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    IT contractors: will new software find your next assignment?

    September 17th, 2014

    Umbrella Company techies contracting in big data analytics may find their next assignment comes courtesy of cutting-edge new software that mines LinkedIn, jobs boards and other online CV repositories to find the best-fit candidates for hard-to-fill technical roles. Recruiters seeking the best tech candidates face an arduous struggle, as skills shortages have caused an unprecedented […]

    Whatever the vote, Scottish recruiters will still be seeking professional candidates, says APSCo

    September 16th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees and other freelancers in Scotland’s professional contracting community have nothing to fear from the upcoming independence vote, and their recruiters have every reason to feel optimistic, APSCo chief executive Ann Swain has claimed. Ms Swain conceded that public sector-related business among recruiters specialising in the professional jobs and contracts market would be […]

    Discontent among employees about work-life balance is on the rise

    September 15th, 2014

    New data from the Hay Group has revealed that large numbers of employees believe they do not have an acceptable work-life balance and many are considering changing jobs because of it. Analysing its global database of employee surveys to discover how they feel about their work-life balance and the level of support they received at […]

    Is there an IT type? Definitely, says new study

    September 12th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees specialising in IT contracting may be interested in a revealing new study that aimed to answer the question: “Is there an IT type?” Computer Weekly and the psychological consultancy PCL surveyed 295 IT professionals, including help desk support staff, software engineers and CIOs, and analysed the data they supplied in an online […]

    Manpower survey finds hiring spree is cooling but demand for core contractor skills is rocketing

    September 11th, 2014

    The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey suggests that UK employers are cooling their hiring plans for the final quarter of 2014 after the biggest hiring spree since records began. The seasonally adjusted survey of the hiring intentions of 2,102 employers shows that the net employment outlook fell to +6% for Q4 2014, a drop of […]

    Demand for renewable energy contractors set to soar across Northern Europe

    September 10th, 2014

    A race has started amongst European countries to make up lost ground in hitting their renewable energy targets for 2020, with new contracting opportunities in the sector set to soar across the continent as a result. An analysis from international professional consultancy Procorre suggests that a number of prominent EU countries, including the UK, the […]

    Contractors to the rescue? London employers confident about growth but struggle to find talent

    September 9th, 2014

    Umbrella Company employees and other skilled freelancers are likely to find themselves in acute demand in London, with a new CBI/KPMG study revealing that almost half (45%) of London employers are struggling to find the talent they need. IT and technology professionals are in especially short supply: one-fifth of the 115 London employers polled said […]

    Why poor Skype technique can cost you your next contracting assignment

    September 8th, 2014

    Many jobbing Umbrella Company employees will have some experience of video interviewing, but new research from the specialist tech recruiter Cititec reveals that candidates who are interviewed face-to-face are almost 70% more likely to land a job or contract than those interviewed using video conferencing technology. Commenting on the finding, Cititec’s MD, Stephen Grant, said: […]

    REC/KPMG Report on Jobs: jobs and contracts continued to soar in August

    September 5th, 2014

    Despite being the traditional month for vacationing, demand for permanent and temporary/contracting staff in August grew at its fastest pace since April 1998, the latest REC/KPMG Report on Jobs reveals. Placements for Umbrella Company employees and other temporary/contracting staff rose vigorously, while the total number of jobs and contracts available increased at the fastest rate […]

    The City sees August lull in jobs and contracts but gears up for autumn hiring spree

    September 4th, 2014

    Permanent employees, Umbrella Company employees and other contractors seeking new opportunities in the City had a lean month in August, with vacancies falling by 3% on July’s total, new figures from the specialist recruiter Astbury Marsden reveal. This will come as no surprise to financial services professionals on the lookout for new contracting assignments, as […]