Employment Market Snaphot – June 21

Return to more normal business operations, improved market confidence and greater demand for staff all drove a further marked increase in recruitment activity in June. Permanent staff appointments expanded at the quickest rate since the survey began in October 1997. 
Unprecedented increase in demand for workers 
The upturn in demand for workers gathered further momentum in June, with overall vacancies rising to the greatest extent in the near 24-year…

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A return to the workplace

On 5 July 2021, the Prime Minister announced the UK government’s plans to lift the remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021 following a further review of the health crisis on 12 July 2021 (with varying timeframes across the other nations of the United Kingdom).  Should the lifting of restrictions be confirmed on 12 July, it is expected that there will no longer be legal limits on social contact…

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Covid and return to work

Summary At the time of writing, the Government has published its provisional roadmap out of lockdown and employers are beginning to consider when and how employees may return to the workplace. This article considers some potential options and possible risks relating to a return to work. Can employers force employees to return to work after lockdown? It is a general principle of English employment law that employees must comply…

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United Kingdom: Employment law changes coming into effect on 6 April 2021

Key takeaways National minimum wage – The annual increases in national minimum wage rates will apply, taking the minimum salary of those aged 23 or over to GBP 8.91 per hour. For further information, please see our update here. Increase of limits of tribunal awards – The following increases in tribunal awards will take place. In cases involving dismissal, the new rates will apply where the effective date of termination falls on…

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Recruitment rebounds as lockdown loosens

Improved market confidence among employers has led to the sharpest rise in permanent appointments in six years. As the government outlined its roadmap for lifting lockdown, and with Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths all falling, temporary billings also grew at the fastest rate since 2017. The latest UK Report on Jobs, compiled for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG, shows that demand for workers grew rapidly in March…

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13 Million Brits To Request Permanent Flexible Working Once Lockdown Is Lifted

44 per cent of workers plan to ask for permanent flexible working arrangements after coronavirus restrictions are fully lifted – more than 13 million people Saving time and money, along with prioritising family and health are key drivers behind the desired move to long term flexible working arrangements HR directors expect 70 per cent of the workforce will have some form of flexible arrangement after coronavirus restrictions are fully…

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Video Interviews – some tips..

1   Find the best environment and video background Find a private, quiet location where you won’t be interrupted. Find a simple, neutral background and ensure that your shot is well-lit. It’s best to have the light source coming from in front of you. Adjust the lighting if required once the shot is set up. 2   Technology & MS Teams You will need a laptop with a webcam,…

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