Skills shortages

‘Don’t fund level 6 and 7 apprenticeships’ say learning providers

Training providers have called on the government to remove the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of funding...

Government extends group of occupations exempt from £30,000 visa threshold

11 Mar 2019

The government has announced an extension to the number of professions that will be exempt from the proposed £30,000 minimum...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

UK must act to boost skills or face ‘perfect storm’ of decline

11 Mar 2019

Cuts in public funding for adult skills and falling employer investment has led to the UK's skills base lagging behind that of comparable countries.

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Young women students in robotics

Amazon unveils strategy to increase women in STEM roles

7 Mar 2019

Amazon launches plans to boost women in tech roles across its UK business, as research offers fresh insights on women's experiences of the innovation economy

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Report proposes new visas to tackle tech skills gaps

4 Mar 2019

The government should create a new class of visas specifically for technology firms “with the most growth potential” to help...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Post-Brexit £30,000 immigration salary threshold will be ‘disastrous’

28 Feb 2019

The government's proposed salary threshold for EU migrants will “decimate” the UK's manufacturing base, says industry body.

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Latest migration trends ignite business Brexit fears

28 Feb 2019

EU net migration has fallen to a level last seen in 2009, with more people from eastern and central Europe leaving the UK than arriving, new figures reveal.

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

UK needs national skills policy to address productivity failures

27 Feb 2019

The UK needs to develop a national skills policy if it is to tackle its productivity problems, according to a...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Employer confidence in economy at three-year low

27 Feb 2019

Employers’ confidence in the UK economic prospects hit a three-year low last month, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

L&D budgets grow to facilitate future skills needs

26 Feb 2019

Learning and development teams expect to play a more strategic role in workforce planning this year, with the “decreasing shelf-life...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Do we need to get ‘soft’ on training?

19 Feb 2019

Digital upskilling has been a focus for many employers as they try to keep pace with developments in technology. But...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Pay award expectations at record high

18 Feb 2019

Pay award expectations in the private sector have increased to 2.5% after years where 2% has been the norm, as employers plan to increase salaries to attract talent.

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

NHS culture is ‘dysfunctional’ says chairman

15 Feb 2019

In a stinging attack on 25 years of healthcare policy, Lord David Prior, chairman of NHS England, has described the inherent dysfunctionality of the NHS, saying that it needs to “recapture its vocational engaged spirit”.

Continue Reading Comments { 1 }
Software developers

Tech sector has most ‘hard-to-fill’ jobs

5 Feb 2019

Six of the 10 jobs with the highest proportion of hard-to-fill vacancies are in the tech and systems sector.
An...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Leave to Remain required for EU citizens arriving after a no-deal Brexit

29 Jan 2019

EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to work after 29 March 2019 under a no-deal Brexit, but...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }