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People First

People First

People First

Multisector recruiter providing a personal level of service across a wide range of sectors.

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Team China

Team China

Team China

Specialist recruiters for Chinese speakers, and recruitment solutions for Chinese businesses.

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Team Japan

Team Japan

Team Japan

Specialist recruiters for Japanese speakers, and recruitment solutions for Japanese businesses.

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Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Leading recruiter for permanent, interim and temporary roles in Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics

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Multilingual

Multilingual

Multilingual

Specialist recruiters for language speakers, and recruitment solutions for international businesses.

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Office Support

Office Support

Office Support

Your local recruiter for office jobs with local knowledge and high levels of personal service.

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News

UK – AVERAGE ADVERTISED VACANCIES DROP IN SEPTEMBER WHILE COMPETITION FALLS TO ALL-TIME LOW - 15/11/2018

Average advertised vacancies in the UK declined by 3.1% in September 2018 when compared to the same period last year, according to Adzuna’s latest report on jobs.

Total advertised vacancies this month sit at 1,121,754. This was 3.1% lower than the same period last year and a 1.4% slump from August 2018.

Despite the fall in vacancies, the competition for these vacancies is at an all-time low. It has fallen to a new low since… Read more

UK - PARLIAMENT DEBATES EU WITHDRAWAL TERMS - 15/11/2018

As British Prime Minister, Theresa May puts forward her draft Brext deal to a rancorous House of Commons this morning, there seems little prospect of any dramatic labour market reforms should the deal proceed in its draft form, with much still remaining uncertain.

The Withdrawal Agreement seeks to maintain rules regarding many aspects of business relationship during the Transition Period, up to 31 December 2020. In most respects, the draft agreement indicates an acceptance of… Read more

UK – NUMBER OF TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES DOWN 4.6%, UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 4.1% - 13/11/2018

The number of temporary employees in the UK decreased by 4.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis to a total of 1.53 million in the three-month period from July to September 2018 when compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Temporary workers are self-identified when surveyed by the ONS, and they include those who are on fixed-period contracts, agency temp workers, casual workers, seasonal workers and others in… Read more

UK – JOB APPLICATION RATES RISE BY 15% IN OCTOBER, RESEARCH FINDS - 08/11/2018

Job application rates in the UK rose by 15% in October when compared to the previous month, according to data from job site CV-Library.

The data found that that application rates outpaced job growth last month for the first time since January, with job vacancies rising by 11.6% compared to the 15% increase in application rates.

CV-Library found that the Hospitality sector showed the biggest increase in applications with a 33.9% increase in October. This… Read more

UK – PERMANENT PLACEMENTS AND TEMP BILLINGS UP IN OCTOBER, BUT CANDIDATE SHORTAGES PERSIST - 08/11/2018

The number of people placed in permanent jobs by recruitment consultancies across the UK rose in October, according to the latest Report on Jobs from IHS Markit/REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and professional services firm KPMG.

Demand for staff among clients, as well as relatively buoyant market conditions were cited as the driving factors in the upturn in permanent staff appointments. All four English regions monitored by the survey registered steep increases in permanent placements,… Read more

JAPAN – CABINET APPROVES BILL TO ACCEPT FOREIGN BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS - 08/11/2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved draft legislation last week to bring in overseas blue-collar workers in sectors struggling with labour shortages, reports Japan Today.  

Last month, the government first unveiled its plan to attract more foreign workers. Under the legislation, foreign nationals with skills in fields identified as facing shortages would be awarded a visa allowing them to work for up to five years. The approval of the draft legislation represents a controversial… Read more

Yumi won Most Inspring Support Professional 2018 - 02/11/2018

Our Office Manager Yumi won Most Inspring Support Professional 2018!

https://www.investingintalent.co.uk/winners-2018/

Winner: Yumi Hoshino – People First (Recruitment)

Administrator Yumi Hoshino’s friendly manner and customer service skills made her an ideal winner in the judges’ eyes. Having started as receptionist at People First back in 2003, she has been involved in almost every aspect of the business – apart from direct fee earning.

 

  • As well as supervising and mentoring subsequent receptionists, Yumi continued… Read more

    JAPAN – UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS IN SEPTEMBER, JOB AVAILABILITY AT HIGHEST SINCE 1974 - 31/10/2018

    Japan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down to 2.3% in September, a slight decrease from 2.4% in August and a four-month low, according to data from the Statistics Bureau.

    Meanwhile, the availability of jobs improved to the highest level since January 1974. The jobs-to-applicants ratio rose to 1.64 from 1.63 in August.

    On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate in Japan stood at 2.4%, down 0.4% from the same period last year. Meanwhile, data… Read more

    UK – RISE OF THE ROBOTS COULD MEAN A FOUR-DAY WORKWEEK - 19/10/2018

    A four-day working week could become commonplace in the UK as automation, and AI increase workplace efficiency, The Guardian reports, citing data from the Social Market Foundation. The study suggests that a 10% gain in workforce productivity could allow employers to produce the same output with a 38-hour week, assuming pay and employer profits remained the same. Furthermore, concluded that a 30% productivity gain could allow the working week to fall to just 32 hours or a… Read more

    UK – GRADUATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO LOWEST LEVEL IN 39 YEARS - 19/10/2018

    The unemployment rate for graduates six months after leaving university fell to 5.1% this year, the lowest since the 1979 survey when it was 4.9%, according to a study from Prospects, a provider of skills, education, care and support.

    Prospects’ data also found that employment increased from 74.2% to 76.6% (184,295) as 4,540 more graduates found jobs compared to last year. The proportion of employed graduates in professional-level roles also increased, from 71.4% to 73.9%.

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