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Highest paid career pathways for grads revealed

Electrical & Electronics Engineering grads are best placed to secure a job related to their course after graduating, while almost all Travel & Tourism grads will have to look outside of their subject for a career. The study was conducted weeks before the 15 January UCAS deadline for university applications.

Contributor: Doug Monro | Published: 16 February 2018

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What China’s GDP figures tell us

China’s economic growth has further widened the inequality between regions, some advanced regions such as the Yangtze river triangle (Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu) and the Pearl river triangle (Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong) are continuing strong growth and the living standard is getting closer or even surpassing developed countries.

Contributor: Qing Wang | Published: 16 February 2018

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What were the worst excuses for absence in 2017?

Employees are most likely to call in sick between 7-8am, with 7am on Monday 11th Dec coming in as the hour with the highest number of sick calls. It's important to note that this date had the highest overall absence rate out of the year and was the day on which the UK saw widespread snow.

Contributor: Enrique Garcia | Published: 15 February 2018

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UK ranks 8th place in global talent competitiveness ranking

The index reveals that the UK’s ability to leverage diversity for talent competitiveness is boosted by its global knowledge skills but undermined by its weaker performance on tolerance and gender equality. The UK has a particularly strong pool of global knowledge skills, a variable for which it is ranked third in the index.

Contributor: Vinod Kumar | Published: 15 February 2018

Taylor Reveiw

Consultation in Response to the Taylor Review

The Government have published the response to the Matthew Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and has commenced four related consultations for proposals under a ‘Good work plan’ to address the Taylor review’s “7 principles for good quality work for all”.

Contributor: Makbool Javaid | Published: 14 February 2018

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Carillion crisis exposes “toothless Prompt Payment Code”

Poor payment practice continues to be a big issue for small businesses with FSB research showing that, on average, 30 per cent of payments are typically late while the average value of each late payment stands at £6,142. Furthermore, it costs the UK economy £2.5bn each year and kills 50,000 small firms.

Contributor: Mike Cherry | Published: 14 February 2018

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Permanent placements up as contractor use declines

APSCo’s data, which focuses on professional recruitment, reveals that vacancies for permanent staff also increased by 1 percent over the same period. This growth is reflected in the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics which reported in January that UK employment levels have reached a record high level, driven by an increase in full-time work.

Contributor: Ann Swain | Published: 14 February 2018

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What are the latest buzzwords in the world of recruitment?

List of Buzzwords for talent professionals revealed HR and recruitment professionals are highlighting skills and experience over personal strengths.HR and recruitment professionals were using new words like ‘skilled’ and ‘motivated’ to describe themselves. In contrast, ‘focused’ and ‘excellent’ - which featured in fourth and seventh place last year - have dropped off the 2017 list.

Contributor: Jon Addison | Published: 13 February 2018

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Big drop in new UK car Registrations in 2017 – £2.6 billion loss to economy

The top reasons cited by British motorists for this downturn include rising living costs (31 percent) and mixed messages from the government (13 percent). A further 12 percent believe seven years of government austerity measures has affected sales most, while 10 percent blamed government policy on diesel vehicles.

Contributor: Simon Benson | Published: 13 February 2018

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1 million workers targeted in tech-re-skilling drive

Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2018 – The World Economic Forum launched the IT Industry Skills Initiative to meet the global skills gap challenge and address job displacement arising from automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The initiative is committed to reaching 1 million people with resources and training opportunities on the SkillSET portal by January 2021.

Contributor: Alan Trefler | Published: 12 February 2018