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Recruitment drive begins for Statoil

18 April 2014

Freelancers working in the oil and gas industries have noted a lot of opportunities over the past few years, particularly because of the governmentís high priority on ensuring Britain has enough energy for the future. Now, Statoil has embarked on a new recruitment drive that is likely to see many contractors gain a plethora of new assignments.In its latest announcement, Statoil revealed it wou......


PCG rebuts TUCís organic self-employment assertions

18 April 2014

The PCG has rebutted comments by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) that self-employment has increased due to an organic and shifting trend. Instead, the organisation revealed they believe that the rise in freelance numbers is the result of a structural and systematic change and is anything but organic. In recent figures, the TUC revealed that the large gains in recent employment are largely ......


Wages for graduates on the decline

17 April 2014

Gone are the days when graduates could expect to go straight into a well-paid job. Now, it has been revealed that wages are on the decline, a factor that could push even more youngsters into self-employment.In the latest Complete University Guide report, it was shown that the starting salaries for graduates between 2007 and 2012 have decreased significantly. Over the five-year period, analysts......


Mumpreneur numbers on the rise

17 April 2014

New figures have shown that the number of mothers becoming entrepreneurs is on the rise. In the recent Direct Line for Business report, it was shown that "mumpreneur" numbers are increasing in Britain, with many women opting to become self-employed after starting a family. This is often to spend more time at home or avoid costly childcare. Delving into the factors behind becoming a freela......


Businesses mismatching professional talent

16 April 2014

It has been revealed that one of the major reasons businesses are noting high recruitment costs is simply because they have the wrong talent in the wrong position. According to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) research, companies who fail to hire the correctly skilled employees face lower productivity and higher expenses. Analysts from PwC utilised LinkedIn to conduct their researc......


Older generation leading the self-employment trend

16 April 2014

Figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that the self-employment trend is being led by those over the age of 50. Whilst many freelancers continue to battle IR35 and employment laws, it seems the problems are not enough to dissuade many from taking up the career option. With the latest numbers, it has been shown that older people make up a large proportion of the group.......


Affluent areas attracting contractors

15 April 2014

According to one new report, many contractors are living in affluent areas. The Professional Representation Networkís findings revealed that the workers in Londonís top ten affluent boroughs contain 14.5 per cent of freelancers. Other wealthy areas of the country also have a high representation of contractors. Over the past few years, many contractors have been able to prosper, despite com......


TUC reveals high contractor job rates

15 April 2014

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said that two in every five new job roles are for self-employed workers. Since the general election in 2010, there has been a significant gain in the number of freelancers, with many businesses turning to short-term workers to fill vacancies. It has now been shown that, of the past four years' employment gains, 44 per cent of those in work have been contrac......


Good Recruitment Charter launched by REC

14 April 2014

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have hosted a London-based event to initiate their Good Recruitment Charter. Carefully developed with the advice of many employment experts, the charter aims to outline nine key principles of recruiting practice to ensure that consistency is noted across the board. It is hoped that this will ensure better recruiting processes in the future fo......


Demand still seen for IT workers

14 April 2014

Despite some concerns that IT contractors may soon start to note falling demand, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has shown that that moment has not yet come. In the organisationís latest Report on Jobs, the sector score for March was 63.7, not far beneath last Novemberís 64.1. It means that although job prospects have dropped slightly, there are still numerous opportunities......


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