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UK workers retraining to meet technology demands, report shows

August 31 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Recruiters have shared their views on skill development and career progression, with employers in some sectors reporting that they have seen an increase in fresh talent as UK workers retrain to meet the demand of changing technology.

This comes as research from professional services and Big Four firm PwC found that UK workers are willing to learn new skills or retrain for a new career.

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Britain’s newest challenger business bank for SMEs launched

A new challenger business bank for small and medium-sized businesses has launched in Britain.

Initially, Redwood Bank will focus on providing alternative lending services to SMEs in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. It will be Britain’s first challenger business bank with 100 per cent cloud-based infrastructure.

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APSCo data shows increase in permanent finance jobs

August 30 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has shown an increase in the number of professional jobs for the fourth consecutive month.

The finance sector saw the strongest growth. 

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Study reveals London’s best paying finance jobs

August 29 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

A study from the salary comparison website Emolument.com has revealed London’s highest paying jobs in finance.

The research analysed 4,000 salaries of senior professionals to identify the jobs which offer the best pay, with the banking industry being found to be the highest paying.

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Soft skills more important than exams, according to research

August 29 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has found 95 per cent of senior managers believe soft skills are more important than exam results.

The research surveyed 506 senior managers and found 98 per cent believe young people should invest more time developing soft skills such as communication and leadership. 

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Lloyds joins scheme to boost digital skills

August 28 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

Lloyds Banking Group is supporting a scheme to help thousands of people across the UK to improve their digital skills and manage their money online.

The charity Good Things Foundation will work with the bank to deliver the scheme.

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Millennials want internships that enhance development, research shows

August 25 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Millennials want access to internships that will provide them with opportunities to develop their skills, according to Lloyds Banking Group.

Their research showed a demand for meaningful skills, with millennials calling for companies to offer better internship programmes. 

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The best business podcasts

August 24 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular and they’re an alternative way to gain knowledge and get inspired.

Read on to discover some new listening material! 

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Demand for graduates remains high, study shows

August 24 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Demand for graduates remains high, with 79 per cent of employers planning to take on new recruits in 2017/2018. The study was conducted by HR resource website XpertHR.

The study surveyed 186 private and public sector employers. It found they are taking on the same amount or more graduates than in previous years.

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Trust and autonomy important to workplace happiness and productivity

August 23 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

New research from Peldon Rose has found that UK workers believe that trust and autonomy is important to being happy and productive in the workplace.

The research found that whilst 59 per cent of staff feel that they are most productive in the office, 33 per cent want to be more trusted with managing how and when they work.

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Young people more influenced by career opportunities than making money

August 23 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Young people aged 16 to 19 are more influenced by career opportunities than making money, when making a decision on what they want to do after school. 

The research from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) revealed the career worries of GCSE students, and the top drivers when it comes to deciding what to do after school. 23 per cent say they are most influenced by better career options. 

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Financial services bosses voted best in UK

August 22 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

A report from employee incentives company, One4all Rewards, has revealed the industries with the best bosses to work for in the UK, with financial services bosses taking the top spot.

The One4all Rewards Review of UK Management whitepaper, surveyed 1,024 UK employees and found bosses in the banking and insurance sectors are the best to work for. 

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How to become an accountant

August 21 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

This post will introduce you to the career of an accountant. You will learn which qualifications are best for this career path and what you can expect as a fully-fledged accountancy professional.

Accountancy is a well-respected and traditional role to enter. Though it takes much dedication, hard work and a high level of education, the career can be very rewarding.

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Development opportunities could boost engagement over summer slowdown

August 18 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Providing development opportunities could help to boost employee engagement as businesses face a quiet period, according to career transition firm Lee Hecht Harrison | Penna.

Research from the company found over 30 per cent of UK employees haven’t received formal training or development in their job, while 48 per cent have changed their job in the past five years. 

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Research shows increase in number of jobs in City of London

August 17 ,2017 | by 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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ACCA research reveals top routes for starting a career

August 17 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research commissioned by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has revealed the top ways for young people to start their career.

43 per cent of respondents believe university is the best option, followed by apprenticeships at 26 per cent, and professional qualifications at 15 per cent.

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London-based fintech company to launch new global currency

A London-based financial technology company is to launch a new global currency in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Glint, a start-up company that is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, has raised £3.1 million in funding from high-profile investors in the financial services and asset management sectors.

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Research reveals which interview questions help boost employment

August 15 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from CV-Library has revealed the interview questions that have helped candidates boost their employment chances.

The research surveyed 1,200 UK workers on their interview preparation techniques, and found 87.4 per cent of respondents believe there are certain questions that should be avoided in interviews.

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Millennials want quick career progression, research shows

August 14 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from management consulting company ManpowerGroup, has revealed what millennials look for in a career, with variety and quick progression being among their expectations.

The report surveyed 19,000 millennials to see how their work expectations differ from the rest of the workforce, what motivates them when it comes to career opportunities, and why they choose to remain with the same employers.

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Research reveals places where UK workers want to work

August 11 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

UK workers have revealed the places they would most like to work in, found new research from global cloud-based platform Fuze.

The research found that 85 per cent of UK workers believe they do not need to be in an office to be productive, with many wishing to work from locations such as parks, cafés or home.

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New generation of employees will boost business growth, research shows

August 10 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

The next generation of employees will have a positive impact on businesses, with 64 per cent of CEOs believing that they have the skills needed to boost business growth, according to research from recruitment and training agency Pareto Law.

The study, entitled Digital Learning and Gen Z, looked at how businesses are prepared to make use of the next generation of workers.

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Research finds workers in further education prioritise self-development

August 09 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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More UK adults using online banking, research shows

New research from Santander has found more UK adults are using online banking or mobile banking to check their balance.

Over 65 per of those surveyed use these methods at least once a week to access their accounts. 

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Research reveals cities and sectors with the highest average wage

August 08 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from Adzuna has revealed the top cities and sectors that offer the highest average wage.

The jobsite compiled data from 1.2 million jobs hosted on its website and compared average wages across the UK to identify the top ten cities with the highest average wage. 

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The pros and cons of HS2

August 07 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a railway line set to link the south of England with the north. It’s an ambitious and controversial plan with plenty of pros and cons.

HS2 is set to create plenty of jobs, not just for those in London, but in all areas it will pass through. It’s thought jobs will become available during the engineering process of the north-south railway and in the aftermath too in a range of industries. 

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