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  • New increases to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage come into effect on 1st April 2017

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    New increases to the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) come into effect on 1st April 2017. Historically the NMW increased every October however starting from tomorrow – 1st April, any increases will occur every April annually to align with the NLW.

  • Key Points to the Spring Budget 2017

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget as Chancellor, yesterday.

    Here are the key points:

  • Stoke-On-Trent’s economy is predicted to grow by £39 million despite Brexit and rising inflation.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    The city's economy is on course to be £39 million larger by the end of 2017, according to a new study by law firm Irwin Mitchell.
    The latest UK Powerhouse report, produced by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) predicts that the value of goods and services produced in Stoke-on-Trent will grow by 0.6 per cent over the next 12 months – despite challenges including Brexit, rising inflation and falling investment by businesses.

  • Report on Jobs: Growth in permanent placements slows slightly in December

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    “The big question for 2017 is about how employers will fill vacancies. The unemployment rate is at a record low and candidate availability for temporary jobs has been getting worse for the last three and a half years. There is an urgent need for people to fill roles in catering, care, and food manufacturing – in these sectors especially employers rely heavily on workers from the EU.”

  • Key Points of Autumn Statement 2016

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Yesterday's Autumn Statement announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond, has seen a rise in the National Living Wage from £7.20 to £7.50 from April next year.

  • Report on Jobs: Permanent placements and temporary billings both see stronger growth

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    Despite ongoing uncertainty the UK jobs market is thriving again in most areas of the UK. Job vacancies are back to levels not seen since April, and for the third consecutive month recruiters have reported an increase in the amount of people finding permanent jobs

  • Uber drivers win key employment tribunal case

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Uber drivers have won the right to be classed as workers rather than self-employed; meaning the drivers will be entitled to paid rest breaks, holiday pay and the national minimum wage; at an employment tribunal last week.

  • Launch of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    Friday morning, 7th October, saw the official launch of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone at the Moat House Hotel, on Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent.

  • Over a third of employers have turned down candidates because of their social media profile

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Research, from jobs board Monster and YouGov, suggests most recruiters actively consult social networking sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook during the hiring process.

  • Theresa May Pledges £33m and New Government Taskforce To Combat 'Evil' Modern Slavery

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    A Message from Theresa May, Prime Minister
    "A year ago the Modern Slavery Act that I brought forward as Home Secretary came into force. The first legislation of its kind in Europe, this Act has delivered tough new penalties to put slave masters behind bars where they belong, with life sentences for the worst offenders... It has delivered enhanced protection and support for victims and a world-leading transparency requirement on businesses to show that modern slavery is not taking place in their companies or their supply chains..."