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Weekly jobs board is back - work available now

Thu, 16/01/2014 - 12:51 -- nick

The weekly jobs board is back!

Bringing together the UK's biggest recruitment rounds, the board includes opportunities in retail, catering, hospitality and an exciting opening for youngsters interested in becoming vets.

Companies recruiting now include:

Nandos - 65 jobs are available at the chicken restaurant and takeaway, with new openings in Gatwick Airport and Horsham, both in Sussex. Management and team members are needed.

nandos.co.uk/careers

High housing costs mean unemployed can't afford to move for work

Mon, 13/01/2014 - 13:20 -- nick

The high cost of housing means unemployed people cannot afford to move for work, threatening to trap them in areas with few jobs and to derail the fragile recovery.

A report by Priced Out, the pressure group aiming to push housing up the political agenda, has released a report showing that the places where jobs are being created have some of the UK's highest rents.

This can disqualify many jobseekers from higher unemployment areas from taking up these opportunities.

More graduate jobs on the way but unemployment still a problem

Mon, 13/01/2014 - 12:34 -- nick

The UK is set for a rise in graduate employment, according to a new study.

High Fliers Research surveyed 100 of Britain's biggest employers, and found that they planned to take on 9% more graduate staff compared to last year.

This equates to 1,400 more jobs.

Nearly four-in-ten of the posts will be taken by those who have already worked for the companies on placements.

Councils filling jobs with unpaid forced labour says Boycott Workfare

Fri, 03/01/2014 - 13:16 -- nick

Councils in the UK have used more than half a million hours of forced labour, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.

Submitted by campaigning organisation Boycott Workfare, the response showed that 62% of councils which provided information had given work experience to unpaid unemployed people since June 2011.

Half of UK companies will hire staff next year, but wages may fall further

Tue, 17/12/2013 - 13:39 -- nick

More than half of companies in the UK plan to hire new workers next year.

This is the biggest proportion since 2008, but there is a fly in the ointment - more than half are not planning to give pay rises that will match inflation, meaning many British workers will keep getting poorer.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) surveyed businesses with Accenture and found that 51%  plan to take on new staff, suggesting that recent drops in unemployment are likely to continue.

The ten green jobs that will employ thousands by 2020

Fri, 13/12/2013 - 12:20 -- nick

A big rise in the number of green jobs in the UK economy is likely by 2020, according to a new report.

Global Action Plan (GAP) used government figures to estimate the number of new environmental jobs as well as talking to some big companies including Sainsbury's, Siemens and Bosch about their future work opportunities.

While expansion in higher-profile areas like wind farms and solar panels will continue, the next seven years will see green jobs move into the mainstream and they will be based everywhere.

JCB to create 2,500 new jobs

Fri, 06/12/2013 - 12:25 -- nick

Construction machinery maker JCB is to create 2,500 new jobs.

It will build new factories in Cheadle, Cheshire, and Uttoxeter in Staffordshire as part of a £150 million expansion.

The boost to output will also help create work at the company's components factories at Foston in Derbyshire and Wrexham.

The level of UK construction output is still lower than before the recession but JCB is a successful exporter to other countries.

Phillip Atkins, leader of Stoke City Council, said:

NPower dumps 1,460 staff as it sends UK jobs offshore

Thu, 28/11/2013 - 11:53 -- nick

Gas and electricity giant NPower is to make 1,460 staff redundant, it has confirmed.

The German-owned company, one of the 'big six' electricity and gas suppliers in the UK, will cut jobs including checking meter readings against bills.

Chief executive Paul Massara said: "This restructure is necessary if we are to deliver the levels of service our customers deserve."

It is not clear how service quality will be improved by sending these functions offshore, but the company will now use staff in India to deliver them.

NPower currently employs 9,600 people in the UK.

More than a third of zero-hours employees want more work

Tue, 26/11/2013 - 11:19 -- nick

38% of employees on zero hour contracts want more work, a survey has found.

Carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the poll found that many workers wanted more hours than they were given.

It also found that around one-in-five was penalised if they were unavailable for work, suggesting that the arrangement does not always offer the flexibility and fairness some believe.

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