The latest labour market statistics indicate that there was a fall in the number of people "not in the labour force". This has resulted in more people in employment and a small increase in the number of unemployed people. For the first time in a year, unemployment has increased, with the number of people out of work rising by 7,000 to 2.52 million in the three months to January.
Nevertheless, hiring continues. According to leading recruitment professionals interviewed by Market News International, the UK economy continued to add jobs at a steady rate in February. Recruiters said that hiring in the engineering and technology, charity and voluntary, social care and education sectors was particularly strong during the month.
The following companies are hiring professionals all over the country.
Home Retail Group is the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer with sales of almost £6billion in the past financial year. It sells products under two distinctive and complementary brands, Argos and Homebase, which combine to serve some 200million customers every year. Home Retail Group employs approximately 53,000 people.
Available positions: There are openings at Argos and Homebase in buying/merchandising, operations, supply chain or one of the many other departments.
Hertz is the world's largest vehicle renting organisation and operates from approximately 8,100 locations in 147 countries worldwide. Today, Hertz's worldwide reservations centres handle approximately 40 million phone calls and deliver approximately 30 million reservations annually.
Available positions: Hertz is recruiting customer service representatives throughout Europe.
McAfee secures systems and networks from known and as yet undiscovered threats worldwide. Home users, businesses, service providers, government agencies, and partners all trust their security expertise. As the largest dedicated security company in the world, and an employer of choice, McAfee offers career opportunities on a global scale and cares about your individual ambitions.
Available positions: McAfee is hiring mainly for sales and IT positions in the UK, Ireland and other locations across Europe.
Telefonica is a leading provider of mobile and broadband services to consumers and businesses in the UK. People may be familiar with O2 as their UK service provider. The company is the leader in non-voice services, including text, media messaging, games, music and video, as well as data connections via GPRS, HSDPA, 3G and WLAN.
Available positions: The company is hiring agency store leaders and retail advisors in O2 stores across the UK.
Nielsen is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and related properties. Nielsen has nearly 34,000 employees in more than 100 countries.
Available positions: In the UK, Nielsen is hiring managers, consultants and more for their offices in Oxford, Woking, Birmingham and London.
Johnson Controls is a global diversified company in the building and automotive industries serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company employs 162,000 employees worldwide, who create quality products, services and solutions to optimise energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles.
Available positions: Johnson Controls is hiring engineers, technicians, project managers and many more throughout the UK.
Nigel Frank International is the global leader in Microsoft Dynamics recruitment with offices in New York, Newcastle, London and Singapore. The company employs over 100 recruitment consultants worldwide focussing solely on Microsoft Dynamics recruitment and providing both contract and permanent recruitment services.
Available positions: Nigel Frank International is hiring Microsoft Dynamics professionals. In particular demand for Axapta consultants, developers and support staff is very high.
Spire Healthcare is a leading provider of private healthcare, with 37 private hospitals throughout the UK. The company employs over 7,600 people nationwide and treats over 930,000 patients per year. Spire Healthcare works with over 3,000 of the country's most experienced consultant surgeons and other specialists to deliver tailored, personalised care.
Available positions: There is a broad range of career opportunities across different departments and locations available at Spire Healthcare.
Care UK is a leading independent provider of health and social care, working in close partnership with local authorities, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities. Drawing on over twenty five years of experience, we provide tailor-made service solutions covering residential, community, specialist, primary and secondary care.
Available positions: With rapid expansion plans, Care UK needs to recruit more than eight thousand new team members across the country: doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, carers, support workers, consultants, operational managers and facility and hospitality workers.
Formerly Elan IT, Manpower Professional and Jefferson Wells, Experis is a ManpowerGroup business dedicated to connecting talented individuals with leading organisations. They specialise in providing professional opportunities across IT, finance, engineering and healthcare.
Available positions: There is a range of IT and finance positions available from Experis in locations across the UK.
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