Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news which caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.
Newcastle filmmakers focus on disabled job hunt
Young filmmakers in Newcastle have showcased their latest work centering around employment for disabled people. The Beacon Hill Art Centre showed The Devil of Jobs, The Apprenta-ship, The Interview Saga and Don’t Make Me Angry, which were aimed at educating and entertaining the audience.
UK Job centres to see digital revamp
Job centres across the UK will see government-funded changes including electronic pads that recognise signatures, new PC stations and free wifi. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which runs the job centres, estimates that installing the computers will save over £2m per year.
Egg-freezing for female staff will not work in the UK
Tech giants Apple and Facebook have announced initial plans to offer egg-freezing to female employees as a benefits option, allowing them to hold off starting a family until later in life. Experts in the UK have warned that due to the fierce war of talent in London, such strategies would never be adopted over here.
More women in work than ever before!
George Osborne has announced that 67% of the female population of working age are now in jobs, the highest figure ever recorded in this country. There are now 14.4m women in the workforce, and government plans aim to bring a further 450,000 in the near future.
Crystal Umbrella - online services for the freelance and contracting community has reported on CV-Library‘s most recent job market findings. Read the article about London’s massive post-summer hike on employment opportunities here.
Strongest growth in 6 years for car manufacturing
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced that the UK car manufacturing industry is in the midst of its strongest run of growth in 6 years. Over 1.1 million cars were produced in the UK in the first nine months of this year alone, with that figure set to increase over the winter months.
A quarter of Homebase stores to close
DIY store chain Homebase is to close a quarter of its stores over the next three years, potentially affecting thousands of jobs. The chain currently employs more then 17,000 people.
And some news from across the pond…
Starbucks has joined forces with the mayor of Baltimore City, Maryland, to address employment amongst the local youth. The coffee chain will host employment events whilst also offering recruitment opportunities of their own.