●Frustrations Employers’ top three frustrations when hiring? A lack of quality candidates (24 per cent); being pestered by recruitment agencies (22 per cent); and attracting the right candidates (19 per cent). These findings come from a study of 375 businesses conducted by Zzing Marketing for the PPA Recruitment Advertising Survey. It also found that advertising in business media is more likely to attract a higher quality of job candidate than methods such as horizontal job boards and social media.


●Interim managers Demand for interim managers in the UK manufacturing sector is rapidly increasing, according to Interim Partners, which places short-term managers. The pay is rising, too. Ipsos Mori research shows daily rates for interim managers in manufacturing at £845 a day in the last quarter of 2010, up 13 per cent compared with the same time last year – and £1,750 at director level. In that period, manufacturing accounted for 13 per cent of all private sector assignments, making it the second largest employer of interim managers after banking and finance.

●Flexible working John Drover, chief executive of Executive Offices Group, the serviced and virtual offices provider, says measures such as flexible working contribute to small business profitability and should be encouraged. But he detects a “negative perception” of it among many larger businesses “about how to offer flexible working without compromising production or maintaining service levels. There is a trust issue at play here, too, both of employee productivity away from the office and the capacity of technology.”

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