Recruitment News Dec 14 – 2

Recent figures released by APSCo have shown that the finance, accounting, engineering, media and IT sectors have all seen an increase in the availability of permanent job positions. The growth in the IT sector can be attributed to the growth and popularity of apps which, in turn, has led to an increase in demand for programmers and developers. The research also reveals that median salaries in the finance, accounting and media sectors have decreased, whilst other sectors, such as engineering and IT, have reported an increase in median salaries.
The Global Recruiter, December 2014

A survey conducted by ADP revealed that HR directors believe a “lack of fresh talent” is posing a real threat to businesses. The survey is conducted annually and draws from independent research from over 200 HR directors and 2,500 employees. HR directors cited talent management and retention, succession planning and increasing employee engagement as some of the potential issues that they may face in 2015. The report also found differing views about what motivates staff, with employees citing flexibility to “work when and where I want to” and employers believing “praise and recognition” were more important.
The Global Recruiter, December 2014

Research by Indeed.com has revealed that between November 2011 and November 2014 there has been a 30% drop of job postings in the financial and banking sectors. However, the demand for jobs in these sectors has risen by 180% in London.  The most popular 5 jobs topping the list are accountant, business analyst, financial director, trainee accountant and credit controller. David Rudick, VP at International Markets said “movies and popular culture also play a bigger part in jobseeker trends than one might expect. Earlier this year Indeed.com saw job searches for stockbroker positions rise nationwide by 44% following the launch of the hugely popular film Wolf of Wall Street”.
Recruitment International, December 2014

A report entitled The Decent Jobs Deficit: The human cost of zero-hours working in the UK has revealed that the average weekly wage for zero-hours workers is £188. The average weekly pay for permanent employees is £479. The report also adds that there has been a significant rise in employees on zero hour contracts who cannot find permanent employment, jumping from 19% in 2008 to 41% in 2014.  There are approximately 1.4 million employees in the UK on zero contract hours according to the Office for National Statistics. TUC general-secretary Frances O’Grady advises that “if the UK doesn’t start creating more well-paid jobs with increased security it will lead to a high number of people stuck in working poverty”.
HR Magazine, December 2014

 Glassdoor has revealed the winners of their seventh annual Employee’s Choice Awards which recognises the best places to work in both the UK and the US. The Employee Choice Awards are based on employee votes which are both anonymous and voluntary. Employees vote on categories such as how the CEO is managing the company, employee satisfaction, compensation and benefits, values and culture and work-life balance. Glassdoor have revealed that the top 5 UK workplaces in 2015 are Google, John Lewis, Microsoft, Accenture and Jaguar Land Rover.
Recruitment International, December 2014