Market Research RSS Feedshttp://www.djsresearch.co.ukMarket Research RSS FeedsSat, 16 Oct 2021 06:05:03 BST Job vacancies estimated at nearly one million for the first time since records began in 2001, reveals survey Job vacancies estimated at nearly one million for the first time since records began in 2001: A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics has revealed the number of job vacancies has been estimated to be at just under one million in June 2021. The estimated number of vacancies (953,000) is the highest estimated since records began in 2001. It was also found that the Arts, Leisure and Food industry have created the most vacancies in the last few months, with most venues and companies fully reopening. In addition, analysts predicted the rate of unemployment would stay at just under 5% for the quarter, however, the figure slightly increased. Despite the number of job vacancies increasing, the number of people on furlough has decreased to the lowest amount since the scheme was first introduced. Furthermore, the number of people with jobs increased in June and July by 182,000, and has grown by almost 500,000 in the few months prior. However, it is still estimated that the number of employed UK adults is 201,000; lower than before the pandemic started. The study also found that wages grew from April to June in 2021 by 7% without bonuses and 9% including bonuses. The number of young and old people in work has also increased with the rate of employment up to 75% for the age categories, according to the findings. Mims Davies, the Minister for Employment, said: 'There are positive signs of recovery in today's jobs figures [but] there is still work to do and we're focused on helping employers fill roles through our Plan for Jobs ' giving people of all ages the skills, support and experience needed to confidently land that next opportunity.' http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Job-vacancies-estimated-at-nearly-one-million-for-the-first-time-since-records-began-in-2001-reveals-survey-04931 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Job-vacancies-estimated-at-nearly-one-million-for-the-first-time-since-records-began-in-2001-reveals-survey-04931 Work-life balance more important than wages when it comes to making a career change, finds poll Work-life balance more important than wages when it comes to making a career change: A survey of workers has found that when it comes to considering a change of career, finding the right work-life balance is of paramount importance. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Work-life-balance-more-important-than-wages-when-it-comes-to-making-a-career-change-finds-poll-04920 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Work-life-balance-more-important-than-wages-when-it-comes-to-making-a-career-change-finds-poll-04920 Use of online legal services more than doubled since 2012 to 44%, reveals survey Use of Online Legal Services More Than Doubled Since 2012 to 44%:A survey has revealed that the use of legal services has more than doubled since 2012, climbing to 44%. The Legal Services Consumer Panel tracker survey observed 3,500 people, also finding that since the start of the pandemic, 54% of consumers have accessed online services at least once. When choosing which lawyer would be right for them, the survey revealed there is a variety of opinions about what is best to look for. One in five said the lawyer's reputation is a key factor, up from 73% in 2012, however, only three in 10 said they would shop around before selecting their lawyer, with 74% of the opinion that they had a wide range of professionals to pick from. Although there are many different ways for someone to pick the best lawyer for them, many people are choosing correctly the survey suggests, as overall customer satisfaction of legal services used has increased from 79%, in 2012, to 83% in the latest polling in addition, satisfaction with the outcome has also increased since 2012, from 84% to 89%. Just 9% of respondents said they would describe legal services they have received as poor value for money; however, the results depend heavily on the nature of their situation, or case. For example, people dealing with more personal matters such as their family or injury claims, are less likely to be satisfied with the outcome than people with commoditised matters. The survey also uncovered that 61% of respondents found out about prices through discussions with their lawyers; 8% through their provider's website and 2% through other comparison websites. Furthermore, just 6% stated they found it difficult to understand the price based off the information they were given, with 77% saying they understood the prices. Sarah Chamber, chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel, said: "While shopping around has increased over the last ten years, past experience or personal recommendations have remained the most popular ways to choose service providers, highlighting the importance of providing every client with a high-quality service." http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Use-of-online-legal-services-more-than-doubled-since-2012-to-44percent-reveals-survey-04926 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Use-of-online-legal-services-more-than-doubled-since-2012-to-44percent-reveals-survey-04926 Job security is most important when considering staying with an employer, finds survey Job security is most important when considering staying with an employer: A survey of UK workers has found that the most important thing for employees when considering staying with their current employer is how secure their role is - ranking higher than both flexibility and pay. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Job-security-is-most-important-when-considering-staying-with-an-employer-finds-survey-04831 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Job-security-is-most-important-when-considering-staying-with-an-employer-finds-survey-04831 44% of UK workers are worried their job is not secure due to Covid-19, reveals survey 44% of UK workers are worried their job is not secure due to Covid-19: Research looking at the effects of Covid-19 on the labour market has found 44% of workers are worried that their role is under threat, with more than a third (37%) feeling 'insecure' about their position. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/44percent-of-UK-workers-are-worried-their-job-is-not-secure-due-to-Covid-19-reveals-survey-04717 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/44percent-of-UK-workers-are-worried-their-job-is-not-secure-due-to-Covid-19-reveals-survey-04717 Accountants rated most approachable service provider for SMEs during COVID-19 lockdown, survey finds Accountants rated most approachable service provider for SMEs during COVID-19 lockdown: A survey of small business owners has found that of all the service providers used during lockdown, accountants have been the most supportive to SMEs. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Accountants-rated-most-approachable-service-provider-for-SMEs-during-COVID-19-lockdown-survey-finds-04676 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Accountants-rated-most-approachable-service-provider-for-SMEs-during-COVID-19-lockdown-survey-finds-04676 Survey of lawyers reveals shift in attitude when it comes to working from home Survey of lawyers reveals shift in attitude when it comes to working from home: A survey of lawyers and law firm staff has revealed a change in the number of professionals who would like to work at home permanently once the coronavirus pandemic is over. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-of-lawyers-reveals-shift-in-attitude-when-it-comes-to-working-from-home-04651 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-of-lawyers-reveals-shift-in-attitude-when-it-comes-to-working-from-home-04651 One in four employers expect to make permanent redundancies due to COVID-19, reveals poll One in four employers expect to make permanent redundancies due to COVID-19: A survey of HR professionals has revealed insight into the way employers are responding to the coronavirus crisis, finding that while many are looking to furlough staff, a quarter fear they will have to make permanent redundancies. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/One-in-four-employers-expect-to-make-permanent-redundancies-due-to-COVID-19-reveals-poll-04586 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/One-in-four-employers-expect-to-make-permanent-redundancies-due-to-COVID-19-reveals-poll-04586 Fifth of architects say their entire office is working from home due to coronavirus, according to survey Fifth of architects say their entire office is working from home due to coronavirus: A survey of architects has revealed that a fifth (21%) saw their entire office setting up operations from home, following Boris Johnson's 16 March address to the nation. The Prime Minister said that all those who could work from home, should do, in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Fifth-of-architects-say-their-entire-office-is-working-from-home-due-to-coronavirus-according-to-survey-04569 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Fifth-of-architects-say-their-entire-office-is-working-from-home-due-to-coronavirus-according-to-survey-04569 Six in 10 adults in England and Wales have experienced a legal issue in last four years, reveals poll Six in 10 adults in England and Wales have experienced a legal issue in last four years: A survey has found that in the past four years, six out of 10 adults in England and Wales have experienced a legal issue http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Six-in-10-adults-in-England-and-Wales-have-experienced-a-legal-issue-in-last-four-years-reveals-poll-04550 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Six-in-10-adults-in-England-and-Wales-have-experienced-a-legal-issue-in-last-four-years-reveals-poll-04550 SMEs hire accountants more than any other professional adviser, according to poll SMEs hire accountants more than any other professional adviser: A survey has revealed that of all the professional advisers SMEs hire to assist their business, accountants are the most popular, with two thirds of respondents (66 per cent) saying they had hired one for their organisation. The survey also found that SMEs within the financial sector were the most likely to call in support from experts. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/SMEs-hire-accountants-more-than-any-other-professional-adviser-according-to-poll-04488 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/SMEs-hire-accountants-more-than-any-other-professional-adviser-according-to-poll-04488 Nearly half UK lawyers are using tech that does not meet their needs, finds survey Nearly half UK lawyers using tech that does not meet their needs: A survey of UK and US lawyers for Intapp has revealed 46% of those polled in the UK are using technology that falls short when it comes to meeting their business needs. The survey also found that 28% of UK lawyers say the technology they use creates more work for them and is far too complex than is necessary. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Nearly-half-UK-lawyers-are-using-tech-that-does-not-meet-their-needs-finds-survey-04386 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Nearly-half-UK-lawyers-are-using-tech-that-does-not-meet-their-needs-finds-survey-04386 Decline in accounting and professional services work experience opportunities, survey shows Decline in accounting and professional services work experience opportunities: Work experience places in the accounting and professional services industries have seen a decline this year of 3.9%. from 2017 figures. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Decline-in-accounting-and-professional-services-work-experience-opportunities-survey-shows-04210 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Decline-in-accounting-and-professional-services-work-experience-opportunities-survey-shows-04210 Seven out of 10 consumers happy to use a 'lawbot' instead of a lawyer, survey finds Seven out of 10 consumers happy to use a 'lawbot' instead of a lawyer: If you're in need of a legal service but the cost of hiring a lawyer is too high, would you consider a digital 'lawbot' instead? A survey of 1000 UK consumers and 500 law firms found that 70% of consumers would happily choose an automated online 'lawbot' instead of a real-life lawyer. Their reasons for trading a human for technology? It's cheaper, faster and more straightforward. Almost 2 in 10 polled (10 percent) said using a lawbot was a more convenient way to handle their legal affairs, while 56 percent admitted they would be willing to pay a higher price to ensure their needs were met on a faster timescale. The new study by Olive Communications, a managed cloud comms provider, found that of all the legal services consumers would like to have lawbot-style access to, insurance claims were top, with 46 percent saying they would use such a service. Other services mentioned were financial disputes (23 percent) tax appeals (23 percent), conveyancing (19 percent), divorce application (14 percent) and unfair dismissal claims (11 percent). Consumers want better digital services The research also looked at digital services offered by law firms and found that 34 percent of consumers would like better digital services from law firms such as Instant Messenger or video conferencing to make communication more fluid and save time. Of the respondents polled, 66 percent said they currently have no access to such services. The law firms surveyed also had concerns about lagging behind when it comes to digital technologies, with 66 percent concerned that client response times, productivity and chargeable time may suffer if they fail to offer the latest digital services. The research also revealed that 71 percent of larger law firms were concerned about falling behind in terms of their digital offering, while SMEs were slightly less concerned at 61 percent. Just under half (49 percent) of the law firms polled were concerned about falling behind the competition. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Seven-out-of-10-consumers-happy-to-use-a-lawbot-instead-of-a-lawyer-survey-finds-04211 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Seven-out-of-10-consumers-happy-to-use-a-lawbot-instead-of-a-lawyer-survey-finds-04211 42% of finance workers put off pursuing roles due to negative first impressions, according to survey 42% of finance workers put off pursuing roles due to negative first impressions: Nearly half of survey respondents working in finance industries said they have been dissuaded from pursuing a new position after an organisation has failed to make a good impression. The What Workers Want survey by Hayes Accounting found that first impressions really do count for a lot when it comes to a candidate choosing whether or not to pursue a role. The study polled 14,600 employees across a number of sectors - with over 2,000 of the responses returned coming from people working in finance. So, what was it that put them off? The survey found that seeing the environment they would have to work each day was the reason two-thirds of prospective finance employees were deterred, while 46 percent said it was the interview process that had made them have second thoughts. Unwelcoming staff were another reason for candidates feeling put off, with 38 percent saying it was enough to make them have a rethink. Over eight in 10 finance professionals said that they have experienced a negative interview process citing reasons such as poor communication and ill-prepared interviewers. Other research findings… When it comes to staying in a role, 43 percent admitted to leaving a company because it did not meet up to their expectations, with reasons given including not receiving training they were expecting, management being different to what they had been led to believe it would be and the job not being true to what was advertised. The study also showed that respondents do not like to be kept waiting to hear if they have been successful after submitting an application, with almost two thirds (62 percent) saying they would wait no longer than a week before looking for other opportunities. When it comes to being offered a role, 61 percent said they will only wait between one and three days before looking elsewhere. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/42percent-of-finance-workers-put-off-pursuing-roles-due-to-negative-first-impressions-according-to-survey-04212 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/42percent-of-finance-workers-put-off-pursuing-roles-due-to-negative-first-impressions-according-to-survey-04212 10 per cent of lawyers born overseas plan to leave UK soon, survey finds 10 per cent of lawyers born overseas plan to leave UK soon, survey finds: According to a recent professional services survey by Lawyer 2B, 10 per cent of foreign-born lawyers, who are currently working in the United Kingdom, are planning to leave the country soon. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/10-per-cent-of-lawyers-born-overseas-plan-to-leave-UK-soon-survey-finds-03590 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/10-per-cent-of-lawyers-born-overseas-plan-to-leave-UK-soon-survey-finds-03590 Survey finds judges are worried about their personal safety and salaries Survey finds judges are worried about their personal safety and salaries: According to a recent professional services survey, nearly 50 per cent of all high court judges intend to leave the bench prematurely. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-judges-are-worried-about-their-personal-safety-and-salaries-03565 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-judges-are-worried-about-their-personal-safety-and-salaries-03565 Survey suggests a class pay divide is prevalent amongst accountants Survey suggests a class pay divide is prevalent amongst accountants: According to a recent professional services survey, finance employees from less advantaged households earn an average of £13,713 less per year than their wealthier counterparts. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-suggests-a-class-pay-divide-is-prevalent-amongst-accountants-03487 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-suggests-a-class-pay-divide-is-prevalent-amongst-accountants-03487 Survey finds it now takes an average of ten years to make partner Survey finds it now takes an average of ten years to make partner: According to a recent professional services survey by the recruiter, Origin Legal, it now takes an average of a decade to make partner. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-it-now-takes-an-average-of-ten-years-to-make-partner-03385 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-it-now-takes-an-average-of-ten-years-to-make-partner-03385 Survey finds junior lawyers struggling to meet billing targets Survey finds junior lawyers struggling to meet billing targets: According to a detailed survey of 100 of the top law companies in the United Kingdom, junior lawyers are failing to hit their billing goals. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-junior-lawyers-struggling-to-meet-billing-targets-03344 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-junior-lawyers-struggling-to-meet-billing-targets-03344