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A UK employment body has said it is keen to meet with the new Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable to discuss possible changes to Agency Work Regulations. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said working with the government on the issue is an "immediate priority" for the recruitment industry. REC head of policy…

The next government must deliver the means to continue an economic recovery and boost the UK jobs market, according to the head of an employment body. Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), called for the next administration to focus on three issues – public sector reform, economic growth and protecting…

Sending thousands of civil service jobs abroad, including human resources roles, might help to reduce the public deficit, according to consultancy body. A report from the Management Consultancies Association, which included advice from eight UK advisory companies, said the next government ought to consider moving public sector jobs to countries such as India, as it…

Stonewall’s latest social media poll has found that Britain is ready for an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual Prime Minister. In the poll, which had 1073 responses, 59 per cent voted ‘yes, Britain is ready for an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual Prime Minister’ and 41 per cent voted ‘no.’ Ben Summerskill, Stonewall’s Chief Executive,…

Almost two thirds of business leaders agree a change in government will bring improvements to the job market. With election polls pointing towards a change of government this week, a survey of senior executives by management careers site TheLadders.co.uk found the party that best represented the needs of the jobseeker was the Conservatives (37%), followed…

Business Minister Pat McFadden has announced the appointment of Peter Donaldson as a new Commissioner to the Low Pay Commission. He replaces outgoing Commissioner, Ian Hay OBE, who steps down from the post on 31st May 2010. The appointment is for three years, with the option of reappointment. Pat McFadden said: “The National Minimum Wage…

Companies may be required to report on their progress to get more women into the boardroom, under proposals announced this week. It comes as new research shows that sixty per cent of people think there are not enough women directors in big businesses. The survey which has been commissioned by the Government Equalities Office for…

The health sector has exceeded its aim to recruit 5,000 public sector apprentices, Health Secretary Andy Burnham has announced. Last year both the NHS and social care services agreed to provide a major contribution to the Prime Minister’s commitment, made in February 2009, to increase the number of apprenticeships by 21,000 across the public sector. …

Around 7000 graduates’ career prospects have been given a boost, now that over fifty universities have taken up the Government’s £13.6 million fund to provide internships in small businesses by the end of the year as part of the Backing Young Britain campaign to help young people into work.   The graduate internship programme, which is…

The UK economy has finally come out of recession, following growth of 0.1 per cent in the last three months of 2009, but Gordon Brown has admitted the start of recovery has taken longer than it should have. Speaking to Newsnight, chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling has warned that economic growth remains very weak,…

Those wanting to make a difference to the employment opportunities of ethnic minorities and influence Government policy are being urged to apply for membership of the Ethnic Minority Advisory Group (EMAG). Whilst the ethnic minority employment gap has narrowed over recent years, it still stands at 13.8 percentage points and recent research shows that racial…

The step-mother of former prime minister’s wife Cherie Blair has appeared at an employment tribunal in Manchester, where she revealed she was sworn at by her employer after raising problems with him. Steph Booth told the tribunal she had approached her boss Gareth Binding, managing director of Cool UK, to speak of her concerns about…

Communities Secretary John Denham has today re-affirmed the Governments steadfast commitment to tackling race inequality and set out plans to build on the significant achievements by pledging to tackle inequality wherever it exists. John Denham has published “Tackling Race Inequality: A Statement on Race”. This document details the consistent progress that has been made to tackle…

Lord Mandelson sets out his plans for making British business better This week marks the start of a new decade in which we know the economy will come under fiercer competitive challenge than ever before, as the world tilts further east towards China and the other emerging economies. But we do not have to resign…

The first lady of France Carla Bruni has been accused of nepotism – an issue which could see employers taken to an employment tribunal if suspected of a similar misdemeanour. French news magazine Le Point has claimed that a government appointment’s commission had considered Francois Baudot not right for the role of new Inspector general…