Posted By Anisa Choudhary
Research from recruitment company Hays has found 70 per cent of UK workers believe introducing return-to-work programmes or similar initiatives could help improve gender equality.
The Hays UK gender diversity report 2017 surveyed 5,400 workers in the UK. It found some employers are providing opportunities for workers that have taken a career break.Read more >>
A business club aimed at female entrepreneurs has been launched in Shoreditch, London, for the first time.
The club, which was launched by female-focused networking club Blooming Founders to provide an inspirational co-working space for women, is open to female founders, freelancers, investors and advisors.Read more >>
London is a top location for entrepreneurs and business executives, with more than 60 per cent saying they would choose to base their business in the city, according to research from London Executive Offices (LEO).
The research also found that 57 per cent of UK entrepreneurs and business executives believe start-up businesses that are based in London have the best chance of success with an annual growth of 20 per cent.Read more >>
Alternative banking app Revolut has signed up 16,000 companies across the UK and Europe to its Revolut for Business platform since its launch earlier this year.
The service has enabled companies sign up for multi-currency accounts and make money transfers in 26 currencies to make payments to overseas employees or suppliers.Read more >>
The graduate unemployment rate has dropped from 5.7 per cent in 2016 to 5.3 per cent, the lowest since 1989, according to a study from Prospects.
The annual study is titled What do graduates do? It was written in partnership with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), and it found that the number of unemployed and employed graduates has fallen.Read more >>
Barclays is to offer free accommodation for one month to graduates that are attending job interviews in London, Manchester, and Birmingham, starting from 30th October.
The move comes after research from the bank found graduates spend £506.55 on average securing their first job after university, with some attending more than three interviews before being offered a job.Read more >>
Data from CV-Library has revealed the top ten cities in the UK for job growth in the third quarter of 2017, with London featuring in the top three.
The survey compared the figures with data from the same period last year and found that the number of advertised vacancies increased by 12.2 per cent year-on-year, with several of the UK’s major cities seeing the biggest rise in jobs.Read more >>
Research from Santander Corporate & Commercial has shown SMEs need more access to finance.
The research found that around 50 per cent of high-growth SME owners in the UK have been unable to expand their business as a result of problems with accessing finance. This is compared to 36 per cent of businesses as a whole.Read more >>
Having a fintech strategy in place would be beneficial to financial services firms in the future, according to a report from professional services and Big Four firm KPMG.
The report, “Forging the future”, surveyed 168 finance firms from 36 countries.Read more >>
Generation Z workers have high expectations when it comes to career progression.
The study, which surveyed 1,000 18 to 23-year-olds, revealed men are feeling particularly positive about progressing in their career. 18 per cent expect a promotion within less than twelve weeks of commencing employment, compared to 5 per cent of women.Read more >>
London will continue to be the world’s leading financial technology hub, according to research from rating agency Early Metrics.
The research assessed 1,500 FinTech companies across Europe and found London remains the top spot for FinTech. This is despite the challenges and uncertainty faced by executives in the industry over Brexit.Read more >>
Over 80 per cent of UK SMEs believe apprentices are the solution to solving the UK’s skills gap, according to the Close Brothers Business Barometer.
The quarterly found businesses believe providing more apprenticeships can help them gain access to skilled workers, with one in five having their own apprenticeship scheme in place.Read more >>
Payment solutions company First Payment Merchant Services (FPMS) has launched a new funding solution for small businesses.
The Smart Business Funding solution will provide small businesses that are unable to access funding from traditional banks with financial support. This is in the face of challenges such as Brexit and technology-driven shake-ups in the banking industry.Read more >>
Training provider Springboard Consultancy has launched a personal and work development programme to help individuals gain skills and rapidly develop their career.
The Boost programme was piloted in early 2017. There is high demand from employers who want to help their staff boost their skills, develop their career and quickly become more valuable to the company.Read more >>
Research from RADA in Business, the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, has found UK employees want a workplace culture that encourages ideas and innovation.
The research surveyed 1,000 workplaces and found that over 80 per cent of businesses are failing to create a culture that encourages new ways of thinking.Read more >>
Research from financial services company Aldermore has revealed the best time for people in the UK to start a business.
The research found that spring is the best season for launching a business, with 88 per cent of SMEs (representing more than 4.8 million companies in the UK) that have done so during this period experiencing success.Read more >>
Over 87 per cent of UK consumers agreed or strongly agreed that banking services should be personalised in a new survey from technology and omni-channel solutions company NCR Corporation.
The research surveyed more than 1,000 UK adults aged 16 and over and found that UK consumers have high expectations when it comes to banking services. 94 per cent of those with a bank account agree banking needs to be seamless across all devices and platforms.Read more >>
Research from professional training provider The Knowledge Academy has highlighted the need for more training opportunities for the whole workforce.
The research looked at data from EU statistics organisation Eurostat alongside a survey of more than 6,000 adults carried out by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. They found that European countries are more likely to provide training opportunities for men than women.Read more >>
UK cloud accounting software company Xero is to launch an online learning tool aimed at students and employees to help boost their skills.
The Xero Lifelong Learning Platform was one of many new products that were demonstrated at Xerocon in London.Read more >>
London has outperformed its rival financial centres when it comes to the cost of locating 100 staff. The city is 25 per cent cheaper than New York, according to estate agency Knight Frank.
The 2018 Global Cities report compared the cost of locating staff in top global cities and estimated that the total average cost of employing 100 members of staff in conventional office space in London is $5,228,140 per year, compared to $6,938,000 in New York.Read more >>
Research from management consultant company Accenture has found UK consumers are reluctant to share personal data with third-party providers, creating a major opportunity for banks when it comes to building trust.
The research surveyed over 2,000 consumers and found 69 per cent would not share their banking data with third-party providers such as social media companies, tech businesses or online retailers.Read more >>
Lloyds has opened its first flagship store in Manchester as part of an investment into a group of flagship sites.
The £3 million store will combine face-to-face services with the latest technology as digital services become more important to the bank’s customers.Read more >>
It’s always a great idea to make improvements to your life. Whether the changes affect your studies, career plan, or health, it’s important to strive for success!
Books can be a great way to gain new skills to help you. The self-help genre is widely popular, largely due to the first-person accounts of experiences you can relate to.Read more >>
Research from life insurance company Prudential has shown a demand for new recruits in the financial advice sector. 70 per cent of survey respondents say they would urge people to pursue a career in financial advice.
The research showed that while financial advisers are optimistic about the growth of the financial advice market, many believe that not enough action is being taken to encourage people to enter the profession.Read more >>
A new online global survey from ACI Worldwide and YouGov has revealed the services UK consumers want from their banks.
The research surveyed more than 9,000 consumers in the US and Europe. It found consumers worldwide expect their bank to provide new and innovative services.Read more >>