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The ‘No’ vote doesn't mean no change.

Posted Date: 19/09/14 16:03

It’s business as usual as a sense of relief washes over the UK PLC. The Financial Services sector is particularly reassured, as it will now be spared a bank run, the difficulty of adapting to trading in different currencies, the loss of the big corporates’ headquarters back below Hadrian’s Wall and a loss of faith in the pound from foreign investors. But the UK must not mistake relief for a sense of anti-climax; this decision will mean change.

Scottish Independence; what could it mean for the UK job market?

Posted Date: 15/09/14 10:53

The outcome of the Scottish referendum is becoming less and less predictable, but either way there will be an impact on the job market which we would be wise to prepare for. Scotland is the best performing of the four UK nations in unemployment rates. If Scotland votes ‘No’, then we will keep the 1 in 10 Scottish jobs linked to trade in the UK, that’s ‘nearly 1 million Scottish jobs’ which are closely woven into the fabric of the UK’s labour economy. But what impact would the unravelling of this relationship have on the UK job market?

The ‘highest hiring optimism in Europe’; the UK’s Labour Market in July 2014

Posted Date: 04/09/14 10:21

The height of summer is always tricky for business and subsequently, the labour market; lots of people are on annual leave and profitability inevitably slows, but in the recruitment industry huge rises in permanent recruitment and in temporary placements in Social Work and Finance & Accounting totally defy this.

Fish Where The Fish Are (Part 2); 3 principles for managing your company's LinkedIn page

Posted Date: 19/08/14 14:59

In Part 1 of this blog series we established the importance of a company LinkedIn page; now, we can create implementation guidelines to ensure it is being optimised. As a general rule, your profile should produce relevant and interesting content that rewards followers for connecting with you. Adhering to the following 3 principles will hopefully aid you in maximising the effectiveness of your LinkedIn activity:

High Risk, High Reward (Part 1): 5 reasons people are choosing temporary work

Posted Date: 15/08/14 11:14

The landscape of the employment market is changing. As more people become freelancers, contractors and agency workers, job security becomes less of a priority. According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) 2014 report, 36% of people have been temporarily employed at some point and 1.7 million currently work this way. So what is attracting people to this dynamic lifestyle?

Evolution or Revolution? The acceleration of the ‘service economy’

Posted Date: 08/08/14 09:14

Following the longest economic depression in British history, the UK economy is now recovering with a growth of 0.2% since the crisis began in 2008. But who do we have to thank for this long awaited rescue? Research suggests a marked post-war swing in economic power from manufacturing to services (The Guardian), but have the depression years accelerated the shift?

IT skills gap set to soar; handling June 2014’s Labour Market Statistics

Posted Date: 06/08/14 10:19

With UK output finally back above its pre-crisis levels, the market place is decidedly more confident. This will hopefully set the tone for a productive few months for UK jobseekers and recruiters.

Sustainable Solutions; attracting and retaining talent without raising salaries

Posted Date: 01/08/14 14:29

With the current shortage of certain skill sets and available candidates, many employers are thinking short-term by throwing money at candidates instead of taking the term to work out a long-term solution. In response to the recent Labour Market Statistics, this series will offer examples of the ways in which we can offer attractive, holistic employment packages which cater for a wide range of a person's needs, rather than simply their finances.

Fish Where The Fish Are (Part 1): understanding your LinkedIn audience

Posted Date: 28/07/14 16:52

Is your business maximising the full potential of its LinkedIn account or, has a lack of collective belief in the benefits resulted in it being under-utilised? If the latter applies, it’s time to reconstruct your perception and begin to understand LinkedIn as the pivotal business tool that it has become.

The ‘vacancy vacuum’; May 2014’s Labour Market Statistics

Posted Date: 16/07/14 10:23

The latest conclusions drawn by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in May 2014 paint a darker picture for the recruitment industry than those of April. Permanent candidate availability has plummeted to its lowest point in 17 years. Employers are responding accordingly to this and to competitive pressures by raising starting salaries at a survey record rate. This is good news for the few candidates who are actually in a position to take a new job, but presents new challenges for recruiters.

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