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    REC condemns extension of agency caps to ambulance trusts

    July 1st, 2016

    The final round of caps on agency spending in the NHS is to be rolled out to cover ambulance trusts and ambulance foundation trusts from today. Meanwhile, the Government has been urged by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to adopt a more comprehensive approach to controlling NHS spending rather than continuing with measures that have been largely unsuccessful. Pay rates for locum doctors and nurses contracting in the NHS via Umbrella Companies have been progressively capped since November last year so that they reflect the pay of permanent, substantive staff. The REC’s Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Kate Shoesmith, however, notes that the results of these caps have […]

    Brexit worries depress permanent hiring

    June 29th, 2016

    In line with surveys from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) over the last few months, new data from job ad search engine Adzuna.co.uk reveals that permanent vacancies shrank in May due to EU referendum uncertainties. Adzuna’s latest UK Job Market Report shows that job vacancies contracted from 1,156,810 in April to 1,150,149 in May, a reduction of 0.6 per cent and the second consecutive monthly fall recorded by the report. Employers were cautious about additional permanent hires as a result of uncertainty over the referendum outcome, which eventually culminated, as we now know, in a Brexit vote. Monthly falls were recorded in two-thirds of UK regions as companies awaited […]

    Recruitment industry and trade associations respond to Brexit vote

    June 27th, 2016

    Trade associations and the recruitment industry have been responding to the seismic result of last week’s “Brexit” vote in the EU referendum. Julia Kermode, CEO of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), which represents Umbrella Companies Employees and other contracting professionals, said that the referendum result meant “business as usual” for the FCSA, which would continue to protect the UK’s flexible workforce that had proven vital to the country’s economic growth in recent years. She added: “Leaving the EU will undoubtedly bring a period of uncertainty and as we have witnessed in the run up to this referendum demand for contractors has been high and I see this demand […]

    Brexit vote shocks the markets and deepens hiring uncertainty

    June 24th, 2016

    Umbrella Company Employees are waking with their fellow Britons on the day after the EU referendum to the seismic news that the electorate has voted to sever its 43-year membership of the European Union. At final count, 51.9 per cent of voters opted for a Brexit, while 48.1 percent voted to stay. The pound immediately plummeted to a 30-year low as the news broke, setting a new intraday swing record of over ten per cent between its highest and lowest value. Meanwhile, FTSE 100 futures dived by 8.7 per cent, and the FTSE 250 index crashed by a massive 11.7 per cent. According to the Financial Times, rating agency S&P […]

    Employers fear worsening skills shortage after a Brexit vote

    June 22nd, 2016

    The latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found that 51 per cent of Britain’s employers expect to confront skills shortages for permanent staff. The monthly survey, which is produced by the REC in partnership with research consultancy ComRes, draws on telephone interviews with 600 UK employers. The latest report covers the period of 11th March – 25th May 2016 and finds that 30 per cent of the organisations polled are operating at full capacity. Half have only “a little” capacity available to handle any rise in demand. While last week’s official figures showed that employment levels in the UK have hit a record high (74.2 […]

    Young workers not convinced about flexible working

    June 20th, 2016

    A study has found that younger employees regularly stay late at work in order to improve job security, but believe that flexible working could hurt them in the long term. The study, carried out by technology company Ricoh, has shown that just over two-thirds of employees who fall into the 18-26 age range have exaggerated their workload in the hope of getting praised by a manager. The study also shows that 41% of those who took part in the survey believe that management looks favourably upon those who are prepared to work more hours than are laid out in their contracts, and these employees regularly do so to impress. The […]

    EU exit could lead to employment regulation changes

    June 17th, 2016

    Employment lawyers have warned that if the UK leaves the EU there would be a tough task in rewriting the contracts for temporary workers. Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), an EU law that affects temporary and contract workers, would not be repealed immediately but it could cause administrative problems for those who handle the contracts and terms and conditions of employment during the transition phase. The Vote Leave Campaign has just published details of its plans for life after Brexit and one of the recommendations made is a suggested amendment for the European Communities Act 1972, which led to the AWR, but not an immediate repeal. This would wait until the […]

    HMRC IT staff affected by pay cap

    June 15th, 2016

    It has been revealed that IT staff moving from private contractor status over to HMRC will be affected by the one per cent pay cap that is in place. The chief digital officer at HMRC, Mark Dearnley, has announced that the company established to employ the IT contracting staff from the soon-to-be ending Aspire contract will be affected by the public sector pay cap. The ten-year Aspire contract was signed between HMRC and Capgemini, a private supplier, in 2004. At the time, it was common for Government agencies to have contracts like this, but the Cabinet Office has requested that shorter and more targeted contracts be used to open services […]

    Keepmoat workers to prosper from proprietary training solution

    June 14th, 2016

    NetDimensions announced today (14th June 2016) that it would be providing knowledge and learning management solutions to Keepmoat’s team of 3,500 personnel and supply chain contractors. According to a press statement published on PRWeb, Keepmoat has agreed to adopt NetDimensions’ proprietary learning management system (LMS) as its preferred personnel-training platform. This development is welcomed by both companies, with senior staff from both sides expressing optimism over the huge potential of the robust LMS platform to take Keepmoat’s employee training programs to the next level. The NetDimension press release quotes Keepmoat’s Director of Health, Safety and Environment, Tony Leach, as saying: “Development of our employees and supply chain is critical to […]

    IPSE: Europe witnesses an employment revolution driven by contractors

    June 10th, 2016

    The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has just unveiled a new study showing that the number of contracting professionals and freelancers across the EU’s 28 Member States has expanded by a quarter (24 per cent) between 2008 and 2015. The number swelled from 7.7 million in 2008 to 9.6 million in 2015. The release of the study coincided with National Freelancers Day (9th June) – the day that the UK celebrates its most enterprising individuals: contracting Umbrella Company Employees and other freelancers who have walked away from salaried employment in favour of the flexibility of freelancing. The study shows that rising numbers of people in virtually […]