LSBF Blog - Global Matters
Prospects has launched a special edition of the Graduate Market Trends journal to help people to gain a better understanding of the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy.
The journal was launched earlier this week and contains expert advice and insight into the Apprenticeship Levy, including the challenges that employers will face as a result of its introduction.Read more >>
Barclays is searching for female business talent in the North West region for the bank’s Celebrating North West Women in Business Awards 2017.
The awards will be recognising women and female-led businesses that have made a difference in business over the past year, with finalists being given the opportunity to attend an awards lunch at Tatton Park, Knutsford on Thursday 6 July.Read more >>
Businesses in the financial services sector felt more optimistic in the first quarter of 2017 than in the previous quarter, despite uncertainty over Brexit, according to the most recent CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey.
The quarterly report surveyed 98 businesses and found that the level of optimism was varied across sectors, with investment managers, building societies, insurance brokers and life insurers feeling the most optimistic in the first quarter of the year.Read more >>
A study commissioned by Lithium Technologies has revealed the banking preferences of adults in the UK, with over 60 per cent saying that they would prefer to do their banking online than at a physical branch.Read more >>
New research from CV-Library has found that professionals in London are the most keen to impress a new employer, with over 65 per cent of workers in the city saying that they aspire to impress their boss for as long as they are with the company.
The research surveyed 1,000 workers in the UK and revealed the steps that Londoners are taking to impress their new employer, with effectively managing their workload being the top approach at 22.4 per cent.Read more >>
Research from conference calling specialists Powwownow has found that 18 to 24-year-olds in London are the most likely to consider flexible working (85 per cent).
The company’s survey of 2,000 working professionals found that business leaders in London allow their staff to have a total of three hours and 31 minutes away from the office a week, compared to the average time of two hours and 34 minutes in the rest of the UK.Read more >>
Financial education in the workplace can help employees to cope with life issues, with 48 per cent believing that it would enable them to save for retirement, according to a report from Capita Employee Benefits.
The Insight report surveyed over 1,800 employees aged 16 or over in the UK and found that over 75 per cent believe that being provided with financial education would enable them to cope with issues such as saving for retirement or saving up for a deposit on a mortgage.Read more >>
Research from jobsite Adzuna has shown an increase in salaries for graduate jobs, with a rise of 2 per cent over the past year.
The research showed that the typical salary for graduates is now just under £24,500, whilst UK salaries have also started to rise again.Read more >>
The UK is to receive another challenger bank as Chicago-headquartered Iam Bank plans to expand and roll out online services, branches and financial workshops to consumers.
The company, which has dubbed itself the “Apple store” of banking, will be the first bank of its kind to offer learning and therapy-based financial workshops to help educate consumers on their financial decisions.
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Fintech investment between the UK and mainland Europe reached a two-year high in 2017 despite the uncertainties over Brexit, according to a report from professional services and Big Four firm KPMG.
The report showed that fintechs in the UK attracted $226 million in venture capital (VC) funding in the first quarter of the year, up by 28 per cent from $178 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.Read more >>
Barclays Bank is to offer employment opportunities across the UK, with 1,750 IT roles set to be made available at the company’s services centre.
The majority of the job roles will be based in the North West, but the company will also be offering employment opportunities in London.Read more >>
The Patent Box scheme was introduced by the UK Government in 2013 to encourage more investments in research and development.
After changes to the scheme by the EU in 2016, its appeal was reduced; however, this may soon be changed.Read more >>
In the past, most MBA graduates have chosen to become consultants in professional services firms or to work in banking after completing their education. However, this trend is changing.
With fintechs on the rise, students find them appealing; they are able to work in a fast-moving, innovative environment and see the results of their efforts - something they can’t often experience in the world of consulting.
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UK researchers have found that the brain is more stimulated when a person goes to university or takes up a leadership role at their workplace.
They believe that this can make people less prone to brain-related illnesses, such as dementia.Read more >>
Scottish Government-backed CodeClan is the UK’s first digital skills academy that has received full accreditation.
It has just started an intensive four-month training programme for candidates, who will be transformed into capable software engineers after completing the course.Read more >>
Banks are no longer worried about Britain leaving the EU, according to London-based finance headhunting firm Robert Walters. The recruiter stated that the banks are on a hiring spree across the UK, and this has prompted the company’s net fees to increase by 27 per cent in the first three months of 2017.
CEO, Robert Walters, stated that banks are positive about the UK now and are showing signs of commitment. They are looking for staff in specialised fields, such as investment management, cyber security, compliance and change management. There appears to be a great demand for specialists in these fields.Read more >>
A London-based IT services company has introduced gamification to help make its recruitment process more enjoyable for graduates.
FDM is looking to increase candidate diversity and make its graduate testing process more engaging with the introduction of Yellow Hook Reef, an assessment game by global game technology provider Arctic Shores.Read more >>
Ten of London’s leading education technology companies have teamed up to launch London EdTech Week.
British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), EdtechXGlobal, EdTech Exchange and Google for Education are amongst the organisations that will be launching the event, which is set to take place from 19th to 23rd June 2017.Read more >>
For most students, passing the ACCA exams takes up a huge amount of their time and energy – but once the results are in, a whole new challenge begins.
Here’s our advice on what to do, whether you pass or not.Read more >>
New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed the average earnings for jobs across the UK.
The ONS surveyed 21,563,000 people in the UK to calculate the salaries of over 400 jobs, with roles such as chief executives, sales accounts and business development managers being amongst the highest-paid positions.Read more >>
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is calling for more support for disadvantaged graduates to enable them to have better access to internships.
A report from the think tank, titled The Inbetweeners: The New Role of Internships in the Graduate Labour Market, found that whilst there are as many as 70,000 internships on offer, many of the positions do not offer meaningful learning opportunities.Read more >>
Business optimism has reached a record high globally, with the US in particular experiencing a surge at 80 per cent, according to the International Business Report from professional services network Grant Thornton.
The report surveyed 2,400 businesses in 36 economies and found that business optimism has risen to its highest level going into the second quarter of 2017.Read more >>
Investment banks in London are hiring more staff for specialised finance job roles, indicating that they are no longer concerned over Brexit, according to employment agency Robert Walters.
The agency revealed that banks in the city are looking for staff to fill permanent roles in areas such as finance control, risk and compliance and change management.Read more >>
Business valuation expert Company Valuation Services (CVS) has launched an online guide to help UK businesses learn how to increase their potential.
The online guide offers expert advice and guidance for UK businesses to help them boost the value of their company in 12 months.Read more >>
London has been named as the world’s strongest fintech hub in a report from professional services and Big Four company Deloitte and trade body Innovate Finance.
The Connecting Global Fintech Hub Review 2017 analysed 44 fintech centres worldwide on factors such as technical expertise, regulatory framework and government support, with London scoring highly in all of the areas.Read more >>