Tags: Recession

Report indicates job vacancies increased in September

The latest monthly report by the recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG was published today (October 8) showing that job vacancies continued to increase in September. The report, which was collected via a questionnaire from a panel of 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies, revealed that job postings rose from 53.1% in August to…

Greater flexible working could be positive legacy of recession – REC

Businesses have found they can reduce absenteeism, improve staff morale and productivity and are better able to attract and retain top talent if they adopt more flexible working arrangements. The report from the REC’s Flexible Work Commission, outlines the competitive advantage gained by businesses that adopt less traditional structures for their workforce such as the…

The recession is blamed for stress related rise in hospital admissions

Rising numbers of people are being admitted to hospital with stress caused by the recession, official figures show. After Olympic cheer provided a brief respite, the statistics reveal the severity of mental problems suffered by Britons at a time of widespread job insecurity. Almost 6,400 people were hospitalised with stress in the 12 months to…

A third of companies plan to increase HR spend in the next year to combat the effects of recession

A third (31%) of companies plan to increase their spending on HR Technology in the coming year in an attempt to continue growth and improve efficiency in the face of a challenging economic environment. According to annual research released by global professional services company, Towers Watson, over half (53%) of the 628 global organisations involved…

Applications to PwC A Level schemes five times higher since start of recession

Interest in school leaver entry schemes at professional services firm PwC has risen to five times the levels experienced pre-recession, as school and college leavers consider a wider range of options after their A Level exams. PwC received 2,352 applications for 100 school and college leaver vacancies in its assurance, tax and consulting practices, which…

Relentless recession for masters graduates

HECSU examines latest destination data of Masters graduates in GMT In the latest edition of Graduate Market Trends published, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) examines the destinations of Masters graduates since the recession began, finding that for this group of university leavers, recession in the labour market has persisted since 2008. Charlie Ball,…

Employers turn to temporary workers to fill vacancies as double dip recession bites

Temporary placements up 7%, as permanent market falls 5% 9% slump in London’s recruitment sector Graduate salaries down 18% Employers are increasingly turning to the UK’s temporary workers base to fill vacancies, rather than recruiting permanent staff, according to the latest jobs data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). According to the latest…

Youth unemployment ‘rising faster in rural areas’

Young people living in rural areas are being disproportionately affected by rising youth unemployment, a new report reveals. The recession has led to significant rises in the number of unemployed young people across the UK. But according to a new report from the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC), the workplace inclusion of those living in…

Business decline hits health of UK managers

The current state of UK workplaces and the dominance of negative management styles is having a serious impact on managers’ job satisfaction, wellbeing and working relationships, according to a new report comparing the mental and physical health of managers in 2012 with those in 2007. The Chartered Management Institute/Simplyhealth report, The Quality of Working Life…

Quarter of Businesses Planning Pay Freeze in 2012

One-off bonuses offered as a sweetener. With continuing uncertainty around global economic conditions and high rates of UK unemployment, a new survey of 100 organisations across Britain paints a picture of lasting pay freezes. The research by Croner, the largest UK provider of workplace information, software and services, part of Wolters Kluwer, will be a…

Ambius, the world leader in enhancing buildings through planting, scenting and artwork, is urging businesses to examine how they can improve the office environment and boost overall employee wellbeing following new figures from the Office of National Statistics showing that the average number of days taken off sick by UK workers has fallen to 4.5,…

The Work Programme ”will not do enough”

A leading figure at a centre-right think tank has accused ministers of failing to grasp the scale of the unemployment crisis and claimed that government welfare reforms will not be sufficient to solve “huge structural problems” in the labour market. Matthew Oakley, the head of economics and social policy at Policy Exchange, told a Westminster…

Austerity measures ”damaging job hopes”

Tough austerity measures introduced by governments around the world attempting to tackle their deficits are damaging the jobs situation which is not expected to get better any time soon, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has claimed. Indeed, the situation will get even worse before any signs of improvement. Not only had severe austerity measures not…