Archive for November, 2013

Rising Confidence Causing Staff To Move On

Rising confirdence among the workforce is causing an increase in the number of workers quitting their jobs for better positions, concludes a survey by Robert Half which discloses that more and more workers are seeking to boost their career progression by changing employers.

Employees are citing a lack of remuneration/recognition by their company as the primary reason for this increase, with small businesses being worst affected (46 per cent), along with those in the public sector (61 per cent).  There is also evidence that many employees are leaving due to fears over job security. This was cited by 29 per cent of survey respondents while a poor work-life balance was also given as a reason for leaving by a further 28 per cent.

Phil Sheridan, UK managing director of Robert Half, said: “The UK economy is showing signs of expansion, with many companies proactively looking for experienced professionals to fill business-critical roles.

“Employees are clearly no longer waiting for their own employment conditions to improve — with some businesses still enforcing pay freezes – and instead are looking to improve on salary, working conditions and work-life balance within alternative companies.”

Sc: Robert Half; MGBA; UKBA

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Jobs Created Are Low Paid

While the recent trend towards lower unemployment numbers in the UK is good news new research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that 80%  of jobs created in the UK since 2010 pay less than £8 per hour.

It argues that this is having a severe impact on the career progression of workers who are facing underemployment and low wages. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said that the quality of the jobs available is just as important as boosting the employment numbers.

She stated: “Working people deserve a fair share of the benefits of recovery. Otherwise, there is a risk that the poorly paid, insecure contracts that were seen as a pragmatic response to recession will become a permanent feature of the labour market”.

“We need to start seeing healthier pay rises and more high quality jobs created. Otherwise, this joyless recovery is going to pass most people by.”

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that wages have risen, albeit by less than one per cent. According to the ONS figures, average weekly earnings excluding bonus payments rose by 0.8 per cent when comparing July to September 2013 with the same period a year earlier.

Sc: TUC; CMI; MGBA; UKBA


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