Industry employment increases across all industries, as transportation and real estate hit 41 percent growth. London, UK - 27th October, 2014: September data from Indeed shows that the availability of jobs in the UK has increased across all industries compared to September 2013, reflecting the continuing decrease in the UK unemployment rate.

The Transportation and Real Estate sectors have increased the most by 41 percent compared to the same time last year – perhaps unsurprisingly with recent government investment in the transportation industry and new home registrations hitting their highest level since 2007.

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The recruitment industry has surged back past its pre-recession peak, with total annual revenues hitting £28.7bn, some 6.3pc higher than the previous record.

New data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed that in the 2013/14 financial year, the value of the jobs industry grew by 8.2pc on the previous period.

According to the industry trade body’s analysis, 630,000 people were helped to find a permanent job during the period and on any given day 1.15m people were working on a temporary or contract assignment they secured via a recruitment agency.

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An ex-special forces soldier has created a new app designed to connect freelance workers with local people looking to outsource work.

Former NZ Commando Desmond MacPherson has launched Qwik Coin – a new way to make money, or to find skilled workers, via smartphone.

The app acts as a local digital marketplace for vendors to advertise the skills they need for a last-minute or small task, with applicants to state their experience and abilities in order to get temporary jobs and tasks completed.

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Staring intently at a computer, unemployed labourer John Stephenson is painstakingly searching the keyboard, letter by letter, as he struggles to find job vacancies online.

Age, lack of paper qualifications and 15 years without work are all against him, but for now the most immediate hurdle is his lack of computer skills.

The shift towards online applications for jobs and benefits is a big challenge for people such as Mr Stephenson, 57, one of an estimated 9.5m people in the UK who lack basic IT skills.

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International graduates find it extremely difficult to get professional work in Australia, despite having qualifications in areas of supposed skills shortages, a three-year study has found.

The accounting, nursing and ­engineering graduates in the study encountered multiple barriers to getting a job, including a tough jobs market and local firms unwilling to take on staff without permanent residency.

The Deakin University report, ­Australian International Graduates and the Transition to Employment, bluntly concludes international graduates without a permanent visa are unlikely to find work in their discipline area in Australia.

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UK: Job Vacancies Reach New High

Search engine firm Adzuna said competition for posts had fallen, with 30 cities now having more vacancies than jobseekers.

Advertised vacancies have increased for four months in a row, although much of it is being driven by part-time work.

Vacancies in customer services are particularly strong in the run up to the busy Christmas period.

The report also showed that advertised salaries jumped by 2% in September compared to a year ago, to an average of £34,695.

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The proportion of female workers recruited for jobs in the City has increased over the past 12 months from 20% to 29%, according to research by specialist recruitment firm Astbury Marsden.

The surge in the number of women working in the City is evidence that the gender diversity programmes, put in place to attract and support female workers, are beginning to have an impact on the make-up of the City’s workforce, says the recruiter.

Astbury says the composition of the City’s workforce is changing as it hires more and more of the output of the best international business schools and universities, and “leaves its image as an old boy’s club further and further behind”.

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Financial services job vacancies in the North of England are growing at the expense of London and the South East as financial institutions shift more jobs to lower-cost areas, according to BrightPool, a recruitment firm for the sector.

The company says cheaper cost bases have helped cities in the North enjoy the biggest increase in financial service job vacancies over the past two years up to the third quarter this year:

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NZ: Poll Shows Insecurity Over Work

Half of New Zealand’s temporary and casual workers are worried they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months, according to new research.

Dubbed the “precariat”, the growing class of casual staff, part- timers and contractors now make up two-thirds of all workers.

An independent survey commissioned by NZ Tax Refunds found 50 per cent of those in full- time temporary jobs said there was a medium or high chance they would lose their jobs within a year.

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Kiwis living in Australia are coming home and those planning to jump the Ditch have put their plans on hold because New Zealand’s job opportunities and lifestyle hold more appeal.

The number of Kiwis returning to New Zealand reached a record high for the year ended September 2014, with 15,000 coming home.

And while New Zealand was still losing more Kiwis to Australia than it was gaining, the net loss of 10,000 Kiwis across the Ditch was the lowest in the past 20 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.

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