Graduates can’t get jobs that befit their education; businesses can’t hire people with the right skill set. Is the skills gap really such an easy fix?
So, zero hours exclusivity clauses are no more. Is the flexible workforce overjoyed? Well, not as cock-a-hoop as you might expect…
Are more people in the UK turning to self-employment out of necessity rather than choice? This debate has been raging over the last few months and the news that self-employment has reached an all time high will no doubt start people talking again.
IT umbrella company contractors are well placed to weather the jobs storm, according to the results of a recent survey by the CIPD.
Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn what the REC thinks lies ahead of us as we enter into the New Year.
Contractors are no doubt aware that the government recently changed the rules on the amount of money people can put aside in a pension scheme and still benefit from tax relief. It used to be £225,000, but earlier this year chancellor Osborne reduced that to a mere £50,000 per year.
The CIPD has said that everyone should be entitled to flexible working rights, not just parents and carers.
What makes the British workforce tick? Is it job satisfaction or pay and benefits?
Umbrella company contractors may be interested to hear that although the UK government is attempting to clamp down on immigration, the numbers keep rising.
This week is International Ideas Week, a time when employers are encouraged to involve their staff and listen to their ideas.
Last week two influential organisations made their predictions for the jobs market in 2011.
Contractors will no doubt be pleased to learn that the job market is improving and there has been an increase in the number of vacancies being advertised.
Freelancers will no doubt be relieved to learn that Work Wise UK thinks there will not be a large rise in unemployment next year.
The REC is worried that the public expenditure cuts announced in the CSR will lead to kneejerk cuts in staffing budgets.
Dr John Philpott, the chief economist at the CIPD, believes that the executive search market will continue to grow because neither the public nor the private sector has the ability to find and retain highly skilled workers.
Umbrella company contractors looking for executive roles will have been encouraged by the recent comments of Dr John Philpott.