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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

Free digital skills for millions to boost job prospects

11 million adults in the UK will be entitled to free digital skills lessons from 2020 as part of the government drive to increase the job prospects of millions of people.  Lessons available to adults age 19 and over, will … Continue reading

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Employment hits record high and wage growth outpaces inflation

The number of people in work has reached another high and wages are growing at their fastest pace since the Brexit referendum despite a slowdown in the economy. The Office for National Statistics said 32.71 million were now in employment, … Continue reading

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Women lead the way with joblessness at 44-year low!

Female unemployment has fallen below 4 per cent for the first time on record as the rising pension age for women and a thriving jobs market draw more women into the workforce. Women accounted for the bulk of the fall … Continue reading

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Workers at small firms ‘will opt out of pensions’ under auto-enrolment change

Smaller employers expect more of their staff to opt out of saving for their pensions when minimum deductions from their pay packets are increased this April, immediately after Brexit. According to a survey by the Association of Consulting Actuaries, 65 … Continue reading

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Wages on rise as employment at its highest since records began!

Wages grew at their fastest pace in a decade in the three months to October and the number of people in work has reached a record high, official figures show. Regular pay, excluding bonuses, grew by an average of 3.3 … Continue reading

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Foreign exodus leaves skills shortage before Brexit

Employers planning to take on staff are being hit by a skills shortage because of an exodus of foreign workers, a survey has found. The jobs market is in the throes of a “supply shock”, with the flight of adults … Continue reading

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Firms may have to check EU citizens’ right to work

Employers may have to check whether EU citizens have the right to work in the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit, the immigration minister disclosed yesterday. Caroline Nokes admitted, however, that firms would not be able to differentiate between … Continue reading

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Wages grow (3.1%) at fastest rate in a decade — and beat inflation

Wages have risen at the fastest pace in almost ten years, easing the pressure on UK households. Earnings, excluding bonuses, increased by 3.1 per cent in the three months to August compared with a year earlier, according to the Office … Continue reading

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Amazon’s virtual recruiter had a grudge against women!

Amazon inadvertently built itself a sexist recruitment assistant in a failed experiment that demonstrated why artificial intelligence does not necessarily lead to artificial wisdom. The company set out to create a virtual hiring tool that would sift thousands of job … Continue reading

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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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