Businesses told to be more socially aware when hiring

Businesses seeking to secure public sector contracts will need to be more socially aware, such as recruiting people from more diverse backgrounds, eradicating modern slavery and boosting employee employability.

Cabinet Minister David Lidington in a speech today (11 March) will set out a shake-up of the way government contracts are awarded in a bid to ensure they consider their social impact.

Areas which will be now looked at when contracts are being drawn-up by the government will include:

•    The use of firms of all sizes, including those owned by under-represented groups
•    The safety of supply chains – to reduce the risk of modern slavery and cyber security issues
•    Encouraging firms to employ people from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities and from ethnic minorities
•    Focusing on environmental sustainability to reduce the impacts of climate change
•    Encouraging firms to prioritise staff training to boost employees’ long-term employability

Green light at last for army of contact tracers

The recruitment drive for what government has called “an army of contact tracers” is apparently on.

19 May 2020


This week’s new contracts & deals include: Alvius, JXT, Nvoi, Zenjob

Contracts 12 May 2020

NHS Professionals launches clinical contact caseworkers recruitment drive

NHS Professionals has launched a recruitment drive for 3,000 qualified clinical contact caseworkers as part of the Public Health England Contact Tracing Service programme.

6 May 2020

REC urges government to ensure schools follow guidance about supply staff

Education establishments need encouragement to follow Cabinet Office guidance to financially support supply teachers.

6 May 2020