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ONS: Unemployment remains at 4.6%

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the latest UK Labour Market Statistics for the period February-April 2017.

Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between November 2016 to January 2017 and February to April 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell.

There were 31.95 million people in work, 109,000 more than for November 2016 to January 2017 and 372,000 more than for a year earlier.

The employment rate (the [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on ONS: Unemployment remains at 4.6%|

ONS: Record low unemployment continues

The Office for National Statistics has released its Labour Market Statistics for the period January to March 2017.

Estimates from the report show that, between October to December 2016 and January to March 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell.

There were 31.95 million people in work, 122,000 more than for October to December 2016 and 381,000 more than for a year earlier.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on ONS: Record low unemployment continues|

REC: Demand for temporary and permanent staff growing

The latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), in association with Markit, has been released. The Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

Key points found in this report include: a slow-down in growth of permanent placements whilst temporary staff billings rise at a sharp pace; a steep drop in candidate availability; and marked demand for permanent and short-term staff.

Slowest increase in permanent placements for seven months

Growth in permanent staff placements slowed to its weakest for seven months during April, but [...]

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REC: Shrinking talent pool pushing up wages

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has released its latest Report on Jobs, highlighting trends in the recruitment industry. The report provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.

Permanent placements increase at softer pace

Latest data pointed to sustained growth in permanent placements during March. Although the pace of expansion eased from February’s one-year record, it was solid overall. Meanwhile, growth in temp billings picked up slightly from February’s four-month low and was sharper than seen on average in 2016.

Supply of candidates drops markedly

The supply of permanent candidates fell [...]

By |April 7th, 2017|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: Shrinking talent pool pushing up wages|

REC: Candidate shortage an ongoing dilemma

Half (51 per cent) of employers anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent jobs, according to the latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Employers with more than 250 staff are particularly concerned about the lack of talent available, with 63 per cent expecting a shortage.

One in five hirers (22 per cent) plan to take on more permanent staff in the medium term (four to twelve months), with only 1 per cent planning to decrease their headcount.

Demand for staff is higher in London, where 28 per cent of employers intend to increase their permanent workforce in [...]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: Candidate shortage an ongoing dilemma|

REC: UK employers face growing candidate shortages in 2017

Almost half of UK employers (48 per cent) expect to face a shortage of suitable candidates to fill permanent jobs in 2017, according to December’s JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

For the last six months employers have consistently cited engineering and technical jobs as most likely to come up against a skills shortage. The latest report shows that health & social care and construction employers are also expecting to struggle to find people to fill vacancies.

With one in three (32 per cent) organisations reporting to have no spare workforce capacity, hiring in these sectors is likely [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: UK employers face growing candidate shortages in 2017|

ONS: Unemployment remains at 4.8%

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its UK Labour Market statistics for the period August to October 2016.

The findings show that between May to July 2016 and August to October 2016, the number of people in work was little changed, the number of unemployed people decreased, and the number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) increased.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.4%, slightly down from the joint record high of 74.5% recorded for May to July 2016 but higher [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on ONS: Unemployment remains at 4.8%|

ONS: Unemployment at lowest for more than ten years

The Office for National Statistics has released the November 2016 UK Labour Market statistical bulletin, which covers the period July to September 2016. The bulletin includes estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other employment-related statistics for the UK.

Between April to June 2016 and July to September 2016, the number of people in work increased and the number of unemployed people decreased. The number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) increased.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5%, the joint highest since [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on ONS: Unemployment at lowest for more than ten years|

REC: Staff demand increases as availability drops

The Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies and is released each month by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), in association with Markit.

The November Markit/REC Report on Jobs has been released, with key findings showing that the growth of permanent placements has reached and eight-month high, demand for both permanent and temporary candidates is at its highest since May, and a decline in staff availability has been reported.

Permanent and temporary placements rise solidly…

The amount of people placed in permanent roles increased for the [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: Staff demand increases as availability drops|
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    REC: One in four businesses hiring despite reduced confidence

REC: One in four businesses hiring despite reduced confidence

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of UK employers plan to take on more permanent staff in the next three months, with only three per cent planning a reduction in their permanent workforce, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Businesses are also seeking more temporary resource, with four in five (81 per cent) planning to maintain or increase their use of agency workers in the run up to Christmas.

However, the survey of 600 employers reveals that large organisations (250+ employees) are less likely to take on new permanent staff in the short term [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Industry News, National news|Comments Off on REC: One in four businesses hiring despite reduced confidence|