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Scottish job prospects 'bleaker'

Mon, 18/06/2012 - 13:18 -- nick
Employers in Scotland are growing increasingly pessimistic about job prospects, according to a survey by the recruitment company, Manpower. Whereas in the UK as a whole firms recorded a positive outlook on jobs - in Scotland sentiment slipped into negative territory with a score of -6%. Manpower suggested Scottish employment was entering "bleaker times".

Employers are hiring but remain cautious

Mon, 18/06/2012 - 13:15 -- nick
UK employers are continuing to hire new staff but are becoming more cautious about doing so, two surveys suggest. A report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG showed a modest rise in permanent placements in May, but at the slowest growth rate of the last five months. While a Manpower survey showed a balance of +1% of employers were planning to hire staff.

Unpaid jubilee stewards: Prescott accuses government of exploitation

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 16:42 -- nick
Former deputy PM says incident in which unemployed people had to sleep under bridge raises questions about Olympics. Lord Prescott accused the government of presiding over the development of labour camps after workers said they spent the night in a 'swampy' campsite after a 14-hour shift.