The IPSE is urging the government to tackle Universal Credit’s structural bias against the self-employed.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) told the London Assembly Economic Committee that an extended period is needed in order to fix a creaking system that unfairly punishes the self-employed and disincentivises people from striking out on their own.
With 1.6 million businesses planning to hire temporary or contract staff in the next 12 months, skills shortages created by digitalisation is thought to be the reason behind this boom in vacancies.
The latest Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide reveals just how much technology is reshaping businesses, with two in five UK organisations (38%) considering digitalisation to be the main evolving force in the workplace today.
Contractors will be pleased to learn that a recent report has shown positive results for the self-employed sector over the last month.
The latest KPMG and REC Report on Jobs revealed that billings expanded at the quickest pace since May, with hourly rates also seeing significant growth.
All 10 monitored job categories noted higher vacancies for temporary and contract workers, with the nursing/medical/care sector ranking the highest in demand.
Earlier this week, Theresa May spoke at the CBI on the ‘jobs miracle’, however, the IPSE warns that unless it changes course, it will soon experience a ‘self-employed catastrophe’.
In Theresa May’s keynote speech at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) annual conference, she promoted her Brexit deal and the opportunities for the continuation of what she describes as the ‘jobs miracle that sound economic management has delivered since 2010’.
Demand for oil and gas is close to reaching a historical peak of 100 million barrels a day, however, this is under threat because of skills shortages.
According to new market analysis from global energy recruiter Samuel Knight International, this has revealed a significant uptick for skills-short roles.
Contractors might be interested to learn that the top four most in demand and ‘at risk’ roles due to the skills crisis are: reservoir engineering, geologist, geomodelling and geophysicist.
Hundreds of high-tech jobs will be created from a £109 million overseas investment into the UK’s thriving FinTech, information technology and advanced engineering sectors.
There are 11 separate foreign investments that are expected to create as many as 359 jobs across the country – in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Reading.
These investments are set to have major benefits for both British consumers and businesses.
Just over half of Brits admit that there are some parts of the job hunting process that scare them.
Of the 1,200 workers surveyed by CV-Library, as many as 30% said that they wouldn’t apply for a role that had them facing their fears – one in ten have even avoided going to an interview because they were too scared.
Areas of job hunting that Brits feared the most included:
- Being rejected for a role they wanted (55.7%)
- Attending interviews (42.4%)
- Having to do an interview test or task (39.9%)
Recent data has shown that the unemployment rate for graduates six months after leaving university fell to 5.1% this year.
Prospects’ ‘What do graduates do? 2018’ report revealed that this figure is the lowest since the 1979 survey when it was 4.9%.
Employment increased from 74.2% to 76.6% (184,295) as 4,540 more graduates found jobs compared to last year. The proportion of employed graduates in professional-level roles also increased, from 71.4% to 73.9%.
According to recent research, there are a number of job hunting myths that are holding people back from their next role.
The survey, carried out by CV-Library, found that many Brits believe that there are certain ‘job hunting rules’ they must follow – not only is this not always the case, but people are scuppering their chances of securing their next role because of these ‘rules’.
Almost half (45.5%) of professionals think there are set rules you should follow when job hunting, with the majority (77.7%) admitting no one has ever taught them what these ‘rules’ are.
Although it is disappointing that the Chancellor made the decision to roll out IR35 private sector changes, the FCSA are pleased to learn that such changes are to be delayed until 2020.