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Good news for jobs market

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The number of vacant jobs increased in September for the second month in a row, but the job market is still ‘very fragile’.

Permanent and temporary jobs increased although growth remained “subdued”, research by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed.

“The report brings more encouraging news for the UK job market,” KPMG said.

Both permanent placements and temporary/contract staff billings rose for the second month in a row in September and at slightly sharper rates than in August.

The month’s drop in job vacancies was the weakest in the current 16-month period of decline. Permanent staffing demand fell modestly, while demand for temporary/contract staff rose slightly for the first time in 15 months.
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Recruiters reported that permanent staff pay fell at the slowest pace in the current 12-month decline, while the latest drop in temporary/contract staff pay rates was the smallest in just under a year.

Unemployment is at 2.47 million, the highest since 1995, with economists expecting it to continue to rise.

The employers’ group, the CBI, believes unemployment will peak at about three million in the second quarter, while the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, expects the number to hit 3.2 million in 2010.

However, the REC/KPMG report said the rate of job losses “appear to have peaked”.

Let’s hope for the best! Get your CV in order before employers embark on a huge scale recruitment drive.

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10 Tips to Optimise your LinkedIn Profile Page

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

I stumbled upon Kevin Gibbons’s (SEOptimise Ltd) Ten Tips for optimising your LinkedIn Profile page. The tips are invaluable for creating a strong professional online profile and following these tips will definitely deliver the desired results.

In the next newsletter we’ll send you another post with more details on how to utilise your LinkedIn profile as an on-line CV.

Herewith Kevin’s tips:

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So once you’ve signed up and registered your account, here’s ten tips we recommend to optimise your account:

  1. Fully complete your profile – Ensuring that this contains all relevant career history and interests. LinkedIn makes this easy by displaying a percentage score to show how complete your profile is. A LinkedIn profile basically acts as an online CV, so make sure you’re being honest and describing yourself and career clearly.
  2. Edit profile to claim vanity URL – This should be set to use your name (or closest match if unavailable) within the URL, for example: – this will help you to optimise your own name in the search engines and also makes the URL easier to remember if promoted on business cards or email signatures.
  3. Make your profile publicly available – You can set the information which is publicly available to non-members/contacts, be careful with blocking too much information as this will also be unavailable to the search engines. As a minimum, I would recommend providing enough information for the search engines to index your profile and cache the external links you have listed! In terms of optimising your profile, the main goals are normally to rank for your own name, company name and possibly industry keywords related to this.

  4. Make connections – Increase the reach of your profile by connecting with current and former work colleagues, clients, friends and family. I’d also recommend adding any industry contacts, perhaps from people you have met at conferences/events or are connected with on other social media sites and share a similar interest.
  5. Request recommendations – Obviously don’t ask everyone, especially if you don’t know them that well. But having recommendations will help your profile to stand out and will help to build trust in your reputation to visiting users. This will help improve the visibility of your own profile within internal LinkedIn searches too.
  6. Register a company profile – If your company doesn’t already have a company listing, you should create one! Here’s an example of the SEOptimise company profile, if your company does have a profile, you should encourage employees to create their own individual LinkedIn profile’s and ensure the current employer entry is completed. This will automatically update all employees listed on the company profile, providing the company name is exactly matched.
  7. Make use of the 3 website hyperlinks – For SEO value, LinkedIn is very good – they give you the opportunity to add three hyperlinks to websites of your choice. If you’re not trying to optimise your site for “My Website”, “My Portfolio” and “My Blog” it might be an idea to select “Other” and choose your own anchor text instead! :D
  8. Join related groups – Find groups where other industry professionals have joined and look to participate in (or at least join) these groups. Adding value to your own profile and helping you to get found by other industry contacts.
  9. Use LinkedIn Answers – This can help to build up your reputation within a field. For SEO it also builds the number of internal links pointing to your profile from within LinkedIn, therefore helping to strengthen your profile in the search engines!
  10. Optimise your job title – LinkedIn now includes your job title within profile title tags. I’m not saying you should lie about your job, but within reason you could include descriptive keywords which may help to attract relevant search engine traffic. For example, using “SEO Account Manager” as a job title instead of “Account Manager”, if appropriate.

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Ever been annoyed by a colleague?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Have you ever complained that a co-worker smelled like road ramps? That’s just one of the weirdest employee complaints reported in a new survey.

A survey from Career Builder asked hiring managers to cite some examples of the oddest complaints they received from employees. These included:

* Employee is too sun-tanned
* Employee has big hair
* Employee eats all the good cookies
* Employee is so polite, it’s infuriating
* Employee suspected co-worker is a pimp
* Employee is trying to poison me
* Employee’s body is magnetic and keeps de-activating my magnetic access card
* Employee is personally responsible for a federally-mandated tax increase
* Employee was annoyed the company didn’t provide a place for naps during break time
* Employee only wears slippers or socks at work
* Employee’s aura is wrong
* Employee smells like road ramps
* Employee breathes too loudly
* Employee wants to check a co-worker for ticks
* 8:00 a.m. is too early to get up for work
* Employee wore pajamas to work
* Employee has bells on her shoes and it’s not the holidays
* Co-worker reminded the employee too much of Bambi
* Employee spends too much time caring for stray cats around the building
* A male employee keeps using the ladies’ room because the men’s room is not as tidy

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The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive from May to June and included 2667 hiring managers and HR professionals.

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Surge in UK unemployment figures

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

In the three months to June, unemployment rose by 220k to reach its highest level since 1995.  A further 281,000 redundancies swelled the UK’s jobless ranks to 2.44m – more than during the last couple of downturns, and the biggest total since Labour came to power.

The national unemployment rate now stands at 7.6% (roughly one in thirteen people), and analysts fear that it could rise as high as 10%.  TUC general secretary Brendan Barber described the latest figures as “truly horrendous”.

Almost a million people have taken on part-time work while looking for a full-time job – that’s a quarter of a million more than last year – and over 400,000 are temping while seeking full-time employment.  Self-employment is up by more than 50,000.

Young people have been hit especially hard, with over one in five 18-24-year-olds now jobless.  The latest quarterly rise of 95,000 means some 726,000 of them are currently looking for work – and this number is set to increase dramatically as the summer crop of school and college-leavers joins them in the search for a job.

The latest figures also saw London’s jobless total grow by 28,000 to more than a third of a million – 348,000, or 8.6% of the capital’s working population – which is the highest level since 1998.

Labour Force Survey figures published on the Office for National Statistics website reveal that blue-collar unemployment in the year to March was over three times higher than that for people with professional and managerial skills, and almost three times as high as the rate for people with admin/secretarial skills.

“Heavy job losses in the financial and business services sectors – plus the fact that jobless managers and professionals often attract more public attention – probably explain why there has been so much talk about a ‘white-collar recession’,” notes CIP chief economist John Philpott.  “But the unemployment figures clearly show that blue-collar manual workers have suffered most.”

Over the past year the manufacturing sector alone has seen 212,000 jobs go, while some 196,000 jobs in hotels & restaurants and 187,000 in financial services have also disappeared.

Most analysts expect the inexorable rise in unemployment to continue to 3m and beyond.  David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, has reaffirmed the BCC’s forecast that unemployment will peak at around 3.2m some time next year.

Think-tank Centre for Cities is also warning of potential large-scale job losses in cities that are heavily reliant on public-sector employment, such as Newcastle, Swansea, Plymouth, Ipswich and Newport (Gwent).  Director Dermot Finch believes “the current size of their public-sector workforce is untenable.”

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Jobseeker and job search distress

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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1 in 10 recruiters struggle to find candidates

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Despite the recession, 1 in 10 (11%) of UK employers are facing difficulties in recruiting staff.

This could be great news to you! But careful application is needed so read further.

These stats were according to the fourth Manpower Annual Talent Shortage Survey released today. Mark Cahill, Managing Director of Manpower UK, commented: “Despite the highest levels of unemployment the UK has experienced for over a decade, employers are still struggling to recruit people with the skills they require.”
The figures remain consistent compared to the 2008 findings when 12% of employers surveyed highlighted difficulties in recruiting the right staff. However, the figures represent a marked improvement from 2007 and 2006 when 34% and 42% of employers respectively cited difficulties recruiting staff with the right skills.

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How much time will it take you to secure a new job?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Before the financial crisis hit home end of 2008 it took on average 56 days for someone to start a new position. In the financial sector this figure increased to 61 days in the beginning of 2009.

New figures suggest quite a different picture. Langley James have completed a survey of candidates that registered with them in January 2009. The results were as follows:

  1. Only 5% have found a new position, leaving the other 95% still seeking that perfect opportunity
  2. 30% of candidates had not yet managed to secure an interview, with the average number of interviews amounting to just one
  3. More than a third of candidates asked would be willing to accept up to 10% lower than their expected salary in the current climate, with some candidates even stating that they would take a salary cut of up to 40%
  4. 22% of the responses however, found that candidates simply could not lower their salary expectations due to rising living costs

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Challenging job options

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The majority of sectors has been affected but for graduates and school leavers it may be even tougher.

“Against this backdrop, graduates and school leavers need to sharpen their case for being picked ahead of their classmates – and fast.” according to Gerwyn Davies, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development policy advisor.

In the CIPD report it shows that just 17% of employers plan to hire 16-year-olds leaving school in the quarter, while a third plan to hire school leavers at eighteen.

Less than a half of employers plan to hire university leavers and 45% and 54% of the private and voluntary sectors respectively are not planning to hire young people.

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Job Cuts Rocket but there is hope

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

These stats are nothing but frightening, but it is good to take notice, adapt where necessary and move on. I’ve included a number of massive job cuts planned and also of a few bits of hope.

Unemployment has hit 2.22 million
There are now 2.22 million people out of work in the UK according to figures released yesterday.

The number of people out of work in the UK rose 244,000 to 2.22 million in the first three months of 2009 according to the Office for National Statistics.

The jobless rate rose from 6.7 per cent to 7.1 per cent, the largest since 1981. Unemployment benefit claimants in April rose 57,100 to 1.51 million.

BCC reports
The manufacturing sector continued to be battered by the recession but the service sector has shown some grounds for optimism, according to a new report from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC).

The report shows that manufacturing’s employment balance fell 19 points in Q1, to -36%, the lowest for 20 years. The sector’s employment expectations balance improved 6 points, to -35%, but is still very weak by historical standards, while sector’s Q1 confidence plunged to new record lows

Michael Page redundancies
Michael Page continued to cut staff numbers during the first quarter of 2009 as the impact of the financial crisis continued to affect its business.

The number of staff employed by the company at the end of March was 4,134 compared with 4,943 at the end of 2008, a 16% reduction. Headcount at the end of March 2009 was 24% lower than a year ago.

UK headcount fell by 262 during the quarter from 1,640 at the end of 2008 to 1,378 at the end of March, a 16% reduction.

Steve Ingham, chief executive of Michael Page, told a conference call: “These are tough times. Clearly it is not enjoyable reducing headcount, but we are reacting to market conditions well and will continue to do so.”

BAE Systems to cut 500 UK jobs
Defence company BAE Systems plans to close three UK-based factories.

A spokesperson from the company, which currently employs 1,820 people in the UK, says Guildford, Leeds and Telford will close with the loss of some 330 jobs; 50 jobs will be lost at Newcastle and seven jobs will be lost at Leicester, among other efficiency savings.

Dugald McIntosh, operations manager at Elan’s defence division, which works with BAE, said at least half of the defence contractors had announced redundancy programmes and he expects the trend to continue.

HR jobs hit by recession
Senior level HR recruitment has been hit hard by the recession, according to multi-sector recruiter Badenoch & Clark’s professional talent survey 2009.

Guy Emmerson, associate director, human resources, Badenoch & Clark, says: “The job market has seen almost a 65% drop in HR vacancies compared to this time last year. Senior vacancies are bearing the biggest brunt, with most organisations choosing instead to make the best use of their mid-management team.”

Financial jobs slump
Financial recruitment declined in April, according to the Morgan McKinley London Employment Monitor.

The volume of new job vacancies in April were down by 20% on the previous month and declined by 69% compared to April 2008.

Jobseekers took an average of 61 days to get a new job, four days longer than it would have taken them a year ago.

The number of financial services professionals who started looking for new work in April 2009 fell 4% on March 2009 and 40% compared to a year ago (April 2008), while average City pay registered £52,106, 7% up on the same month last year (April 2008).
Andrew Evans, managing director of Morgan McKinley, says: “While the decrease in new City job vacancies was to be expected in April 2009 as the month included the Easter break, it did put an end to the small uplifts in hiring seen during the previous three months of the year.

“It is clear from these figures that recruitment activity continues to be at reduced levels compared with a year ago and the sizeable gap between the number of new candidates and vacancies highlights that the financial services jobs market in London is still extremely competitive.”

BT slash 15,000
BT has announced it is to shed 15,000 jobs this year, most of which will go in the UK as it reported losses of £134m.

The BBC reports that BT’s problems stem from its global services unit, which handles the network systems of big organisations. BT added it had taken a near £1.5bn write-down at this unit.

Dubai could scrap 27 projects
Dubai could scrap 27 building projects, according to the head of its real estate regulator.

Marwan bin Ghalita, the head of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera), told news website Emirates Business 24-7 that a decision would be made by the end of the month. “The decision has not been made. There are projects all over Dubai – third -party projects (sub developers).”

2,000 Construction apprenticeships at risk
Training body ConstructionSkills has warned that up to 2,000 apprentices are at risk of losing their job this year.

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However, recruiters say public sector schemes will provide opportunities.

HOWEVER Commercial Recruitment show signs of improvement

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) praises the UK government for its “bold and wide-ranging” response in containing the economic downturn, commercial recruiters are seeing signs of an improvement in hiring intentions.

Consulting and property vacancy slump

Consulting and real estate advertised vacancies continue to decline, while there has been a rise in the number of public sector and medicines posts in the past six months, claims management jobsite Experteer’s jobs monitor.

The monitor shows that public sector and medicine vacancies rose by 13% and 10% respectively, while consulting and real estate showed the biggest relative declines.

Torsten Muth, managing director of Experteer, says: “While there is no denying that it has never been tougher to secure a senior position, senior vacancies are still in existence in particular industries.

“Executives in the consulting and real estate professions should consider carefully whether their experience might be relevant to other job functions or other disciplines.”

IT Improve
The number of UK IT directors looking to take on IT staff still exceeds those looking to cut headcount, according to research by IT recruiter ReThink Recruitment.

The survey shows that 34% of IT directors plan to increase IT staffing levels over the next year compared to 20% that say they intend to cut their workforce. The other 46% of IT directors expect that they will freeze recruitment for the next year, while 32% of IT departments have already cut staff in the year.

Service Sector improves

Confidence among service sector businesses has continued to recover, according to the CIPS/Markit Business Activity Index.

Confidence rose to its highest level since May 2008, with nearly 46% of the survey panel predicting a rise in activity in a year’s time.

The headline seasonally adjusted CIPS/Markit Business Activity Index recorded 48.7 in April, but below the 50.0 no-change mark.

April marked the 12th successive month in which service sector jobs have been cut in line with existing workloads.

Roy Ayliffe, director of professional practice at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), says: “The health of the UK services economy showed some signs of recuperation in April as the rate of retrenchment eased to its weakest in eight months.

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Work pressure – do you take your laptop to bed?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Times are changing and work is creeping into our personal space. More than one in four of us are finding it so hard to switch off from work that we cannot resist using a mobile device such as a laptop before bed, according to a survey by data protection specialist CREDANT Technologies.

The survey also found, of those that do use mobile devices in bed, 57% do so for between two and six hours every week, while 8% said they spend more time using such devices than talking to their partners.

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Michael Callahan, vice-president at Credant Technologies, says: “This survey confirms that there is a growing population that is no longer restricted by working hours or confined to the office building itself. People are mobile and will work anywhere – even in bed.

“Therefore, when sensitive and valuable data is being held on these devices and they get lost, it can have pretty detrimental and far-reaching consequences to both the worker and their employer.”

Don’t wait for New Year, it may be time for a new job and a better lifestyle.

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