NEWS - EDUCATION & CAREERS

Mentoring programmes valued by 94% of women

December 12 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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.

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Report shows increase in number of permanent staff placements

December 11 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

The latest IHS Markit/REC Report has shown that the number of permanent placements increased at the fastest pace for three months in November.

The report identified the sectors that saw the biggest increase in permanent staff vacancies, with accounting and financial seeing the highest rise, followed by IT and computing.

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Research reveals most valued financial employee benefits

December 07 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

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.

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Finance roles set to see biggest salary increases

December 06 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from Robert Half has revealed which jobs will see the biggest salary increases in 2018, with several finance roles making the list.

The Robert Half 2018 Salary Guide revealed that junior developers top the list.

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Research shows increase in UK salaries

December 05 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Research from CV-Library has shown an increase in salaries across the UK, with a rise of 1.3 per cent last month compared with October.

The latest job market data also showed a rise of 1.9 per cent in salaries in November since the previous year, with many key sectors seeing growth.

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APSCo figures show increase in permanent contractor placements

November 30 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

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.

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Big Four firms sign up to Tech Talent Charter

November 27 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Professional services and Big Four firms Deloitte and PwC have joined an initiative that aims to boost the number of women in the technology industry.

The companies join 88 other firms that have signed the Tech Talent Charter, including banks and technology firms such as Lloyds Bank, Nationwide Building Society, Dell, and HP.

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Graduates want clear career prospects, according to research

November 24 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Graduates are more drawn to companies that offer clear career prospects, according to research from GTI.

The study surveyed 949 students and recent graduates and questioned them about career expectations and what they look for in an employer. The results found more than 50 per cent favour employers that offer career progression opportunities.

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Enhancing skills could help boost UK growth, according to research

November 23 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Lifelong learning and better career guidance could help boost growth and productivity in the UK, according to a report from the OECD.

The report, entitled Getting Skills Right: United Kingdom, showed 42 per cent of adults have a tertiary degree, compared to 34 per cent across the OECD. This suggests that an increasing number of people in the UK are completing higher education.

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Millennials favour Big Four firms and large businesses

November 20 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has revealed the most popular sectors that millennials working for small-medium businesses would like to move to.

Big Four firms and large businesses both topped the list at 21 per cent.

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LinkedIn launches career advice feature in UK

November 17 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

LinkedIn has launched a new feature to help its members to connect with professionals and receive or give careers advice on topics such as changing careers and career development.

The business-orientated social networking website first launched Career Advice in San Francisco and Australia earlier this year and is now rolling out the feature to the UK, US and India, with a global launch planned in the coming months.

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50% of UK workers want further training, research shows

November 17 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from online training platform Course Library has found 50 per cent of UK workers want employers to make a greater investment in further training in boosting digital skills.

The study of 1,000 adults aged between 18 and 64 found that while the majority of UK businesses are not doing enough to provide training, UK workers have a strong interest in boosting digital skills.

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Self-employed workers are the least stressed, according to research

November 16 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

People who work for themselves are less stressed and have better wellbeing than those who work for someone else, according to research from AXA Business Insurance.

The company’s annual Stress Index showed that whilst 78 per cent of people who are self-employed have experienced some stress, this is still lower than those in employment, with nine in ten people who work for someone else describing themselves as stressed.

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Flexible working is a key employee motivator, research shows

November 15 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Flexible working is one of the main drivers of motivation for UK employees, according to HSBC.

Their study found 89 per cent of employee respondents believe flexible working is a key motivator for boosting productivity levels. 77 per cent consider financial incentives to be the main motivator.

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The most appealing factors of a financial services career

November 13 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from recruitment company Robert Half Financial Services has revealed the most appealing factors of a career in the financial services industry.

The research, which coincided with International Accounting Day, found that 34 per cent of financial services leaders believe a career in the industry is attractive.

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Report shows permanent placements increase in London

November 10 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

The number of permanent placements in London has increased at its fastest rate since May. This information was reported by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Report on Jobs: London for October 2017.

The report also showed that the number of employed temporary/contract workers in London increased for the 15th successive month in October. The rate of growth increased at a faster rate from September.

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Research reveals desirable qualities employers look for when recruiting

November 09 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from Arch Apprentices has revealed the top qualities that employers look for when recruiting young candidates.

The research surveyed 500 business decision-makers and found that the majority of employers value enthusiasm when it comes to recruiting young people for their business, with this being cited by 74 per cent of respondents.

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Accenture launches programme to help professionals return to work

November 09 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Professional services company Accenture has launched a programme to help professionals who have taken a career break to return to work.

The Break|Through programme will offer professionals the opportunity to boost their skills and secure a job role with Accenture.

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Return-to-work programmes could improve gender equality, research shows

November 02 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research from recruitment company Hays has found 70 per cent of UK workers believe introducing return-to-work programmes or similar initiatives could help improve gender equality.

The Hays UK gender diversity report 2017 surveyed 5,400 workers in the UK. It found some employers are providing opportunities for workers that have taken a career break.

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Record drop in number of unemployed graduates

October 26 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

The graduate unemployment rate has dropped from 5.7 per cent in 2016 to 5.3 per cent, the lowest since 1989, according to a study from Prospects.

The annual study is titled What do graduates do? It was written in partnership with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), and it found that the number of unemployed and employed graduates has fallen. 

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Barclays offers free accommodation to recent graduate interviewees

October 25 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Barclays is to offer free accommodation for one month to graduates that are attending job interviews in London, Manchester, and Birmingham, starting from 30th October.

The move comes after research from the bank found graduates spend £506.55 on average securing their first job after university, with some attending more than three interviews before being offered a job.

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Data shows top ten UK cities for job growth

October 24 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Data from CV-Library has revealed the top ten cities in the UK for job growth in the third quarter of 2017, with London featuring in the top three.

The survey compared the figures with data from the same period last year and found that the number of advertised vacancies increased by 12.2 per cent year-on-year, with several of the UK’s major cities seeing the biggest rise in jobs.

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Generation Z workers expect quick promotions, according to research

October 19 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Generation Z workers have high expectations when it comes to career progression.

The study, which surveyed 1,000 18 to 23-year-olds, revealed men are feeling particularly positive about progressing in their career. 18 per cent expect a promotion within less than twelve weeks of commencing employment, compared to 5 per cent of women. 

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Apprentices can help fill skills gap, according to research

October 18 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Over 80 per cent of UK SMEs believe apprentices are the solution to solving the UK’s skills gap, according to the Close Brothers Business Barometer.

The quarterly found businesses believe providing more apprenticeships can help them gain access to skilled workers, with one in five having their own apprenticeship scheme in place.

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Springboard Consultancy launches personal and career development programme

October 17 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Training provider Springboard Consultancy has launched a personal and work development programme to help individuals gain skills and rapidly develop their career.

The Boost programme was piloted in early 2017. There is high demand from employers who want to help their staff boost their skills, develop their career and quickly become more valuable to the company.

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