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Posts by Vivienne Joy

DWP and UKCES launch seven projects to fight low pay!

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and DWP conducted a competition that addressed the challenge of how to increase earnings for low income workers whilst tackling costly retention, recruitment and skills gaps faced by businesses. As part of this new initiative, seven new projects aimed at fighting low pay launched on 11 June…

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Queen’s Speech; employment law reform

The following employment–related Bills were unveiled in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015 as part of the State Opening of the new Parliament: • European Union Referendum Bill – this will enable a referendum to allow the electorate to have an in-out vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The referendum will…

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Government launch employment tribunal fees review

The Ministry of Justice has finally announced a long-promised review of the impact of the introduction of employment tribunal fees and has published terms of reference. It will look at how successful the introduction of fees has been in achieving the original objectives, while maintaining access to justice. The original objectives were: – To transfer…

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Apprenticeships to be protected in law

The Government has announced that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will now be protected in law. Apprenticeships will be given equal legal treatment as degrees, which will strengthen their reputation and ensure apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to higher education. The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be legally protected through the Enterprise Bill. This will give…

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Universal Credit Update

Universal Credit is a radical new service that reduces poverty by making work pay. It supports people who are on a low income, or out of work and ensures that people are better off in work than on benefit. Universal Credit is based on income not the number of hours people work, and ends the…

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Shared Parental Leave: Are you prepared?

New regulations on Shared Parental Leave are coming into effect, allowing parents the option to share the mother’s maternity leave. The new rules apply to couples with babies due, or children matched or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. Under the new rules, mothers will still take at least two weeks of…

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All Jobcentres to be shut down?

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Britain’s unemployed back to work. The proposal, backed by allies of chancellor George Osborne, is being considered for potential inclusion in the party’s election manifesto for 2015, in what…

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What do the Election Results mean for the UK job market?

It’s been nearly a month since the Conservatives won with a clear majority vote. With David Cameron taking the reins for a further 5 years, what does this mean for the UK job market? Plans to scrap jobs-tax altogether (national insurance contributions) for under 21s making it easier for companies to extend job offers to…

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Star Client – Clara Buckingham

It is an absolute pleasure to have Clara as one of our clients. Not only is Clara brilliant at what she does for Igloo Books, she is also lovely to work with. Clara always come to us with any recruitment need and as result has had a 90% reduction in recruitment costs since advertising with…

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The Benefits of an Apprentice

Did you know that 1 in 5 employers are hiring apprentices? Click here if you would like help finding an Apprentice! Apprentice schemes are quickly becoming the favorable option to further education and also becoming a favorable recruiting option for employers seeking dependable staff. 76% of companies who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace…

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