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Top industries where workers are likely to feel workplace stress

Posted on 25th January 2019

A new report has revealed the top industries where people are most likely to feel stress in the workplace.

The CV-Library report surveyed 1,100 workers to determine the causes behind workplace stress and the industries that experience it the most.

The top industries include:

-Social care (86.4%)

- Recruitment (81.8%)

- Sales (79.2%)

- Accounting (76.7%)

- Construction (76%)

- Marketing (73.7%)

- IT (70%)

- Legal (70%)

- Design (69.2%)

- Manufacturing (68.6%)

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Inflation drop welcomed but Brexit uncertainty still a concern for contractors

Posted on 21st January 2019

Positive news for the self-employed, as recent ONS data has shown that inflation fell from 2.3 per cent in November to 2.1 per cent in December. 

These figures have been welcomed by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), but they warn that further Brexit uncertainty after the government’s defeat could harm the self-employed.

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Majority of CVs contain spelling and grammatical errors

Posted on 18th January 2019

A CV sells you and your skills before you’ve even met a potential client, however, a new survey has revealed that the majority of UK jobseekers have errors in their CV.

According to an Adzuna study analysing 20,000 CV’s, more than nine in 10 have either spelling or grammatical mistakes, with only 1,134 being fault free. As many as 63% had five or more errors in total. 

Interestingly, the research found that men make more mistakes than women – eight per cent of female CV’s were flawless compared to just six per cent of men.

Other findings show that:

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Businesses turn to contractors in economic uncertainty

Posted on 16th January 2019

The self-employed sector remains on positive ground with many UK businesses turning to contract workers during this time of economic uncertainty.  

The recent REC/KPMG UK Report on Jobs revealed that the rate of expansion for permanent staff was the softest seen in 20 years. Contract/temp billings meanwhile rose at a much sharper rate, as did rates of pay, which also remained sharp by historical standards.

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‘Adaptability’ named as most desirable skill to add to CV

Posted on 14th January 2019

Whether you’re applying for contract or permanent roles, a new report has revealed the most desirable skill to add to your CV.

Based on thousands of conversations with employers for Michael Page’s 100 In-Demand Skills report, ‘adaptability’ is the most desirable skill found among UK businesses who are looking for workers who can deal with increasingly diverse situations.

When 2,000 workers were surveyed, however, although 44% believe they have this skill, only 15% stated this on their CV.

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Construction roles up despite business activity growth easing

Posted on 11th January 2019

Although UK construction firms indicated a disappointing end to 2018, a solid rise in job creation was recorded across the sector.

The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) found that business optimism towards the year picked up in December, with the degree of confidence the highest since last April and well above the near six-year low seen in October. 

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Demand for contractors in financial services sector

Posted on 7th January 2019

Despite latest figures showing an overall decline for both permanent and contract vacancies, the financial services sector is seeing high demand.

The Association of Professionals Staffing Companies (APSCo) revealed that contractor vacancies decreased by six per cent year-on-year in November last year.

However, despite this dip, roles within the financial services sector rose by 14% - increasing by 10% year-on-year. Interestingly, permanent vacancies within the same industry slipped by one per cent.

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Those affected by loan charge urged to contact HMRC

Posted on 4th January 2019

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) are urging low-paid workers who will be affected by the 2019 loan charge to consider contacting HMRC about the option to settle – before they lose the chance.

This intervention by LITRG coincides with the release of a Q&A article by the group that provides urgently needed clarity around HMRC’s settlement process.

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Burnel University joins IPSE to support future self-employed

Posted on 2nd January 2019

Last month the IPSE partnered with three additional universities and now Brunel University has joined the self-employed body to provide support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed 

(IPSE) is now partnered with 11 universities across the UK to help students looking to move into self-employment – when they graduate, or even while they are still studying.

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REC responds to government’s new workplace reforms

Posted on 31st December 2018

The government has released a new package of workplace reforms looking into how it will implement the recommendations from the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

Responding to the ‘Good Work Plan’, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive, Neil Carberry, said:

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