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The effects of the credit crunch are being felt in the UK jobs market as official figures show the claimant count has risen.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics released this week shows that unemployment rose for the fourth consecutive month in April, approaching a million.

Despite the news, the Chartered Institute of Personnel (CIPD) report that employers are still hiring and say there is no sign yet of a rise in redundancies, which indicates that the labour market overall is cooling only moderately.

Jobbies JobsHowever it has been suggested that a more sinister method of “letting go” is being undertaken and that managers are being encouraged to monitor the time their staff spent online on social media sites such as Facebook and Youtube with a view to adopting “highest time wasters will be first to go” as a disciplinary matter thus avoiding redundancy pay outs.

HR Zone reported that the amount of time online at work averages as much as an hour and a half per week with over half of workers spending time booking holidays or even checking for latest vacancies.

Can’t have it both ways

On the back of the grey clouds surrounding UK jobs another survey highlights that even in a difficult job climate many have issues with the remuneration received – adamant that wage gazumping should not begin to happen in the UK.

The survey has revealed that well over 70% of workers believe they will never earn their ideal salary in their current job.

The research of four and a half thousand workers by Jobbies - an online recruitment site found that the country’s ideal salary is £38k, with over 40% of people saying they will keep moving jobs in order to achieve this.

In addition, three out of 10 workers are unhappy with the amount of money they earn at the moment, while 19% feel underpaid for their job.

When it comes to pay rises, 27% timidly confessed that they’ve never had a raise, while a third have waited a year or more since their last increase.

Yet 51% claimed to be too shy shy to discuss pay in their job interview or request a pay rise in their current jobs.

A spokesman from Careers and Jobs a leading online UK jobs site said: “Far from wanting to be squillionaires, the true British Worker has a fairly realistic annual salary in mind..

The key to negotiating a good salary at interview or with your current employer is having the confidence to show what your skills and expertise are worth.

“Failing that constant moaning and griping in the staff room will go a long long way to improving your standing with colleagues and bosses alike.


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