Employment

Employment market tails off and salaries go south again

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 12:42 -- nick

The number of permanent jobs is on the wain again, according to a new report.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs found that the number of long-term placements rose at its slowest rate for ten months, suggesting that the economic 'recovery' may be losing steam.

Salaries too tailed off, growing at their slowest rate for four months as the squeeze on living standards continued. Read more about Employment market tails off and salaries go south again

Minimum wage should be £6.94, says enquiry - but government won't act

Thu, 13/03/2014 - 14:17 -- nick

The national minimum wage needs to be raised to £6.94 per hour, according to a government enquiry.

Yesterday business secretary Vince Cable announced an increase in the rate to £6.50 from October, 3% higher than the current £6.31. Read more about Minimum wage should be £6.94, says enquiry - but government won't act

Minimum wage to rise 3% to £6.50

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:04 -- nick

The national minimum wage is to go up to £6.50 per hour in October.

With inflation currently around 2%, the rate will gain value, and this will be a small step towards making work pay for unemployed people.

The level is set by the independent low pay commission, and business secretary Vince Cable has indicated that he will accept its recommendation.

It is currently £6.31, and has been losing value for years as inflation has outstripped the tiny cash rises in its value. Read more about Minimum wage to rise 3% to £6.50

Weekly jobs board - work available in catering, retail and banking

Thu, 20/02/2014 - 11:29 -- nick

Yesterday's unemployment figures show there is still a big problem in getting work, with many more people registering as self-employed without much hope of getting business than getting real employment.

Today's jobs board may be able to help - it includes jobs in catering, retail, banking and other sectors.

Click on the links below to make an application: Read more about Weekly jobs board - work available in catering, retail and banking

Unemployment falls slow down and self-employment disguises failings

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 13:47 -- nick

Recent falls in unemployment showed a slowdown in the last three months, with the rate now at 7.2% or 2.34 million people.

125,000 fewer people were unemployed in October to December, but the fall was slower than in recent months, suggesting that the economic recovery may be losing steam.

There are now 30.15 million people in work, 72.1% of the working age population.

Unlike in recent months, the employment number did not set a new record, further proof that growth may be slowing. Read more about Unemployment falls slow down and self-employment disguises failings

Quarter of graduates still unemployed after a year

Tue, 18/02/2014 - 13:12 -- nick

A quarter of graduates are still unemployed a year after leaving university.

A survey by Total Jobs also showed that two in five are unemployed after six months.

There has been a huge expansion in the number of young people studying at university over the last twenty years, but 44% of recent graduates now regret not having chosen a vocational route instead.

Total Jobs asked 676 people and found that a third were applying for at least 20 jobs each month. Read more about Quarter of graduates still unemployed after a year

Growth in employment to slow as firms lose confidence

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 12:52 -- nick

The monthly unemployment numbers are out this week, and they are likely to show a slowdown in new UK jobs.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which surveys employers on their staffing needs, says that there has been a drop in those saying they will be taking on new workers to 54%.

Last year 65% agreed with this, while one-in-five said they would be getting rid of employees in the next three months.

Recent big falls in unemployment mean the rate is now 7.1%, but many of the jobs created are low-waged, part-time or on zero hours contracts. Read more about Growth in employment to slow as firms lose confidence

Tories dodging minimum wage for workers, says BBC

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 13:43 -- nick

The Conservative party is advising its MPs and local associations on how to avoid paying the minimum wage, the BBC is reporting.

It takes its information from a document leaked to careers blog Graduate Fog, which deals with the issues involved in using interns and tries to help the party dodge the costs involved in employing them. Read more about Tories dodging minimum wage for workers, says BBC

Weekly jobs board - work in tourism, catering and engineering

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 13:04 -- nick

With more than four jobseekers chasing each job, getting work is still difficult in most of the UK.

But some employers are still looking for new staff, and the weekly jobs board brings together the biggest recruitment rounds.

Below are opportunities in tourism, catering, retail and others, so click on the links for more information and to apply.

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Archbishop calls for living wage for all to make work pay

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 14:10 -- nick

Archbishop John Sentamu has called for all companies to pay the living wage to help alleviate the UK's devastating poverty problem.

Those who only receive the minimum wage - currently £6.31 per hour - have seen a "double squeeze" from rising prices and a lower-than-inflation increase in the rate.

Five million people are paid at this minimum level in Britain.

The living wage is £7.65, and takes account of the real cost of a single person's life. Read more about Archbishop calls for living wage for all to make work pay

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