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

New approach needed to retain and recruit mental health nurses

The UK government needs an entirely new approach that prioritises retention as well as recruitment to arrest the alarming decline in mental health nurse numbers.

21 May 2019

Use of HMRC’s CEST tool by Met Office and CCS criticised by contracting body

ContractorCalculator has raised further concerns over the accuracy of HM Revenue & Customs’ Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool.

Legislation 14 May 2019

Home care service looks to recruit for 100 roles in Scotland

A newly-launched home health service is calling on social care professionals to apply for one of the 100 live-in care roles on offer across Scotland.

14 May 2019


This week’s contracts and deals include: Ceridian, Challenge TRG Group, Christian Aid, Hayward Hawk, Kingdom Services Group, Phoenix Training Services, Recruitment Entrepreneur, Xpress Solutions

Contracts 14 May 2019