Recruitment

Recruitment sector closing in on pre-recession high

The UK recruitment sector as a whole could accelerate past a pre-recession turnover high by March next year if current trends continue, according to the latest survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC industry trends survey has reported a third consecutive year of growth for the sector based on more than 500 responses to a survey from Market Shaper and Cordoba Services, as well as from Office of National Statistic (ONS) data.

Improving jobs market reflects increasing business confidence

The amount of people employed in both temporary and permanent jobs has risen at its fastest rate since April 2011, with pay growth also increasing, a new survey has revealed.

The survey results seemingly reflects improving confidence in the UK economy, with more and more sectors having shown sustained growth in recent months as well as positive economic forecasts for the rest of 2013.

Small companies to begin recruitment drives

UK small businesses are looking to grow their workforce through the remainder of 2013, a new survey by global workforce provider Regus has indicated.

A quarter of firms surveyed plan to increase their headcount by 5% or more, whilst 20% are looking to expand their numbers by between 2-5%.

Businesses are increasingly looking to expand their new business functions. More than half suggested that their recruitment drive will focus on sales and marketing staff, implying that growth is high on the agenda for the rest of the year.

Autumn Statement - SBF’s Summary

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled his much-anticipated Autumn Statement yesterday, causing the usual clambering amongst MPs and political parties for position.

Here at Skipton Business Finance, we’ve cut it down to the bare bones and analysed the key points that will affect small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

See our analysis of the Autumn Statement below, or click on the links below to scroll down:

1. Fuel Duty2. Business Taxes3. Transport4. Ultra Fast Broadband

UK job market reaching crucial phase

Employers across the UK are looking to hold onto more staff to avoid losing skills despite low levels of demand and output, new research has revealed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Labour Market Outlook indicated that more than a third of private sector firms have kept staffing levels higher than required for the current level of output, with a desire to maintain the skills base provided by staff.

There were also fewer firms planning on make redundancies in Q3 of 2012, compared to three months ago.

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