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  • 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.

  • Vacancies in the UK are up by more than 10% year on year.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Vacancies in the UK have jumped by over 10% in the 3rd Quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

  • New employment rights for workers.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Millions of flexible workers will receive new employment rights under major government reforms as the UK government responds to the independent Taylor Review.

  • Nearly half the UK workforce are considering leaving their job this year

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    47% of employees in the UK are considering leaving their job in 2018, the annual Investors in People Employee Sentiment Poll shows.

    The research found that poor management and practices, pay, work flexibility and career progression are the main reasons why companies will lose talent in 2018.

  • UK’s unemployment rate at a four-decade low

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million in the three months to November, official figures from the Office of National Statistics show.

    The unemployment rate was 4.3%, down from 4.8% for a year earlier and the joint lowest since 1975.

  • Decisions about future UK immigration policy should be based on impartial, expert advice

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has warned that decisions about future UK immigration policy should be based on impartial, expert advice rather than politics to avoid risks to the jobs market and the economy at a time of record employment.

  • 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.