Media Bites

Mar 22, 2017

Welcome to our round-up of news and announcements from the media world. ... more or comment here

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Candidate shortages threaten job market ‘feel good factor’

Mar 22, 2017

Half of employers anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent jobs, according to the latest Jobs Outlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). ... more or comment here

‘Jargon-filled’ job descriptions prevent young people from applying for jobs

Mar 21, 2017

Confusing, jargon-filled job descriptions are a major barrier for young job seekers and prevent them from applying for their first roles, according to a study from Business in the Community (BITC) and the City & Guilds Group. ... more or comment here

Sectors at risk of losing staff due to migration policy changes

Mar 22, 2017

Some sectors of the UK economy are at risk from changes to the UK’s migration policy due to their reliance on EU and non-EU migrant workers. ... more or comment here

2017 pay rises set to be below rate of inflation

Mar 23, 2017

Employers in the private sector expect to offer pay rises of just 2% over the coming year – less than the rate of inflation, according to the latest data from XpertHR. ... more or comment here

Over a third of employees ‘unhappy at work’

Mar 20, 2017

Over a third of UK employees are unhappy at work, according to research by Lee Hecht Harrison Penna released today on ‘International Day of Happiness’. ... more or comment here

Thousands of gig workers could be missing out on employment rights

Mar 21, 2017

Four per cent of working adults in the UK are working in the gig economy, and nearly two-thirds of them believe the Government should introduce regulation to ensure they have basic employment rights and benefits such as holiday pay. ... more or comment here

Leadership changes at Graduate Prospects and HECSU

Mar 20, 2017

Mike Hill has announced he will retire from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) and its subsidiary Graduate Prospects this summer after 17 years as chief executive. ... more or comment here

Firms more concerned about retaining staff than the impact of Brexit

Mar 20, 2017

Businesses are more concerned about retaining and developing staff in the next six months than they are about the potential impact of Brexit, according to a survey by Alexander Mann Solutions. ... more or comment here

UK students show what it takes to be future business leaders

Mar 20, 2017

One hundred of the UK’s top university students attended the Grand Final of the ICAEW 100 at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London last week. ... more or comment here

Tapping into the power of brand ambassadors:
Mike Hoffman, SMRS

Mar 16, 2017

Turning employees into brand ambassadors is a big topic right now, but it’s far from new. The idea of an employee ‘representing’ their employer has been around for years, and organisations have long known that the behaviour of an employee can enhance (or, of course, damage) their reputation. So why is it suddenly in the spotlight? Just blame social media. ... more or comment here 1 comment

AGR Development Awards 2017 winners announced

Mar 15, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Development Awards were announced yesterday at the AGR’s annual Development Conference. ... more or comment here

Guardian’s Social Lives event returns for 2017

Mar 16, 2017

The Guardian’s Social Lives event returns later this month, to explore the working lives, attitudes and motivations of social workers. ... more or comment here

Prospects launches guide to degree apprenticeships

Mar 16, 2017

Prospects has launched a guide to degree apprenticeships for employers. ... more or comment here

Unemployment continues to fall, but workers face pay squeeze

Mar 15, 2017

Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in over 40 years, but pay growth is slowing rapidly and is already negative in some parts of the economy. ... more or comment here

Poor candidate experience 'damaging organisations’ brands'

Mar 15, 2017

Poor candidate experiences during the recruitment process can badly damage perceptions of an organisation’s overall brand, according to research by Alexander Mann Solutions. ... more or comment here

Schools ‘essential to closing the skills gap’

Mar 14, 2017

Development of soft skills must begin at school as leaving it to universities and employers is too late, according to a survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). ... more or comment here

Age 'is the biggest obstacle to career progression'

Mar 14, 2017

Employees feel age is the biggest factor preventing them from progressing in their career, according to research of nearly 10,000 working adults from across Europe carried out by ADP. ... more or comment here

Half of firms have hired apprentices in the past five years

Mar 13, 2017

Almost half of UK businesses have taken on apprentices in the past five years, highlighting the key role apprenticeships play in helping young people take their first career steps. ... more or comment here

The Ri5 profile:
Deborah McCormick, Sprague Gibbons

Mar 9, 2017

Deborah McCormick has been in the recruitment communications industry for a surprisingly (to her) long time since joining Barkers as a graduate trainee. She is now account director at boutique agency Sprague Gibbons in Bristol. ... more or comment here 2 comments

Talent acquisition ‘not aligned with strategic business objectives’

Mar 9, 2017

Firms are missing out by failing to strategically link their talent acquisition activities with their business strategy, according to a global study by Korn Ferry Futurestep. ... more or comment here

Permanent recruitment reaches one-year high

Mar 8, 2017

Growth in permanent recruitment reached a one-year high in February, according to the latest data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). ... more or comment here

AGR Development Awards shortlist announced

Mar 8, 2017

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has announced the shortlist for its annual Development Awards, which recognise and reward organisations committed to training and developing early talent. ... more or comment here

Majority of firms say Brexit won’t affect their hiring plans

Mar 7, 2017

A significant majority of employers say Brexit will not impact on their recruitment plans, suggesting business confidence will be able to offset any potential labour shortages created by Britain’s departure from the European Union. ... more or comment here