Research from specialist PR firm for the recruitment industry ClearlyPR has shown that the number of start-ups in the recruitment industry in 2017 has reached a record high.
The figures, which were obtained under a Freedom of Information Request from Companies House, showed that 9,001 recruitment agencies have been started since January 2017, bringing the total number of agencies now trading in the UK to a record high of 35,275.
Data from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance has shown an increase in demand for alternative finance services in the UK.
The figures showed growth across the UK’s alternative finance market, including crowdfunding, invoice trading, and marketplace lending. The date found a year-on-year rise of 43 per cent in 2016 from £3.2 billion to £4.58 billion.
Companies in the financial services sector are bringing jobs back to the UK as offshore regions face rising prices and skills shortages, according to research from recruitment company Robert Half Financial Services.
The research showed an increase in the level of onshoring amongst financial services executives, with 59 per cent of businesses transferring their offshored business operations back to the UK, which could result in a jobs boost in the financial services sector.
A recent study carried out by recruitment company Robert Walters highlighted the importance of career development among women. They found that 94 per cent of females believe mentoring programmes are valuable to helping them develop their career.
The research showed a lack of development programmes in the workplace, with 45 per cent of businesses surveyed offering no development schemes and 18 per cent of employers not offering any career development opportunities at all.
Research commissioned by data management vendor Relay 42 has shown that digital-only banks are becoming increasingly popular with Brits, with 27 per cent having already moved to a mobile-only bank and 26 per cent considering doing so.
The study surveyed over 2,000 Brits and identified the main reasons for respondents choosing to switch to digital-only banks, with more than half citing a better online experience and functionality.
A new survey from the Institute of Directors (IoD) has shown that UK entrepreneurs are feeling confident, with those who run young companies feeling more positive than those running established companies.
The research surveyed 628 members from entrepreneur group IoD99 and found that 83 per cent of entrepreneurs are feeling optimistic about their business prospects over the next year, compared to just 56 per cent of businesses in the IoD overall membership, who were surveyed in separate research.
Research from financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown has revealed the top financial employee benefits.
The company’s report, entitled Workplace benefits, surveyed a total of 349 employers across the UK and found that workplace pensions are one of the most valuable financial benefits for employees, with this being cited by 36 per cent of respondents.
More people in Britain are taking advantage of mobile payments, according to research from payment systems company Vocalink.
The company’s State of Pay 2017 report surveyed more than 2,000 British consumers across all age groups. They found that payment services provided by applications including Apple Pay, for example, are rising in popularity across the UK.
Millennials are using their knowledge of technology and social media platforms to seek out new online investment platforms, according to a report from peer-to-peer (P2P) business lending platform ArchOver.
The report, entitled Next Gen: Investors and Savers, questioned 2,000 UK adults on how they feel about risk and investment in the current climate and found that more than 65 per cent are savers, with these respondents choosing banking methods such as savings accounts and pensions.
The latest Barclays Entrepreneurs Index has shown London continues to be the UK’s top city for entrepreneurship, with the number of high-growth businesses in the city increasing by 9 per cent year-on-year.
The annual index showed that the city accounts for 37 per cent of the UK’s high-growth companies and also has the highest overall number of private equity-backed companies at 204.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has estimated that small and medium-sized businesses in the UK accounted for 60 per cent of employment in the private sector in the past year.
The figures showed that the number of SMEs in the UK has hit a record high of 5.7 million, up by 200,000 from last year and an increase of 2.2 million since the start of the millennium.
Sixteen businesses that have accessed responsible business finance have been announced as finalists at the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.
The awards, which are run by the Citi Foundation in partnership with Responsible Finance, are a celebration of the best emerging micro-entrepreneurs and the responsible business finance providers that support them
Demand for permanent professionals increased in October, with an annual rise of 0.2 per cent in vacancies, according to the latest figures from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
The data, which concentrates on professional recruitment, showed that while demand fell across all of APSCo’s core sector groups, permanent placements increased across a number of sectors.
Research conducted for the Nottingham Building Society has shown that UK adults need more access to financial advice on how to save their money, with more than 20 per cent believing that they are not saving enough.
The research surveyed more than 1,000 adults aged 18 and over and found that young people are the most affected, with 30 per cent of under 35s believing that they are not saving enough as a result of not having enough access to financial advice, compared to just 12 per cent of adults aged over 55.
A report from research and strategy firm Source Global Research has shown banks increased spending on consultants in 2016, with a growth of 8.4 per cent globally.
The Financial Services Consulting Market 2017 showed spending increased to £10.2 billion. Spending was up by 8.3 per cent in the global financial services industry, with the UK, US, and DACH being the biggest spenders.