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Accountants amongst the most in-demand professionals in 2018

December 28 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Accountants amongst the most in-demand professionals in 2018

Research from recruitment company Hays has revealed which workers are expected to be the most in demand in 2018.

The research surveyed 17,500 employers and workers and identified the sectors that are likely to need candidates that are suitably qualified and experienced in the New Year, with accountants, payroll team leaders and computer security staff being amongst the most in demand.

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UK banks now offering mobile cheques service

UK banks now offering mobile cheques service

Lloyds, Barclays and Halifax are now offering a service that enables customers to pay in cheques with their mobile phone.

Lloyds and Halifax quietly introduced the feature, which is available to customers who use mobile banking, back in October, whilst Barclays is still testing the service.

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UK business leaders feeling confident, research shows

December 27 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

UK business leaders feeling confident, research shows

Research from the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that business leaders in the UK have very confident expectations for their companies in 2018.

The study found that nearly half of business leaders were feeling quite optimistic or very optimistic about what 2018 will bring for their business.

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Research reveals top signs of a fulfilling career

December 27 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

Research reveals top signs of a fulfilling career

Research commissioned by Jardine Motors Group has revealed the top signs of a fulfilling career, with training opportunities, flexible working hours and regular promotions all making the list.

The research surveyed 1,700 workers to find out what today’s workers desire the most when it comes to their career, and found that the majority believe that looking forward to work is the top sign of a fulfilling career.

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Metro Bank launches new in-app payment function

December 21 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Metro Bank launches new in-app payment function

London-based challenger bank Metro Bank has launched a new payment function on its mobile banking app.

The function has been designed to provide the bank’s customers with more choices when managing their payments through the bank’s app, at the store, online or via phone. 

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Businesses optimistic about job creation in 2018, research shows

December 20 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Businesses optimistic about job creation in 2018, research shows

The latest CBI/Pertemps Network Group Employment Trends Survey has shown that businesses continue to be optimistic about creating jobs in 2018, despite uncertainty over Brexit.

The survey, which is in its 20th year, interviewed 299 businesses employing one million people and found that more than 50 per cent will be taking on more staff in the New Year.

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Retailers eyeing potential benefits of Open Banking, research shows

December 19 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Retailers eyeing potential benefits of Open Banking, research shows

Research from management consultant company Accenture has shown that retailers are eyeing the potential benefits of Open Banking.

The study surveyed nearly 80 payments executives from large retail companies to find out how they are planning to respond to the Revised Payments Services Directive, which is set to be introduced in January 2018.

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MBA or Master of Finance?

December 18 ,2017 | by LSBF Blog Staff

MBA or Master of Finance?

MBA or Master of Finance? Which degree is the best for you and your career?

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Research shows increase in angel investment in UK

December 18 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research shows increase in angel investment in UK

Research from the British Business Bank and the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) has shown an increase in angel investment in the UK.

The study revealed more than 40 per cent of angels invested more in 2016 than in the previous year.

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Number of recruitment industry start-ups reaches record high

December 15 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Number of recruitment industry start-ups reaches record high

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.

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Typical millennial wants to set up their own business

Typical millennial wants to set up their own business

Research from investment management company Legg Mason has found that nearly half of millennials in the UK want to set up their own business.

The company’s fifth annual Global Investment Survey explored the views of 15,300 people and found that more millennials in the UK are setting the goal of starting up their own company.

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Fintech firms growing faster than other start-ups, research shows

Fintech firms growing faster than other start-ups, research shows

A study carried out by online investment platform SyndicateRoom with research company Beauhurst has shown fintech companies are growing twice as fast as start-up businesses from other sectors.

The study looked at more than 500 UK start-ups and found there has been a 63 per cent annual growth in the value of early-stage investments in financial services firms, compared to 30 per cent for start-ups in other sectors.

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London leading the way for entrepreneurial spirit

London leading the way for entrepreneurial spirit

London is leading the way for entrepreneurial spirit, with the city topping the latest Barclays Entrepreneurs Index.

The index, which monitors start-up activity, new business growth and the exits of young enterprises, showed that whilst the future of young businesses is uncertain, London is still the main driver of entrepreneurial activity.

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How to save money at Christmas

December 13 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

How to save money at Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year has come again – but for many, it isn’t so wonderful for their wallets.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are our top tips on how to save money at Christmas.

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Data shows increase in demand for alternative finance services

December 13 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Data shows increase in demand for alternative finance services

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.

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Financial services companies bringing jobs back to UK

December 12 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Financial services companies bringing jobs back to UK

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.

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Mentoring programmes valued by 94% of women

December 12 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Mentoring programmes valued by 94% of women

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

Report shows increase in number of permanent staff placements

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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Digital-only banks leading the way, research shows

December 11 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Digital-only banks leading the way, research shows

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.

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Research shows demand for banking marketplace among UK consumers

December 08 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Research shows demand for banking marketplace among UK consumers

A report from Travelex Currency Solutions has found nearly 60 per cent of UK consumers want access to a banking marketplace to enable them to manage multiple accounts more easily.

The study surveyed 1,000 UK consumers and found that the number of money-related accounts has increased, with more consumers choosing to open accounts with fintech companies and challenger banks.

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Confidence at a high amongst UK entrepreneurs, research shows

December 08 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Confidence at a high amongst UK entrepreneurs, research shows

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.

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Research reveals most valued financial employee benefits

December 07 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Research reveals most valued financial employee benefits

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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Mobile payments becoming more popular among Brits, research shows

Mobile payments becoming more popular among Brits, research shows

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.

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Finance roles set to see biggest salary increases

December 06 ,2017 | by Anisa Choudhary

Finance roles set to see biggest salary increases

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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Tech-savvy Millennials lead the way with online investment platforms

December 06 ,2017 | by Erin O’Neill

Tech-savvy Millennials lead the way with online investment platforms

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.

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