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Government approves funding for recruitment apprenticeships

The government has approved the qualifications and funding of apprenticeships for Recruitment Consultants and Recruitment Resourcers this week, meaning recruiters can now access funds from the Apprenticeship Levy to train their staff. The Department for Education has approved funding of up to £5,000 per apprentice (Recruitment Consultant at level 3, Recruitment Resourcer at level 2) designed by the REC-led trailblazer initiative, which began its work in 2014. REC chief executive Kevin Green...

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Permanent Placements Slow Down But Temp Billings Increasing

In a recently published Markit/REC Report on Jobs April saw the slowest increase in permanent placements since last September, whilst temp billings are increasing at the fastest rate seen this year.  Available candidates in both permanent and temporary declined at sharply in April, in fact both categories saw the sharpest decline in available candidates for 16 months. Aprils data showed an increase in demand for temporary/contract workers in the UK, with Nursing/Medical/Care still at the top of the table, and Hotels &...

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UK Business Optimistic About Growth in 2017

Business optimistic. Three quarters of UK employers (76 per cent) expect economic conditions to be more challenging in 2017 compared to 2016, according to a poll of employers by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). There are signs that the jobs market is slowing. The REC’s latest Jobs Outlook survey of 601 employers predicts a softening in short-term hiring. Employers intending to increase their permanent staff headcount within the next three...

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Staff appointments rise again in September

Key points: Permanent placements and temp billings increase moderately Solid growth of permanent salaries but temp pay at 40-month low Slower decline in staff availability Summary: The Markit/REC Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies.   Permanent placements rise for second successive month...

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Before referendum jobs market remained strong, but skills shortages spell trouble ahead

The JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) shows that before the referendum, 45 per cent believed economic conditions to be ‘getting better’, against 21 per cent who believed conditions were deteriorating. The survey of 600 employers also finds two thirds adopting what could be a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude to hiring, with one in five (21 per cent) planning to hire but three times as many (66 per cent) intending to keep...

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Employers remain ‘level-headed’ despite drop in confidence

The latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation reveals that employer confidence tumbled during the last quarter, but also suggests that businesses are holding back from making cuts to their workforce. Twenty-four per cent of employers indicated that they would take on more permanent staff in the next three months, while 64 per cent said they will maintain their existing headcount. Just 3 per cent of employers expect to shrink their...

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