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Travelling could help make UK adults more employable, research shows

June 19 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Small businesses are missing out on skilled women, research shows

Research from professional recruitment consultancy Robert Walters has shown that small businesses are missing out on skilled women, with just 12 per cent having a strategy in place to attract women returning to work after a career break.

But, businesses were found to be helping professionals returning from a break maintain a good work-life balance, with 64 per cent offering flexible hours, or the chance to work partly from home, and 70 per cent offering part-time work.

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5 ways to fund your MBA

June 16 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

An MBA qualification is highly desirable – not least for the potential boost to salary and career opportunities for graduates.

Luckily, when it comes to funding your course, there are options.

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World’s third largest financial services firm to be headquartered in London

The world’s third largest financial services firm is set to be based in London. This is following the successful merger of financial software company Misys, and payments and lending technology provider D+H. The new merger has been named Finastra.

Finastra aims to provide the largest set of banking, lending, and capital markets software to businesses globally. 

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REC brings together experts to prepare for jobs market challenges

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has launched a review that brings together leading employers, academics, and labour market experts to help recruiters and employers to prepare for challenges in the labour market.

The Future of Jobs commission will aim to provide insight to the new UK government about how demographic and technological changes will impact the UK labour market.

 

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REC brings together experts to prepare for jobs market challenges

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has launched a review that brings together leading employers, academics, and labour market experts to help recruiters and employers to prepare for challenges in the labour market.

The Future of Jobs commission will aim to provide insight to the new UK government about how demographic and technological changes will impact the UK labour market.

 

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British businesses are optimistic about recruitment plans, report shows

Businesses in Britain are feeling optimistic about their recruitment plans, with some still looking to boost their headcount despite political and economic uncertainty over Brexit and the general election, according to a report from ManpowerGroup.

The report surveyed 2,109 UK employers and asked them whether they planned to take on additional staff or reduce their employee numbers over the next quarter. The report found that businesses have a positive outlook of 5 per cent when it comes to hiring new staff.

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Work perks could be key to workplace success, research shows

Work perks could help to boost morale and enable employers to get the most out of their employees, according to research from packaged bank account claims specialist Banking Refunds.

The research surveyed over 1,500 British workers, exploring their attitudes on workplace perks and benefits, and found that over 35 per cent feel happier at work when receiving perks.

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Employment rate remains at a high, Labour Force Survey shows

June 14 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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

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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Financial literacy is a vital life skill, according to research

June 12 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

Research from investment managers M&G Investments found that financial literacy is a vital life skill, with more than 50 per cent of parents believing that schools have an important part to play in financial education.

The research surveyed over 500 parents and 360 grandparents, exploring their views on financial education. It found that 28 per cent of parents believe that children should take responsibility when it comes to understanding money, whilst over 25 per cent think that grandparents should have a role to play in their grandchildren’s financial education.

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Online learning could help to overcome career slumps, survey shows

June 09 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

Research by innovative training platform Course Library has shown that online learning and career progression opportunities could help people to overcome a career slump.

The research surveyed 1,200 people aged between 18 and 64 and found that 80.6 per cent of workers in the UK have experienced a career slump, with over 32 per cent believing that this is due to a lack of career progression.

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Mobile banking rising in popularity, research shows

Mobile banking is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with more people using a smartphone to access their bank account on a regular basis, according to research from market research company Forrester.

The European Financial Services Survey surveyed 3,870 online consumers in the UK and found that 35 per cent of respondents use a smartphone to log into their bank account every month, whilst 21 per cent use a tablet and 1 per cent use a smartwatch. 

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More executives using networking for job search process, research finds

June 07 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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 reveals financial planning trends of millennials

June 06 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

Research from global asset management firm Legg Mason has revealed the financial planning trends of UK millennials, with smartphones being found to be the most popular way of engaging with financial services.

The Global Investment Survey found that over 90 per cent of millennials aged between 18 and 35 use a smartphone to access the internet, compared to 52 per cent of those aged between 53 and 71. However, just 16 per cent of respondents were found to be in favour of technology-led financial planning. 

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Research shows increase in demand for HR and recruitment professionals

June 05 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Research shows increase in demand for HR and recruitment professionals

June 05 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Number of IT jobs increases after cyberattacks, figures show

Figures from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have shown an increase in the number of IT security vacancies following the recent cyber security attacks.

Demand for security jobs was found to be the strongest in sectors that hold sensitive data, such as the accountancy, retail and education sectors.

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Research shows a continued need for financial education among Brits

June 02 ,2017 | by Thiago Kiwi

Research from Aviva has shown a continued need for financial education across the UK, with over 60 per cent of Brits saying that they wish they had learnt more about financial matters earlier in life.

The research, which surveyed 2,166 people in the UK, showed the impact that a lack of financial knowledge has had on Brits, with over 40 per cent still being affected by financial mistakes that they made in the past.

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Seedrs teams up with NatWest to offer alternative funding options

June 01 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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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Job vacancies reach highest level since 2015

June 01 ,2017 | by Hari Sri

The number of job vacancies in the UK has reached its highest level since 2015, according to figures from jobsite Adzuna.

The UK Job Market Report showed that 1,179,586 job openings are now being advertised, with just 0.44 jobseekers for every vacancy, creating an opportunity for people to change their job or explore other employment options.

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How to succeed in your ACCA studies

May 31 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

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

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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Google launches free app to help boost skills in UK

Google has launched a free mobile app to provide people of all ages across the UK with free digital training.

The launch of the Digital Garage app is part of the tech company’s wider commitment to help people across the country to boost their skills. 

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Research reveals highest-paid jobs for women

Research from Savoystewart.co.uk has revealed the top ten industries that have the smallest pay gap and offer the highest-paid jobs for women in the UK.

The research analysed figures from the Office for National Statistics and identified the industries that have a pay gap of less than 10 per cent.

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