range of areas and will also be offering apprenticeship opportunities. 

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January sees job application and salary increase, research shows

February 05 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Job applications and salaries were up last month, with an increase of 55 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively, according to data from CV-Library.

The research also showed a significant increase in job growth, with the number of jobs rising by 38 per cent month-on-month and 5.1 per cent year-on-year. 

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Research shows increase in highly paid part-time jobs

January 31 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

There has been an increase in the number of part-time roles paying more than £40,000 a year, with a rise of 5.7 per cent in the past year, according to research from flexible working group Timewise.

The research found that over 770,000 people on a higher salary now work part-time and also showed that the traditional nine-to-five structure is changing as more businesses consider using job shares. 

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Microsoft to offer free digital training in UK

January 27 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Microsoft has become the latest tech company to announce free digital literacy skills training to everyone in the UK.

The company will offer free online training to 30,000 public servants in the UK to help them boost their knowledge of digital literacy skills. 

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UK employees want to work from home, according to research

January 17 ,2017 | by Claire Payne

Research has found that over 80 per cent of workers in the UK would like to work from home, whilst just 36.5 per cent currently do so.

The research marks the start of Work From Home Week, which was launched yesterday and will run until January 22. 

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Employers changing recruitment process to access top talent, survey shows

January 12 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Employers are changing their recruitment process to enable them to have access to talented staff more quickly, according to a survey from TotalJobs.

The study of over 3,000 jobseekers and 100 employers found that over 45 per cent of employers have shortened their hiring process as they struggle to find and compete for talented staff.

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Workers believe stability is key to successful career, research finds

December 15 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

New research has revealed how people feel about achieving success in their career.

The survey from First Direct questioned 2,000 British people on the definition of success and what they believe employers should do to enable them to have a successful career.

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International recruitment app launches in UK

November 30 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Jobseekers in the North East region of the UK will be the first to access job opportunities through recruitment app HiUp.

The launch will mark the first time that the app has been made available in the UK.

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Google to offer free digital skills training in UK

November 17 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Google is to offer free digital skills training to everyone in the UK to help them make the most of the company’s online tools.

The new programme, which is set to launch next year, will provide support for individuals and businesses across the country. 

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Flexible working one of top three benefits for employees

November 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Flexible working has been named one of the three most important priorities for employees when they are presented with a package of benefits, cited by over three quarters of respondents in a survey by BT.

The company’s Mobile multiplier report surveyed 1,528 employees in offices throughout the UK, France, Germany and Spain, and similarly found that over 65 per cent of respondents consider being able to work independent of location and use good technology flexibly better benefits than a company car

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Flexible working hours reduce workplace stress, says study

November 04 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Introducing flexible working hours would contribute most to reducing stress at work, according to a study by Cascade HR.

The research surveyed over 1,000 full-time or part-time employees and asked them what their employers could do to help reduce stress. Introducing flexible working hours was cited by nearly half of respondents. 

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Millennials want their own business, shows research

November 03 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Over 35 per cent of millennials want to be their own bosses and have their own business, according to a new study from Opinium Research.

The research found that over 50 per cent of millennials hope to become self-employed by the time they reach their late 20s. 

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Highest paid jobs of 2016 revealed

November 02 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

The UK’s top ten highest paid jobs of 2016 have been revealed in a survey from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2016 used 2015/2016 pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) tax records to obtain the data, surveying a sample of 1 per cent of full-time workers from each occupation. 

 

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Search for young entrepreneurs launched in Cumbria

November 01 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

A scheme has been launched to search for entrepreneurs as young as five in Cumbria, with 20 schools from the county teaming up with businesses to help pupils develop business skills.

The Bright Stars 2017 scheme will begin on January 16 next year and will run until 13th March, giving pupils the opportunity to receive mentoring from a wide range of businesses. 

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Perks and rewards are important to employee satisfaction, survey shows

October 27 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Over two-thirds of adults in the UK believe that perks and benefits are essential to their general satisfaction at work, according to research from employee engagement platform Perkbox.

The research, which surveyed 1,072 adults in the UK, looked at how employees from different age groups feel about perks and rewards in the workplace and found that 30 per cent are not happy in their current job role and would move to a job that offers better benefits. 

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Employee Benefits Awards return for 15th year

October 26 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

An awards ceremony that celebrates employers who have made a significant contribution to their business through reward strategies has returned for its 15th year.

The Employee Benefits Awards 2017, which are sponsored by businesses including AON, Wealth at Work and Xerox, are now accepting entries.

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