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Labour market recovers as lockdown restrictions ease

Labour market recovers as lockdown restrictions ease

New research has shown that, over the month of March, hiring activity has substantially improved. The labour market showing signs of recovery is thought to be a result of lockdown restrictions easing, seeing many sectors re-open.  The KPMG and REC 'UK Report on Jobs'...

HR job vacancies fell by over a third in 2020

HR job vacancies fell by over a third in 2020

New research has found that professional vacancies for HR professionals declined by almost two-fifths year-on-year in 2020.  Data collected by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies, the trade association for the recruitment sector, found that HR job...

Employer hiring confidence rises throughout 2021

Employer hiring confidence rises throughout 2021

According to the REC, businesses' confidence in their ability to hire new staff has risen in the three months leading up to February - the last month on record.  New research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has shown that employer confidence in...

Youth unemployment crisis set to cost UK almost £7 billion next year

Youth unemployment crisis set to cost UK almost £7 billion next year

A new report analyses the impact that COVID-19 has had on youth unemployment and how this is likely to incur significant economic and fiscal costs for the UK economy.  A joint report by the Learning and Work Institute and The Prince's Trust finds that it will be young...

30 per cent of UK professionals have changed jobs over past year

30 per cent of UK professionals have changed jobs over past year

Despite COVID-19 restrictions and the ensuing dip in the labour market and hiring rates, three in 10 UK professionals have changed jobs over the past year.  According to new data by TopCV, almost a third (30 per cent) of professionals in the UK have switched jobs...

Under 25s hit hardest by redundancies throughout pandemic

Under 25s hit hardest by redundancies throughout pandemic

During the pandemic, 63 per cent of the staff struck off from payrolls were aged under 25, with the total number of employees removed from payroll exceeding half a million people. According to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there has been a...

Labour market recovers as lockdown restrictions ease

UK hiring rate sees growth throughout 2021

The rise in hiring rates has been attributed to the vaccine roll-out with over 27 million UK adults having received their first dose.  According to new data from professional networking site LinkedIn, the hiring rate in the UK has seen an increase in January -...

Over half of job adverts displaying unconscious bias towards men

Over half of job adverts displaying unconscious bias towards men

A new analysis of 5,000 job adverts indicates a prevalent problem with over half displaying "gendered wording" targeted towards male applicants.  Research by Michael Page, a specialist recruitment company, reveals a systematic bias found within job adverts. Over half...

Permanent vacancies decline as lockdown continues

Permanent vacancies decline as lockdown continues

New research shows how the continuation of lockdown restrictions is affecting recruitment decisions - with permanent vacancies on the decline and temporary roles seeing their slowest level of growth. Research by KPMG and REC which analysed hiring decisions in February...

Planned job cuts drops to lowest level since beginning of pandemic

Planned job cuts drops to lowest level since beginning of pandemic

Research reveals that the number of companies planning to cut jobs has fallen to the lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic.  According to a Freedom of Information request made by the BBC, only 292 employers in the UK expressed plans to cut jobs in the first...

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Arran Heal: Can HR ever deal with unconscious bias?

Arran Heal: Can HR ever deal with unconscious bias?

More tribunal cases are turning on the role of unconscious bias. The King’s College NHS Foundation Trust last year (2019) paid out £1 million to an Afro-Caribbean member of staff who’d been “assumed” to be the aggressor in an incident with a visitor to the site. The...

Heidi Thompson: Tackling the talent shortage

Heidi Thompson: Tackling the talent shortage

The ‘war on talent’ continues to be an on-going problem across all sectors. Nobody is immune to the shortages in talent that businesses are facing. The battle shouldn’t be shied away from though, as there are plenty of ways to tackle the talent gap. Crunching the...

Mathias Linnemann: Measuring what matters in recruitment

Mathias Linnemann: Measuring what matters in recruitment

Management consultant Peter Drucker famously said “You can't manage what you don't measure.” This article explores the role of measurement, people analytics and psychometrics in the recruitment process, exploring how this can have a positive impact on employment and...

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