Top Recruitment Articles This Week

Each week the JobsTheWord team picks its favourite need-to-know, interesting recruitment articles from around the web. This week includes, National apprenticeship week 2015, the benefits of employing older workers and international women’s day.

1: National Apprenticeship Week 2015…

This week marked National Apprenticeship Week 2015, with the objective to increase awareness, celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. National Express launched a new scheme specifically geared to help people re-enter the world of work. It is specifically designed for people for whom age or extended career breaks pose a barrier to employment. Nestle has also given teachers the chance to get a taste of what a modern apprenticeship is really like by spending a day shadowing young people at one of its factories.

2: Older workers could boost the economy by 25 billion…

According to a new report by the government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, enabling people over 50 into employment could boost the economy by up to £25 billion a year. The government’s Business Champion for Older Workers report, A New Vision for Older Workers: Retain, Retrain, Recruit, by Dr Ros Altmann recommends action by the government, business and the media to help older workers thrive and ensure individuals, industry and the overall economy can reap the financial and social benefits. National Express launched the ‘Open Apprentice’ scheme to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week 2015, which also supports Dr Ros Altmann recommendations to get over-50s into the labour market.

3: International Women’s Day…

Hundreds of women marched through London and held events across the UK to celebrate International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (IWD), held annually on 8 March, represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. This year’s theme is ‘Make it Happen’, its aim is to inspire women to pursue their own goals and ensure that their future is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. Marking the event, PwC’s research reportThe female millennial: A new era of talent found that 41 per cent of women aged 20 to 35, starting out in their careers, believe that they can reach the very top level. Furthermore the Liberal Democrat party succeeded in pushing through an amendment to the Small Business Bill which will require larger organisations to report on the difference in pay between men and women. this will mean that mandatory gender pay gap reporting could become a reality for employers within the next 12 months.

4: JobsTheWord awarded Everline Future 50 title…

We were delighted to appear in OnRec this week with the article celebrating our award for being presented with the Everline Future 50 title, as one of the most disruptive British businesses in 2015. Our very own Will Crandle, said: ““We are thrilled to have been recognised as disruptors of the recruitment industry, but we’re not standing still and excited about plans for the future.” The awards are presented annually by Real Business the UK’s leading title for high-growth businesses and entrepreneurial SMEs. It was great to be recognised for all the hard work the JobsTheWord team do here.

5: Demand for staff rising at the strongest rate…

February’s Report on Jobs published by The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG reports a stronger growth of staff placements, with overall demand for staff rising at the strongest rate in four months. Engineering was the most sought-after category for permanent staff, ahead of Nursing/Medical/Care. The weakest growth of demand was signalled for Hotel & Catering workers. Furthermore staff starting salaries continued to increase at the same pace in January. Temp/Contract staff pay rates also rose further, with the latest increase stronger than seen one month previously.

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