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Workers on zero hours contracts have similar levels of job satisfaction and work-life balance as full time employees, according to a new report. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said its study also showed that zero hours employees were more likely to want to work additional hours. The…
The Scottish Government and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) have launched a new initiative aiming to bring down the cost and usage of all temporary agency staff ensuring financial targets are met across NHSScotland. The programme aims to help NHS boards develop and implement nationally agreed best practice to manage…
The social care sector could face a shortfall of a million workers in the next 20 years, according to a report. The system for adults in England faces a gap of 200,000 care workers by the end of this parliament due to restrictions on immigration and a failure to attract…
Fast-tracking people through social work will not address the problems of recruitment and retention for the profession, according to a Plymouth University academic. Di Galpin, Academic lead in social work, said the greatest change has to come from changing the culture of the job, including tackling issues of blame, high…
Major employers such as HSBC and the BBC are to introduce "blind" recruitment of graduates in a bid to curb discrimination against candidates with "ethnic-sounding names", David Cameron announced. The Prime Minister, who railed against employment discrimination in his Conservative Party conference speech, is hosting a meeting at Downing Street…
Restrictions on recruiting nurses from overseas have been temporarily lifted to aid recruitment. Nurses will be added to the Government's Shortage Occupation List, which means nurses from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will have their applications prioritised. The Department of Health said the move was designed to ease pressure…
A cap on pay rates for NHS agency workers will be extended within weeks, the Health Secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt told the Commons a maximum shift rate will apply to all clinical staff employed through agencies by the end of November. The Department of Health (DH) announced in the…
NHS hospital chiefs have warned that "stringent" immigration rules are preventing them hiring nurses for the winter. Ten heads of leading NHS trusts have signed a letter urging the Home Secretary to help address the shortage by allowing foreign nurses to work in the UK, according to the BBC. Lobby…