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Barclays to create 100 new jobs for private banking expansion

Barclays is to create 100 new jobs as part of the bank’s plan to expand its private banking business and attract wealthy clients.

The new roles come three years after Barclays ended its first expansion plan, which was launched in 2010. 

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UK unemployment rate reaches its lowest level in 42 years

The UK unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 42 years, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

The figures showed a drop of 4.6 per cent in the UK’s unemployment rate, with the number of people out of work falling by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the three months leading up to March.

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Graduate recruitment app Debut launches national petition for interview feedback

Student and graduate recruitment app Debut has launched a national petition calling for the government to make it a requirement for employers to provide interview feedback for candidates.

The petition, which is part of Debut’s #FightForFeedback campaign, comes after research from the app found that over 80 per cent of candidates who have attended an interview have not received feedback.

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Top degree subjects for getting a job revealed

The top 12 degree subjects for getting a job have been revealed in new research from the Telegraph.

The data, which was obtained using the latest information from the Telegraph’s university course finder and originally sourced from The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for 2014-2015, ranks the top degrees for jobs, with subjects such as business and technology featuring on the list. 

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Londoners most keen to impress a new employer, study shows

May 09 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

New research from CV-Library has found that professionals in London are the most keen to impress a new employer, with over 65 per cent of workers in the city saying that they aspire to impress their boss for as long as they are with the company. 

The research surveyed 1,000 workers in the UK and revealed the steps that Londoners are taking to impress their new employer, with effectively managing their workload being the top approach at 22.4 per cent.

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Young Londoners most likely to consider flexible working, research finds

Research from conference calling specialists Powwownow has found that 18 to 24-year-olds in London are the most likely to consider flexible working (85 per cent).

The company’s survey of 2,000 working professionals found that business leaders in London allow their staff to have a total of three hours and 31 minutes away from the office a week, compared to the average time of two hours and 34 minutes in the rest of the UK.

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Challenger bank to offer financial workshops to educate consumers

May 03 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Barclays to create over 1,500 new jobs in UK

May 01 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

Barclays Bank is to offer employment opportunities across the UK, with 1,750 IT roles set to be made available at the company’s services centre.

The majority of the job roles will be based in the North West, but the company will also be offering employment opportunities in London. 

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Fintechs entice MBA graduates away from banking and consulting

April 26 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

In the past, most MBA graduates have chosen to become consultants in professional services firms or to work in banking after completing their education. However, this trend is changing.

With fintechs on the rise, students find them appealing; they are able to work in a fast-moving, innovative environment and see the results of their efforts - something they can’t often experience in the world of consulting.

 

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University education stimulates brain, finds research

April 25 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

UK researchers have found that the brain is more stimulated when a person goes to university or takes up a leadership role at their workplace.

They believe that this can make people less prone to brain-related illnesses, such as dementia.  

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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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