Employers’ confidence in the economy dips

30 August 2018

In its latest JobsOutlook report, the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) blames uncertainty around the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU for employers’ confidence in the prospects for the economy turning negative.

Defining a post-Brexit immigration policy

29 August 2018

For nearly half a century, free movement has enabled British businesses to draw on the talent, skills and labour of over 500 million people in Europe.

Tell me more, tell me more

28 August 2018

Anyone who has seen Grease will remember the chorus in this headline and it seems to have echoed round the country last week as business organisations looked at the Government’s “no Brexit deal” warnings and decided that they lacked detail.

Expect the best, prepare for the worst

24 August 2018

Secretary of State Dominic Raab seems to have taken the old quote to heart in stating his confidence that a good deal with the EU is “within our sights” as the Government publishes the first 25 in a series of technical notices on “no deal planning”.

Recruitment problems set to continue

23 August 2018

Evidence suggests that recruitment difficulties will continue into next year, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned.

Zero-hours contracts unpopular with small firms

22 August 2018

An overwhelming majority of UK small businesses are not using zero-hours contracts according to a new survey based on responses from over 550 firms, with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) calculating that 84% of small companies do not hire workers on non-guaranteed hours contracts.

New vision for product safety

21 August 2018

A trusted product safety system that delivers protection for consumers and fairness for businesses is the vision set out by the recently created Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

Labour market now “fundamentally different”

20 August 2018

Welcoming the continued fall of unemployment shown in the latest labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Resolution Foundation warned that, despite the unemployment rate hitting its lowest point since the mid-1970s, pay growth appears stubbornly stuck at levels far below those before the financial crisis.

Employers getting behind degree apprenticeships

16 August 2018

With the news of a huge rise in unconditional university offers (23% of applicants being told that they have a place whatever their eventual A-level results show), it is perhaps not surprising that a new survey shows that two-thirds of students feel under pressure to take the academic route.