UK – Top 2019 staffing stories included IR35, ghosting and technology


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19 December 2019

Looking back, some of the hottest topics in 2019 affecting the UK staffing market included the upcoming expansion of the IR35 off-payroll working rules to the private sector as well as Brexit and the recent general election.

However, technology and ghosting were also subjects of interest, according to the most-read articles in the Staffing Industry Daily News from the UK.

Here’s a list of seven of the top staffing news stories in order of page views:

“PageGroup CEO takes leave of absence following skiing accident: CFO to lead executive team”: This story on 15 March reported CEO Steve Ingham suffered an accident while skiing. CFO Kelvin Stagg took over running operations while Ingham recuperated.

“Indeed to acquire online staffing platform Syft”: Jobs website Indeed announced a deal on 30 May to acquire Syft, an online recruiting platform for the hospitality, event and light industrial sectors in the UK. Syft was launched in London.

“HMRC accuses GlaxoSmithKline contractors of IR35 offences”: HM Revenue and Customs accused approximately 1,500 contractors who were currently or previously engaged by UK pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline of IR35 non-compliance for the 2018/2019 tax year, according to a story on 27 August.

“‘Ghosting’ a candidate is top way for recruiters to lose credibility: Korn Ferry”: More than half, or 53%, of candidates say the top way communications break down is when a recruiter “ghosts” them by not calling them back or letting them know where they stand in the hiring process, according to a story on 13 June based on data from Korn Ferry.

“Government opens consultation on private-sector IR35 independent contractor tax rules”: This story from 5 March reported on the UK government’s decision to move ahead with plans to expand the IR35 off-payroll working rules to the private sector by opening a consultation.

“Lloyds Bank to halt use of off-payroll contractors”: This story from 4 October reports Lloyds Bank became the latest firm to announce that it would cease engaging with contractors who provide their services via a personal services company.

“Alexander Mann Solutions acquires recruitment chatbot”: Alexander Mann Solutions announced the acquisition of Karen HR Inc. in this story from 27 June. Karen HR uses a “cognitive recruiting assistant” and integrates with applicant tracking systems in order to enhance recruiting practices, according to the story.


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