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Tax-free childcare to launch in 2017

Holly Jay
3rd July 2015 by Holly Jay

The government’s tax-free childcare scheme has been given the go-ahead following a Supreme Court ruling, but will not be launched until early 2017.

The scheme was originally due to launch in autumn 2015 but has been held up by a succession of court cases resulting from legal action brought by the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) and Edenred.

CVPA and Edenred challenged the government’s decision to deliver the scheme in partnership with National Savings & Investments (NS&I), which has an existing outsourcing contract with private firm Atos IT Services.


Traditional hiring methods holding companies back from finding talent

Andrea Burgstaller
3rd July 2015 by Andrea Burgstaller

Traditional hiring methods could be holding companies back from finding top talent, according to a report from Upwork.

Offline routes, such as advertising in newspapers and magazines, were used by almost four in 10 (37%) respondents. Only three in 10 (31%) posted online job adverts, a quarter (25%) used LinkedIn, and less than one in five (19%) utilised social media.

Just one in 25 (4%) respondents looked outside of the UK to source talent, and 78% of companies restricted their search to the local area.

The Upwork study reported that it takes UK businesses more than a month on average (34 days) to find and hire new talent, with one in seven (14%) taking longer than two months to find the right person.

Country manager, UK and Ireland for Upwork Hayley Conick said this inefficiency is costing UK business: “It’s particularly worrying to learn that UK businesses are being prevented from growing, both in terms of winning new work and losing existing clients as a result of inefficient processes for finding talent."

She added: “Today businesses have access to a global pool of talent at the click of a button. However, when only 4% are looking beyond UK borders is it any wonder we’re falling behind?”


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