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Permanent Jobs on the Rise

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A survey of recruitment agencies has found that permanent jobs are on the rise for the first time since September 2011, reports Reuters.

The increase is the sharpest in permanent employment for nearly four years.

Furthermore, overall demand for staff rose, with engineers among the most sought after profession. The reduction in those claiming benefits indicates that there is a possibility that the labour market is levelling out.

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Oil and gas recruitment trends changing in 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

In a recent article by The Engineer, it has been reported that the Oil and Gas sector will have to recruit candidates from other industries to meet the demand for extra staff in 2012.

With demand for engineers predicted to grow in 2012 as a result of growing oil and gas exploration, CK Science also reports a shift in the recruitment trends of the Oil and Gas industry.

Liam O’Conner, Director at CK Science explains the recruitment patterns that the scientific recruitment consultancy have experienced,  “The interesting part of this expansion within the oil and gas sector is that it is not just the construction and engineering sectors which has improved, but also the support services. We have seen an increase in the demand for staff such as chemists, analysts, flow technicians and engineers, as well as an increase in demands from sub contract industries as the paint and additive sectors. ”

O’Connell went on to say, “It is all good news for the industry, but there is a shortage of experienced candidates, as over the last 4 years many of the UK professionals in these fields have moved to the Middle East and Far East. We are starting to see these professionals return to the UK, but also notice that a number of companies in these areas are recruiting junior and fresh graduates and offering fast track training schemes.”

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Demand for temporary staff stays strong

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

According to the REC’s JobOutlook, demand for temporary staff continues to be strong despite the introduction of the new Agency Workers Regulations.

The outlook for 2012 is extremely promising with 81 per cent of employers planning to either grow or keep their temporary staff at the same levels. In fact, 31 per cent have stated that they are planning to boost their temporary staff.

Speaking of the news, REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green stated:

“The ongoing economic uncertainty has clearly influenced hiring patterns. Using temporary and contract staff is an attractive option and continues to provide a means of bringing in the right skills at very short notice.

“There is no doubt that the AWR has created significant cost and bureaucracy for agencies. At the same time, the need for agency staff is well established. The main impact to date has been the development of new supply models rather than any sort of collapse in demand for temp and contract labour. These are trends that we will continue to track as we approach the first 12 week milestone.”

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

As reported by the BBC, a £36m drug research institute has been opened in Glasgow by Strathclyde University.

The institute will concentrate on developing new medicines to treat cancer, heart disease and strokes, malaria and TB. It will bring together researchers in chemistry, biology and pharmacy.

Strathclyde University invested £28m in the drug research institute and had support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Funding Council. A further £8m was also raised through fundraising with surgeon and TV presenter Professor Lord Winston.

Strathclyde University is renowned for their expertise and research capabilities within the chemical, biological and pharmaceutical sciences. University Principal, Jim McDonald, stated,

“The investment in our advanced facilities will help our scientists find new and better treatments and reflects Strathclyde’s commitment to finding solutions to the global challenges of the 21st century.

“By bringing together talented multidisciplinary researchers with colleagues in the NHS, business and industry, we are in the ideal position to accelerate the pace of research and translate it into products that benefit patients.”

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Academic Publishers Withhold Research

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

George Monbiot, writing for The Guardian has reported that academic publishers are charging a premium for people to access papers and reports that contain valuable scientific research.

As is almost universally agreed, the public need to be informed so as to make intelligent decisions and valued judgements. This must be seen across the board, from the scientific to political or historical spheres, though when academic publishers are charging upwards of £25 to read a single article from a journal, a rather excessive barrier seems to be in place to such understanding. Reading journals in libraries is another option, but with academic journals costing an average of £6250 annually, this is causing significant funding problems.

To make matters worse, such journals are paid for through taxation and government grants, so one would assume they would be made freely available. The universal declaration of human rights declares that “everyone has the right freely to… share in scientific advancement and it’s benefits,” though clearly the amounts it costs people to access journals contravenes this declaration. There is a growing movement for government’s to make publicly funded papers available to the public, allowing everyone a chance to engage with scientific advancement.

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REC Claims Flexible Workforce is Way Forward

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has reported that flexible work is increasingly important for the economy and allows for the creation of a modern workforce.

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Gillian Econopouly, Head of Policy at the REC, highlights the degree to which “temporary work is an invaluable way for jobseekers to enter the labour market” as it allows them the chance to gain experience and workplace skills. She later added that businesses and employees must work together “to adopt mutually beneficial working arrangements.”

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Can the current economic climate actually boost your business?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Yes! Here at CK, many highly qualified and experienced candidates are seeking our services to help them find new positions in science industries.


How can this benefit you?

The benefit to you is that these candidates are willing to be more flexible when it comes to salary, are less likely to leave and can do wonders for your business:

  • They may provide you with new business perspectives, helping both the department and the company to keep growing.
  • Their skills could help fill other gaps within the organisation, promoting innovation
  • Your training costs will be dramatically reduced
  • A more experienced candidate can help mentor those in junior positions
  • They are likely to have a strong network which can be leveraged to the benefit of the organisation

The CK Group has some great candidates looking for new positions in a variety of science-based industries.

To find out more, please call our Head Office on 0114 283 9956 or email

Enterprise Jobs “Trailblazers for Growth” Says PM

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The opening of enterprise zones across the UK, expected to create tens of thousands of jobs, has been announced, reports

The zones are to be opened in eleven locations, including said that the zones will be “trailblazers for growth, jobs and prosperity.”

Mr Cameron continued, saying “it will be those with the great business ideas who are ready to start up” who will drive the UK’s growth. The Treasury announced at the end of July that 100 of 137 reforms proposed in the March Budget’s Plan for Growth have been achieved.

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UK Employment Recovery Haphazard

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The UK currently has a jobs gap of around 158,000, according to the Trade Unions Congress (TUC), reports

The figure is worked out based on the Office of National Statistics latest unemployment numbers, minus the figure that was recorded before the 2008 recession. Employment figures are very haphazard country wide, rising 3.3% in London – or 122,000 jobs – and down 2.8% in the West Midland; 70,000 jobs.

London, the East Midlands and Eastern England are at higher employment levels than before the recession, whilst areas such as the North East and South West are still struggling to reduce unemployment to the pre-recession standard. According to the TUC, were it not for London’s employment increase the jobs gap would be double that which it is now. The TUC has said that the employment levels remain below that which they were before the recession.

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REC Reports Further Hiring Increase in July

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The REC has released its latest report on jobs for July, which shows further increase of the hiring of temporary and permanent staff.

There was a moderate rise in permanent jobs and temporary billings, staff demand grew at a slower rate than any time in the last eight months and pay growth has quickened from June. Those in engineering and IT were most sought after, whereas other sectors, such as healthcare, stagnated somewhat. Salary rates improved but remained lower than the average when the REC began their monthly surveys in 1997.

The figures show that the “jobs market is continuing to perform well despite general weakness in the UK economy,” says REC CEO Kevin Green. Two years of continuous growth have led employers to keep hiring. Whilst employment is increasing, businesses are still cautious when taking on new staff due to the uncertain economy caused by the current and impending cuts.

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