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Workers on a zero-hours contract as their man job stood at 801,000 at the end of 2015, which is up by 104,000 from the year before the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Since the ONS began monitoring the number of zero-hours contracts, this is the highest report and means that 2.5% of the employed UK workforce is on this type of contract.

In November, there were around 1.7 million contracts that did not guarantee a minimum number of working hours, which means that workers may have had more than one zero-hours contract.

Seasonal factors could have affected the previous estimate but the ONS said they should not be directly compared. Workers on zero-hours contracts were likely to be young people, part-time workers and students in full-time education opposed to other people in employment.

The ONS has also said that those on the contract, on average, worked 26 hours a week but a third of those wanted to work longer in their current job, rather than more hours in a different job. Only 10% of people in other types of jobs wanted more hours.uk employment

Aldi is to hire 5,000 more staff in the UK alone this year and has announced plans to open 80 new stores.

After this expansion, the discount supermarket will have 700 stores and more than 32,000 employees in the UK.

The discounter is the UK’s sixth-biggest supermarket, owning 5.6% of the market share in the 12 months to January, according to analysts at Kantar Worldpanel. As well as this, the company has doubled its market share in the last three years.

Due to the discounted supermarkets being such a success, the big four supermarkets were pushed into a price war.

Jobs available include managers, stock assistants and store staff. Aldi also now owns more of the market share than Waitrose and Lidl.

Tesco shares rose by 1% on Monday, and Sainsbury’s and Morrisons both added more than 3%.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review and the current state of the economy in the Autumn Statement.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, public finances are set to be £27 billion better off by 2020.

It was revealed that the government is expected to borrow £8 billion less than forecast due to it hoping to secure £10.1 billion budget surplus by 2020.

The statement brings disappointing news for transport, energy, business and the environment as resource budgets will fall by 37%, 22%, 17% and 15% respectively.

In terms of policing in England and Wales, there are not any plans to make any cuts but the government aims for a rise in spending by £900 million by 2020.

From April 2017 there will be a two-child limit on child tax credit claims and the family element of tax credits will be scrapped for new claimants.

Healthcare is vital for any country and so the health budget will rise to £120 billion by 2020-21, which now stands at £101 billion. The NHS in England will receive an upfront cash injection of £3.8 billion next year as part of £8 billion added funding between next year and 2020-21.

The education budget will rise by £10 billion by 2020 and there will be a new 30-hour free childcare subsidy for parents of three and four-year-olds but this will be limited to parents working more than 16 hours each week.

From April 2016, there will be a 3% surcharge on stamp duty for buy-to-let properties and second homes however, there are plans to hand £2.3 billion to private developers to build 400,000 new homes in England.

State pension will rise by £3.35 a week to £119.30 next year and each individual and small business will have their own digital tax account by the end of the decade.

Transportation could be on the mend with capital funding of transport projects set to rise by 50% by 2020 and £250 million to make sure motorways and other roads in Kent are supported.

UK unemployment rose to 1.85 million in the April to June period. This is a rise of 25,000 on the previous quarter.

Despite this rise, over the last 12 months employment levels have continued to be higher with a total of 354,000 more people in work than a year before.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have suggested that earnings growth is slowing but earnings including bonuses rose 2.4% from a year ago. This compares with 3.2% growth in the March to May period.

There was no change from the previous figure in terms of pay, which still stands at 2.8% in the April to June period. This excludes bonuses.

However, the number of EU nationals who moved to the UK to work over the last year has increased by 12%.

The employment rate is the proportion of people aged 16 to 64 who are in work. The rate is now 73.4%, which is an increase of 72.8% from a year ago. In the UK, unemployment was highest in the North East at 8.1% of England and lowest in the South West 4.4%.

Wage growth recently hit a near four-year high and UK unemployment has fallen yet again, official figures show.

Between February and April, the number of people out of work fell by 43,000 to 1.81 million, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In August 2008, the jobless rate was quite low and new figures show that the rate now is steady at 5.5%. This is the lowest it has been since 2008.

In addition to this, wage rises grew at their quickest rate since August 2011 because it rose 2.7%, both including and excluding bonuses. The number of people in work now is significantly higher as there are a total of 31.05 million people with jobs. This is 114,000 more than there were in the previous three-month period.

The new figures show evidence that women who are in work has hit a record high of 68.6%. In turn, the government welcomes the ONS figures.

A sign that interest rates may rise sooner than expected is that the pound rose to a one-month high against the US dollar ($1.57) and therefore, traders believe that wages are rising more quickly than first thought.

However, despite this good news, some economists have warned that strong wage growth might not continue indefinitely because the new figures released on Tuesday had shown that inflation is currently at 0.1%.

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Today is the day where we can promote National Work from Home Day and show the world that going to work doesn’t always have to be as stressful as you’d think. It is a day that shows the benefits of home working for individuals, businesses and the environment.

Work Wise UK celebrates its 10th annual Work Wise Week, which aims to improve work place productivity and raise awareness for the needs of both the employer and the employee.

The campaign was first launched in 2006 with the hope of making the UK one of the most progressive economies in the world. Introducing Smarter Working practices and increasing the UK’s ranking in the Developed Nations Productivity League would accomplish the mission and make working life better for those who feel it could be improved.

Smarter Working comes in a range of forms but the main key drivers that are responsible include the need to improve motivation, retaining experienced staff, supporting equal opportunities, improving productivity as well as a response to meeting recruitment difficulties.

Many employed people struggle to maintain a balance between both their work and personal commitments and so going for a day, or five, at the office can be difficult and, in turn, lower their productivity. Work Wise UK focus their attention on what makes work life a better experience and what plans can be implemented to benefit everyone.

The cultural, economic and social factors are changing the way the working world works and mobility and technology is replacing a tradition 9-5 working pattern. In this case, change is for the better because it gives employees a chance to not only have the confidence to learn new skills but also retain the skills they already have. Outdated practices are slowly becoming something of the past and businesses are increasing implementing a Smarter Working strategy.

Eurozone job growth has seen a sharp rise with companies creating jobs at the quickest pace in four years last month, according to an influential survey.

The survey was created by a research firm called Markit and it found that employment rose for the seventh straight month in May. However, the survey also stated that economic growth in the private sector of the Eurozone lost steam last month.

Markit’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 53.6 in May, which is lower than the result in April, which was 53.9. A figure that is higher than 50 indicates growth and despite the PMI result falling slightly, this is still an overall good result. Job creation increased last month in Germany, France and Spain, according to Markit. As well as this, Spain hit its fastest growth in more than seven years.

Despite this, the survey showed that rates of expansion in other areas appeared to be slowing. Markit’s chief economist, Chris Williamson, added to this and said that the weak euro was boosting manufacturing, however the still-high unemployment in the region continued to limit the spending on goods and services.

Business in Hastings is pleased to announce a new partnership with 1066jobs.com.

As you may have seen on our site we have a new tab at the top of the site which is fittingly called ‘Jobs’. This is now a direct portal to 1066jobs.com ‘s website, making it even easier to find out about local employment opportunities from one place.

1066jobs.com is part of the Love Local Jobs group of job boards which are across the region including Love Eastbourne Jobs.

If you are an employer and are looking to place roles on there then we suggest that you sign up to our monthly newsletter for exclusive job board placement offers (for standard and enhanced listings) that you won’t get anywhere else. So if you are recruiting now or soon then this will save your business money and get your role seen by the best selection of candidates across the region.

We will also do a round up of the best jobs in the area on a regular basis too for those looking to further their careers so perhaps you’re companies job might be featured on the site too.

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There is some debate over whether students’ aspirations meet those that are on the job market. There is great demand over skills for jobs and what graduates expect isn’t always what they will receive. Although salary expectations is on point, with most graduates expecting to earn between £15,000 and £24,999 within the first six months, working life has not proven to be the high road to a great career. Many expect too much when they are fresh out of university but the hard truth is that even after studying for years, there is still a ladder to climb.

Some jobs are too competitive. Take acting for example, the amount of people hoping to make it in this career is high and so having high hopes may end up being a let down. However, this can all depend on how an individual uses their degree to aid their skills.

“I plan to make sure I enter the acting business by putting myself out there and trying my best and putting myself forward for every opportunity available,” said Freya Parr, a student who is attending Falmouth


University in September to study acting. “I’m going to fight. I’m going to get some professional training and then I’m going to delve in head first.”

Getting a job after university can be tough, often it’s hard to understand what all of the money was spent on. Some time ago, tuition fees ceased to exist and after that, they still “only” amounted to £9,000 for three years. Now we pay triple that. Some might ask whether going to university is necessary, the idea of having debts for the rest of your life can be daunting when considering how likely, or unlikely, it is to get a job in your chosen field after graduating. In this day and age, even a degree alone may not be enough to get you your dream job.

Make the right choice

Picking a career choice is hard, some people know instantly what they want to do and others have no idea. There is no point going into a subject at university if you’re unsure about whether it will advance your enthusiasm, especially with the amount of money you will have to pay back at the end. Think about the possible career paths that subjects can have and decide whether they are realistic. Follow your dreams, but don’t go into something that you will not be able to use in employment. If you are passionate about the subject, this will shine through when speaking to employers and will also reflect on how you perform.

Make use of any free time

Depending on the course, university tends to have less contact time than any school or college. Failing that, there is always the summer holidays to make up for it. During this time, consider getting any work experience available. This will stand out to employers and they will want to know more about you than the other 50 people who applied. Work experience shows ambition, it shows that even though you worked hard at university, during your spare time you still breathed the subject you studied. An example of this would be journalism, there are a lot of people wanting to be journalists or wanting to write but being able to show an employer that you have been published or written for other people will show initiative.

Don’t give up

When you’ve finished university and you’re ready to be let loose into the world of business, don’t feel that the first job you have will be the defining one. Everyone has to start from the bottom and works upwards so if you’re not 100% satisfied, don’t feel that there won’t be other opportunities. With UK graduate jobs being highly competitive, it’s easy to feel that you will never reach that point. However, take note of the skills and experience needed for that job and get what you need for it. That way, once your ideas are clear, it will be easier to get the job and there should not be any reason for an employer to turn you down.

Find the right references

Often, making yourself look good can be unnerving but once that part is over, it’s up to your referees to sell you. If an employer is serious about taking you for the job, they are bound to contact people you have chosen to find out more about your work ethic. So make sure you have good relationships with those people and this can definitely tie in with point number 2: if you get the experience and succeed, they will probably be happy to give a reference when you come to get a job. If you’re lucky, those people may even have some contacts for you with job opportunities in your line of work.

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Due to continuing expansion , McPhersons are to recruit three new Client Accounts Seniors. This additional support will allow the team of directors to spend more time in an advisory capacity, helping to add value to their clients’ businesses.mcphersons-logo

Says Ainsley Gill, “Clients no longer expect their accountant to report on what has happened. They want real time information and advice today. Information that will help shape their business, reduce risk and increase profits.”

In addition to the new positions, McPhersons have been joined by Lee Bowden as an Accounts Manager, who brings a wealth of experience helping SMEs of all kinds. Other recent additions include a tax trainee, an accounts trainee and a payroll assistant – all helping to enhance the client experience and maintain a high service quality.