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Pensions uncertainty Almost half of business owners without a workplace pension scheme are still unclear about their responsibilities, with a quarter not confident their business can cope. and FSB pole has found… 26% The proportion of small firms that say they would recommend their bank to others – up from 23% in 2014. £255bn The amount owed by British small firms in late payment according to insurance firm Zurich.

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LEGISLATION OVERVIEW FOR 2016

11 January 2016: Zero hours contracts providing specific remedies for zero hours workers regarding exclusivity clauses. Early 2016 Gender pay gap reporting: The Government is required to bring in legislation by 25 March 2016 which requires employers to publish information about differences in pay for male and female employee. Depending in the precise wording of the legislation, this may include a requirement to provide information about temporary workers. 1…

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Legal Changes on the Horizon in 2016

The recruitment industry is, according to the REC, in rude health! It predicts that in 2016 more than 90% of employers will increase headcount.  However, one of the significant external influences that is going to hit the sector this year is the National Living Wage. From April 2016 individuals aged 25 and over will be entitled to receive the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour, increasing to above £9…

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February Report on Jobs: South (excluding London)

Key points from January survey: Weaker rise in permanent staff placements than 2015 trend Second-slowest increase in temp billings in current 33-month upturn Labour supply in South continues to drop sharply Staff Appointment:  Growth of permanent placements moderates in January Recruitment agencies in the South of England reported a slower rise in full-time appointments at the start of 2016. The rate of growth remained strong overall, but was weaker…

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March Employment News

 Key points in March: Further marked increases in permanent placements Salaries for permanent hires rise at sharpest rate in six months Candidate availability tightens further. The main indicators for March are: Recruitment continues to rise strongly… March survey data highlighted further marked growth of recruitment activity across the UK. Permanent staff placements rose at a rate unchanged from February’s considerable pace. …supported by robust demand for staff Job vacancies…

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