Public sector

Doctors and nurses to be excluded from visa cap

The government has confirmed it will exclude doctors and nurses from the cap on skilled worker visas.

15 June 2018

Visa cap set to be waived for NHS

Recruiters have welcomed reports government is about to relax immigration rules to enable more doctors and nurses from outside the EU to come and work in the UK.

Newly awarded rail project in Wales will lead to hundreds of jobs

The Welsh Government’s billion-pound contract to upgrade the railway network in South Wales will create hundreds of new jobs.

CONTRACTS & DEALS: 4-8 JUNE 2018

This week’s contracts & deals include: Centro Group, greenbean by NRG, Green Park, Workforce Staffing

Javid promises to revisit visa caps for skilled workers

Recruiters have backed a commitment from the home secretary to take a “fresh look” at the cap on the number of skilled workers being given visas.

Education secretary cracks down on ‘excessive’ agency fees for schools

Recruiters will have to review their business strategy and the fees they charge in light of a crackdown on agencies that charge schools in England “excessive” fees to find and hire staff.

Staff to share in Kinetic as firm becomes employee-owned

Recruitment and payroll services firm Kinetic has become employee-owned.

ContractorCalculator rejects HMRC fact sheet claims on CEST

The CEO of ContractorCalculator, an online portal for contractors and freelancers, is disputing claims made by HM Revenue & Customs about the accuracy of HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax service (CEST) tool.

JobsOutlook shows employers more confident in economy

Employer confidence in the economy has rebounded, turning positive for the first time since last summer, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

Medical recruiter and five recruits jailed for fake shifts scam in hospitals

A medical recruiter and five agency workers he recruited to defraud the NHS have been sentenced for conspiracy to defraud.

22 May 2018

Baltimore Consulting leaves Opus as Kenny heads MBO

Public and third sector recruiter Baltimore Consulting, part of the Opus Talent Solutions Group, has just completed a management buyout for £1.4m.

CONTRACTS: 21-25 MAY 2018

This week’s contracts & deals include: Cloetta, Healthier Recruitment, ICS, ProClinical, Workday

Recruiters call for action after 6,000 applications for skilled workers’ visas are refused

Recruiters are calling on the government to act after a Freedom of Information request indicated more than 6,000 skilled professionals from outside the EU were turned down for visas to take up jobs they had been offered in the UK.

HMRC loses out in court to contractor in IR35 case

Another contractor has successfully won an IR35 appeal case against HM Revenue & Customs.

Recruiters call on long-term solution to NHS talent crisis

Recruiters have backed calls for the NHS to have a long-term solution to the talent crisis currently afflicting the service.

Demand for permanent staff up but not in retail, says Report on Jobs

Demand for permanent staff is still on the rise – but not for retail staff, according to the latest Report on Jobs from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

APPOINTMENTS: 8-11 MAY 2018

This week’s appointments include: Mercer, Pedersen & Partners, PK Education, The RSA Group

Contextual recruitment is not a bad thing if used correctly say lawyers

Contextual recruitment is not illegal when used properly, say employment lawyers discussing comments made by Tory MP Justine Greening.

FINANCIALS: US Cross Country Healthcare reveals slight rise in revenue

US healthcare recruiter Cross Country Healthcare has seen a marginal increase in revenue year-on-year, according to results for the quarter to 31 March 2018.

Financials 3 May 2018

Healthcare recruiters add voices to concerns over immigration cap for doctors

Healthcare recruiters have called on government to reconsider the UK’s current immigration cap on skilled workers to help alleviate the current talent crisis within the NHS.

FCSA predicts large number of legal challenges to IR35

More and more public sector contractors across the country could legally challenge whether they are caught by IR35 rules.

CONTRACTS & DEALS: 30 APRIL–4 MAY

This week’s contracts & deals: 1Staff, APSCo, Eden Scott, Go2 Staffing Solutions, Go2 Perimeter Staffing, Meitu, Workday

NHS misses the recruitment boat for Jamaican nurses

A recruitment drive to attract Jamaican nurses to the NHS, amid the controversy surrounding treatment of the Windrush Generation, has been labelled as “too little too late” by the CEO of a nursing recruiter.

Irish minister opens ttm Healthcare’s new Manchester office

Healthcare recruiter ttm Healthcare’s new Manchester office has been opened by Irish minister for business, enterprise and innovation, Heather Humphreys TD (member of the lower house of the Irish parliament).

Question marks hang over IR35 and employment status

The impact of the IR35 rules on the public sector has been “very negative”, according to a survey of public and private sector professionals carried out by professional recruitment company Harvey Nash.

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