The results of the CBI survey provide encouraging signs that businesses are committed to expanding the number of apprenticeships. Although apprenticeships are not a short-term fix, they will be very important if the UK is to find medium and longer-term solutions to address the ongoing concerns of skills gaps.
50% of respondents to the CBI survey believe that the UK will become a less attractive location over the next five years - and a degree of pessimism is shared across every region in the UK. Expectations are negative across the board, from a fairly modest -3% in the east of England to a very disturbing -49% in Northern Ireland.
Seemingly one of the toughest areas for HR and business leaders to resolve is that of retaining talent within their organisations.
So often businesses beat themselves up analysing attrition figures and the negative effects on their businesses but do not have the ‘answers’ in terms of a cure.
The term 'Gig Economy' is fast becoming one that is on many people's lips. It's a term that is prompting a fair bit of discussion and it's even had an airing in the US presidential race. It's fast becoming a hot topic on both sides of the Atlantic, and as people debate the pros and cons of the Gig Economy, the term looks set to become part of industry vocabulary.
Most experts agree that 2016 is set to be a good year for the jobs market. A report, released in December 2015, by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) certainly conveys an outlook of positivity and promise. It states that 86% of employers are expecting to be recruiting staff over the first three months of 2016, with 78% now predicting that in the medium term their focus will be on creating new jobs.
As the economy continues to grow there is a fair amount of positivity within the private sector in the UK. After five years of decline, in 2015, UK workers are beginning to see a rise in real wages as pay growth finally outstrips inflation. And 2015 looks set to be the year of another recovery too - as more permanent, rather than temporary, jobs being created.