To view our recent presentation to the CA ANZ Auckland Young Accountants Group about Working in the UK, click on CAANZ – Akld YAG Presentation 15-05-27.

Based on 669 Australasian accountants employed by more than 400 UK employers, this presentation provides a snapshot of current demand, salary ranges, types of roles and the top UK employers of Australasian accountants in 2014.

For further information about working in the UK, people are invited to attend an upcoming 100% UK Ready Seminar. These one hour presentations are free and a great starting point for Australasian professionals thinking about working in the UK.

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Mar/15

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OZ: Minimum Wage Rise Possible

Australia’s lowest paid workers could receive almost $1500 extra every year if a push for an increase in the minimum wage is approved.

The powerful Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) made a submission to the Fair Work Commission calling on the Abbott Government to lift the minimum wage by $27 a week from $640.90 to $667.90.

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New Zealanders have become more confident about the labour market and confident they’ll be able to earn more in a growing economy.

The Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index rose to 108.5 in the March quarter from 106.5 three months earlier. The latest survey shows Kiwis are feeling better about their own job security. Those expecting earnings growth rose to 32.9 percent from 29.2 percent.

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Professional recruitment firms now have 21% more vacancies on their books than this time last year according to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), compiled by Staffing Industry Analysts.

This annual increase in opportunities is juxtaposed with a cooling in month-on-month demand with vacancies declining by 1% between January and February 2015, mainly due to uncertainties around the General Election.

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(Bloomberg) — U.K. financial-services employment fell for the second consecutive quarter as banks cut costs amid restrictions on capital and tougher regulation, according to a Confederation of British Industry survey.

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Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest Scotland’s jobless total rose to 162,000 in the November to January period, hiking to jobless rate to 5.9 percent of the available workforce compared with 5.7 percent for the UK as a whole.

The unemployment rate in Scotland rose by 6,000 in the three months to January, official figures show.

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A rise in the jobless total means Scotland now has a higher unemployment rate than the UK.

While unemployment across the United Kingdom fell by 102,000 between November and January, official figures show a rise of 6,000 in Scotland over the same period.

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Employers and recruiters find it difficult to fill vacancies as demand for skilled staff, outstrips supply, especially in hospitality and tourism.  A shortage in skilled managers and workers is a growing problem for New Zealand, say employers and recruiters.

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Most people agree that HR is here to stay, but a pertinent question still remains: “what will the future shape of HR look like and what will be its purpose in business?”

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FALLING business confidence is a bad sign for jobs, even though job ads are on the rise.

BUSINESS confidence fell in February to its lowest point since the lead up to 2013 federal election, a monthly NAB survey shows.  The fall was dominated by the mining sector, where confidence has been eroded by falling commodity prices.But confidence is hardly buoyant in any other industry.

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