The government’s decision to increase the minimum wage by 3.8 per cent has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which describes the move as "striking a sensible balance". Under plans announced by Gordon Brown yesterday (March 5th), the adult rate will rise from £5.52 to £5.73 an hour, while the rate for…

Firms are facing shortfalls in recruitment because they are limiting their selection criteria to those candidates with a first or 2:1 degree classification, it has been suggested. According to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), 43.4 per cent of employers recently surveyed stated there are not enough applicants with the right qualifications. Commenting…

Health and safety professionals have renewed their calls for the regulation of their profession. During an appearance by senior members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in front of the Department for Work and Pensions select committee, it was argued that problems in public perceptions have arisen in the sector because anyone…

Graduates in the UK are turning to the internet when it comes to looking for work, it has been revealed. According to research conducted by Reed Employment, 89 per cent of such people claim that they search for employment exclusively online. Meanwhile, only three per cent of graduates stated they regularly check newspaper job sections,…