59% More Jobs In The Construction Sector

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (Saco) has analysed online recruitment data highlighting employment trends in the UK workforce.

The data shows a positive outlook with increased job placements for both permanent and temporary positions.

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In Demand Employability Skills

There is a sustained increase in demand professionals in the IT, Finance, Engineering and Marketing sectors, with a dramatic 59% increases in permanent jobs in contraction and property. Strong construction skills will be highlight sought after.

It is encouraging to see such an upswing in a sector that has suffered so much in the last few years,” commented Ann Swain Chief Executive of APSCo.

The on-going resilience of the engineering sector is obviously being driven by the huge increase in activity in the upstream oil and gas arena but as this is a global industry, the UK does have to compete heavily for talent with other locations – all of which need the same skill sets.”

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Tor Macleod 08:21

Bank of England Links Interest Rates To Unemployment Target

The Bank of England has announced that it will not raise interest rates until unemployment has fallen below 7%.

Last months labour market statistics show unemployment  at 7.8%, to reach this target the UK will need to generate 750,000 more jobs. The Bank of England predicts that unemployment levels will reach this target by 2016.

The Bank said:

"While job growth has been a relative positive in recent years, unemployment is still high.

"There are one million more people unemployed today than before the financial crisis; and many who have jobs would like to work more than they currently can. The weakness in activity has also been accompanied by exceptionally weak productivity. It is for these reasons that the MPC [monetary policy committee] judges there to be a significant margin of slack in the economy, even though the extent of that slack, particularly the scope for a productivity rebound, is very uncertain."

Frances O'Grady General Secretary of the TUC (Trades Union Congress commented:

"The fact is real wages are set to continue falling throughout 2013 - the longest pay squeeze in over a century ­- and the Bank does not expect unemployment to fall significantly for another three years.

"People will ultimately judge the recovery on the availability of good jobs and whether their disposable income is rising again, rather than economic forecasts and partisan spin."

Read more on this story on the BBC

Tor Macleod 08:31

UK Employment Increases By 336,000 - Labour Market Infographic

Latest labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show UK employment at 29.71million, 336,000 more than this time last year with 72,000 fewer unemployed.

Our latest Labour Market Infographic gives a snapshot of the UK employed, unemployed and economic inactive population.

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Tor Macleod 08:28

Youth and Low Skilled Hit Hardest By High Unemployment

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released predictions unemployment figures by 2014.

The Employment Outlook 2013 indicates that jobless rates in the 34 OCED countries will only fall slightly over the next 18 months – with around 48 million people out of work by the end of 2014.

Job losses and loss of earnings are concentrated on low skilled and low-income households, with young people facing record unemployment rates in many countries (60% in Greece and 52% in South Africa)

The social scars of the crisis are far from being healed,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the launch of the report.

Many of our countries continue to struggle with high and persistent unemployment, particularly among youth. Therefore, the recent commitment by OECD Ministers to do more to help youth, as set out in the OECD Action Plan for Youth, is an essential tool in our fight against the scourge of joblessness.

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Tor Macleod 11:28

Skills Shortage In Marketing & Media Sector

marketing skillsOrganisations are already concerned over the skills gap for IT and technology workers and the resulting “war on talent”. According to new employment data from the Association of Professional Staffing companies there is also a growing skills gap within the marketing and media sector.

Despite a growth in marketing job openings there has been a 21% fall in actual permanent placements – a sign of a marked skills shortage.

Whilst the marketing and media sector is clearly booming as reflected in the increased number of job opportunities, it is concerning that staffing companies are struggling to source staff to meet the demand. Recruitment consultancies need to not only work with hiring organisations to help plug this gap now, but they also need to work closely to develop effective talent pipelining strategies to prevent further skills shortages in the long run.” - Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo

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Tor Macleod 12:34


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