UK workers reach new highs

The number of UK workers has increased to new record highs according to official figures.

The number of UK workers has increased to new record highs according to official figuresAccording to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) there were 31.03 million people in work- which is 354,000 more people than for a year earlier.

There were 22.76 million people working full-time, 352,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.27 million people working part-time, little changed compared with a year earlier.

The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 73.4%, little changed compared with January to March 2015 but higher than for a year earlier (72.8%).

The unemployment rate was 5.6%, little changed compared with January to March 2015 but lower than for a year earlier (6.3%). The unemployment rate is the proportion of the labour force (those in work plus those unemployed) who were unemployed.

Comparing April to June 2015 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.4% including bonuses and by 2.8% excluding bonuses. Earnings including bonuses rose 2.4% from a year ago, compared with 3.2% growth in the March to May period.

There has also been a 12% rise in the number of EU nationals who moved to the UK to work over the last year.

ONS statistician David Freeman said: “This is now the second consecutive time we’ve reported fewer people in work on the quarter. While it’s too early to conclude that the jobs market is levelling off, these figures certainly strengthen that possibility. Growth in pay, however, remains solid.”

The number of EU nationals who moved to the UK to work increased by 250,000 on the same period last year, raising the figure to 1.98 million. Non-EU nationals working in the UK was little changed at 1.2 million.

The unemployment rate in the UK was highest in the North East (8.1%) of England and lowest in the South West (4.4%).

The youth unemployment rate rose marginally to 16% compared with 15.9% in the January to March period, but was down from 16.9% a year earlier.

Some 22.76 million people were in full-time work, the ONS said, up 352,000 from a year ago.

The number of part time workers was 8.27 million, little changed from a year earlier.

While the growth in earnings still remains well above the rate of inflation, the weaker-than-expected pay figure – together with the slight increase in unemployment – pushed the value of the pound down.

Wage growth is one factor the Bank of England has been keeping a close eye on as it considers when to increase UK interest rates.

The ONS said there were 735,000 job vacancies in the May to July period, which was little changed from the previous three months but 69,000 more than a year earlier.

The unemployment figures are based on the Labour Force Survey, in which the ONS speaks to 60,000 households once a quarter, making it the country’s biggest household survey.

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September 13, 2015 · Dr Search · No Comments
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Red tape costs UK employers £41 billion

UK compliance red tape is costing the economy an estimated £41 billion.

UK compliance red tape is costing the economy an estimated £41 billionThe survey by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has found that the average SME spends more time on compliance now than in 2013.

While the amount of money being spent on external consultants has fallen by 5.7%- payroll salary rises have kept the cost of compliance rising since 2011 at a rate of 8.5% a year.

The biggest compliance costs for FPB members are:
employment law
tax
health and safety.

Red tape costs on employers

The study also highlights the problematic nature of the changes to flexible working, in particular shared parental leave and auto-enrolment, when it comes to costs. Businesses with more than 50 employees have a seen an increase in time spent on holidays and salaries.

Other key findings from the study are:
the salaried cost of compliance equates to £14,900 per company
internal compliance costs have risen by 13%
the cost of compliance is 10 times greater for small firms than large companies.

Ian Cass, managing director at the FPB, said “Our research shows that the deregulation agenda has not been effective as the legislation removed from the statute books has been cancelled out by a small number of legal changes and a reluctance of businesses to change processes while non-compliance penalties escalate.”

“Our members tell us that excessive red tape is a drag on productivity and there is a clear need for accelerating the deregulation agenda and incorporating tax compliance into any new initiatives.”

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Employers hit in Budget with higher costs

The Chancellor has used his first Conservative Budget to force employers to pay more for their staff.

The Chancellor has used his first Conservative Budget to force employers to pay more for their staffIn his Budget 2015- Mr Osborne announced the National Living Wage for employees- which will start at £7.20 and rise to £9 an hour by 2020, replacing the £6.50 minimum wage.
Business measures announced in the Budget statement include:

  • Working age benefits to be frozen for four years – including tax credits and local housing allowance, but excluding maternity pay and disability benefits
  • Corporation tax cut to 18% by 2020
  • Fuel duties frozen for the remainder of this year
  • New car tax bands with a standard charge of £140 – and new cars will not need MOTs for the first four years, rather than three
  • Pensions tax annual allowance to be tapered away to a minimum of £10,000 from next year
  • Corporation tax cut to 18%

Unveiling the first Conservative Budget since 1996, Mr Osborne said the UK economy today was “fundamentally stronger than it was five years ago”, with living standards rising strongly.

And his Budget was “a plan for Britain for the next five years to keep moving us from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy; to the higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country we intend to create”.

In a surprise announcement at the end of his speech, he said workers aged over 25 would be entitled to a “national living wage” from next April, to soften the impact of in-work benefit cuts.

The current minimum wage, which applies to those aged over 21, is £6.50. Those entitled to the “living wage” will get £7.20 and that will rise to £9 an hour by 2020. Labour had vowed to increase the minimum wage to £8 by 2020 during the general election campaign.

The move is expected to boost the wages of six million people but may cause firms to recruit more under-25s, who will be on a lower rate, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility.

The chancellor announced an estimated £4.5bn cut to the £30bn-a-year tax credits system, which tops up the wages of low-paid workers, significantly reducing the amount someone can earn before they start losing benefit money.

Tax credits are a type of welfare payment, introduced by Gordon Brown in 2003, that allow unemployed people to keep some of their benefits when they get a low-paid job and are also paid to disabled workers and those responsible for children. They are due to be phased out when Universal Credit is introduced.

The Living Wage Foundation director Rhys Moore said the proposed £9 rate was a “massive victory” for campaigners, but that it was “effectively a higher national minimum wage and not a living wage”, due to the different ways the two rates are calculated.

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Importance of improving womens’ role in the workplace

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates if workforce participation between men and women were more equal, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) would leap by 12% by 2030.

OECD estimates if workforce participation between men and women were more equal, worldwide gross domestic product would leap by 12pc by 2030.When German Chancellor Angela Merkel set out her plans for more vocational training for women in the developing world, at this week’s G7 summit of economic powers, she was preaching to the converted.

US President Barack Obama has said it himself  “When women succeed, nations are more safe, more secure and more prosperous.”

That sums up a realisation that has dawned on the development community in the past 10 years- that focusing policies on women and girls benefits not only them, but also whole countries and even the world.

It has always made sense to focus on women- simply because they are disproportionately affected by global poverty, violence and corruption. Two thirds of the world’s illiterate people are women.

The original Millennium Development Goals made girls’ education and maternal health two of the main priorities.

Big strides have been made in both areas since 2000 – though it is worth remembering there are still as many girls out of primary school in Ethiopia as there are in primary school in Britain.

Now we are moving into a different phase, where policy-makers are turning their attention to another agenda beyond schooling – how to empower women economically. That’s why other powerful women are joining in Mrs Merkel’s call to close the workforce gender gap.

It’s also that women are more likely to be in insecure jobs, making them more vulnerable to economic shocks. They might face tougher legal barriers too – laws in more than 100 countries still curtail women’s roles in the economy.

Experts say these policies have had a transformational effect in letting women thrive economically and helping them to pull their families out of poverty.

The World Bank believes that if the gender gap in agriculture across the world was closed, the number of people who go hungry could be reduced by 100 to 150 million.

Technology will also be key in bringing more women into the workforce and unleashing their full potential.

At the moment, a woman is 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man (in Africa it’s 23%; in the Middle East it’s 24% and in South Asia it’s 37%).

Access to a mobile phone can make a big difference. This matters because countries such as Kenya – with its M-PESA system – have a good story to tell about the revolutionary power of mobile phone banking.

If more women own phones in the coming years, it stands to reason that more of them will be able to start their own businesses or learn about market prices.

Putting women in greater control of household finances has a virtuous knock-on effect too, as they are on the whole better than men at investing money in their family’s education and healthcare.

That’s why the UN development goals for the next 15 years specifically look at the need to improve women’s access to the internet and new methods of communication.

And yet for all the G7 talk of empowering women and “fostering female entrepreneurship”, it still means very little in some of the world’s poorest communities.

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1.8 million people have zero hours contracts in UK

The number of people with zero hour contracts in the UK has grown to 1.8 million- official statistics show.

payroll-bureau-services-epayroll-solutionsThe total- calculated during the first two weeks of August, was higher than the 1.4 million contracts revealed when figures were first collected in January last year.

This is likely to be the result of a number of seasonal industries using more of these contracts, making a direct comparison difficult.

Some workers and unions are unhappy that staff can simply be sent home if there is no work to be done, but supporters of the contracts like the flexibility that they can offer.

Additional data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that 697,000 workers said they were on a “zero-hours contract” in their main job between October to December last year.

This represents 2.3% of all people in the UK.

This figure, collected in a survey, is reliant on these workers being fully aware that they are on a zero-hours contract.

The ONS said that a rise on the 586,000 workers who said they were on zero hours contracts during the same period in 2013 could be the result of greater awareness and publicity for these kind of contracts.

On average, someone on a zero-hours contract usually worked 25 hours a week, the ONS said. The majority were women and students, often aged under 25 or 65 and over.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Zero hours contracts are valued by many employers and individuals who want flexibility in the hours they work, such as students, people with caring responsibilities and those who want to partially retire. However, historically there has also been some abuse in these types of contracts.”

“The government is ensuring rules mean that employers cannot tie workers down exclusively to their zero-hours contract. They should allow these workers to take up employment elsewhere too.”

“As for the figures from asking employers, there is little point comparing January figures for such contracts with August figures because industries such as retail, agriculture and hospitality have huge seasonal variations. So some politicians and pressure groups may say that the number of people on zero hours contracts has risen, but we do not really have the statistics to back that up.”

February 27, 2015 · Dr Search · No Comments
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4.5 million self employed jobs in UK

There are now 4.5 million self employed people in the UK according to the official employment statistics.

4.5 million self employed jobs in UKThe number of self employed people dropped by 76,000 in the latest three month period to 4.5 million, but the total is 279,000 higher than a year ago.

The number of employees in part-time jobs has reached a record high of 6.8 million.

The employment statistics are compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The UK unemployment total has fallen below two million for the first time in almost six years the official figures show. The number of jobless people fell by 154,000 to 1.97 million in the three months to the end of August, the Office for National Statistics said.

The drop, which is bigger than analysts expected, took the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since late 2008.

In total, there are now 30.76 million people in work in the UK. The proportion of people aged between 16 and 64 in work is now 73%, close to its all time high of 73.2%.

The number of people in employment rose by 46,000 over the three months, which was the weakest quarterly gain since May last year. Economists said this suggested the economic recovery could be slowing.

Over the year to the end of August, the number of unemployed people fell by 538,000, the largest annual fall since records began.

But the number of people choosing not to seek work increased. Those classed as economically inactive, such as students, long-term sick and those retiring early, increased by 113,000 in the quarter to more than nine million.

Average weekly earnings in the June-to-August period, excluding bonuses, rose by 0.9% from a year earlier. Including bonuses, earnings rose by 0.7%, well below inflation, which is currently running at 1.2%.

Other key figures included show:

  • The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in September fell by 18,600 to 951,900, the 23rd consecutive monthly reduction.
  • Youth unemployment – covering 16-to-24-year-olds – fell by 88,000 over the quarter to 733,000, giving a jobless rate among the age group of 16%.

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APT PR Marketing Job

APT Marketing have announced a new Account Executive job.
APT PR Marketing JobThe company & role:
APT Marketing & PR is a full service agency working locally, nationally and internationally. We are looking to expand our team in response to increasing demand and we are looking for the right candidate based on both experience and personality. The successful candidate will preferably have agency experience and be comfortable working across a variety of sectors including with both B2B and B2C clients, although neither are essential. They will be hard-working, diligent and flexible, with an understanding of strategic marketing and cross-platform campaigns.
We are a dynamic agency with a good rapport so a sense of humour is essential. We are incredibly busy and candidates must be able to adapt and deliver on the changing needs of our clients and the agency.

Key responsibilities:
The role will suit an ambitious individual who has good time management and is keen to take on responsibility within the agency.

Some of the key responsibilities include:

Delivery of client’s marketing needs in a timely fashion
Ensuring the agency meets and exceeds the needs of the client
Build good relationships with suppliers
Strategy and planning for specific campaigns
Project-management of specific campaigns
Work with digital tools including Content Management Systems, E-marketing Systems, Social Media Platforms etc.
Copywriting and editing
Proof-reading
Print management and buying
Analysis and reporting
Administration Support

Qualifications / Skills:

Very strong organisational skills are required
Preferably educated to degree level in any discipline, although this is not essential
Suitable experience in an agency although again, this is not essential
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proficiency in specific digital software
Computer Literacy essential
Good phone manner
Results-driven approach
Good time-management
Ability to work across a number of different accounts and sectors

Personal attributes:

Hard-working
Diligent
Organised
Outgoing
Flexible
Self-motivated
Focussed
Ambitious

Salary: Competitive based on experience
Contract: Temporary six month contract with opportunity for a permanent position
Hours per week: Full Time

Closing date: 13th September 2013
Interviews: Week Commencing 16th September 2013

To apply, please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to victoria@aptmarketing.co.uk. Please include your salary expectations and notice period.

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Older people in work on the rise

 The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said changes to working patterns meant more older people were still working.
Older people in work on the riseThe proportion of older people who are economically active has almost doubled in 10 years, figures have shown.

The Office for National Statistics report based on the 2011 Census in England and Wales found a rise from 8.7% to 16% for people aged 65 to 74.

The ONS said factors included more flexible working patterns and removal of the compulsory retirement age.

It said the total number of people aged 65 and over increased from 8.3 million to 9.2 million since 2001.

The proportion of people in that age group who were divorced also saw a rise from 5.2% to 8.7% over 10 years.

This compares with a smaller increase from 8.2% to 9% for the general population.

Some 5.3 million older people were married or in a civil partnership compared with 4.3 million who were married in 2001.

In 2011, 56% were living as a couple, 31% were living alone and 3.7% were living in communal establishments.

The report said: “A 2012 ONS publication highlighted that people are working longer than they used to; key factors may be increased life expectancy, the removal of compulsory retirement age, the increase in flexible working patterns, and economic pressures leading to rising living costs.

“This trend is likely to continue, as the age for women’s state pension eligibility increases to align with men by 2018.”

September 6, 2013 · Dr Search · One Comment
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More UK workers earning less than living wage

The number of UK workers earning below the so-called living wage has risen to 4.8 million new research suggests.More UK workers earning less than living wageThe figure, equivalent to 20% of employees, is up from 3.4 million in 2009, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.

The living wage is set at £7.45 outside London and £8.55 in the capital.

Although employers are obliged to pay the minimum wage, there is no legal requirement to pay the living wage.

The left leaning Resolution Foundation said that it had used the most recent figures available, when the benchmark was calculated as £7.20 an hour outside London and £8.30 in the capital.

It found that 25% of women and 15% of men were paid below the living wage in 2012 – up from 18% and 11% in 2009.

The think tank also found that 77% of employees aged under 20, and two-thirds of restaurant and hotel workers, earned less than the living wage.

Report author and economist Matthew Whittaker said: “For most of the working population real wages have been flat or declining for many years and as a result more and more people have dipped below the level of the living wage.

“Britain has a sorry story to tell on low pay. Only a handful of our close competitors do worse and the large majority have much lower rates of low pay – sometimes half as much.”

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Agency workers not being paid equally

The UK is failing to implement European rules designed to give equal pay to agency workers according to the TUC.
Agency workers not being paid equallyAgency workers who have been with a company for more than 12 weeks should be entitled to the same pay as permanent staff.

The TUC is complaining to the European Commission, saying that agency workers are still being paid less.

It comes amid a row about workers on so-called zero hours contracts.

The TUC claimed the government’s implementation of the Temporary Agency Workers Directive, which came into effect two years ago, was flawed.

It argued an exemption meant that if a worker was directly employed by an agency, the company did not have to pay that worker the same rate of pay as a staffer – although they do get paid for at least four weeks between assignments.

The TUC said there had been a big rise in these types of contracts, with more than one in six agency workers now on them, particularly in low-paid, low-skilled work.

The TUC wants these contracts banned and has now asked the European Commission to investigate the problem.

General secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The recent agency worker regulations have improved working conditions for many agency workers without causing job losses.

“However, the regulations are being undermined by a growing number of employers who are putting staff on contracts that deny them equal pay.

Zero-hours contracts, or casual contracts, allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work.

Employers say zero-hours contracts allow them the flexibility to take on staff in response to fluctuating demand for their services, in sectors such as tourism and hospitality.

Some employers have been accused of rolling over temporary employment in short-term amounts to get around having to pay workers full-time pay and benefits.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 250,000 UK workers are on zero-hours contracts – around 1% of the UK workforce – though the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development thinks the figure is closer to one million.

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