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Jobs Fair: Stratford
February 20, 2018


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

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Over 50s Experience Chronic Worklessness
November 14, 2017

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

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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