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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.

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.

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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Two-thirds of those hit by bedroom tax are behind with rent

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Two-thirds of households hit by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears.

The shock findings of the National Housing Federation (NHF), which represents the UK's housing associations, show that more than a third had fallen into debt because of the charge.

It used polling firm Ipsos-Mori to survey 183 associations, and the firm found that thousands could simply not cope with the change.

The bedroom tax takes an average of £14 per week from the benefits of those with a bedroom they don't use, and £25 from those with two.

Barclays to shed 7,000 UK jobs - while it boosts bonuses

Tue, 11/02/2014 - 12:59 -- nick

Barclays Bank is to shed 7,000 UK workers even as it is increasing the bonuses it pays.

The bank, which employs 140,000 worldwide, raised its total bonus pot by 10% in 2013 to £2.38 billion, while upping those in its 'casino' investment arm by 13%.

The company saw pre-tax profit fall from £7 billion to £5.3 billion in the year, and has decided that regular workers will bear the majority of pain for this.

Only 820 jobs will be lost from senior management.

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.

Only 3,000 hit by benefit cap find work as IDS is exposed

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 12:59 -- nick

The government has released its latest figures on the benefit cap, the regulation which sees all British families limited to a maximum of £26,000 in welfare payments.

Over 36,000 households have been capped since it was introduced, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is trumpeting its 'success' in this area.

While 8,000 are no longer living under the cap, only 3,250 escaped it by finding work, just 9% of the total.

The others reduced their benefit claims or had other changes in circumstances, like registering as disabled and escpaping that way.

Weekly jobs board - work in hotels, retail, IT and catering

Thu, 06/02/2014 - 12:47 -- nick

Getting work in most areas of the country is still difficult, but the jobs board is here to help.

It includes opportunities across the UK, in hotels, retail, catering and IT, at all levels including entry and managerial.

You can click straight through on the links below if you want to apply online.

Employers include:

Travelodge - the expanding hotel group needs 1,000 staff across the country in roles including managerial, reception, cleaning, catering and housekeeping.

More than half of government cuts still to come

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

More than half of the government's austerity cuts are still ahead, according to a shock new report.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a respected thinktank, says that 60% of planned cuts in public funding are still to come, putting ontold strain on public services.

This follows a decision by Chancellor George Osborne to extend austerity to 2019, which includes the announcement of £12 billion cuts to benefits in addition to the billions detailed before.

Weekly jobs board extra - work available now

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 12:16 -- nick

This week's jobs board may be later than usual - but it includes some big opportunities from around the UK.

If you are interested in graduate work, or jobs in leisure, catering, or retail, read on - there should be something to interest you here.

Companies recruiting at least 50 staff now include:

GLL - the business provides employees to leisure facilities and libraries in the south-east, and needs a range of staff including leisure assistants, sports, fitness and swimming instructors, lifeguards and cleaners.

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