Tags: skilled workers

Budget 2015: Employers and recruiters concerned about lack of focus on education?

George Osbourne delivered an encouraging message for UK businesses in his final Budget before the general election this May, but there is concern over the lack of focus on education and skills. The Chancellor began his address in the House of Commons by championing the burgeoning health of the UK labour market, illustrated primarily by…

Wanted: skilled workers for the UK manufacturing industry, says Emma Wharton

The UK is currently the world’s seventh largest manufacturer and has been enjoying the biggest factory boom in 19 years. According to the House of Commons, we are currently experiencing the biggest rise in new orders and output since 1994. This is all great news for the manufacturing industry, which is clearly making a strong…

Thousands of skilled jobs could be created with new technology for carbon capture

An ambitious roll-out of carbon capture storage (CCS) technology would generate a large number of jobs, create a market worth £15-35bn by 2030, and reduce household electricity bills by £82 a year, according to a joint report published today (Monday) by the TUC and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA). The report – The Economic…

Romanian migrants in the UK are generally young, skilled workers

Britain will be able to absorb Romanian and Bulgarian workers after January 1st, if the government adopts some small contingency measures to deal with any pressures that may arise in particular local areas, according to a new report by the think tank IPPR. Instead of announcing last minute, symbolic gestures such as tightening up benefit…

Claire-Jane Nicol: Tackling the problem of staff retention

The 19th Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Oil and Gas Survey was published last week. It provides an authoritative view of what is happening in the sector and highlights employment trends, recruitment and retention challenges and skill shortages in this area. This article looks at the key employment findings, the importance of staff retention and…

Hewlett Packard axing 1100 skilled workers

Plans by IT giant, Hewlett Packard (HP) to axe 1,100 jobs at the start of 2014 were condemned by Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Wednesday 4 December). Unite said that HP was a company that was ‘a long-term addict to a culture of job cuts’ and where its European managers had little autonomy, with…

Major IT businesses head into schools to stem the digital skills shortage

One of the world’s largest technology companies, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has joined forces with Marks & Spencer (M&S) and STEMNET to bring IT role models from industry into UK schools and get more students inspired about computing. Using ‘ambassadors’ from the computing profession in this way has been shown to make pupils over 90% more interested…

Sharp increase in salaries as skilled workers in short supply

Sharper increase in salaries as candidate availability deteriorates further Strong growth of permanent and temporary appointments maintained Overall vacancies rise at sharpest rate in over six years The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today (8 November) – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing…