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09/08/2017 - 15:44

As a small business you will of course be focused on winning new business and developing client relationships, however, paying attention to staffing and ensuring you have the right back office support will be time well spent now and will pay off as your business begins to grow.

Read Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason's views on the importance of quality back office support to a thriving business:


19/07/2017 - 16:18
12/07/2017 - 14:19

The skills shortage in the UK is becoming a worrying statistic for many employers who have hit a brick wall trying to find workers with the required skills.

Many companies are now paying “well above market rate” in order to attract those reluctant to leave their current employer.

“Some 56% of the firms surveyed said they had had to increase the salary on an advertised role to get the skills the needed over the past year.

For small and medium-sized firms, the average increase was £4,150.00, while for larger firms it was £5,575.00, according to the survey.”

A huge factor of the increasing skills gap is the uncertainty of Brexit and the affect this will have on the economy. As a result this has caused many EU nationals to become more wary of moving across. The lack of clarity over the imminent change in immigration rules is the main factor of the sharp decrease of EU workers in the UK over the last three months.

Steve Hill, The Open University’s external engagement director, is urging companies to review their recruitment and staff development programs:

“Now faced with a shrinking talent pool, exacerbated by the uncertainties of Brexit, it is more important that employers invest in developing their workforce”

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05/07/2017 - 10:03

It’s no secret that software developers are in high demand around the world. The digital skills crisis has meant that good developers are not only hard to find, but often have the luxury of choosing from more than one job offer. 

So what makes a 'good developer'? As an IT recruiter, Cathcart Associates knows the skills employers that look for in a web developer.

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20/06/2017 - 16:50

With the recent election and the uncertainty of Brexit, it would be natural for the outlook of employment in Scotland to look grim.

However this is certainly not seen to be the case as Scotland identifies a rise in both permanent and temporary opportunities. With the demand for staff increasing amongst various sectors including banking and finance, Scotland have a very optimistic view on the economy and employment front.

“Scotland’s jobs optimism increased by 5 points since the first quarter, with those looking to hire staff outweighing those looking to shed jobs by a balance of +2.”

With this in mind, it is important to still remain cautious as fears grow over the consequences of a hard Brexit. “The simple truth is that some sectors will stall without skilled workers from overseas, which would result in the UK economy entering a tailspin.”

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