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Number of full-time jobs rises
BRITAIN’S “underemployment” problem of reluctant part-time workers is easing, new research has shown, as more full-time jobs were created for a seventh month running in April.
Demand by companies for permanent staff increased more quickly last month than in March and the number of full-time appointments also rose, according to a study by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
Career Building Strategies
Peter Forshaw explores the case for training and qualifications in the context of job finding and career building within the FM industry.
Facilities management is enjoying an increasingly high profile in the UK and is certainly one of the most successful arenas of growth and opportunity. With an emphasis on adding value while maintaining or reducing costs, facilities management is expected to increase from a market value of £106 billion in 2012 to £117 billion in 2017 according to research from Market & Customer Insight.
Britain’s Changing Economy
The UK’s economy has been a hot topic of discussion for a while now, and with the first-quarter’s GDP figures having just been released. It has been a few years that the recession hit the country and the economy is still suffering the consequences.
Businesses Raise Concerns About Pay Rise
The government has announced an increase in the minimum wage, up to 12p per hour for working adults. Whilst this was aimed to improve customer demand and foster economic growth, businesses are protesting against the pay rise. In today’s uncertain economy, an increase in the national minimum wage has been deemed as “unwelcome” and “illogical” by most businesses.
Senior Employees – The Future of Successful Recruitment and Retention Practices
Employee retention has taken a new angle in Britain. The British Government has suggested that companies should retain employees until the age of 70, as statistics foresee a severe shortage of available workforce in the near future, especially as the government is restricting immigration. It is estimated that in next 10 years there will be approximately 13.5 million job vacancies, with only 7 million young people, college and University graduates, available for the jobs.
Barclays Job Creation Survey 2013 – The Current Climate of the Job Market in the UK
The 2013 Barclays Job Creation Survey, which questioned over 700 UK businesses, reveals that mid-sized business are leading the creation of jobs in the UK.
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The Eurozone Crisis Continues
The issue on unemployment emerged recently at an EU leaders’ meeting, where the members debated the austerity measures. The unemployment trend continues to accelerate in the Eurozone.
The Vital Role of Recruiters
Sourcing talent is still a leading challenge, according to executive boards of most organisations and companies. Even so, cutting recruitment costs seems to be the current priority. Outsourcing the recruitment process is one manner in which organisations save costs. They either develop an in-house recruitment team or contract out to a recruitment process outsourcing organisation, known as RPO.
Fragile Economy, Yet Higher Employment Rates
Ever since the beginning of the recession in 2008, records show that on average one in every seven workers has been made redundant. This figure amounts to 3.5 million employees across the UK. This can be due to companies going out of business, or just simply downsizing.
Make Sure You’re Working with the Right Agent!
Looking for a new job, swapping or upgrading your current role can be a daunting and challenging experience; often it can leave you feeling out of control, overwhelmed and doubting whether what you hope to achieve from your next role can be realised. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start or who to approach by way of a recruitment agency.
FM Professionals: The backbone of our buildings.
What makes a good Facilities Manager?
While it might not be a profession that most of us outside the industry know too much about, without good facilities managers our offices, shops and leisure spaces would cease to function, with an attendant knock-on effect on productivity and the economy. FM professionals keep buildings lit, heated, safe and efficient, and in order to do this they need a variety of skills and qualities.
Creating the Right Frame of Mind for Recruitment
Applying for a new job can be intimidating and in many cases people are unsuccessful purely because they have the wrong frame of mind. Whether you are looking for a change, need new employment due to redundancy or are simply looking for a job it is essential that you approach the situation in the right way. Although self-esteem and confidence is key here, there is a great deal more involved in presenting yourself and your skills in a suitable and impressive manner.
Preparation is one of the Keys to Successful Change Management
Having witnessed the events of the last few years, it seems clear that companies and organisations must change to remain competitive and relevant in the modern world. Preparation is the key to successful change which might sound obvious; however thorough planning will be the difference between those who drive successful change through and those who fail.
Why Both Recruiting Companies and Job Seekers in Facilities Management Should Feel Optimistic About 2013
It’s difficult to avoid hearing about the triple-dip recession that may be right around the corner: negative news is disheartening for job seekers and businesses alike. But despite daily reports of economic doom and gloom there is a substantial silver lining when it comes to the UK’s economic prospects in 2013.
UK Provides Stable Environment for Facilities Management Industry in 2012
Throughout 2011, Europe only seemed to be a melting for economic turmoil, continuously giving business analysts sleepless nights as they tried to think of solutions. Numerous countries struggled in 2011, including Ireland, Greece, Portugal and even Spain. All of these countries have still been under pressure in 2012 and it’s only served to confirm that the UK is better off.
How to Stand Out in a Facilities Management Interview
CVs and application forms afford job-hungry candidates the luxury of pouring carefully over their submission for hours on end. Pressure is taken out of the situation and the candidate is free to fret and worry with no-one else present. Good facilities management jobs are not acquired through these means alone. Three Ps have been highlighted that can help you to stand out in facilities manager interviews:
Bridging the education gap for experienced FM’s
The Facilities Management Association (FMA) are proud to announce a unique and formal qualification in FM, available exclusively and at a considerable discount, to member organisations.
The UK Facilities Management industry is holding up 'remarkably well'.
Our extensive research carried out over the past year to complete our recent Salary Survey shows that during the period 2011 – 2012 66% of FMs questioned had received a salary increase, with the majority of those coming in this year. The most common uplift, covering about two-fifths of the group, was 1 – 2%, though just over a quarter enjoyed a 3 – 4% bump.
Post Olympics FM Jobs Recovery
Here at Maxwell Stephens we feel the UK facilities management jobs market has shown some signs of improvement of late; this has been backed up with unemployment falling on a National basis (despite the economy slipping back into recession).
2012 FM Charity Network Forum Conference
The FM Charity Network Forum are pleased to confirm the arrangements and date of their forthcoming annual conference for Tuesday 2nd October 2012 between 0930 – 1415.
The 2012 FM Salary Survey is Complete
The 2012 Maxwell Stephens Facilities Management Salary Survey is complete and is being printed as you read this. In completing this survey we received 441 surveys from FM professionals working at all levels in the industry and covering all regions across the UK. We also spoke with a further 1,843 FM professionals since 17 May 2011 to gain additional salary information.
Change of Perception Needed for FM Job Hunting
Despite economic uncertainty leading to a decrease in job volumes in 2011, half way through 2012 and Maxwell Stephens have seen relatively high levels of recruitment. Firms are however still only focused on business critical recruitment hires after perhaps key existing facilities management employees have vacated their roles.
BIFM Rising FM’s Career Day 2012: A Success
It was a great honor for Maxwell Stephens to be asked by the BIFM Rising FMs special interest group to both sponsor and present at the recent Careers Day. The event was held on Thursday 12th July at University College London.
The FMX 40 Under 40 Feature
In 2010 and 2011 the FMX magazine named 40 individuals who looked set to shake up FM. In 2012 the same magazine have identified a new cast of emerging talent in the FM industry.
The Importance of Communication in a Facilities Management Interview
YGood communication has never been so important when applying for a facilities management job. Your written communication is judged immediately when your CV is reviewed by the Recruitment Consultant and/or Hiring Manager. You will already know to check for grammar and spelling errors and to ensure it reads correctly, you can always get assistance from a colleague to read over and to check for mistakes and there is even the option of getting your CV professionally written.
Why you should turn down that Counter offer if you are in Facilities Management!
You have just been offered a new facilities management role, it is now time to speak to your employer and give them the news you are leaving for pastures new. But wait - they have delivered just what you didn’t expect, a counter offer with more money! A counter offer may be very appealing in terms of a pay increase and you will no doubt be flattered but is accepting really your best facilities management career move?
BIFM release date for 2012 Careers Day
Rising FMs and principal sponsor G4S FM are pleased to announce the 2012 Careers Day event for Facilities Management. Come along to hear from Rising FMs SIG, BIFM, Asset Skills and Industry Professionals about the progress that has been made over the past year in efforts to close "The Skills Gap"
Britain on the Brink
Britain is in on the brink of a “full blown jobs crisis” however the facilities management sector is still recruiting; albeit more cautiously than the last few years; which is making the contingent focused facilities management recruitment agencies graft harder than before.
The Mood of Caution
The Mood of Caution in the economy and the effects on the Facilities Management Job Market. - If you have read any of the broadsheet newspapers recently you will have seen the message is that one in three financial directors predict a double dip recession. This mood of caution is reflected in the dramatic increasing tendency Maxwell Stephens have seen to hire non-permanent staff on fixed term contracts.
Facilities Management Recruitment Is Anything But Easy
Facilities management recruitment is a task that very few human resources departments around the globe look forward to. The reason is because it’s a time consuming process that can result in more headaches than results. Jobs shouldn’t be hard to fill, yet because of the state of the economy and the demanding responsibilities of FM jobs, they are extremely hard to fill.