Freelancers drive self-employment growth


Freelancers in highly-skilled occupations have driven growth in the UK self-employment sector over the past decade, according to a report. Drawing on data from the Office for National Statistics, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) found that 4.4 million of the 4.8 million people in the UK who are self-employed work completely […]

5th April 2018

West Midlands set to become leading UK financial services centre


The West Midlands could become one of the leading UK centres for financial services, according to a new report. The report,  ‘A vision for a transformed, world-leading industry’, has been prepared by financial services lobby group TheCityUK and sector specialists at PwC’s Strategy& team. It concludes the West Midlands could become be the third fastest-growing […]

7th July 2017

The key facts recruiters and clients look for in a CV


Most business decisions are based on hard cold facts, and hiring decisions are no different. If an organisation is going to invest time and money into employing you; they will need to see evidence that you can perform. Whilst clichés and buzzwords do nothing to impress recruiters or clients, many candidates do not fully understand […]

30th June 2017

Journey into Manchester turning into nightmare for professionals


Almost two thirds of workers in Manchester are losing up to 16 days a year commuting to and from work, according to newly-released research. One in 10 spend up to four hours a day commuting into the city. The research has been carried out by independent job board CV-Library, which set out to explore how […]

30th June 2017

Motor industry tells Brexit negotiators ‘We need interim deal’


The UK automotive industry has called on Brexit negotiators to agree an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final deal is implemented. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said it accepted that the UK would leave the EU but it was anxious […]

30th June 2017

Digital Tech sector – Lack of skills is real worry


The average salary in the digital industries is more than 40 per cent higher than the national average, according to Tech City UK. The rapid success of the UK’s technology sector is currently outstripping the number of new recruits needed to fuel its continued expansion. And there are real fears that this problem will cause […]

30th June 2017

5 on-boarding mistakes that drive away new staff


1. Failing to prepare for their arrival “First impressions are everything, and ensuring that you are prepared sets your new employee up for success – mentally and physically,” Schneider explains. “The one question that has guided me: How do you want the dinner conversation to go after your new hire’s first day?” He says that […]

30th June 2017

Barclays profits more than double


Barclays says its profits more than doubled in the first three months of the year, boosted by better performance across the board. Pre-tax profit for the first quarter was £1.682bn, up from £793m for the same period last year. Chief executive Jes Staley said it had been “another quarter of strong progress towards the completion […]

4th May 2017

Manchester moves into top three of fastest growing UK cities


Manchester’s economy performed strongly in the last three months of 2016, putting it into the top three of the fastest growing UK cities. The city enjoyed 2.8% annual growth in output compared it to the same point in 2015, says the UK Powerhouse report by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Business & Economic research […]

4th May 2017

Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week


Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible. An EU spokesman said it […]

20th March 2017

Brexit: Poland aims to be big winner from battle for UK banking jobs


Poland’s government expects to attract around 25,000-30,000 jobs from Britain in the business services sector just this year As Britain prepares to leave the EU, the country hoping to win the most jobs from London’s financial centre is not Germany or France, but Poland. While the likes of Frankfurt and Paris are competing for the […]

17th March 2017

Japanese carmaker Toyota to invest £240 million to upgrade Burnaston plant near Derby


Toyota is to invest £240m in upgrading its UK factory that makes the Auris and Avensis models. The Japanese carmaker’s investment in the Burnaston plant near Derby will allow production of vehicles using its new global manufacturing system. The factory employs about 2,500 people, while another 590 work at Toyota’s engine plant at Deeside, North […]

17th March 2017

Osborne ‘Committed to Northern Powerhouse’ despite Evening Standard role


Former Chancellor George Osborne has vowed to “continue to promote” the Northern Powerhouse – despite his shock appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard. Osborne, who will succeed Sarah Sands as editor in early May, will remain as a Conservative MP for Tatton in Cheshire. He added that he remains “passionate” about the Northern […]

17th March 2017

Hammond to make “Britain the best place in the world to do business”


The North is to benefit from £90m to address pinch points on the national road network, while Chancellor Philip Hammond has vowed to make the business rates system “fairer” in a Budget in which he pledged to make “Britain the best place in the world to do business”. Philip Hammond unveiled a £1.1bn investment from […]

10th March 2017

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank to close dozens of branches


The Clydesdale and Yorkshire banking group (CYBG) is closing 79 branches with the loss of 400 jobs. The Unite union said the closures represented a third of the bank’s branch network. The move was described as the largest-ever closure plan by the bank. Unite national officer Rob MacGregor said the move would be “concerning” for […]

26th January 2017

HSBC closing 62 more UK branches to create ‘sustainable’ network


Europe’s largest bank is trimming its UK branch network by a further 62 sites as it continues to focus on digital services. HSBC has said it is to shut a further 62 UK branches in 2017, just weeks after a report said the bank had led the sector in site closures over the past two […]

26th January 2017
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As attacks grow, EU mulls banking stress tests for cyber risks


The European Union is considering testing banks’ defences against cyber attacks, EU officials and sources said, as concerns grow about the industry’s vulnerability to hacking. Cyber attacks against banks have increased in numbers and sophistication in recent years, with criminals finding new ways to target banks beyond trying to illicitly obtain details of their customers’ […]

26th January 2017

New £6m aerospace contract sparks major recruitment drive for WEC


Darwen-based engineering and fabrication specialist WEC Group has begun a major recruitment drive after securing a £6m aerospace order for an Airbus assembly factory in Germany. In addition to an 80 per cent increase in staff numbers over the past 18 months, up to 800 staff, the group now has an additional 40 live job […]

26th January 2017

Hate your Job? You’re Not Alone: Majority of Workers are Looking for a New Role this January


Feeling down about your job this Blue Monday? New research suggests that you’re not alone, as the majority of UK workers (84.4%) are currently looking for a new role. The news comes from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, which also revealed that over a third of workers (35.8%) dislike their current job. The […]

26th January 2017

SMEs confident about 2017 performance post Brexit


Two thirds of small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe Brexit will either have a positive or no impact on their business, according to Aldermore’s latest SME Future Attitudes report. The survey, which was conducted among 1,000 SMEs in the UK, revealed despite likely economic headwinds, 82 per cent are confident about business performance going into […]

14th December 2016
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RZ Group briefing: Five of the most in demand IT skills


The RZ Group takes a look at how digital is driving the core functions of businesses, with the upshot of this being that there are now five temporary IT job candidates who are leading the digital drive towards 2017. User experience and user interface designers and developers: Consumers won’t settle for anything less than a quick, […]

14th December 2016

Innovate and thrive


Are companies using technology to innovate and thrive in this digital era? Mark Sykes, of BDO, explores. As the digital agenda disrupts our modern economy, it is encouraging to see the North West start to embrace the change although our recent survey shows there is still some way to go. Interestingly, although 92% of respondents […]

14th December 2016

The War for Talent: Employee Engagement


A company’s greatest asset is its employees. But in an increasingly competitive job market, what tactics can give your company the edge over rivals when it comes to attracting and retaining talent? Below is what our most successful clients tell us are their best tips for becoming an employer of choice: Make providing staff with […]

1st November 2016

Clydesdale Bank Bank owner bids for Williams & Glyn


The listed owner of Clydesdale has made an offer to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) regarding the possible acquisition of Williams & Glyn, the new challenger bank set to be headquartered in Manchester with more than 300 branches across the UK. Responding to press speculation that it had made a last-ditch bid to buy the […]

26th October 2016

Manchester ranked among top 3 of UK’s fastest growing city economies


Manchester is now one of the top three of fastest growing city economies in the UK, according to new figures. The city recorded a faster output increase than Inner London during Q2 2016, according to law firm Irwin Mitchell’s latest UK Powerhouse report. Manchester climbed into third place after recording a 2.5% year-on-year increase in […]

6th October 2016

British manufacturing sector ready for expected boost from Treasury


Britain’s manufacturers insisted they have a crucial role to play in a post-Brexit world, contributing £190bn a year to the economy and creating well-paid, high-value jobs. The UK is the world’s ninth-largest industrial nation and manufacturing accounts for 14% of business investment according to a report by the sector’s trade body, called EEF, and Santander. This comes […]

3rd October 2016

North East engineering firm close to £100m Hinkley Point nuclear power contract


A North East based Engineering company, Darchem has been selected along with French firm Efinor in a deal which could bring in £70m in sales. Darchem has been named as the preferred bidder for a £100m contract at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The Stockton-based company has been selected by Bouygues TP/Laing O’Rourke (BYLOR) along […]

3rd October 2016

Engineering employers voice Brexit skills fears


Almost half of all engineering firms expect Brexit to have a negative impact on the engineering talent pool, a new report reveals. These findings are based on a detailed survey of 332 individuals working in engineering and with direct responsibility for recruitment. Respondents cite negative post-Brexit perceptions of the UK and an anticipated reduction in free […]

3rd October 2016

The London Fintech Week Conference


I met some great people and heard about really interesting, exciting and innovative companies at the London Fintech Week Conference last week. Given it was 30 degrees outside, it started well entering the nicely (and very welcomed) air conditioned foyer of Grange Tower Hotel where the conference was held. The opening speaker, Rajesh Agrawal (Deputy […]

26th July 2016

ReZolve – our newest offering


Our new process increases employee retention, cuts recruitment time and costs and ensures clients get the right person for the job first time. Providing in-depth candidate assessments and using advanced technology, see for yourself the offering taking our clients by storm

25th July 2016

RZ Group announced as recruitment partner at the upcoming ICT Leaders conference in Aberdeen


As with the hugely successful 2014 & 2015 events, attendance is free to the Oil & Gas sector. The conference will focus on the issues facing the Oil & Gas sector and provide a unique forum for IT leaders to learn, network and discuss.

19th February 2016

Limited company dividend tax change


From April 2016 the dividend tax regime will change, resulting in a significant tax increase for most limited companies.

19th February 2016

Tax relief for travel and subsistence expenses no more


Draft legislation which is due to be finalised this month and take effect from 5 April 2016 removes tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses for those working under an umbrella company or limited company contracts.

15th February 2016

What could the cost be to your business if you get it wrong?


How confident are you in your processes in avoiding risk? What would happen if something did go wrong?

8th February 2016

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