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  • Brexit – What now?

    Friday, February 28, 2020

    Following on from Migration Advice Committee report on post-brexit immigration, the government has now published plans for a new points-based immigration system that will come into force on 1st January 2021, when freedom of movement between the EU and UK comes to an end.

  • REC JobsOutlook: Employer confidence rises but skill shortage worries remain

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    Employer confidence rises but staff availability is a major challenge. Employers worry that the new Immigration Policy could exasperate this further, especially in sectors like healthcare, construction and logistics who currently rely on workers from overseas, and are already facing labour shortages.

  • Employer confidence in the UK Economy improves in final month of 2019

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020

    New data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) suggests that businesses are starting to have a more positive outlook towards hiring following the general election.
    According to the REC’s JobsOutlook, employers’ confidence in the UK economy rose to a net figure of -31 in October-December 2019, two percentage points higher than the previous rolling quarter. In view of this, their confidence in making hiring and investment decisions also improved, rising by four percentage points to net: -3.

  • Migration Advice Comittee report on post-brexit immigration

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020

    The Migration Advice Comittee (MAC) has released it's much anticipated independent report on post-brexit immigration: A Point's Based System and Salary Thresholds for Immigration. The report responds to the Home Secretary's commission into a points-based system and salary thresholds for immigration and specfically warns that while it's proposals would benefit the UK economy as a whole, it would increase the pressures in social care because of a shortage of low paid workers being able to enter the country.

  • Stoke-On-Trent employment growth predicted to be the fastest in the UK in 2020

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    The latest UK Powerhouse figures put Stoke-On-Trent employment growth above every metropolitan area in the UK including London, Manchester and Birmingham in 2020. In Irwin Mitchell's latest UK Powerhouse report, year on year jobs growth in Stoke-On-Trent is predicted to be 2.2% with employment levels reaching 122,000; meaning jobs growth in Stoke-On-Trent will be faster than all 46 major UK cities - including UK Capital Cities in 2020!

  • REC Report On Jobs: Recruitment activity picks up at the end of 2019

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report On Jobs showed that hiring conditions improved at the end of 2019. Permanent staff appointments rose for the first time in a year, while temp billings growth picked up from November. According to panellists, some firms had approved new hires following a long period of delayed decision-making and rising business requirements. However, rates of expansion were notably weaker than seen on average over the survey history.

  • Downturn in West Midlands economy continues - but outlook improves

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    The latest Natwest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report for the West Midlands was published today and it shows business activity across the region fell for the second consecutive month in December.

    The West Midlands saw private sector business activity fall for the second month running in December, the latest PMI data from NatWest showed, matching the trend seen across the UK as a whole. However, the outlook is improving as the West Midlands posted a rise in new orders for the first time in four months and local firms reported stronger optimism towards future output.

  • Latest Advice on EU Settlement Scheme

    Monday, December 2, 2019

    If you're an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure that you can continue to live in the UK after 30th June 2021 in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

  • Legal Updates Affecting Pay From April 2019

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    April 2019 will see changes to people’s take home pay. The National Living Wage increases by 4.9% on 1st April 2019 and there is an increase of 2% for worker contributions into their auto enrolled pensions scheme via NEST from 6th April 2019.

  • UK's Productivity Gap Narrows

    Monday, December 10, 2018

    New OECD figures published today suggest the ‘productivity gap’ between the UK and other economies including France, Germany and the USA is smaller than previously thought. The latest estimates follow a re-appraisal of how each country measures the number of hours worked.