The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 05/12/2014

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news that caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

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What does the Autumn Statement mean for the job market?


The Autumn Statement: interesting, but a lot of information to digest! That’s why we’ve broken down the main points regarding employment and the job market, along with the trends we can expect to see over the coming years.


According to the recently published Autumn Statement 2014, the UK will see cuts of up to 1 million public sector jobs.

In his statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne estimated that public finance spending cuts will result in the loss of over 1 million state-employed and government positions over the next five years.

However, the good news is that – as recent statistics have suggested – total unemployment will continue to fall, with more people in employment across the country than at any point in recent years.

It is estimated that our economy will create nearly 1.8 million private sector jobs in the years leading up to 2020. So, more job opportunities will be available within corporations, partnerships and charities.

Those inclined will find it easier to continue studying, too, with the introduction of post-graduate loans. So, graduates will have the additional option to improve their skills and experience within their chosen area before entering the job market.

Osborne has summarised that there has been clear evidence that the UK’s “long-term economic plan is working.”

Visit CV-Library to search for your next job.

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The easy way to post jobs online and get more candidates (here’s how!)


Posting your jobs online can often be time-consuming. For busy hiring managers and recruiters – this can be precious time you just don’t have. At CV-Library, we’ve put together a guide to help you through the tricky process of writing a great job advert, and getting your vacancy online in front of our 8 million UK candidates.


Step One – The Basics

Once you’re logged into our site, we only need a minimal amount of information to get your newest vacancy up, running, and in front of the nation’s job hunters. Fill in our easy-to-navigate ‘Post a Job’ form, using the prompts and tips to guide you. What you’ll need to tell us:

  • Job Title
  • Job Type
  • Main industry
  • Location
  • Salary
  • A reference number or name you’ll recognise when we send you candidates by email!


Step Two – The Job Description

As well as relaying the correct qualification information so that you attract the most relevant candidates, you will also need to write a compelling job description that draws people in. Our top tips for writing a successful job advert are as follows:

  • Use popular industry keywords to maximise the chances of candidates seeing your vacancy when they search the job board.
  • Include role responsibilities, what kind of skills you’re looking for, and what the right candidate will get out of the role.
  • Differentiate between your ‘must-have’ and ‘desirable’ requirements.
  • Explain a little about the work environment and team structure.
  • Keep things succinct and to the point, including the most important points towards the top of the job post – aim to keep readers engaged.
  • Focus on the positive, but don’t paint a biased picture of the role – be honest.
  • Include the benefits and perks of the job!
  • Double check your spelling, especially where industry terminology is involved.


Step Three – The Finishing Touches

Once you’ve filled in the vacancy details, CV-Library lets you decide whether you’d like to share your advert across social media. Linking your accounts and setting up one-click job posting on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter is easy.

And, if you want to save your advert for later, you can save it as a template to view or amend later – a feature which is particularly helpful if you will be posting a similar job in the future.

Finally – if you would like to see our pick of the most relevant candidates as soon as possible, we can email you up to 10 matching CVs within moments of your vacancy going live.


Follow these guidelines to ensure job posting success! Visit CV-Library to learn more about getting your job vacancies in front of the largest pool of UK talent. If you’re a current client and would like to view a step-by-step ‘how to’ for publishing your next vacancy, log in to view our Client Help Centre.

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The Past, Present and Future of CV-Library


CV-Library is planning a stunning new upgrade to our current site. Our main aim is to improve candidate and client experience, making the site modern and user friendly.

past-present-future-newsletter-250Exciting times ahead for CV-Library – we’re currently in the process of developing a new look version of our award-winning website! Here’s a sneak peek:

The CV-Library candidate and client base is constantly growing, along with our team of CV-Librarians! Our Design and Development Teams have been working hard to come up with a new design which will not only look and feel fantastic, but make site interactions easier and more intuitive.

We will keep you updated with our progress, and let you know when to expect any changes.

If you’re interested in viewing the past incarnations of CV-Library – dating all the way back to 2001 – visit our internet archive on Wayback Machine!

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UK Job Search Survey Results – What Our Data Says About You!

100,000 CV-Library users were asked to take part in a job seeker survey. The findings reveal a few home truths about UK employment and recruitment.


In November, CV-Library approached 100,000 recent users and asked them to complete a short survey about their job hunting habits and attitudes towards employment. In return for your opinions, we offered participants the chance to win one of ten £25 Amazon vouchers – especially handy with Christmas coming up! If you were one of the lucky winners – congratulations!
The results of the job search survey were candid, insightful and often rather surprising! Here are some of the observations we gained about the nation’s job hunt:

Job satisfaction is more important than job security to the majority of job seekers.
Finding a job which provides excitement and challenges is more important to current job seekers than one which provides stability and security, according to our survey. More than 65% valued excitement of the work over security of the job, and if you thought that job satisfaction was the preserve of the younger generations determined to work in modern, hi-tech environments, it is in fact the older candidates (50+) who proportionally valued satisfaction over security.

Sir Richard Branson tops the list of most inspiring business leader.
One of the questions asked was which business leader or innovator they most admired. The results brought many household names to the fore, but Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson’s charm, charisma and business success resulted in him being voted top by more than twice the number of candidates, both male and female. Other top business personalities who featured highly were Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and James Dyson. Karen Brady and Victoria Beckham were the leading female leaders and Mark Zuckerberg performed strongly amongst the younger (more social savvy) audience.

Majority of job seekers would study something different if they had a second chance at school or college.
The study showed that the majority of job seekers across all age groups and geographical locations would study something different if they had a second chance at school or college. In some age categories, as little as 9.6% of those looking for a new job are content with the choices they made at school – a sad indictment of how the careers advice received at a young age might be failing those at a time when they need it most. The most alarming statistic is that 78.8% of 16-21 year olds would ‘maybe’ or definitely study something else if given the choice, in many cases just months after finishing their A-Levels, NVQs or degrees.

Those under the age of 30 are far more likely to be accepting of being emailed outside of work hours when compared with their parents.
A recent ruling in Germany has declared it illegal for employers to contact their staff by email outside of the working hours – meaning no more late night discussions or demands for presentations to be on the desk first thing in the morning. In the UK, however, it is common to receive emails from tireless management staff, and often the expectation is to respond, leading to a permanently connected work-life and inability to disconnect from your work – one of the reasons that the German government has made the ruling. Our survey revealed a clear trend – younger generations are more accepting of being permanently connected to their workplace; with nearly 80% of those aged 16-21 not minding about being emailed outside of work hours, compared to only 49% of those over the age of 50.

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 28/11/2014

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.

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Movember at CV-Library: Part Three

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It’s the end of Movember and Barney the Owl has finished growing his moustache for charity. What do you think? We’ve been supporting The Movember Foundation, a worldwide organisation which raises awareness and money for men’s health issues.

Get in touch to let us know how much you raised, and we may feature you in a future blog!

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Dress to Impress at Interview with T.M.Lewin’s Giveaway


According to new research, it really pays to dress smart at the office and we agree. Our friends at T.M Lewin have been creating stylish, high quality business wear for the professional working man and women since 1898, and continue to innovate their shirts and suits offering to fit with changes in modern fashion today.

If you’re attending an interview, looking smart can be even more crucial – It is claimed that one of the biggest mistakes in interviews was wearing inappropriate interview attire, with 75% of Millennials doing so. To help, here are some of T.M Lewin’s top tips for dressing to impress at interviews:

For men – Darker men’s suits always look good so choose a black, grey or blue suit in regular or slim-fit. Pair this with black or brown leather shoes and a plain shirt and tie. Avoid patterns, as this can be a distraction to the interviewer. A plain, crisp, white shirt can often be the most impressive.
For women – Choose a well-fitting trouser or skirt suit. To be safe, opt for plain, dark colours, but with a lighter coloured blouse.

To make it even easier for you to look stylish for an interview, T.M.Lewin are giving you the chance to WIN a voucher worth £200 which you can spend online or in one of over 100 UK stores. It’s perfect for buying an impressive slim-fit suit, or a crisp white shirt, so that a fashion fax pas won’t get in the way of you securing that job.

To enter this exciting competition, simply answer the following question between 1st December 2014 and midnight on January 31st 2015: When did T.M.Lewin first start making suits?




Email us to submit your answer – the winner will be announced within 7 days of competition close.

Terms and Conditions
The CV-Library and T.M.Lewin competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. One winner will be chosen on or soon after the closing date.
The competition is not open to employees of T.M.Lewin or CV-Library Ltd (or members of their immediate families).
Only one entry per person.
The competition will run from 00:01 1st December 2014 until 23:59 GMT on 31st January 2015. Please ensure we receive your entry within this time, any entry received outside of this period will be discounted.
If you win the competition, we will notify you within 7 days of the closing date, using the email address provided during entry. Information regarding redeeming your prize will be included in this correspondence. The winner will also be announced on the CV-Library blog.
The prize will not be transferable to another person.
Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
There is no cash alternative available.
T.M.Lewin and CV-Library reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 21/11/14

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.

London Christmas retailers expect bumper sales

It’s that time of year again, when the nation prepares for Christmas by spending increased amounts of money in the capital’s streets. This year, reports suggest that middle class Chinese shoppers and the UKs higher classes will contribute to almost £1bn in festive spending, an increase of 8% on last year.

UK grocery sales enter decline

For the first time in 20 years, the UK grocery market has seen a decline in profits. A report from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel has assessed the drop in profits to price wards between large supermarkets and the falling cost of groceries.

Household appliance firm to create hundreds of West Midlands jobs

Vorkwerk – a global household appliance developer plans to create up to 250 jobs after opening a new branch in Balsall Common. The 1,500 square foot office has begun training newly recruited candidates already, with further job opportunities to be coming available in the future months.

cv library in the newsCV-Library celebrated recruitment award success at the NORAs – picking up the insitutions first Academy Award for exceptional industry contribution. Read the full story from Onrec here:

Royal Mail reports profit drop in face of competitors

Royal Mail has recently reported a marginal drop in profits, due to competitive businesses eating into their parcel delivery business. Shares dropped by over 8% following the news.

Aldi to create 35,000 new jobs

The next 8 years will see a massive UK expansion for Aldi, with plans to create up to 35,000 new jobs across the country. Watch this space for head office and retail opportunities following a £600million investment.

And some news from across the pond…

Philadelphia City Council is looking to push job opportunities for local veterans, in a bid to see this sector of the population enjoy meaningful employment. The Council is pushing for tax breaks along with more job opportunities from local companies.

see you next week

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Movember at CV-Library: Part Two

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We’re more than halfway through Movember, and Barney the owl is doing well in his quest to raise awareness for men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health.

There’s still time to get involved with the global charity organisation The Movember Foundation – sign up or donate today!

Thanks to all who have sent in photos of your Movember endeavours! Get in touch to be featured in next week’s blog and make sure to check back to see Barney’s moustache in its full glory!

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