NEWS - EDUCATION & CAREERS
Deloitte's Society Partnership initiative is on the lookout for up to 40 charity partners in its ongoing efforts to provide services to improve people's employment prospects.
The company has offered to support charities and social enterprises on a new three-year corporate social responsibility programme, and applications are open now.Read more >>
According to a report from Deloitte, 71% of the UK's millennials intend to leave their current job within the next five years.
The age group 18 to 24 also sees two-thirds (63%) believing their leadership skills are not being fully developed in their current roles.Read more >>
Concerns have been raised over the new apprenticeship levy, with some businesses stating that it could be costly.
The latest CBI/Accenture Employment Trends Survey showed that job creation is on the up, but businesses are concerned about rising labour costs.
The survey, which was carried out between August and October 2015, showed that the number of jobs has continued to grow across the UK.Read more >>
New openings in the finance and accounting sector have increased by 16% year on year in the UK, according to new figures.
The good news for the industry comes as part of new research that shows overall professional vacancies have risen by 6%.Read more >>
The construction sector plays an important role in the state of the overall UK economy, and a new report produced on behalf of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and Big 4 firm KPMG has found robust but slower growth in demand for permanent and temporary staff during October.
Markit’s Report on Jobs lists different indexes that have been adjusted for seasonal factors and calculated from the percentages of respondents reporting variation in recruitment and employee earnings.Read more >>
Around 50 sixth-form students attending various London schools have been invited to Big 4 firm PwC’s offices to get lessons about taxation in a pilot project.
The new initiative, aimed at encouraging learning all about tax from a young age, uses interactive sessions and games to give students a grounding in the subject.Read more >>
A 12-week return to work programme has been launched by PwC to help people with an experienced accountancy background return to work.
The Big 4 firm's ‘Back to Business’ initiative will focus on women who have had an extended break, but it is open to anyone.Read more >>
A survey of young people employed on apprenticeships and school leaver schemes has placed E&Y at the top of the table.
RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk's annual poll of the best employers for school leavers found that the Big 4 firm beat rivals PwC, who were 8th in the table, and Deloitte, who came in at 15th. KPMG didn't make it into the Top 60 at all.Read more >>
Children in the UK who are just starting secondary school have a decent chance of living to 100 and will have up to 40 different jobs in their lifetime, a head teacher's conference at St Andrews University in Scotland has heard.
With graduate employability and a pending skills gap worrying many CFOs according to recent studies, chief executive of Fast Futures, Rohit Talwar, has been laying out a vision of the future for the leaders of UK educational establishments.
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According to the latest analysis on salary data by Michael Page, the global specialist recruitment company, the financial services sector offers an average of £20,000 more for roles in London than in any other UK region.
However, the analysis also revealed that some industries have a higher earning potential outside of London in other areas of the country.Read more >>
Big 4 rivals Deloitte, E&Y and PwC have all taken similar steps in dropping traditional academic requirements for those wishing to take the first steps on a career path in the industry.
Graduates and school leavers alike are benefiting from the change in approach as the accountancy sector giants join other major companies by using their own pre-employment tests to filter applicants.Read more >>
The selection process used by Big 4 firm Deloitte has been revamped to try and stop recruiters from knowing which school or university candidates attended.
The idea is to eliminate any 'unconscious bias' that might influence decisions. A new algorithm that considers contextual information along with academic results is also being introduced.Read more >>
A new academic report has found that women who graduate with a degree earn three times as much as those who do not.
According to researchers at the think tank Institute for Fiscal Studies, in association with Cambridge and Harvard universities, there is a £13,200 graduate premium for yearly wages.Read more >>
New statistics show that the public sector of the UK now only has 5.4 million workers, meaning it is at the lowest levels since records began in 1999.
The Department for Work and Pensions said the labour market figures saw a decrease of 16,000 in the second quarter, and overall public sector employment was down 59,000 over the last 12 months.Read more >>
A new survey conducted over the summer found that UK financial directors are more worried about the negative effects of a skill shortage than anything else.
China's economic slowdown and the possible of a 'Brexit' from the EU were seen as less of a threat to growth than the condition of the UK talent pool.Read more >>
Young graduates in Britain have witnessed a year-on-year average wage increase of £1,000, a growth of 4.2 per cent.
The wage growth increase for British employees has brought the nominal median salaries of young graduates up to £25,000. As a comparison, the figure for non-graduates in the same age range was £18,000.Read more >>
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have announced the results of a study that suggests hay fever can negatively affect exam performance.
According to the new research, school pupils who suffer from the condition, which is a common allergy reaction that mainly occurs around exam time months, do worse in their exams and may be less likely to attend a top university.
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A new experiment run as part of a BBC Two programme has found that British pupils taught by Chinese teachers performed better in maths and science exams.
The study compared the British and Chinese school systems and used the results of a series of exams designed by The Institute of Education who acted as an independent research body.Read more >>
Big 4 accountancy firm PwC has received the most applications from students this year.
One of the most established players in the accountancy sector recently made a controversial move regarding entry criteria and has now seen a huge surge in graduate and apprenticeship interest.Read more >>
With the results of this year's A-level exams just coming in, the latest figures reveal a slight fall in top grades achieved.
Despite this, a record numbers of students have been offered university places.Read more >>
Head of the admissions service UCAS says that there is now a significant gender gap for admissions to leading universities in the UK.
UCAS chief executive, Mary Curnock Cook, has urged action to increase the number of boys applying to go to university.Read more >>
A new report has revealed that privately-educated graduates earn more than their state-educated peers do only six months after leaving university, and the gap continues to increase up to three-and-a-half years after leaving.
The research from the Sutton Trust and upReach found that fee-paying school students who achieved a degree soon took home almost £4,500 more than other graduates.Read more >>
New research from the TUC reveals that the number of people working night shifts in the UK is rising.
The new report comes as London Underground workers are set to take strike action over proposals to introduce all-night servicesRead more >>
Online streaming service Netflix is not just shaking up the film and TV industries with its business model, it is also taking a fresh look at working practices for employees too.
The company has announced plans to let parents take “unlimited” parental leave for the first year following a new addition to the family.Read more >>
Wages in Britain will increase at fastest rate since the 2007 financial crisis, predicts independent thinktank.
When official figures are published later this week, workers in the UK are likely to see that real wages have grown at their fastest rate since before the financial crisis, according to a new forecast.
Independent thinktank Resolution Foundation expects that the coming release of employment figures will show that average weekly wages grew by 2.5 to 2.6 per cent in April this year, when compared with the same month last year. If we take into account that inflation has been near zero for the last few months, then real wages rose between 2.5 to 2.7 per cent - a near eight-year high.Read more >>