Recruitment News Nov 14

A director at KPMG’s People Powered Performance practice, Ingrid Waterfield, has claimed that the reasons behind the unequal pay gap between men and women still need to be addressed. She says that simple knowledge of existing pay gaps does “nothing to address the fundamental cultural issues that still need to be tackled”, and argues that while equal pay audits are a step in the right direction, they will not solve the problem themselves.
Global Recruiter, October 2014

London is trailing behind other UK cities in terms of generating new jobs, according to recent figures from Robert Walters. In the third quarter of 2013, the number of jobs advertised in the Midlands rose by 13%, while the number of jobs advertised in London rose by only 4%.
Global Recruiter, October 2014

The EAT has ruled on three cases concerning whether holiday pay should take into account voluntary or non-guaranteed overtime. Though the ruling is considered likely to be appealed, the EAT has ruled that holiday pay should take into account voluntary overtime, and that employees can make claims for unpaid holiday pay as long as there has not been a break of more than three months between successive payments. Vince Cable will set up a task force to assess the possible impact of this ruling.
Recruitment International, 4 November 2014

Research from HireRight Ltd says that nearly 66% of new employees start work before their reference checks have been completed, and 39% of HR leaders think that this is standard practice.
Recruitment International, 4 November 2014

A survey by Spring Personnel shows that nearly two-fifths of employees said that they had taken sick leave for reasons other than sickness due to their workplace’s inflexibility in office.
Recruitment International, 30 October 2014

The value of the UK’s recruitment industry has finally surpassed its pre-recession peak, according to information from the Recruitment and Employment Conference. 2013/14’s industry revenue reached a total of £28.7bn.
Recruitment International, 31 October 2014

Recent figures from the ONS’s Self-Employed Workers in the UK report shows that in the past 5 years there has been a nearly 50% rise in the number of people in director and senior leadership roles who are now self-employed and working as contractors.
HR Magazine, 3 November 2014