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    London’s IT contract market remains “buoyant,” says Morgan McKinley

    July 22nd, 2016

    Umbrella Company Employees contracting in London as IT specialists enjoyed a “buoyant” contract market in the capital during June, new research from professional services recruiter Morgan McKinley reveals. While the IT jobs market began slowly in 2016, it has steadily improved since, peaking to its highest point in June. The research actually reveals that job volume went on climbing after the Brexit vote on the 23rd of the month, indicating that the “Leave” verdict has had no immediate impact on hiring in the technology space amongst Morgan McKinley’s clients. The consensus appears to be that, at this point, it is simply too early to see or even forecast what the […]

    Jobs market improves despite Brexit uncertainties

    July 21st, 2016

    The latest job market data from job site CV-Library reveals a surprise development: in the face of acute Brexit uncertainties last month, job vacancies continued to grow. In Q2 2016, job vacancies grew by 11.3 per cent on the same period last year, while applications from candidates swelled by an even more impressive 13.2 per cent. CV-Library’s founder and MD, Lee Biggins, observed that many had been quick to express concerns about how the Brexit result at the referendum would hit the UK economy. But, he added, “the reality is that it’s far too early to speculate.” He went on: “There may yet be turbulent times ahead for the UK […]

    HMRC officials to participate in PRISM compliance and legislation seminar

    July 18th, 2016

    PRISM, the trade body representing Umbrella Companies, has revealed that speakers from HMRC will take part in presentations at the free “Brave New World” seminar, which will take place at London’s King’s Fund this Friday (22nd July). Revenue officials will be addressing the current consultation concerning forthcoming “Off-payroll – Working in the Public Sector – Reform of the Intermediaries” legislation. The new proposals will radically shake up the ways in which both providers and recruiters work with contracting professionals engaged in public sector organisations, presenting appreciable complexities and liabilities for recruiters when they are implemented in April next year. PRISM’s CEO, Crawford Temple, said: “These are complex changes that needs […]

    IPSE urges new PM to support contractors

    July 15th, 2016

    With the Queen appointing Theresa May as Britain’s new Prime Minister on Wednesday 13 July, the fledgling premier has received congratulations from the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) along with some firm advice: don’t neglect Britain’s professional contracting community in your plans. IPSE’s Director of Policy & External Affairs, Simon McVicker, commented: “On behalf of everyone at IPSE, we would like to wish Mrs May our warmest congratulations on becoming our new Prime Minister. She has many challenges in front of her, but she has demonstrated that she has the right ability and temperament to rise to these challenges.” He went on to note that her […]

    APSCo unveils its post-Brexit negotiating requirements

    July 13th, 2016

    As David Cameron hands the keys to No. 10 Downing Street to his successor, Theresa May, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has set out its proposals for working with the post-Brexit Government on behalf of its members. APSCo’s Operations Director, Samantha Hurley, said that it is crucial for the Government to consult with representative bodies in professional recruitment as EU-derived statutes are replaced by, or reshaped into, British law. Future trade agreements should be drawn up in consultation with the private sector, she said, in order to avoid an unfair market where UK service providers are unable to fully access the EU market, yet EU companies could access […]

    Permanent placements at 45-month low while contractor demand climbs

    July 11th, 2016

    The latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and financial information services company Markit reveals that, for the first time since September 2012, the number of people placed in permanent positions fell in June this year. The drop in placements was slight, and it was the first measurable deterioration in the permanent labour market in 45 months. Anecdotal evidence drawn from the recruitment agencies that supplied data for the survey suggests that Brexit uncertainties had taken a heavy toll on permanent hiring. In the run-up to the EU referendum last month, Brexit was cited frequently by survey respondents as the chief reason for hiring caution. Meanwhile, […]

    IT professionals should keep developing their skill set

    July 6th, 2016

    If they haven’t already done so, Umbrella Company techies contracting as IT professionals should start expanding their skills sets to incorporate business capabilities such as leadership, understanding business objectives and project management if they wish to secure future opportunities, a new report from Experis suggests. The study, Tomorrow’s Tech Teams, polled 200 senior IT managers and 1,000 IT professionals, seeking their thoughts on current and future strategy for UK IT departments. Ninety per cent of the senior managers surveyed believe that, in the context of today’s fast-evolving technology economy, the ability to acquire new tech skills is equal in importance to having existing knowledge. The three skill areas seen as […]

    Skills shortages throughout healthcare sector

    July 4th, 2016

    The overwhelming majority of healthcare workers (89.7 per cent) believe that worsening skills shortages are having a negative impact on levels of patient care, new data from the job site CV-Library reveals. The survey sampled the attitudes of more than 1,000 healthcare workers regarding key issues in the sector. The top three areas suffering the most acute effects of skills shortages emerged as care for the elderly (67 per cent), care for mental health patients (56.2 per cent) and care for nursing home patients (34.5 per cent). More than half of the workers polled (54.3 per cent) do not believe that sufficient resources have been set aside to deliver a […]

    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 […]