Cautious optimism returning to UK labour market

The REC Confidence Index for March 2011 has produced some new figures which suggest that UK employers are starting to feel more optimistic about the future of the UK jobs market. A report produced by Recruitment Consultant magazine states that 17% of employers expect to increase their permanent workforce over the next three months, and that a quarter of UK employers plan to take on agency staff throughout the next three months. To read the full article click here.


 Businesses consider flexible working for 2012 Olympics

According to research from Deloitte, 32% of large companies are considering making provision for their staff to work flexible hours in order to attend the Olympic Games next year. From measures such as thinking about how to manage increases in annual leave requests, to installing television screens in communal areas, employers are looking to capitalise on the “great feel-good factor” that such an open-minded approach to this international event will create. (Personnel Today, March 2011) Read the full article here


Debate on improving equality in boardrooms rages on

Did you know that nearly half of all FTSE 250 companies do not have a woman in the boardroom? (BBC News February 24th 2011) With a view to changing this situation, the report published by Lord Davies this February rejected compulsory quotas for women, instead promoting the idea that employers should “support flexible working, set up mentoring schemes for senior women and bring about culture change through training programmes”. This approach has been welcomed by many who believe that proponents of quotas do not recognise the complexities of the fundamental problems causing numbers of women in boardrooms to be so much lower than those of men. However, others have argued that quotas are at the very least a good place to start, and that “Women opposing quotas is like turkeys arguing for Christmas”! (People Management, 24 February 2011).


And in other news…

Rachael at Red Completes Pontesbury Potter 

Red Recruitment director Rachael Stone walked 13 miles in 4 hours and 13 minutes to raise ¬£310 for the Severn Hospice as part of the charity’s annual Pontesbury Potter. This year’s route took Potter-ers from Mary Webb School, across the Stiperstones, round the bottom of Pontesbury Hill ending up back at Mary Webb School again. Speaking afterwards, Rachael said “I really enjoyed doing the Pontesbury Potter. I met so many lovely people and I am definitely up for doing it again next year – I even feel inspired to challenge myself to completing a half marathon next!” Back at Red Recruitment we are very proud of Rachael’s fantastic achievement.


And Finally…

Here at Red Recruitment we are very lucky to have some extra space in our offices. We are currently looking to rent out our back room offices to a local business, who is perhaps looking to start up or even to expand, at a very competitive rate. Would you like to rent our office, or do you know somebody else who might be interested? Contact Rachael Stone or Meg Jones for more details, on 01743 352222.