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ViewPoint: Is Age Just a Number?
September 11, 2018
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Written by John-Claude Hesketh Managing Partner at global executive search firm Marlin Hawk.

The plight to increase workplace diversity has gained incredible momentum amongst companies of all sizes and sectors over the past decade.

What’s more, we are seeing business leaders working harderJohn-Claude Hesketh, Managing Partner at global executive search firm Marlin Hawk than ever to tackle the issue right from the start of the hiring process.

There is still a long way to go, but while we drive the diversity conversation forward, there remains an entire demographic we are in danger of leaving out of the picture even though they make up over 30% of the UK’s workforce: the over 50s.

According to the Chartered Management Institute, the UK will need “1.9 million new, well trained and highly skilled managers” in key leadership positions by 2024. Yet recent government research has revealed that there are up to one million individuals in the 50-64 age bracket whose potential to fill these roles are going unrealised, despite their ambitions to get back into the workplace.

In an increasingly digital age it is only natural for these patterns to emerge as organisations look to entice the younger CEOs and CTOs, believing that because of their age they can drive innovation, and focus more on making workplaces ‘Millennial-friendly’. However, this is not necessarily the case, and it is becoming clear that things need to change in order for us to truly begin tackling the issue of age bias from the top down. Read more

Struggling to Recruit Apprentices? The Importance of Social Media
June 26, 2018
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The following article is by Emma Stallwood, Digital Media and Marketing Executive, GPRS Recruitment.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 12 months, you’ll be aware of the struggles we are having as a country to sell apprenticeships to the emerging workforce.

Emma Stallwood, Digital Media and Marketing Executive, GPRS Recruitment

In fact, since the introduction of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, apprenticeship starts have been in decline. New figures from the Department for Education released on the 14th June 2018 reveal that the number of apprenticeship starts have fallen significantly, with a drop of 27.92% from last year’s figures (261,200 apprenticeship starts in 2017/18, down from 362,400 in 2016/17 academic year).

Ben Rowland, Co-Founder of the UK’s leader in digital, IT and HR apprenticeships says that “We firmly believe employers need to look beyond the apprenticeship levy and embrace apprenticeships as an integral part of developing the UK talent pool, keeping us a competitive nation.”

Now more than ever, the promotion of apprenticeships and making your programme a ‘sought-after’ scheme is imperative.

Over 1,400 people applied for eight spaces on the BBC apprenticeship programme – making it more competitive per place than many Oxbridge colleges. This approach shows that, with a dose of innovation, there is a way to reverse the fall in apprenticeship numbers.

Try our Top Tips for Engaging with the Apprentice Demographic

Today’s job marketplace is predominantly online, therefore maintaining an online presence is of the utmost importance, not only for company exposure but because it can be used to create or strengthen your employer brand and to attract talent to your organisation.

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Skills Shortages Costing UK £1.7B
June 4, 2018
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Delays and skills shortages are making recruiting staff with the right skills for the job so difficult, it is costing British businesses £1.7 billion a year[1], highlights the first of a series of Skills Shortage bulletins published by the Edge Foundation.

The latest data from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey of over 7,100 businesses shows that skilled manual labour is the most problematic area of recruitment; 68 percent of firms are struggling – the highest since records began.

Edge’s Director of Policy and Research, Olly Newton, who compiled the report, said:

‘All the evidence indicates that UK plc is facing a recruitment crisis. Altogether, 203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering skills are needed to meet expected demand, but we are seeing skills shortages right across the board and in all kinds of jobs. In construction, the next three to five years will see a 90 per cent increase in demand for management skills while 68 per cent of building firms are struggling to recruit bricklayers.

‘The closure of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) last year, has left a data vacuum. Edge will be bringing together the best available evidence in a series of regular reports to present a comprehensive picture of skills shortages in the UK economy.’

Access EDGE BULLETIN 1 HERE

Recruitment Fair in Westminster Hall on Thursday 19 April 2018
April 11, 2018
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The following advert appears on the UK Parliament Website

Love working with people in a highly rewarding customer-driven environment? If so, we would like to meet you at our Recruitment Fair on Thursday 19 April 2018 between 3pm and 6.20pm.

Come and discover more about careers in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and speak to staff about current and future opportunities.There are jobs to suit everyone at the Houses of Parliament, including in Security, Finance, Catering, Research and Heritage.

This year, we are also recruiting for 28 new full-time and part-time ‘Visitor Engagement’ positions, where staff will be professionally trained to provide expert guided tours around the historic Palace of Westminster.

We want to increase the diversity of our front-line ambassadors and are hoping to attract a diverse range of applicants. You will also be able to  meet representatives from Parliament’s award winning Workplace Equality Networks.

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Graduate Recruitment Trends for 2018
February 26, 2018
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The following article is by Charlie Taylor is founder and CEO of student and graduate careers app Debut.

2017 stood out as a year dominated by technology – and this will undoubtedly continue into 2018 too. This year, however, advancements in recruitment technology and the adoption of new strategies with different priorities will forever change the relationship between the employer and candidate, as businesses evolve to meet the needs of tech-savvy candidates.

So what trends will dominate in 2018?

1. A focus on behaviours over qualifications: With more first-class graduates entering the recruitment market it’s increasingly difficult to identify high-calibre talent. The Institute of Student Employers has revealed that 17% of its members are using a strengths-only recruitment process in 2017/18, and this number is only set to rise.

Three-quarters of HR recruitment professionals are now using psychometric testing, and 78% agree that it is a ‘powerful tool’ for hiring. The growth in use of psychometric testing reflects a general trend that organisations are hiring more for potential and attitude, rather than factors such as university attended, subject, or degree classification.

2. Movement to mobile application processes with ATS integrations: In 2016 it was reported that 20% of Millennials are now mobile-only, and it’s likely this percentage is already much higher.

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Jobs Fair: Stratford
February 20, 2018
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Jobs Fair: Stratford London Borough of Newham

Date: Wednesday 7th March 2018

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue Address: Old Town Hall, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ

London Borough: Newham

Web: https://www.thejobfairs.co.uk/event-details.php?id=824 Read more

Over 50s Experience Chronic Worklessness
November 14, 2017
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Around 3.3 million people between the ages of 50 and 64 are not in work HR Magazine reports.

Employers and government need to “radically rethink” how to tackle chronic worklessness among the over 50s, according to a report from the Centre for Ageing Better.

The research estimates that 3.3 million people between the ages of 50 and 64 are not in work, with 29% recorded as ‘economically inactive,’ meaning they are not engaged in the labour market in any way. This is more than twice the rate of those aged 35-49 (13%).

Once out of work, people aged over 50 were found to struggle to get back into the labour market more than younger age groups. Some 38% of unemployed over 50s have been out of work for over a year, compared to 19% of 18- 24-year-olds.

Jemma Mouland, senior programme manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, said employers need to look at how older workers are treated. “Our research finds that changes are needed at every level,” she said. “It is not a problem that national government or employment and skills services alone can fix. Poor health and caring responsibilities are some of the most common barriers experienced by older workers, so it is important that health and benefits systems are more joined up and focused on helping those over 50 stay in work, or get back into employment. Read more

Quarter of Employers Could lose EU staff this year
August 25, 2017
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Sectors that rely on EU labour already facing ‘significant recruitment challenges’, finds CIPD report.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of employers have seen evidence that suggests EU nationals in their organisations are considering leaving the company, or the UK, in 2017, according to a new report.

The latest Labour Market Outlook (LMO) from the CIPD and the Adecco Group also found that employers are struggling to fill the nearly 750,000 vacancies in the UK labour market because of a lack of suitable labour and skills.

ONS data from January shows low-skilled sectors that normally employ a large number of non-UK EU nationals – such as retail, manufacturing, health and hospitality – account for almost half (45 per cent) of all vacancies.

The public sector is likely to be hit hard; 43 per cent of education employers and 49 per cent of healthcare employers said they believe EU staff were considering leaving their organisation and/or the UK in 2017.

The LMO, which surveyed more than 1,000 employers, found the most common response to labour shortages was to leave vacancies empty.

ONS non-seasonally adjusted data showed that the number of non-UK EU nationals decreased by almost half from an average of more than 60,000 per quarter in the nine months to June 2016, to 30,000 in the three months to September 2016.

“There has been a significant slowdown in the number of non-UK nationals from the European Union in work in the UK,” said Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the CIPD. “This is creating significant recruitment challenges in sectors that have historically relied on non-UK labour to fill roles and which are particularly vulnerable to the prospect of future changes to EU immigration policy.”

But more than a quarter (27 per cent) of organisations surveyed that employ EU nationals said they were unsure how many EU nationals they actually employed.

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