The rapid roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations offers some light at the end of the tunnel after a year of restrictions, economic hardship and illness, and has been welcomed by most of the population. However, some remain concerned about the speed at which the vaccines have been developed. Surveys have reported that perhaps a third of UK citizens would be reluctant to receive the vaccine for various reasons including the potential unknown, long-term side-effects.
The last six months have been some of the most difficult in living memory. With COVID-19 set to cast a shadow for some time yet, many firms will be taking a more cautious approach to recruitment – focusing on hiring those able to help build vital resilience into the business.
New figures from EY suggest the Aberdeen labour market will contract slightly every year between now and 2024, while employment in Inverness will grow by 0.3% annually.
Renewed activity in the North Sea is seeing oil and gas companies ramp up recruitment into the region.
Energy companies in Houston and elsewhere have ramped up hiring as oil prices hover at their highest levels since 2014, according to LinkedIn's monthly workforce report.
Oil and gas employment agency Advance Global Recruitment (AGR) has been awarded a three year contract with Italian contractor Saipem to provide staff.
The increasing role tourism can play in the north-east economy after the oil and gas slump was the focus of an expert gathering yesterday.
Global oil prices have reached the level where demand for talent picks up again, a recruitment agency claims.
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin is to write to the Scottish Government over alleged discrimination against job hunting former oil and gas workers.
Rising unemployment and a fall in the number of people north of the border “paint a worrying picture” Scottish Secretary David Mundell said yesterday.
Firms are “tinkering around the edges” in trying to close the gender pay gap by offering benefits such as flexible working, according to a new report.
Norway’s unemployment rate jumped to the highest in more than a decade as a slump inoil prices weighs on an expansion in western Europe’s biggest crude producer.
When the financial crisis brought the global economy to its knees, Norway was largely unscathed. But oil under $50? That's another story. Unemployment peaked at about 3.7 percent in 2010 in the post-crisis aftermath. Falling oil prices already pushed the jobless rate to 4.3 percent in May, the highest in at least 11 years, and that was before a renewed drop in Brent crude. Here are a few ways it's harder for Norway to deal with plunging oil prices than a global financial meltdown.
The north-east can carry the torch for Scotland in the crusade to reduce unemployment among the country’s young people, Sir Ian Wood told the region’s fledgling jobs taskforce yesterday. Sir Ian, the former chairman of energy giant Wood Group, said the area was in far better position than other parts of Scotland to meet ambitious employment targets put forward last year in his commission’s report into youth joblessness. He added: “We are very lucky in this part of Scotland. In terms of prospects, we have got a whole bunch of youngsters, whether we call them technicians or tradesmen, who are 25 to 30 years old and they’re earning up to £50,000 a year.
Apprenticeships in the UK nuclear sector have grown by 300% since 2008, and doubled since 2013, according to figures released to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week. Nearly 1,600 new recruits were enrolled in schemes across the sector in 2014.
A low oil price of $50 a barrel could create 90,000 UK jobs by 2020, a new report has predicted, but government would need to act to support the North Sea. Big four accountancy firm PWC said the sharp fall in oil prices since mid-2014 should boost output and employment in most sectors of the UK economy compared to when Brent crude was riding high at $108 per barrel.
Amec Foster Wheeler has launched a consultation with its staff in the north-east that is expected to lead to an unspecified number of job cuts. The oil services firm, which employs about 3,000 in the region, said it aims to “mitigate the impact” of the fall in oil price through cost cuts but also pledged to relocate staff who will be affected by the move. The firm, which recently completed a merger with rival Foster Wheeler, was one of the first major oil services groups to cut contractor rates last year.