As I go to press we are digesting the outcome of the Taylor Report on the status and rights of UK workers. The Report is wide ranging but, as you would expect, I will focus on those elements which suggest potential changes to the law. … Read more
The number of temporary employees in the UK fell by 2.1% to a total of 1.58 million in the three-month period from March 2017 to May 2017 when compared to the same period a year ago, according to seasonally adjusted figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Estimates from the ONS Labour Force Survey show that there were 32.0 million people in work for the three-period to May 2017, an increase of 324,000 compared… Read more
Yesterday, People First Sales Director, Ian Ward, attended London - Chicago: Meet the Mayors and Explore Our Innovation Ecosystems, an event hosted by the Mayors of London and Chicago, aimed at developing links between these two global cities.
The event, held at We Work, Moorgate, was organised by London & Partners and World Business Chicago and featured panel discussions involving high profile figures, many from rapidly expanding start ups, as well as a ‘fireside chat’… Read more
Employers relying on temps to fill vacancies amid skill shortage
Organisations across all sectors want to recruit for permanent roles, with almost one in five employers (19 per cent) actively looking to increase their headcount in the next three months, according to the latest JobsOutlook.
With 45 per cent of employers expecting to face a shortage of suitable candidates over the next year, the report suggests that businesses may… Read more
Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal UK unemployment fell by 64,000 to 1.49m in the quarter to May, with the unemployment rate falling by 0.2% to 4.5%, the lowest rate since records began in 1975.
Meanwhile, the UK’s employment rate rose by 0.3% on the quarter to a record high of 74.9%.
Commenting on the figures, careers site totaljobs’ HR director David Clift said the latest fall in the unemployment rate shows just… Read more
Japan's labour shortage has pushed job-hopping to its highest since the global financial crisis, reports Reuters. The number of job-hoppers rose for the seventh straight year to 3.06 million in 2016, the highest since 2009, accounting for 4.8% of the labour market. The trend of job-hopping is being led by mid-career workers as companies are said to be seeking experienced managers and engineers and offering higher pay. Enhancing labour mobility is expected to help… Read more
The salary outlook for procurement and supply professionals is already positive, with pay packets growing for the third consecutive year at 5.3%, well above the UK average of 2.2%.
Organisations have never been so aware of the cost saving benefits of an effective procurement function, and in turn professionals are increasingly being given a strategic seat at the decision-making table.
It’s an exciting time to be working in the profession and, with this in mind,… Read more
Flexibility is a top consideration for 76% of candidates in mainland China when it comes to weighing potential offers from new employers, according to survey data from international recruitment firm Hays.
The poll from Hays also shows that 16% of candidates in mainland China were unsure about how they would rate flexibility as a job-hunting consideration.
“Candidates are expecting greater flexibility around their hours of work which in turn, has increased their work-life balance… Read more