Severe drop in recruitment activity during March

Quickest drops in permanent placements and temp billings since early-2009 Staff vacancies decline Slower increases in pay for both permanent and temp staff The coronavirus pandemic has put the labour market on pause. It does mean massive disruption in the short term, but we need to remember that this has to be done in order to protect businesses and save lives.What we should be concerned about is how we…

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Furlough – what does it mean?

From relative obscurity just weeks ago, the term furlough has suddenly dominated the public lexicon. You’ll see it splashed all over newspaper headlines, printed across Government updates and probably mentioned in workplace conversations, but what does this weird term actually mean? In early March, the Government and specifically Chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced that it would put in place measures to ensure that the vast rate of widespread redundancies across…

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Coronavirus: Your Employment-related Questions Answered

What are our obligations from a health and safety perspective in relation to our staff? Employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees and non-employees (contractors, members of the public, etc.) so far as is reasonably practicable. This would include taking reasonable steps to control the spread of the coronavirus at sites under the control of the employer. Employers should carry out a risk…

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Reduce stress at work and prevent burnout – a psychologist explains how

How did those new year’s resolutions work out for you? Old habits will have already returned for many – you’re not alone if you’ve already stopped using that new gym membership. Similarly, you’re in good company if 2020 is already stressing you out. Stress, and more chronic exhaustion such as burnout, is commonplace within the modern workplace. People are sinking under the pressure of an attendance culture that glorifies being present at…

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Employment Law Changes 2020

The Government intends to introduce a new Employment Bill which will include some changes already anticipated by the Good Work Plan. The Employment Bill will provide for: The right to request a more stable and predictable contract after 26 weeks’ service; The right to neonatal leave and pay for parents of premature or sick babies; A single market enforcement agency to better ensure that vulnerable workers are aware of…

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UK employment rights in a no-deal Brexit

Introduction What might a no-deal Brexit mean for UK employment rights? What could employers do now to prepare? And what might the future hold in a no-deal scenario? Prime Minister Boris Johnson is clear that he would be prepared to leave the European Union without a deal if necessary and the current legislation commits the United Kingdom to leaving the European Union at 11:00pm on 31 October 2019. Thus,…

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The exemption from disclosure for confidential employment references….

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), which implemented many of its provisions, are now over a year old.  The aim of the GDPR was to increase the protection of individuals’ personal data.  Employees are better informed than ever of their data protection rights, with employers receiving an increased number of subject access requests from their employees. Interesting, however, under the DPA, individuals…

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Recruitment Still Strong despite Brexit…

Despite the uncertainty around Brexit, companies are still recruiting. It’s very much a candidates market at the moment and demand for workers is driving a sharp increase in starting salaries. It’s been getting harder and harder for firms to find good staff and with UK immigration policy likely to tighten, this trend isn’t going to get any easier. Concerns about a no deal Brexit are putting a handbrake on…

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 Early Autumn market update: Starting salaries rise at fastest rate since April 2015, as candidate availability drops further..

Starting salaries rise sharply amid steep reduction in candidate supply Permanent placements expand at slightly weaker pace Vacancy growth softens to near two-year low, but remains strong Companies generally are struggling to find the people they need to drive growth and opportunity.  Permanent placements growth softens… Permanent staff recruitment continued to rise at the end of the third quarter, albeit at a softer pace. Nonetheless, growth remained sharp… …as…

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August news….Permanent placements rise at slower pace

Key market points: Permanent placement growth softens to nine-month low… Staff vacancies expand at quickest rate since last November Decline in candidate availability eases, but remains historically sharp Commentary The rise in interest rates for only the second time in a decade may leave some people feeling the pinch. But a new job is one way people can ease the burden on their finances. With our data showing starting…

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