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Why skilledpeople.com is different is jobseekers aged over 50 and for employers recruiting skilled a

We focus on helping small and medium sized businesses recruit experienced people. Our flat-fee job posting charge of £95 is one of the lowest available, and there are no extra charges. This makes it economical for companies with limited resources to hire quality experienced staff. A sma...
Posted on Apr 13, 2012 at 09:09

Use the skills, experience and expertise of the over 50s to grow your business at lower cost

Small businesses play a vital role in the current and future economic growth of the UK accounting for over half of private sector employment and nearly half of all private sector turnovers. Yet when it comes to recruiting talent and expertise, they frequently lose out to their larger counterparts...
Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 11:52

Who will hire men and women in their 50s and 60s?

A fast growing number of businesses will - due to the shrinking skilled labour pool in the UK today, many businesses are looking beyond their usual recruitment criteria and are turning to the more mature work pool for a wide variety of jobs. In fact, recent legislation on age descrimination wil...
Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:45

'Little evidence' UK employers are engaging and retaining workers over 50, finds report for Acas.

  There is “little evidence” of UK employers taking proactive steps to engage and retain older workers according to new research conducted by Cranfield School of Management and Nottingham Business School for Acas. The authors of the research paper The Employment Relations Cha...
Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:41

Employers failing to engage older workers, says Acas. From: People Management

Employers failing to engage older workers, says Acas Retention of experience should be key to business, argues research paper. Employers are failing to engage and retain older workers despite their growing importance in the UK economy, Acas commissioned research has found. To fully benefit fr...
Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:50

Twitter launches its self-service ad platform for small business, from The Wall

Twitter launches its self-service ad platform for small businesses   Twitter has formally launched its self-service ad platform for small businesses, which it announced earlier this year as its answer to Google’s AdWords. It massively expands the number of advertisers using Tw...
Posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 15:01

Government SME adviser resigns over frustrations

A UK businessman has resigned from the government's panel on small to medium sized enterprises - a group that directly advises Francis Maude - with claims that Whitehall has not been listening and that figures on more business being given to smaller firms still need to be proven. But the governm...
Posted on Mar 25, 2012 at 19:16

Unemployment Statistics and the Over 50s

January’s statistics reveal that: •There are currently 432,000 unemployed in the 50+ group •This is a jump of 23,000 since last month’s figures were released •The total number of 50+ out of work for 12 months or more is 182,000 •This increase in the 50+ une...
Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:45

Small businesses are the ‘real’ job creators in Europe: The Times

Small businesses, rather than large companies, have been responsible for most of the new jobs created across the European Union during the past decade. However, they are also more vulnerable to the current economic and financial crisis, according to a study to be released by the European Commis...
Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 17:49

Unemployment at 17 year high, from: Sharecast.com

UK unemployment rose by 128,00 in the three months to October to a reach a total of 2.64m, according to the Office for National Statistics. The rise was not as big as forecast by some economists, who predicted the figure would come in at 140,000. However, the number of unemployed people is th...
Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:18

UK businesses fear of social media hurting Christmas sales, from: CBR New Media

According to research by Epson, nearly one in three small businesses in the UK are hesitant to embrace e-commerce channels and view it as threatening. Only 59% see it as a business opportunity compared with 72% across Europe. The UK Government is even offering a series of free e commerce scheme...
Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 15:47

2011: A record year for business startups, from: Real Business

It's been a tough year, but the entrepreneurial spirit of the Great British public is alive and kicking – insolvencies may be up, but so are the number of startups. Insolvencies are set to be four per cent higher than last year, but 2011 will mostly be remembered for its record number...
Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 11:41

Finance: One in three of those over 50 supporting grown-up kids with cash, from: Thame Gazette

After a turbulent year, the Saga Quality of Life Index finally shows signs of stabilising. In its latest quarterly report, the Saga QOLI index remains steady on the previous quarter, albeit still firmly in negative territory. True to form, despite their own economic woes this year, one in thr...
Posted on Nov 28, 2011 at 11:39

Where did you get your big idea? from: Real Business

Nearly half of British entrepreneurs came up with their business idea in bed, a new survey reveals. Where did you get your big idea? The number one spot for having your business idea is "while at work", research by Business Link among 500 UK entrepreneurs shows. Yet, while 72 per cent o...
Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 10:35

Two thirds of bosses value experience over qualifications, from: Fresh Buisness Thinking

Research from an online HR consultancy has revealed that when considering hiring a new member of staff, small businesses across the UK value experience over qualifications. The study also found that interviewers value ‘cleanliness’ more so than ‘politeness’. As part o...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 15:16

QR Codes: The Next Big Thing In Recruiting Technology? from: ere.net

QR codes are a second-generation barcode that allows potential candidates to quickly and directly access supporting materials and websites using only a camera equipped smartphone. QR codes have many uses, but are most often used to direct target audiences to online content that cannot be easily c...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 14:07

Entrepreneurs Show "Resilience in Adversity" from: PR Newswire

More SMEs are optimistic than pessimistic in spite of the difficult economic climate Euro uncertainty: 44% of SMEs in the EU countries surveyed had been influenced in their plans by the threat of instability in the eurozone SME finances are tight: only 12% found finance easy to find, but 73% ...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 09:27

Government claims SME supplier success, from:Microscope

The Government has claimed that the volume of IT contracts being won by SME suppliers has seen a dramatic increase during the course of 2011. At Monday's The Crown and Suppliers: A new way of working, procurement conference in London the Government's chief procurement officer John Colling...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 09:23

CBI: Britain's economic recovery 'blown off course'

Britain’s economic recovery is at risk of being “blown off course” by the Eurozone crisis and gloomy forecasts for growth at home, business leaders have warned. The CBI called on ministers to overhaul new European Union laws giving “gold plated” employment rights t...
Posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:12

Top banks say they are on track to meet lending commitments, from the Guardian

Five banks that make up Project Merlin said they have lent £157.6bn to UK businesses in the first nine months of the year. Britain's banks say they are on track to meet lending targets set by the government under 'Project Merlin', but the figures were immediately disputed by s...
Posted on Nov 11, 2011 at 13:05

SMEs are ‘bearing brunt’ of downturn, from the Herald Scotland

THE number of failures among Scotland’s hard-pressed small businesses is likely to rise because of cash-flow problems and a shortage of orders, the sector’s influential lobby group warned yesterday. Colin Borland, head of external affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland, sa...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:16

Business bodies call for micro-business day, from Print Week

A number of business bodies have called for small businesses to be looked after, following new research into late payment. Be the first to comment A study by Experian found that the average late payment for all UK firms increased in the third quarter of 2011 to 26.13 days, an increase of almo...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:16

4m over 50’s will work past retirement age, says new survey by Peter Retirement Supermarket

A new survey commissioned by insurer LV= has shown that over four million over 50’s are set to work past the conventional retirement age. Of these, around 55% say they would work five years into retirement, with 20% expected to work well into their 80’s, according to the data. It also seems ...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:14

Slow growth will hit financial services employment, says Ernst & Young

Lacklustre economic growth in the UK will hit employment prospects in the financial services sector, according to Ernst & Young’s ITEM Club. In a report published today, the economic forecasting group says it predicts GDP growth of 0.9% this year and 1.5% next year. It says this weak ou...
Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:13
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