Category Archives: Resourcing

We allow joblessness to rise at our peril

Predictions that unemployment may jump by September make sober reading for Easter. According to the think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, 100,000 more jobs will go during the next six months, mainly in the public sector, while private sector … Continue reading

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UK employees’ two billion hours of unpaid overtime could create one million jobs, says TUC

The two billion hours of unpaid overtime worked last year would be enough to create over a million extra full-time jobs, according to the TUC. The total amount of unpaid overtime worked last year was 1,968 million hours – worth … Continue reading

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Employers look increasingly to interim managers to navigate restructuring projects

The use of interim managers is increasing as employers move to restructure their businesses, according to a report by Green Park Interim and Executive Search. More than one third (35%) of interim managers surveyed said they are increasingly used as … Continue reading

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Aviva set to make 1,000 redundant

The insurance company Aviva is cut almost 1,000 job in the Republic, the company announced on Wednesday. Aviva, which employs more than 2,000 people in Ireland, had invited staff to meetings in Dublin, Cork and Galway. The redundancies could take … Continue reading

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Retirement: post DRA, the performance management of older staff will come to the fore

Charlie Mullins, CEO, Pimlico Plumbers, the UK’s largest independent plumbing company, has become something of a flag-waver when it comes to employing older workers. About 20% of his staff are aged 55 years plus and 6% are over 65, including … Continue reading

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‘Fatal’ shortage of engineering graduates, puts future UK projects at risk, according to Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Future engineering projects including High Speed Rail and the scaling up of UK nuclear power could be “fatally undermined by a dangerous shortfall in engineering graduates”, according to a report launched today by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The ‘Meeting the … Continue reading

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Social media background checks – a minefield for recruiters

At a time when social media profiles are the norm and many people are falling into the trap of “over-sharing” personal information online, it is perhaps inevitable that recruiters would be tempted to have a sneaky peek at the digital … Continue reading

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BBC to cut up to 2,000 jobs and is looking at channels and programs in a bid to save money

The BBC is set to cut up to 2,000 jobs as part of changes aimed at making savings of around 20%, according to sources. The corporation will today hold a series of meetings with its staff across the UK when … Continue reading

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The Work Programme – will it work?

When the Government launched the Welfare Reform Bill in February 2010, it was heralded as the biggest shake-up of a welfare system since the New Deal was first introduced in the United States 60 years ago. The success of the Work Programme (WP), launched in … Continue reading

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Flexible Working increases employee engagement

Flexible working can take many forms, some of the most common are: Part-time working: work is generally considered part-time when employers are contracted to work anything less than full-time hours. Term-time working: a worker remains on a permanent contract but can … Continue reading

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