Labour Expense and Recruitment Issues Leave Employers Struggling

The Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO) is a survey of 5000 UK firms of various sizes and operating in multiple sectors. The QRO for Q4 of 2024 has revealed that several sectors within the UK are suffering from recruitment issues more than they were in Q3.

The number of organisations with recruitment issues in the labour market has risen from 73% to 76%. The transport and logistics sector reported 81% of businesses struggling with recruitment, and the hospitality sector reported 83% of companies with the same issues. Furthermore, 77% of organisations in manufacturing, 66% of retailers and 79% of construction firms are all under similar pressure when it comes to recruitment issues.

Along with the rising pressure of recruiting, there has also been a drop in investment in training within the workplace. This is the second quarter in succession where the plans for staff training and investment have decreased across the board, falling from 27% in Q3 to 26% in Q4.

What is the solution to this? The BBC is making a case for increasing flexibility in the apprenticeship levy to help more workplaces get the training they require – but what are your thoughts?

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Employee Spotlight

Employee spotlight – Daniel Bradnam

What does a typical day for Dan look like?  A typical day for me would include either reviewing or working on Accounts, Corporation Tax Returns, VAT Returns, Bookkeeping and helping others in the office.  A couple of days during the week I bring in my trusty helper Sancho the cockapoo into the office! What do

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From the Business Godparent

Together We Can Make 2024 A Great Year

2023 was a challenging year for most people, and by the looks of it, 2024 is not going to be much better.

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Is The UK Drowning in Data and Decisions?

With software available that can gather data on all aspects of business performance, it’s no surprise that people are feeling overwhelmed and sometimes underqualified to make business decisions.

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Increase in National Living Wage

“The NLW currently stands at £10.42 per hour, and the promised increase will take it to £11.44 per hour in April 2024!” This means that a full-time worker on the NLW will see their annual salary rise from around £10,500 to nearly £21,000. This is a significant jump and will have a very positive impact

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Issue 19 - Winter 2024

22/23 Tax Return Trees Planted Total

Our final donation to The National Trust ‘Plant A Tree Fund’ for this tax year brings us up to a total of 645 trees! That’s one tree for every tax return we have filed. We are committed to making our world a greener place, and this is just one of the ways we can do

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Red Sofa Interviews

Caroline Kendhammer on The Red Sofa

Caroline talks about how you can maximising the value of your website as part of your marketing.

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JAM Sponsorship Roundup!

Here’s what JAM had to say about our sponsorship…

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