With the start of the New Year, there are quite a few changes to occur. What better way to jump into 2017 than with a change in career and giving your CV the boost it needs to set you apart.
Whether it’s writing a full CV, giving your current one a revamp or getting a hand on your LinkedIn Profile. With Red CV Writing, you can aim higher and give yourself the best chance at securing an interview. Start the New Year, with a New CV.
Or if you’re a job candidate seeking a challenging, new career opportunity – then get in touch with us at Red Recruitment. Our recruitment consultants would love to lend you a hand in the job search.
What’s happened so far?
Since the start of the New Year, official figures have shown UK unemployment rates have fallen by 52,000 to 1.6million, the lowest level it has been in decades. Wage growth has increased and the average weekly earnings have also been steadily rising. These figures are encouraging in times of unpredictability from Brexit, but it appears the job market has been largely unaffected. Not only that, but it appears that the opportunities arising in vacancies are becoming much more attractive, offering higher salaries for the same previous roles.
Upcoming changes for 2017:
As you may have heard, from 1st April 2017 the hourly adult rate of the National Minimum Wage will rise.
The rates from 1st April 2017 will be as follows:
- £7.50 per hour – 25 yrs old and over
- £7.05 per hour – 21-24 yrs old
- £5.60 per hour – 18-20 yrs old
- £4.05 per hour – 16-17 yrs old
- £3.50 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship
Currently, the rates are:
- £7.20 per hour – 25 yrs old and over
- £6.95 per hour – 21-24 yrs old
- £5.55 per hour 18-20 yrs old
- £4 per hour – 16-17 yrs old
- £3.40 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.
Not only will the National Minimum Wage be changing but also the Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme plans. As you may be aware, from October 2012, all employers by law were required to offer a workplace pension scheme if they fit the criteria. Employers will have to provide a workplace pension for eligible staff by 2018. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’.
All in all, 2017, whilst filled with controversial predictions looks like an exciting but challenging year for all of us.