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Employment growth set to continue

Posted on 18th May 2018

A recent survey has revealed positive news regarding employment growth, however, many businesses are struggling to find the talent they need to fill roles.

The latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD and The Adecco Group shows that employers’ near-term employment expectations have risen to a five-year high.

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FCSA defends umbrella companies against Unite

Posted on 14th May 2018

The Freelancer Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has called for Unite to better educate itself with regards to umbrella companies.

With Unite renewing its call to put an end to payroll firms, FCSA’s Chief Executive Julia Kermode believes that the trade union needs to learn about the benefits workers gain by choosing to work through compliant umbrella companies. 

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Temp billings rise while permanent placements soften

Posted on 11th May 2018

Latest findings reveal that the pace of permanent placements was the softest seen in 2018 so far, while in contrast, growth of contract/temp billings picked up from March’s 13-month low.

According to the recent IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs, rates of pay for contract/temporary staff also rose to the greatest extent in two years.

Looking at a regional analysis, Scotland continued to record the steepest increase in contract/temp billings when comparing all five monitored UK regions, while the North of England recorded the slowest.

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FCSA predict legal challenges with IR35 public sector reforms

Posted on 9th May 2018

Once again, issues surrounding the IR35 legislation have been highlighted with the FCSA saying legal challenges to public sector reforms ‘seem inevitable’.

The Freelancer & Contractor Services Associationasked intermediaries who support some 33,500 workers in public sector roles about the level of IR35 compliance testing undertaken for their workers. 

Interestingly, 50% of responses highlighted that no IR35 status tests had been carried out on workers sourced via agencies, with them all being simply deemed inside (42%) or outside (8%) IR35.

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Job creation up in construction sector

Posted on 7th May 2018

Latest data has revealed a moderate recovery in construction output following the weather-related disruptions seen during March.

According to April’s IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), residential work was by far the best performing category of construction activity, with the rate of growth reaching its strongest in 12 months. 

The report indicated that construction firms are relatively upbeat about the 12-month business outlook, with the degree of confidence the strongest recorded since May 2017. 

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UK job market continues to thrive

Posted on 4th May 2018

Latest research has revealed positive news for the UK job market, with it seeing significant growth in the first quarter of 2018.

Findings from CV Library shows that job vacancies and application rates have all risen.

The top industries for finding candidates include:

-      Agriculture – applications up 55.9%

-      IT – up 37.7%

-      Recruitment – 33%

-      Construction – 32.9%

-      Manufacturing – 30.9%

-      Sales – 29.4%

-      Social care – 28.1%

-      Marketing – 28%

-      Automotive – 28%

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Top areas Brits will lie about on their CV

Posted on 2nd May 2018

Whether a freelancer, contractor or ‘permie’, a recent survey has revealed that as many as 92.5% of Brits have got away with lying on their CV.

CV-Library surveyed 1,000 UK workers and looked at whether they would ever consider lying on their CV or to a potential employer, so that they could secure a new job.

Interestingly, the majority of those questioned said that they would.

The report found that the areas in which workers would be most willing to lie about included:

-      The dates of their previous employment (31.4%)

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UK employer confidence improving

Posted on 30th April 2018

A recent survey has revealed that employer confidence in the economy is continuing to improve.

The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) JobsOutlook survey also shows that permanent hiring plans remain on a ‘downwards trajectory’ with only 14% of employers planning to increase their numbers in the short-term.

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Self-employed losing confidence in the lead up to Brexit

Posted on 27th April 2018

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have released their report ‘Brexit Deal for the Self-Employed’

The recent data, which surveyed more than 1,000 contractors has revealed that the lead up to Brexit is having a negative impact on the UK’s self-employed sector.

For example, 81% of contractors expect their costs to increase during the lead up and 54% report that they have concerns with regards to the progress of the negotiations.

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Marketing roles in high demand

Posted on 25th April 2018

Marketing contractors will be pleased to learn that roles within the sector are in high demand as organisations increasingly look towards outsourcing.

According to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), marketing roles within agencies increased 35% year-on-year to March 2018.

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