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News Tag: employment

September 2, 2010

US factory data offset double dip recession fears

by Gill Montia
US factory data offset double dip recession fears
The US Institute for Supply Management (ISM) has offset fears of a double dip recession in America by reporting a rise in its index of factory activity, to 56.3 in August, up from 55.5 in July. A reading in excess of 42%, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy and the August ...

August 20, 2010

Halifax surveys seaside towns for affordability / quality of life

by Gill Montia
Residents of Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex have the highest quality of life among Britain's seaside towns, followed by Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex and Christchurch in Dorset. According to the latest Halifax survey of UK coastal towns, all three have higher than average weekly earnings, compared to other seaside towns, and an above average employment rate. With four more hours ...

July 7, 2010

Survey reveals employment continues to grow in private sector

by Kay Murchie
A report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG has revealed staff appointments in the private sector grew in June, albeit at the slowest rate for five months. The survey, which questions 400 recruitment firms, showed a strong rise in permanent staff placements, with engineering and construction growing. Commenting on the data, Rec's chief executive, Kevin Green, said: ...

September 9, 2009

Nationwide reports rise in UK consumer confidence

by Kay Murchie
The latest Nationwide Consumer Confidence index suggests that the worst of the recession is over after its index rose from 61 in July to 63 in August - the highest reading since May 2008. According to the Nationwide, all of its measures of confidence rose during August with consumers feeling more positive about the current situation for the first time since ...

July 17, 2009

Degrees insufficient to secure graduate jobs

by David Masters
A university degree is no longer enough to secure a good graduate job, a recruitment expert said this week. Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said companies now look for relevant skills and work experience in addition to a stint in higher education. Many employers now take a degree as a "given", Hadley said, and look ...

June 25, 2009

Employers attempt to save jobs despite recession

by David Masters
Employers attempt to save jobs despite recession
Work patterns in the UK have been transformed by the recession, with employers using increasingly innovative methods to save as many jobs as possible. According to a new poll by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and recruitment consultants Harvey Nash, almost two thirds of employers are putting into practice major changes to employee working habits in an effort to save ...