A BBC survey has found that creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England. Out of the 1,200 schools that responded to the study, nine in every ten said they had cut back on lesson time, staff, or resources in creative subjects.
Experts say deals that the NHS entered into to pay for new buildings are crippling the service with extortionate payback terms. Over the past 20 years, more than 100 schemes were agreed with private companies to pay for new centres and hospitals. NHS trusts then made annual repayments with additional fees. A staggering £55bn is still owed in debts, with some trusts paying a sixth of their income in interest fees.
Lloyds, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Tesco Bank have all told their contract workers that they will no longer be able to work through a limited company. Going forward, these banks will all require their contract workers to go PAYE.
When you join a recruitment agency they’ll usually invite you into the office for an informal chat. This is an opportunity for them to learn all about you so that they can match you with the right job and end client. It’s important that you think carefully about your short and long term goals and give the agency as much information as possible about the opportunities you’re looking for. This might relate to the industry you’d like to work within, but it could also cover the kind of companies you’d like to work for, or the kind of assignments you’d prefer. Here are some questions to consider that your recruiter might also ask you.
A great CV can be used as the template for all your social media profiles and any online application forms you might have to fill out. While there’s lots of advice on how to write your CV on the web, we’ve narrowed it down to three essential factors that really make the difference when it comes to what recruiters want. Once you’ve got the basics covered, your CV should only need updating with your latest skills and experience, so investing some time in getting your CV right is worthwhile. Recruiters receive hundreds of CVs for each position; here’s how to make them stop and take notice of yours.
According to a government review, nearly 12 million people in the UK are being prescribed medicine that can cause dependence. Public Health England (PHE) found that half of these people have been on prescription medicines for a year or more, and more than a fifth for over three years. Prescribing rates are 1.5 times higher for women than for men.
Bake Off judge and celebrity chef Prue Leith has been appointed advisor to a review that will look into hospital food standards across the UK. The review was announced in June, after Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed seven NHS Trusts have reported cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients.
Following changes to off-payroll working in the public sector in 2017, research from APSCo found that 55% of professional recruitment companies had witnessed a drop in the use of PSCs, with most of this movement into umbrella companies. A survey of the trade association’s membership revealed that 91% of the professional recruitment firms polled believe that an increasing number of contractors will turn to umbrella companies in response to the new rules that come into effect in April 2020.
British business is feeling the pinch of an acute skills deficit, but no organisation more so than the NHS, where long-term staff shortages have left the service close to crisis. A group of business bodies are advising the new PM to lower the salary threshold for foreign workers from £30,000 to £20,000 in order to ease the situation.
The government have announced a partnership with Amazon Echo (Alexa) that will give people access to expert health information. The voice-assisted technology will automatically search the NHS Choices website when UK users ask for health-related advice.