Government pays wages of 25% of the workforce

More than 600,000 workers left UK payrolls between March and May, according to official figures from the Office of National Statistics – but economists agree that the real employment picture across the country will not be visible until wage support schemes such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) end in October.

At the same time, the official UK unemployment rate for the period was 3.9%, the relatively stable figure reflecting the millions of workers on the CJRS, or furlough, programme.

The number of people claiming work-related benefits increased by 126% to 2.8 million, reflecting the impact of about six weeks of lockdown in which many business sectors were closed.

Job vacancies between March and May fell by 342,000 from the previous quarter, down to 476,000. According to the Institute for Employment Studies, eight unemployed people are pursuing every job vacancy in the UK, an increase from two before the pandemic hit.

On Tuesday 16 June, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) reported that 9.1 million workers – more than a quarter of the workforce – are having their wages paid through the CJRS.

APSCo Outsource is new trade body for outsourcing providers

A new trade body for outsourcing providers has been launched by APSCo Global.

5 January 2021

Gattaca to help G.Network in large-scale recruitment drive

Specialist recruitment solutions group Gattaca has announced a multi-year strategic recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) partnership with G.Network, a full-fibre internet service provider.

Contracts 17 December 2020


This week’s new contracts & deals include: Alexander Mann Solutions, Bullhorn, Concept Information Technology, Executive Heads

Contracts 12 October 2020

Global RPO market set to top $20bn by 2027

The global recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) market size is expected to reach $20.8bn (£15.6bn) by 2027, according to a new report by US-based Grand View Research.

3 September 2020