Graduates’ salary expectations are ‘unrealistic’
Graduates starting their first post university job expect to receive a salary far in excess of what they are likely to achieve, it has been claimed.
Unsurprisingly, the survey also found that 62 per cent of graduates felt that the amount they spent on their education had failed to result in a sufficient return on their investment.
One in four thought that their university did not teach them the appropriate skills for entering the working world, while the vast majority (87 per cent) also thought that education providers should concentrate on instilling students with the commercial talents favoured by businesses.
Speaking about the stats, Jonathan Fitchew, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Pareto Law, said: “It’s interesting to see the majority of graduates around the UK feel university failed to prepare them for work and how their expectations fared when it comes to salaries and commercial skills.
“Basic salary was one of the most important things for graduates when applying for jobs, but it seems very few sectors are actually meeting these expectations.”
Elsewhere, figures from VisitBritain suggested that a number of new travel jobs could be created as a result of tourists spending a record amount in the UK in the first two months of the year.
In total, £2.7 billion was spent by those visiting the country in January and February 2017 which was up by 11 per cent from the same period in the previous year.
By Owen Mckeon
Tourism spending in UK rises to record high
Spending by tourists visiting the UK reached a record £2.7 billion in the first two months of the year, according to new figures.
The total was up by 11 per cent from the same period in 2016, with the number of people travelling to the UK in January and February 2017 rising by six per cent to 5.2 million.
Much of the increase was due to growth from long-haul destinations, while the number of visitors from EU countries increased by five per cent to 3.6 million.
There was also a 15 per cent increase in the number of people travelling to the UK for a holiday during the two months, with the total climbing to 1.6 million visits.
The stats were compiled by VisitBritain, which predicted that tourism to the UK will continue to grow throughout the rest of the year, resulting in 38.8 million visits and total spend of £23.9 billion in 2017 compared to 37.3 million visits and a spend of £22.2 billion last year.
Speaking about the stats, Patricia Yates, Director at VisitBritain, said: “These figures show that 2017 is off to a cracking start for inbound tourism, one of our most valuable export industries.
“Britain is offering great value for overseas visitors and we can see the success of our promotions in international markets. We must continue to build on our message of welcome and value in our high spending markets such as China, the US and the valuable European market.”
The expected increase in visitors to the UK could result in the creation of many new jobs in travel and tourism over the next few months, with Gatwick Airport already announcing a major recruitment drive to fill 1,000 new roles.
The airport said that the seasonal roles mean it will create 40 per cent more summer jobs this year than in 2016.
By Owen Mckeon
Gatwick Airport announces 1,000 new jobs
A major new travel recruitment drive has been announced by Gatwick Airport with more than 1,000 new positions set to be created this summer.
The seasonal roles will include various travel jobs as well as numerous positions at the airport’s retail and restaurant outlets including WH Smith, Boots, World Duty Free, Dixons, Accessorize and JD Wetherspoon.
The news means that 40 per cent more summer jobs will be created this year than in 2016, with the airport claiming that the recruitment drive demonstrates its commitment to boosting employment in the local area.
Speaking about the plans, Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail at Gatwick, said: “It’s great to see so many job opportunities opening up throughout our retail and restaurant offering at the airport. These roles will help to ensure we provide excellent service in all our outlets as passenger numbers increase over the busy summer period.”
She added that many employees working at the base live in the surrounding area, meaning the airport is one of the largest economic drivers in the South East region.
The importance of the airport was recently highlighted in an Oxford Economics report which claimed that its GDP impact in the geographical area between the airport, London and Brighton, known as the Gatwick Diamond, has risen to £2.3 billion and supports 36,000 jobs.
The report, commissioned by the Gatwick Growth Board, also found that the national footprint amounts to £5.3 billion in GDP and over 85,000 jobs.
Also recently announcing plans to create new jobs in travel was Norwegian which revealed that it was searching for travel candidates in Scotland to fill 130 new positions.
Based in Edinburgh, the Cabin Crew and Pilots vacancies will add to the 6,000 roles that the airline currently supports, with extra jobs set to be made available at its bases in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris later in the year.
By Owen McKeon
Business travel costs rise post-Brexit
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has resulted in increased costs for business travellers, it has been claimed.
Sixteen per cent of corporate travel buyers said that costs had risen across the UK, with ten per cent saying the same about Europe and six per cent claiming prices had risen in Continental Europe. None said that costs had decreased.
The figures come from a new survey of 178 travel buyers carried out on behalf of the Business Travel Show and found that 11 per cent are delaying purchases for travel across Continental Europe, with eight per cent doing the same in Europe and four per cent holding off from buying in the UK.
Despite this, most agreed that it was ‘business as usual’ with between 80 and 83 per cent of business travel buyers in each region saying that little had changed.
Speaking about the findings, Rosy Burnie, Travel Advisor and Former Global HQ Office Manager at Luvata, said: “Currently, it's business as usual. The world is bigger than Brexit. However, the uncertainty means that future investment projects go on hold.”
Shaun Hinds, Managing Director for the EMEA and APAC regions at Bridge Street Apartments, was also positive, saying: “The extended stay sector was built on, among other things, projects as a mainstay of its customer base. Brexit is the biggest project we are likely to see in a generation and so can only be an opportunity – some reports cite up to 30,000 jobs being required to deliver Brexit.”
Elsewhere, a report released by the CBI and the Pertemps Network Group last month found that 41 per cent of all UK companies are planning to create more jobs this year.
This compares to 13 per cent that plan to make job cuts, leaving a net balance of plus 28 per cent.
By Owen Mckeon
Norwegian to create 130 new UK travel jobs
Candidates seeking new travel jobs in Scotland have been handed a great start to the year after Norwegian announced that it will be creating 130 new positions in the country.
The roles will be based in Edinburgh and will comprise of 100 Cabin Crew positions as well as 30 new Pilots jobs.
The new recruits will join the 6,000 staff that already work for the carrier including 700 based at London Gatwick Airport, with further jobs set to be made available at its bases in Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam later in 2017.
The airline’s travel recruitment drive comes as part of its plans for continued growth at Edinburgh Airport this year which is set to include the introduction of low cost flights from the Scottish city to the East Coast of the USA.
The carrier stated that the new route is due to be formally announced in the next few weeks and is expected to support tourism across Scotland and potentially create new travel and tourism job opportunities in the country.
Alongside this, Norwegian is also due to receive delivery of various new aircraft in 2017 including the brand new Boeing 737 MAX.
Speaking about the plans, Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at the carrier, said: “Edinburgh is a central part of our UK growth plans and together with new aircraft and new flights, we are also creating new jobs in Scotland.”
He added: “More jobs in the air will help also create more jobs on the ground and Norwegian’s plans for new flights into Edinburgh will help support tourism, business and hospitality opportunities in the UK’s second most visited city.”
In other job news, a survey released last month found that many UK companies plan to create new jobs in 2017. The CBI and the Pertemps Network Group report found that a total of 41 per cent of businesses said they expected to make new positions available this year, while 13 per cent plan to cut their workforce, leading to a net balance of plus 28 per cent.
By Owen Mckeon
UK companies remain positive about job growth in 2017
Jobseekers have been given a boost after a new survey found that a third of all companies across the UK are planning to create new jobs next year.
In total, 41 per cent of companies expect to increase their workforce in 2017 with 13 per cent saying the opposite, creating a net balance of plus 28 per cent.
In addition, 33 per cent of employers plan to create more permanent roles next year compared to 14 per cent who plan to cut their work force, leaving a balance of plus 19 per cent.
The outlook for temporary positions was slightly less positive, with 14 per cent expecting to create new temp jobs and 12 per cent forecasting a cut, leaving a balance of plus two per cent.
The report, carried out by the CBI and the Pertemps Network Group, also found that 30 per cent of businesses expect to create new apprenticeships this year with only four per cent saying the opposite, while 20 per cent also plan to expand their number of graduate roles.
However, Britain’s decision to leave the EU appears to have affected confidence, with the balance of employers considering the UK to be an attractive place for businesses to be based falling from plus 16 per cent in last year’s survey to minus 21 per cent in 2016.
In terms of future concerns, 64 per cent of companies cited a lack of skilled workers in the marketplace, while 58 per cent were worried about access to skilled migrants compared to only 31 per cent who said the same in 2015.
Finally, 57 per cent of businesses expect to offer pay increases in line with or above RPI inflation next year, while 50 per cent said they were impacted by the introduction of the National Living Wage with 28 per cent passing on some of the additional costs by raising their prices.
Speaking about the survey, Carmen Watson, Chair of Pertemps, said: “2016 may have been a year of uncertainty for businesses but what we are seeing, looking ahead to 2017, is renewed optimism with employers continuing to invest in their workforces leading to jobs growth across the UK.
“It appears also from the survey that the majority of businesses are now working hard to push diversity and inclusivity to the fore as it is proven to bring benefits including increased talent and improved attraction and retention levels. However, skills gaps remain a concern for employers as having the right people with the right skills is crucial for any organisation’s performance.”
By Owen Mckeon
One in four workers say their job brings them down
More than a quarter of all employees in the UK say their job depresses them with many not experiencing a single positive working day a week, according to a new report.
The survey of 1,500 people by Robertson Cooper and the Bank Workers Charity found that 27 per cent of employees think their role brings their mood down, with many now set to begin their search for a new job. Ten per cent said they regularly do not have a single good day at work each week.
Of those who are unhappy in their position, 42 per cent said their Manager was inaccessible, while just 16 per cent considered their boss to be people focused and only one in three (35 per cent) thought their Manager liked them.
In total, around six in ten people (57 per cent) said that work makes them happy, with 18 per cent saying they regularly have five positive days in their job each week.
Analysing the stats, Paula Brockwell, Psychologist and Head of Client Experience at Robertson Cooper, said: “Work is no longer about just getting the job done and we need to ask ourselves more often, ‘Did I have a good day at work?’ It’s a simple question — but it’s linked to a broad concept of employee wellbeing, including physical and emotional energy, health, sustainable job satisfaction and performance.
“What we need organisations to understand is that employee wellbeing is intrinsically linked to business priorities. Business goals cannot be met if people are not happy, healthy and thriving.”
Unhappy workers were recently given some positive news in a report which found that many UK companies are continuing to create new jobs despite the uncertainty regarding Brexit.
The stats from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed that 23 per cent of businesses in the UK plan to increase their number of permanent staff members in the next three months, with only three per cent intending to make cuts.
By Owen Mckeon
Quarter of companies still hiring post-Brexit
Almost one in four companies in the UK are still creating new jobs and looking to take on more staff in the near future despite an overall reduction in confidence, according to a new survey.
A total of 23 per cent of UK businesses plan to increase their number of permanent staff in the next three month, compared to only three per cent that intend to make cuts.
A huge 81 per cent of companies also said they planned to either increase or maintain their number of temporary staff in the run up to Christmas.
The figures were found in the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) which also revealed that smaller businesses were more likely than large companies to create new permanent jobs.
However, there appears to have been a dip in economic confidence since the Brexit vote, with only 25 per cent of companies surveyed between July and September believing that conditions were improving, compared to 48 per cent in the previous three months.
The report also found that regional differences appear to be developing across the country, with 98 per cent of northern employers intending to maintain or increase their temp staff in the next few months compared to just 77 per cent in London and the south east.
Speaking about the stats, Kevin Green, Chief Executive at the REC, said: “Small businesses in particular are performing well and are seeking to grow. Strong consumer spending over the last few months has been a boon to the UK economy.
“However, there are signs that business confidence in the economy is slipping. Whilst it is still too soon to draw conclusions about the impact of the decision to leave the EU, the data suggests that London is feeling the brunt of the referendum result.”
By Owen Mckeon
Hotel chain to fill 1,000 jobs by Christmas
Travelodge has announced plans to create and fill 1,000 permanent leisure and travel jobs in the run up to Christmas.
The budget hotel chain is opening six new properties in the coming months and will make 160 new jobs available at the hotels in London Finchley, East Grinstead, Kings Lynn, Stockport, Peterhead and Andover.
Among the jobs on offer at the new branches will be Hotel Managers, Assistant Hotel Managers, Housekeepers, Receptionists, Bar Café Team Members and Guest Room Cleaners.
Fifty new jobs will also be available at the chain’s head office in Thame, Oxfordshire, which include positions in the likes of PR, sales and digital marketing, while another ten roles will be based at its in-house maintenance team.
The remaining 705 roles will be spread across its other UK outlets, with 75 Hotel Manager and Assistant Hotel Manager jobs on offer.
Speaking about the chain’s recruitment drive, Debbie Husband, Operations Director, said: “At Travelodge, we have hundreds of colleagues who joined the company, from an entry level position and are now in a management or executive role. The world certainly is your oyster in the hospitality industry.”
The news quickly follows the plans by Ryanair and Jet2 which will also see thousands of new jobs in travel created at the airlines.
Ryanair is set to make 3,500 positions available over the next 12 months, with 2,000 Cabin Crew roles, 1,000 Pilot positions and 250 Aircraft Engineers jobs on offer. In addition, 300 First Officers are set to be promoted to more senior travel roles.
Additional jobs in sales, marketing, digital, IT, finance and commercial will also be created at the carrier and will be based at its Dublin office and the Travel Labs Poland base in Wroclaw.
Meanwhile Jet2 is to recruit for around 1,000 new jobs itself, with 700 Cabin Crew, 180 Pilots and more than 80 Engineer roles being made available.
By Owen Mckeon
Ryanair to create 3,500 new travel jobs
Thousands of new jobs in travel and tourism are set to be created at Ryanair as part of the carrier’s expansion plans.
The major new travel recruitment drive will take place over the next 12 months and will coincide with the airline taking control of 50 new aircraft.
Among the new roles on offer will be 2,000 cabin crew positions, 1,000 pilots and 250 aircraft engineers, while 300 first officers are set to be promoted to more senior travel jobs.
As well as this, the carrier revealed that various new roles in sales and marketing, IT, digital, finance and commercial will be made available at its Dublin office and at the Travel Labs Poland base in Wroclaw.
Speaking about the plans, Eddie Wilson, Ryanair’s Chief People Officer, said: “2017 is set to be our busiest recruitment year to date, and we are continuing to invest heavily in talent for the future.”
Also recently announcing their recruitment plans was Jet2, which is set to create almost 1,000 new jobs in travel in the coming months.
As part of the plans, the airline held a series of recruitment roadshows across the UK last month, which visited locations such as Manchester, Leeds, Belfast and Castle Donington.
The shows allowed candidates to find out more details and apply for a variety of new travel jobs, with 700 cabin crew, 180 pilots and more than 80 engineering roles on offer.
Announcing the airline’s new travel recruitment drive, Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer of both Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We have exciting plans to expand the number of destinations we fly to, as well as the number of UK bases we fly from, and this means that our team is growing all the time too.”
The carrier’s plans quickly follow its purchase of 30 new B737-800 aircraft as well as its expansion to a new base in Birmingham.
By Owen Mckeon
Jet2 set to create 1,000 new travel jobs
Almost 1,000 new travel jobs are due to be created in the UK over the coming months as part of a major recruitment drive from Jet2.
The airline is set to hold a series of roadshows across the UK where it will advertise for various new positions, including 700 cabin crew, 180 pilots and more than 80 engineers.
The roadshows will take place at a variety of airports and locations throughout September including Belfast, Manchester, Leeds and Castle Donington.
The recruitment plans follow the carrier’s recent purchase of 30 new B737-800 aircraft and its expansion to an eighth UK base in Birmingham which will launch flights from next year.
Speaking about the news, Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We have exciting plans to expand the number of destinations we fly to, as well as the number of UK bases we fly from, and this means that our team is growing all the time too.”
The airline’s plans to create various new jobs in travel comes as welcome news after a report from the CIPD and Adecco Group UK and Ireland suggested that businesses were cutting back on their hiring intentions as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
The latest Labour Market Outlook survey found that 36 per cent of companies expect to hire in the next quarter, compared to 40 per cent in the previous survey.
However, there was no rise in the amount of companies planning to make redundancies in the next few months, with the figure remaining at 19 per cent.
The survey also found that the majority of companies (76 per cent) do not expect the Brexit decision to have any impact on their recruitment plans. Around one in ten (11 per cent) thought it would have a large to moderate effect, with nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of these expect to see a positive impact.
By Owen Mckeon
Recruitment intentions dip post-Brexit
Fewer jobs may be coming onto the market in the coming months, after companies indicated that the Brexit vote may alter their recruitment plans.
According to the new Labour Market Outlook survey from the CIPD and Adecco Group UK and Ireland, 36 per cent of businesses said they intended to create new jobs in the next three months, compared to 40 per cent who said the same thing in the previous survey in May.
On a more positive note, there was no increase in the number of companies that plan to make cuts to their staffing levels, with the figure remaining at 19 per cent, meaning the net employment balance has fallen to plus 17 from plus 21.
There was a notably bigger fall among private sector firms, with the net balance decreasing to plus 25 from plus 39.
Despite the dip, 76 per cent of employers said the EU vote would have no impact on their recruitment plans, while only 11 per cent said it would have a large to moderate impact, with 23 per cent of these forecasting a positive effect.
The survey also found that a third (33 per cent) of companies expect the decision to leave the EU to lead to increased costs, while 21 per cent say they may have to reduce their investment in training and skills development as a result.
Speaking about the findings, Ian Brinkley, Interim Chief Economist at the CIPD, said: “There is clear evidence some employers have become more cautious about hiring following the vote to leave the EU.
“While many businesses are treating the immediate post-Brexit period as ‘business as usual’, and hiring intentions overall remain positive, there are signs that some organisations, particularly in the private sector, are preparing to batten down the hatches.”
In separate news, figures from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) found that there was no immediate dip in recruitment in the run-up to the EU vote, with the number of jobs being created holding steady in May.
By Owen Mckeon
Half of UK workers at “risk of burnout”
Almost half of all employees across the UK are at risk of work related stress, according to new research.
In total, 46 per cent of workers admit to having negative thoughts about their job several times a week, with the most common stress factors including excessive overtime, too few breaks and a lack of job satisfaction.
The stats from Viking found that 47 per cent of UK employees work overtime at least once a week, while 62 per cent of women said they had someone to talk to about job stress, but only 45 per cent of men said the same thing.
The survey of 2,000 workers found interesting contrasts between those who work from home and those based in the office, with the latter being more prone to stress. Four in ten remote workers take three or more breaks in the working day, but 52 per cent of office based staff take no breaks apart from to eat lunch.
Conversely, home workers are more likely to work overtime, while 67 per cent feel they have no-one to confide in about stress and around half say they have no-one to talk to at all, leading to feelings of isolation.
The research suggests that the amount of overtime being worked directly relates to workers’ stress levels, with nearly half of those in the West Midlands working in excess of their contracted hours every other day, and 54 per cent in the region saying they had regular negative thoughts about their job. Northern Ireland, Liverpool, Belfast and Worcester also had above average numbers of stressed workers.
On the opposite end of the scale, Wales had the lowest stress level of any area of the UK, with more than a third of all employees in the country never having to work overtime.
Speaking about ways to relieve workplace pressure, Dr. Mariette Jansen said: “Stress is the result of ‘stretching’ yourself too much, so any action to stop the stretching, will avoid stress. If you consider that the average attention span of an adult is about 20 minutes, you can understand that it’s important to have regular breaks.
“A break doesn’t have to take ages, though, it could be as simple as standing up and having a stretch or walk around.”
By Owen Mckeon
Top CEOs see 10% pay rise
Most people in the UK would probably have been pleased to receive a pay rise of any kind in 2015, but new figures show that top Chief Executives were awarded huge salary hikes of around ten per cent last year.
The average Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at a FTSE 100 company saw their pay packet jump by double digits to around £5.48 million in 2015, according to research from the High Pay Centre.
The salary is a huge rise from 2014’s average figure of £4.964 million and continues the trend of recent years which has seen FTSE 100 CEO wages increase from £4.129 million in 2010.
Despite this, there was a fall in the ratio between the salary of CEOs and typical employees with the figure dipping from 148:1 in 2014 to 140:1 in 2015.
The report also found that median pay for a FTSE 100 CEO rose by around 2.6 per cent from £3.873 million to £3.973 million, suggesting that the overall average salary is being driven up by very large pay rises for the top Chief Executives, such as WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell who saw his salary jump from £43.98 million in 2014 to £70.5 million last year.
However, no women featured in either of the past two years’ top ten lists of the highest paid Chief Executive Officers, while ten per cent of FTSE 100 companies had no female Executive Directors and no female remuneration committee members.
Speaking about the findings, Stefan Stern, Director of the High Pay Centre, said: “There is apparently no end yet in sight to the rise and rise of FTSE 100 Chief Executive Officer pay packages. In spite of the occasional flurry from more active shareholders, boards continue to award ever larger amounts of pay to their most senior executives.”
By Owen Mckeon
Brits favour healthy work-life balance over pay rises
Despite the obvious allure of a big salary hike, the average Brit is more likely to stay with the same company if their job offers a healthy work-life balance, it has been claimed.
New stats from The Workforce Institute at Kronos and Coleman Parkes Research found that just under half of all UK employees believe that businesses that want to boost employee engagement need to place a greater emphasis on providing their staff with a good work-life balance.
Interestingly, when looking at the reasons for searching for a new job, the lack of a decent wage was only ranked as tenth most important out of 11 options, which was well behind the top answer of not feeling valued (60 per cent).
In terms of daily pressures, 85 per cent of employees said that the main issues hampering their ability to perform their duties were a lack of staff, high levels of absenteeism, poor technology and insufficient support from colleagues.
The survey also found that 59 per cent of employees think the Chief Executive Officer of their company is only interested in turning a profit, rather than on ensuring they have a motivated workforce, while only 34 per cent consider their company to have strong employee engagement.
Analysing the stats, Joyce Maroney, Director at The Workforce Institute at Kronos, said: “This research shows that the prospect that SMBs [small and medium sized businesses] often promote, of providing a healthy work-life balance and a flexible working environment, holds a strong appeal for employees. If these are actioned properly, employee commitment to the organisation will increase, improving retention rates and increasing business efficiency.
“For SMBs, the impact of employees ‘going the extra mile’ will be much more impactful pound for pound against their larger counterparts and can be achieved through better communication and collaboration.”
By Owen Mckeon
Vacancy numbers remain steady ahead of Brexit impact
The number of new jobs being created across the UK held steady in the run-up to the EU referendum, according to a new report.
Permanent new vacancies saw zero year on year growth in May, with many businesses potentially choosing to take a cautious outlook about recruitment in the weeks leading up to the public vote.
The figures were revealed in the latest data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which quizzed professional recruitment firms across Britain about their activity during the month.
The report claimed that the stats were broadly similar to those released recently by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found that the overall employment rate remained flat at 74.2 per cent in the three months up to April 2016.
However, the APSCo figures presented a more encouraging picture for contract jobs, with year on year growth of one per cent, while the financial services sector saw a 27 per cent annual rise in contract roles.
Finally, the report showed a small increase in salaries over the past year, with wages rising by 0.9 per cent annually.
Speaking about the outlook for the recruitment industry following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, John Nurthen, Executive Director of Global Research for Staffing Industry Analysts, which compiled the APSCo report, said: “If the majority of economists are right, we are looking at less optimistic economic prospects over the next few years, if not an outright recession.
“On the plus side, the staffing industry benefits from periods of uncertainty so, while permanent hiring might struggle, demand for temporary and contract supply may still prove buoyant. The one thing we can be certain about at the moment is that there will be uncertainty!”
The report quickly follows the release of a separate survey from the Institute of Directors (IoD) which found that 32 per cent of companies will make no changes to their recruitment plans following the referendum, but 24 per cent expect to freeze all job creation and five per cent will make redundancies.
In total, 64 per cent of companies expect the EU decision to have a negative impact on their business, while 23 per cent expect a positive reaction.
By Owen Mckeon
Businesses split on Brexit job impact
A third of companies will continue to create new jobs in the near future, although some also plan to make redundancies following last week’s EU Referendum decision.
A new poll from the Institute of Directors (IoD) found that 32 per cent will make no changes to their recruitment plans, although 24 per cent will freeze all job creation and five per cent of companies plan to make staffing cuts.
The IoD quizzed 1,092 of its members and found that almost two thirds (64 per cent) think that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will have a negative impact on their business, while 23 per cent think it will be positive and nine per cent expect there to be very little impact.
More than a third (36 per cent) of businesses said that the decision will cause them to cut investment in their company, compared to nine per cent who plan to increase investment, while 44 per cent foresee no changes.
The decision means that 22 per cent of companies say they will now consider moving some of their operations away from the UK, while one per cent say the opposite and 71 per cent plan to make no changes.
Looking forward, an overwhelming 74 per cent of businesses say that stabilising the economy should be the number one priority for the government, with nine per cent of companies prioritising new EU trade arrangements.
Speaking about the survey, Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said: “There is no point crying over spilled milk. We will not lose our faith in the ability of British firms to overcome these obstacles, but these results highlight the importance of the Bank of England maintaining stability in the financial system. It is crucial that the banks do not starve businesses of cash.”
By Owen Mckeon
Cruising industry reaches ‘all time high’
The creation of new travel jobs helped the cruise industry contribute a record amount of money to the British economy last year, according to new figures.
Cruising’s direct contribution, which includes employee’s salaries as well as goods and services, rose by 3.3 per cent in 2015 to reach a new all time high of 3.26 billion euros (£2.58 billion).
In Europe, the figure rose by two per cent to hit 40.95 billion euros (£32.22 billion) – also a record figure.
In terms of employment, the number of UK cruise jobs rose by 4.1 per cent to reach 73,919, which is 20 per cent of all cruise roles in Europe. Of these, an estimated 16,397 were directly employed by cruise lines, with the industry paying out 605 million euros (£479 million) in salaries.
An extra 10,000 new travel jobs were also created across Europe in the 12 months, taking the total up to 360,571, with 11.05 billion euros (£8.72 billion) paid in wages.
The stats were released in the annual European Economic Contribution Report from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which also found that Southampton maintained its position as the most popular port in Northern Europe with 1.75 million passengers using it in the year.
Speaking about the stats, Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of CLIA Europe and Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, said: “The cruise industry continues to make significant contributions to Europe’s economic recovery.
“The impact is clear. More Europeans are choosing a cruise holiday, more cruise passengers are choosing Europe as a destination, and more cruise ships are being built in European shipyards. This translates into great economic benefits for the entire continent, including coastal areas that were hit disproportionately hard by the economic downturn.”
In other news, it was also recently revealed that the number of foreign trips made by Brits increased last year by 9.4 per cent to reach 65.7 million.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics also showed that total spend grew by 9.8 per cent in 2015 to £3.5 billion.
By Owen Mckeon
Communication tops the list of reasons to leave job
Forget about wage hikes, extra holidays or flexible working hours, the main thing that will convince employees to stay in their job is better communication from their managers, according to a new report.
Just under half (47 per cent) of all UK employees said that the lack of communication was their biggest motivation for looking for a new job.
The surprising stats were revealed in a new survey of 1,000 workers across the country by Peninsula, which found that many employees thought their managers did not provide clear objectives or offer them a chance to voice their opinion.
The survey also revealed that 41 per cent of workers want to be given more opportunities to develop within the company, while 62 per cent of those aged between 45 and 60 years old say they feel like they are being left behind at work compared to only 21 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds.
Many workers (36 per cent) also said they wanted to have increased opportunities for flexible working, with two thirds (67 per cent) of women stating they would like to have more chance to balance their job with their family.
Speaking about the stats, Alan Price, Senior Director at Peninsula, said that the recent introduction of the National Living Wage and the uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum meant that it had “never been more crucial” to keep employees engaged at work.
He said: “It surprises me that more employers aren’t focussed on developing their staff. Recruiting the right candidates can take a considerable amount of time and money, so it only makes sense to ensure that you are doing what you can to enhance your employees’ skills.”
Separate stats released earlier this year found that 28 per cent of employees plan to find a new job within the next year despite currently being satisfied with their role.
The Mercer survey also found that 90 per cent of companies forecast an increase in competition to recruit the best candidates in the future.
By Owen Mckeon
Scarborough and Blackpool named in top 5 most popular UK locations
Domestic tourists are more interested in visiting the North Yorkshire coast than travelling to the likes of Manchester, Liverpool or Bath, according to new stats.
Over the past three years, the Borough of Scarborough was the most visited location outside of London, with 1.4 million trips being made to the likes of Filey, Whitby and parts of the North York Moors National Park each year.
A total of £294,000 was spent in the area each year between 2013 and 2015, which helped to support many local travel jobs.
The figures, which were compiled by VisitEngland, found that London was the most visited location with a total of 3.7 million people travelling to the capital each year.
Celebrating the stats, Janet Deacon, Scarborough Borough Council Tourism Manager and Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with these recent figures, which show that we’re really punching above our weight when it comes to attracting visitors to our wonderful borough.
“We never rest on our laurels and are continually exploring new ways to attract more visitors, including a diverse and exciting calendar of events, investment in new technology for providing the very best in visitor information and supporting our tourism partners to go from strength to strength.”
Taking third place was Blackpool, which was a destination for 1.1 million trips per year and generated income of £240,000 in tourist spend.
Manchester came fourth, with York fifth, Birmingham sixth, Liverpool seventh, Skegness eight, Torbay ninth and the New Forest in tenth.
Completing the top 20 were Newquay, Bournemouth, Leeds, Harrogate, Bath, Windermere, Brighton, Great Yarmouth, Weymouth and Nottingham.
Separate figures from the Office for National Statistics also showed that Brits are equally happy to travel outside of the UK with the total number of foreign trips increasing again last year.
A total of 65.7 million overseas breaks were made by Brits in 2015, which was 9.4 per cent ahead of the level set in 2014.
By Owen Mckeon
UK travel figures reach record high
The number of Brits travelling around the world rose again last year despite concerns about terrorist attacks.
In total, 65.7 million foreign trips were made by Brits last year, which was up by 9.4 per cent compared to 2014, while total spend grew by 9.8 per cent over the same period to £3.5 billion.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics also showed that while the number of people travelling abroad for business increased annually by only 5.8 per cent, the amount that they spent jumped by 30.2 per cent.
Once again, Spain was the most popular destination for Brits with 13 million people travelling to the country (up 6.1 per cent from 2014), which accounted for 19.8 per cent of all foreign visits.
Also proving popular was France (8.8 million visits), while Italy, the Republic of Ireland and the United States all had around 3.5 million visits from UK residents in 2015.
Speaking about the stats, a spokesperson for Abta, said: “These figures demonstrate the resilience of UK travellers, and show the vital economic importance of travel to the UK economy.
“The 9.4 per cent growth recorded in overseas holidays during the year is the largest annual rise in nearly twenty years, and spending on holidays exceeded pre-crisis levels for the first time since the recession.”
In terms of inbound tourism, there was reason to think that more UK travel jobs may soon need to be created after 36.1 million people visited in 2015 – an increase of 5.1 per cent from the previous year.
This was the fifth consecutive year of increases and is the highest figure since records began in 1961.
The amount spent in the UK by foreign travellers also rose to a record high of £22.1 billion, which was up one per cent, or £0.2 billion, annually.
France once again topped the list of inbound countries with a total of 4.2 million travellers, while visits from the USA increased by 9.7 per cent to 3.3 million and there was a 0.9 per cent increase from German residents to reach a total of 3.2 million.
Inevitably, London was the most visited city in the UK with 18.6 million people travelling to the English capital, followed by Edinburgh (1.54 million), Manchester (1.15 million), Birmingham (1.11 million) and Glasgow (662,000).
By Owen Mckeon
Temps lead the way in jobs market
Many companies across the UK are increasingly looking to take on temporary staff rather than permanent employees, according to new stats.
Possibly in anticipation of the fallout of the Brexit vote this summer, the latest Markit / REC Report on Jobs has found a slowdown in the number of businesses filling permanent jobs in April.
Despite this, the number of placements still rose, but the growth rate was the slowest seen since last September. Companies also cut back on the number of permanent jobs that they made available in the month, with growth dipping to its lowest level since May 2013.
Conversely, temp billings rose at their fastest rate in 13 months, while new temp vacancies also increased.
Candidate numbers fell again in April, although the rate of decline was the slowest since January 2014 for permanent positions and since September 2013 for temp roles.
In terms of salaries, there was good news for workers with the average starting wage rising again for permanent roles, while temp pay jumped at its fastest rate in almost nine years, due largely to the introduction of the new National Living Wage.
Speaking about the report, Kevin Green, Chief Executive at the REC, said: “The UK labour market is going through an unsettled patch, with uncertainty around a possible Brexit and the impact of the National Living Wage changing employer behaviour with a switch from permanent to temporary hiring.
“Employers are turning to temps and contractors to provide a flexible resource, as a way of hedging any possible change to the UK’s relationship with Europe, and the implications this would have for the economy.”
Elsewhere, research from Mercer found that more than a quarter (28 per cent) of all workers across the UK plan to look for a new job within the next year despite currently being satisfied with their role.
The stats also found that nine in ten companies think competition for the best candidates will get tougher this year, although 70 per cent state they are confident that that they will be able to internally fill their most important vacancies.
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Holiday confidence shows “encouraging” signs for summer
The majority of Brits are still likely to take a holiday this year despite concerns about the threat of terrorism.
More than half of all Britons (56 per cent) taking part in the online survey said they plan to travel overseas on holiday this year, with 52 per cent having already booked their first trip.
Of the holidaymakers who expect to have at least two holidays this year, a third have already finalised their second trip, compared to 28 per cent at the same stage of 2015.
The Holiday Confidence Index from First Rate Exchange Services also found that 57 per cent of people are unlikely to change their holiday plans this summer, which is up by ten per cent compared to last winter and by five per cent compared to last spring.
Fears about the economy and uncertainty regarding the UK’s future in Europe also don’t appear to be having a big impact on Brits’ travel plans, with 66 per cent of holidaymakers expecting to head to the Eurozone for their first holiday in 2016, which is an increase from last year.
The figures were described as being “encouraging” by Alistair Rennie, Head of Strategy and Innovation at First Rate Exchange Services.
He said: “Not only have well over half of our survey sample confirmed that they will be travelling abroad, but this group is far more confident about the economy and their own personal finances. Nor will they let the falling value of sterling or the threat of terrorism put them off. This is encouraging news for the travel industry in uncertain times.”
As well as the travel market becoming busier over the next few months, the jobs market also looks set for a boost, with new figures showing that 28 per cent of workers are planning to look for a new role in the next 12 months.
The 2016 Global Talent Trends Study from Mercer also found that 90 per cent of companies expect competition to secure the best candidates to heat up in the near future.
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Quarter of employees to begin job search this year
The recruitment market looks set to become a whole lot busier in the next few months, with more than a quarter of all employees saying they will search for a new job within the next year.
In total, 28 per cent of workers plan to find a new role within the next 12 months even though they are currently satisfied with their position.
The scale of potential departures could cause concern for the 70 per cent of companies who are confident that they can internally fill any of their critical job vacancies.
The stats come from the 2016 Global Talent Trends Study from Mercer, which also found that 90 per cent of businesses expect competition for the best candidates to increase, with more than a third expecting the rise to be significant.
In addition, 73 per cent of companies are working to make their leadership team more diverse, while a huge 85 per cent think their talent management programmes and policies need an overhaul.
In Europe, only 51 per cent of workers say their leaders are planning new development programmes, while just 53 per cent of companies in Europe expect to improve their management programmes this year, compared to 57 per cent of businesses globally.
Speaking about the survey, Christopher Johnson, Senior Partner and EuroPac Region Talent Business Leader for Mercer, said: “Competition for the right talent is just as intense in Europe as it is globally. As well as competing for talent, employers need to nurture the talent in their organisations.”
He added: “Employees in Europe are more likely to stay with their current employer even though dissatisfied with their employment situation. To maintain that loyalty, it is critical European employers lift their game through transparent career opportunities and quality line management; unless they do so they’ll not compete for talent successfully.”
By Owen Mckeon
Half of UK companies allow home working
Half of all companies in the UK now allow their staff to have flexibility and perform their job from home, according to new stats.
However, this still means that the UK lags behind many other countries when it comes to offering remote working.
Overall, the study from Steelcase, which quizzed more than 12,000 employees in 17 countries, found that 56 per cent of companies across the world now provide flexible working options for staff.
Around a quarter of all Brits (24 per cent) currently work remotely at least once a week, with nine per cent doing so every day, while 17 per cent are classed as ‘nomadic workers’ or those who spend less than 40 per cent of their working hours in the office.
Analysing the report, Bostjan Ljubic, Vice President of Steelcase in the UK and Ireland, said: “Our research has shown that the most engaged workers are those who have more control over their work experience, including the ability to work in the office, at home, or elsewhere depending on their task, personality and work style.”
The study also found that technology could be holding some Brits back from working remotely, as only 39 per cent are given a laptop by their employer compared to 77 per cent who have a desktop computer. In addition, 38 per cent have a work mobile phone, compared to 91 per cent who have an office landline.
In other news, the latest Report on Jobs from Markit and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that the number of permanent job placements increased in February at its fastest rate in the past three months.
There was also an increase in temp placements, while the number of new job vacancies rose at its strongest pace in six months. Less positively, there was a further reduction in the amount of candidates searching for a new job in the month.
By Owen Mckeon
Job placements rise further in February
The number of permanent job placements has risen at its fastest rate in three months, according to new stats.
The latest Report on Jobs from Markit and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) also found an increase in temp billings in February, although this was at the same rate as in January.
The number of job vacancies continued to rise by jumping at its quickest rate for the past six months, with permanent roles outstripping temporary positions.
However, candidate numbers fell again in February, although the rate of decline was the slowest in at least the last two years.
In terms of salaries, permanent positions saw wages rise at their fastest pace for three months, while temp pay growth eased to its lowest point in 33 months.
Finally, the Midlands led the way in terms of both permanent and temporary placements, while the slowest growth was reported in London and the South, respectively.
Speaking about the month’s figures, Kevin Green, REC’s Chief Executive, said: “The UK labour market is at a critical juncture. Permanent hiring improved last month, demand for staff remains strong, and pay is going in the right direction – but serious threats are looming just around the corner.
“Next week the Chancellor will announce his plans for the coming financial year, at a time when recruiters across the country are reporting serious skills shortages alongside buoyant jobs growth. Now is not the time to put up additional hurdles that could throw the jobs-rich recovery off course.”
He added that the uncertainty around June’s EU referendum could also affect the jobs market and therefore it is “vital” to have an informed debate about its likely impact on recruitment.
In other job news, a recent report from YouGov and Capgemini UK suggested that some young Brits could be missing out on their dream job because they lack digital skills. A survey of employers across the UK found that 47 per cent of people in charge of hiring decisions thought that while 16 to 25 year-olds are generally digital savvy, many are also unaware of how to use these skills at work.
By Owen Mckeon
Brits missing out on dream jobs due to lack of digital skills
Some young Brits could be missing out on securing their ideal job due to a lack of adequate digital skills, it has been claimed.
According to a survey of 1,000 employers by YouGov and Capgemini UK, 47 per cent of senior decision makers thought that while the UK’s 16 to 25 year-olds are very digitally savvy, they are not aware of how to use these skills in the workplace.
Perhaps more importantly, 18 per cent of businesses thought that young people do not have the skills needed to find a job at their company, with the figure rising to 37 per cent in the IT industry and 20 per cent in media, marketing, advertising, PR and sales.
The list of companies’ most desired digital skills was topped by the ability for candidates to use the internet for work purposes (87 per cent) followed by staying safe online (87 per cent) and creating digital content (84 per cent), while being able to protect personal and work information was anticipated to be the most in demand skill in five years’ time.
The report also found that 84 per cent of interviewees thought that digital literacy was important in their place of business, while it was suggested that young people need to develop strong digital communication skills, be able to design software, develop apps and understand the cloud.
Speaking about the findings, Alex Smith-Bingham, Head of Digital at Capgemini UK, said: “Young people have grown up with technology at their fingertips but clearly there is more work to do to develop the digital skills that are required in the workplace.
“Our research highlights that being adept with social media and consumer technology is simply not enough if the UK is to compete in the global digital economy.”
He added that there was now an opportunity for the business community to support the education system and ensure that future generations are sufficiently digital aware.
By Owen Mckeon
Luton Airport expansion to create thousands of travel jobs
Work has begun to redevelop London Luton Airport (LLA) as part of a project that is set to create thousands of new travel jobs over the coming years.
In total, 10,000 new jobs in travel are estimated to be made available by 2030, with the airport also due to add £1 billion to the UK economy by the end of the next decade.
The £110 million project is designed to ease the demand for air travel in London, the South East and the Midlands, with the airport’s annual capacity forecast to increase by 50 per cent from 12 million to 18 million passengers per year by 2020.
The beginning of the redevelopment was witnessed by the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP, who said: “The transformation of London Luton Airport is adding to the UK’s reputation for world class aviation infrastructure. Not only will its development help to meet demand for aviation but will also create thousands of jobs.”
As well as the increased capacity, the expansion will include a complete redesign of the terminal, a doubling of the retail space, a new £1 million executive lounge, a multi-storey car park with 1,700 spaces, extra security search capacity and improved transport links.
The airport is also set to introduce more frequent services to popular destinations, as well as new routes to the likes of Dubai, Cancun and Orlando.
As well as the travel jobs being created at Luton, other new roles are also set to be made available all over the UK in the coming months after the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) claimed there is a “rosy” outlook for the recruitment market in 2016.
Its research found that 86 per cent of employers plan to take on more staff in the next three months, with 78 per cent expecting to create new positions in the medium term.
By Owen Mckeon
“Rosy” outlook for jobs market in 2016
Job seekers are set to have a wide range of roles to apply for in the New Year, with a new report predicting that the outlook is “rosy” for the recruitment market.
The vast majority of employers (82 per cent) think that economic conditions are improving and 43 per cent say they will approach future hiring decisions with greater confidence, meaning many new jobs are set to be created across the country.
In fact, 86 per cent of employers expect to take on more staff in the next three months, while 78 per cent say that they expect to focus on creating new jobs in the medium term.
The report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) also found that 2015 was a positive year for recruitment, with only five per cent of businesses saying they had made redundancies in the final three months of the year, compared to nine per cent who said the same thing at the end of 2014.
Speaking about the stats, Tom Hadley, Director of Policy at the REC, said: “2015 has been a vintage year for the labour market. Employers are confident, hiring has been steady and pay has increased for many people as the benefits of economic growth filter through.
“The outlook for 2016 is similarly rosy, with many private sector businesses seeking to build upon a successful year by expanding their capacity to take on more work, and also by improving productivity. This should mean even more opportunities for people with the right skills.”
However, he added that some companies could struggle to fill their new roles due to the ongoing skills shortages and the introduction of the new National Living Wage.
In other news, more than 2,500 travel jobs are set to be on offer at Manchester Airport in the New Year as the base hosts a job fair. The airport already employs 21,500 people on site and supports an additional 45,000 across the region.
By Owen Mckeon
Manchester Airport to offer 2,500 travel jobs
It looks set to be a very happy New Year for job seekers in the North, as Manchester Airport has announced that it will host a jobs fair with thousands of new travel jobs.
More than 2,500 roles will be on offer at the base, which already employs 21,500 people on site and supports a further 45,000 across the North West.
The new positions will be showcased at a jobs fair at the airport’s Runway Visitor Park in January which will see 26 employers offering various roles including Check-in, Baggage Handling, Cabin Crew, Drivers, Receptionists and Security.
The move comes as a result of the airport seeing strong growth in recent months, with November setting a new record of 23 million people using the location.
Speaking about the plans, Ken O’Toole, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are delighted that 2,500 jobs will be available across the airport site at the jobs fair in January 2016.
“Not only will these roles directly feed into, and increase, the 21,500 positions currently across the airport site, but they will also plug into the wider 45,000 jobs the airport indirectly supports across the region.”
Also pushing ahead with their travel recruitment plans is Barrhead Travel which intends to create 100 new positions in the near future.
From the New Year, the Glasgow-based company is set to invest around £200,000 in new staff who will be based in its stores across Scotland.
The business has already opened new branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle in the past year, meaning it now employs 850 people in 56 locations.
It will now look to fill the new travel jobs with staff that have experience in sales, customer services, marketing or administration.
The company said that it has seen positive sales this year with long-haul travel demand increasing by 22 per cent, while cruise bookings for 2016 are already up by 17 per cent.
By Owen Mckeon
Barrhead to create 100 new travel jobs
Various new jobs in travel are set to be created across Scotland in the New Year as part of Barrhead Travel’s plans to expand.
The Glasgow-based company has announced that it will invest around £200,000 in new staff by creating 100 travel job vacancies across its stores.
The news comes as a result of the firm experiencing strong growth this year, with demand for long-haul travel rising by 22 per cent and activity at its foreign currency exchange business increasing by 33 per cent. Its cruise bookings for 2016 are said to already be up by 17 per cent.
New stores have been opened in the past year in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, meaning the company now operates in 56 locations and employs 850 people, while it is now looking to take on extra staff with experience in sales, customer service, administration and marketing.
Speaking about the plans, Sharon Munro, Chief Executive at Barrhead Travel, said: “As we grow our store footprint in key locations throughout the country, we are also making moves to strengthen the depth of our specialist travel teams to ensure that we meet our commitment of delivering the best and most comprehensive travel experience to our customers.
“We can only do this by attracting, retaining and growing the best people in the industry, however.”
The extra roles will form a small part of the 387,500 new UK travel jobs which have been forecast to be created over the next ten years.
The estimate was made by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) which said that the number of people directly employed by the industry in the UK will increase by 2.1 per cent from 1,892,500 last year to 1,932,500 in 2015 and then rise to 2,280,000 within the next decade.
Worldwide, the number of travel jobs is set to rise from 284 million this year to 355 million by 2025.
By Owen Mckeon