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Laura Varley

16 September 2014

Employers recruit graduates for attitude, not university-learnt skills »

Skills learnt at university aren’t important to most employers, but soft skills and general attitudes are, according to a new report.

Kaplan surveyed 198 employers and asked them to rank a list of 30 recruitment-stage competencies. Soft skills, such as being


15 August 2014

Nearly 2.6 million Scots now in work as employment rises »

Scotland’s employment figures are on the rise, as new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that almost 2.6 million people in the country are now in work.

Between April and June, 9,000 more Scots managed to find work,


8 August 2014

Over three-quarters of employers plan to increase headcount »

Some 76 per cent of employers are planning on increase their number of permanent staff over the next three months, a new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reveals.

July’s job market figures show that employer confidence is on


6 August 2014

More than a third of SMEs have increased staff numbers »

More than a third (34 per cent) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) took on more staff during the three months to July, a new report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reveals.

Just nine per cent of small firms


Office for national statistics
22 July 2014

Rate of employment rises to 73.1 per cent »

The rate of UK employment increased to 73.1 per cent between March and May, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This means employment rates have returned to the highs recorded in 2004/2005. To date, some 30.6


14 July 2014

Brits’ salaries continue to rise »

Salaries have risen for the 26th month in row and permanent pay increased at the fastest pace ever seen in June, a new report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KRMG shows.

Starting salaries were also driven up dramatically


4 July 2014

Graduates warned against lying on their CVs »

Graduates are being warned not to lie on their CVs or job applications, otherwise they could face up to ten years in prison.

UK fraud prevention service, CIFAS claims that more and more students are being found guilty of employment-related fraud.


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17 June 2014

House prices continue to rise in May »

UK house prices rose again in May, meaning they have now increased for 11 consecutive months, data from the LSL/Acadata index shows.

According to propertywire.com, values rose by 0.9 per cent last month. Over the course of a year, that means


Office for national statistics
16 June 2014

Some 345,000 more people are now in work, reports ONS »

The number of people in employment increased between February and April this year, meaning a record 30.5 million Brits are now in work, the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal.

According to telegraph.co.uk, the previous record for


30 May 2014

More than 26,000 first-time buyers entered property market in April »

Some 26,300 people started their journey onto the property ladder for the first time in April, a study by Your Move and Reeds Rains reveals.

According to telegraph.co.uk, the number of first-time buyers in April rose 47 per cent in comparison