Recruitment News Nov 14 – 2

ELAS have reported that over a working lifetime, the UK hourly wage difference between men and women totals over £250,000.  ELAS based this on ONS figures and stated that (based on an average salary of £26,500) women would be required to work for an additional nine and a half years to make up that difference.  Peter Holmes, a consultant with ELAS says “employers who are discriminating when it comes to wages are leaving themselves increasingly at risk”.
The Global Recruiter, November 2014

Almost 16% of UK employers plan to increase their business operations into Europe within the next two years, according to the findings of a survey conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.  The survey also showed that 87% of employers intend to generate more permanent positions, while 39% intend to use more agency staff over the medium term. 25% of businesses stated that in the past year they have increased their number of employees.
The Global Recruiter, November 2014

The Advocate General has given his opinion on the Finnish case involving Finnish Labour Union AKT and Shell Aviation at the European Court of Justice.  The case focuses on the EU Temporary Agency Work directive, specifically article 4 (1) which “prohibits maintaining or introducing restrictions on agency work”. The AG’s conclusion states that “the only justified restrictions on agency work are those that serve the ‘general interest'”. This statement by the Attorney General has been welcomed by the president of Eurociett who said “these conclusions support us in our quest to urge governments of European member states to fully implement the… directive, lift restrictions, and allow our industry to play a positive role on the labour market”.
The Recruiter, November 2014

First Advantage, a background screening company, recently conducted a report highlighting the issue of inaccuracies prevalent in the C.V.’s of contingent workers.  The figures revealed that over 36.3% of C.V’s investigated contained inaccuracies. The findings of the report exposed inaccuracies in the following areas -education history checks (over 48% of C.V’s) and professional qualification checks (22% of C.V.’s). This contrasts with the 27% of inaccuracies uncovered in the C.V’s of permanent workers.
Recruitment International, November 2014

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation Chief Executive Julia Unwin expressed her concern that the UK “will not reach its full potential if large numbers of people are still struggling with low incomes”. This comes following a report conducted by the foundation which revealed that almost two thirds of unemployed people who returned to the workplace in the past year were being paid below the living wage. The report also found that the hourly rate for males decreased from £13.90 to £12.90 and for women from £10.80 to £10.30.
HR Magazine, November 2014

Ed Miliband has stated his intention to impose tougher regulations on rogue recruitment agencies. He accused them of “breaking the law on minimum wage, failing to pay their taxes and exploiting workers to undercut the wages of permanent staff”.  Miliband also stated that Britain required almost 400,000 more engineers by 2020 and this would require the assistance of recruitment agencies.
Recruiter, November 2014

Barack Obama has announced his immigration reforms which will make up to 4 million illegal immigrants eligible to apply for three-year work permits. Those who can apply are immigrants who have been living in the US for five years and are parents of US citizens or legal residents.
Recruiter, November 2014