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Best locations for freelancers revealed

Freelancing is popular with those adopting the lifestyle, with 60 percent believing it’s a good career move. With the option of flexible hours, working from home and being your own boss, it’s no surprise that many people are turning to freelancing instead of the traditional nine to five for income. In

Contributor: Kevin Pratt | Published: 11 February 2018

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Employer confidence at lowest since referendum

Contributor REC More than a third (35 percent) of respondents think that the country’s economic conditions are getting worse, while only one in five (22 percent) think they are improving. The net balance of hiring and investment decisions has also fallen by two points to nine.

Contributor: Kevin Green | Published: 8 February 2018

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Stagnant wages pushing employees into self employment

According to the Office for National Statistics, UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million from September to November 2017, taking employment to its joint highest level since comparable records began in 1971. But average wages in real terms - compared to inflation - fell by 0.5 percent compared with the previous year.

Contributor: Stewart Butler | Published: 6 February 2018

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Contractor demand stumbles as employers lock in talent

Professional recruitment firms reported that overall vacancy numbers for contract roles dipped by 9 percent in November 2017, while demand for permanent professionals remained largely stable, increasing by 0.4 percent year-on-year, according to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.

Contributor: Ann Swain | Published: 10 January 2018

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“Don’t show me the money, show me meaningful work”!

In the UK, meaningful work emerged as the single largest contributor at 30 percent, 3 points above the global average. Meaningful work ensures that employees’ skills and talents are being fully utilized and there is greater alignment to shared, core values.

Contributor: Globoforce’s WorkHuman Research Institute in partnership with IBM’s Smarter Workforce Institute | Published: 28 December 2017

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Calls for clear employment definitions

This is an extremely valuable contribution to the debate about self-employment and the gig economy. For too long, confusion has reigned because of the lack of a clear definition of self-employment, which leads to individuals and businesses being forced to seek clarity through expensive and time-consuming court hearings.

Contributor: Simon McVicker | Published: 8 December 2017

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UK lags behind the world for worker engagement

UK workers are some of the least engaged in the world, that’s according to the latest Qualtrics® Employee PulseTM, which surveys more than 4,500 workers. Contributor Sarah Marrs - Qualtrics.

Contributor: Sarah Marrs - Qualtrics | Published: 5 December 2017

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Engineering must prove to the young that it helps society

Among the 9-18 year olds questioned by researchers only a few (10 percent) were actively considering a career in engineering but two-thirds (67 percent) would consider a career in engineering if it allowed them to help the world, the environment or save peoples’ lives.

Contributor: Beth Elgood | Published: 11 November 2017

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Employers, need to wake up to urgent labour market challenges

Recommendations include that: Hirers should engage with schools, colleges and universities to provide real-world, practical advice and help young people be better prepared; Employers be more creative with their recruitment procedures, offer flexible work as standard and remove barriers for under-represented groups, eg by using collaborative hiring or name-blind recruitment

Contributor: Rt Hon Esther McVey MP | Published: 23 October 2017