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About Steve Young

Steve Young is the Managing Partner of Downtown Recruitment who are based in Thame, Oxfordshire. Downtown Recruitment provide a wide variety of temporary and permanent staff to the local area covering a wide range of disciplines across the commercial and industrial sectors. View Downtown Recruitment's main website

Sick days at record low as worried workers battle on

The days of calling up the boss to cough down the line and weakly say you are too ill to come into work before lying in bed with daytime television are over. The Office for National Statistics said that the … Continue reading

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Employers get inside your mind by asking if you have an imaginary twin!

Some of Britain’s biggest companies and government departments have started using a new form of “deep” psychological profiling to assess job applicants. The online assessment asks candidates a series of questions such as “Have you ever had an imaginary twin?” … Continue reading

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Wages fail to match booming job market in puzzle for economists

Employment hit a record high and joblessness stayed at a 43-year low in the three months to May, but earnings growth slowed as the labour market continued to confound convention. The weakness in wage growth, which dipped from 2.6 per … Continue reading

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Lorry drivers aren’t in it for the long haul any more!

Britain’s haulage industry is “sleep-walking” — or perhaps that should be sleep-driving — into a shortage of drivers because of an ageing and increasingly unhealthy workforce, putting the health of the economy at risk. According to the Unite union, the … Continue reading

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Thousands opt out of pensions after sharp rise in contributions

Thousands of low and moderate earners are opting out of pension saving as they struggle to make ends meet after a sharp increase in deductions from their pay packets was introduced in April. The underlying opt-out rate has risen from … Continue reading

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Firms face scrutiny over parental leave

Large companies should be required by law to publish information on their parental leave and maternity pay policies, MPs will say today. Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem deputy leader, is leading a cross-party push to bring a private member’s bill … Continue reading

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Office dress codes for women may be illegal!

Bosses must not ask women to wear high heels or wear their hair in certain styles, the government has said. Requirements regarding a woman’s appearance were likely to be unlawful if there was no equivalent requirement for men, the guidance … Continue reading

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Could jobless levels be falling to 1950s level?

Unemployment could be heading down to levels last seen in the 1950s, according to a new analysis of Britain’s jobs market. The jobless rate has plunged since the financial crisis to a four-decade low of 4.2%. A study by Oxford … Continue reading

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Unemployment drop and rise in pay are cause for optimism?

Britain’s employment rate has hit a record high, joblessness is at a 43-year low and wages are rising in real terms for the first time in a year, according to official figures. With strong job creation, the labour market has … Continue reading

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Wages to rise by only 2%, according to CIPD survey

Bosses reluctant to give inflation-busting rises despite struggle to hire enough staff! Employers expect to hand out pay rises of only 2% this year, according to a new survey of 2,000 firms — a blow to workers who have seen … Continue reading

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