Posts Tagged: Brexit

Christmas Peak 2019 Retail Update

ARE STOCKS FOR CHRISTMAS PEAK 2019 ON TARGET? A March 2019 Brexit survey from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) showed that some 60% of UK manufacturers and 48% of UK retailers reported that they had been increasing stocks of goods and materials well in advance of the October 2019  Brexit; Irish cheesemakers […]

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UK Manufacturing Production Boost & Buoyant Jobs Market – April 2019 Update

In March 2019 UK manufacturing experienced a surge in production amidst fear of a no-deal Brexit according to a key industry performance indicator –  the  IHS Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index which rose to 55.1 in March, up from 52.1 in February. This was the highest reading for 13 months. Any number above 50 indicates expansion […]

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Manufacturing Skills Shortages At All Time High

With UK employment at an all time high and the number of EU nationals coming to work in the UK continuing to fall dramatically, UK manufacturers are facing the biggest shortage of skilled workers since 1989. UK employment is at its highest level since 1971 and unemployment is at its lowest since 1975, making it even […]

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Immigration & Brexit – Skills Update November 2018

In November 2018 the UK government set out the latest draft of its post-Brexit immigration policy. In this latest draft agreement the UK Prime Minister (PM)  said the focus will be on talents and skills, not EU (European Union) passports. Current UK Immigration System At present, people from the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes […]

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UK Jobs Market October 2018 – Lowest Unemployment For 43 Years & Highest Wages Growth In A Decade

This week’s labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  showed unemployment at 4.0% for the latest quarter (July to September 2018), the lowest for 43 years. It has not been lower since December 1974 to February 1975. Unemployment dropped by 47,000 to 1.36 million,  47,000 fewer than for March to May […]

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HR Spotlight – Key Issues – August 2018


HR departments today are increasingly having to embrace and deal with a much wider and more difficult set of challenges than in decades gone by in order to effectively support their organisations day-to-operations and strategic growth plans – from ongoing skills shortages to major UK and European legislative changes such as GDPR and Brexit to integrating […]

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