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Where we going Pooh

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Government needs to reconsider approach to immigration

Government needs to reconsider approach to immigration

The immigration plans as proposed by the government today will dramatically affect the labour market. Our report Ready, Willing, and Able found that the UK is not currently able to replace EU workers with UK nationals and robots in lower-skilled roles. Shortages of labour in these roles wi…

New Year Resolutions.

New Year Resolutions.

Not all of us make New Years resolutions and of those who do, how many keep them for more than a week or two? Well one resolution that we should all try to keep is to do our bit to save the planet. Climate change predictions do sound a bit apocalyptic and we're perhaps tempted to either see it …

Its that time of year

Its that time of year

The long-held tradition of the works Christmas parties are now in full swing, a chance to forget about work and enjoy relaxing with your colleagues. Due to fear of the reputational and legal fallout from bad behaviour at parties many employers cut back the plans and introduce measures which shield …

Don't get snowed under

Don't get snowed under

Reward what matters

Reward what matters

Rewards that matter Rewards breed productivity – but only if you choose meaningful ones. Offering a company car when your offices are based in Central London isn’t a viable option unless your staff are willing to leave their houses at 6am for a 9am start time and happy to endure the cit…

Happy halloween

Happy halloween

Jobs Outlook

The REC's latest JobsOutlook shows employers are still cautious about hiring in the current environment. Net: Confidence in the UK economyNet: Confidence in making hiring and investment decisions -35-25-15-55152535Net: ConfidenceJun 16Aug 16Oct 16Dec 16Feb 17Apr 17Jun 17Aug 17Oct 17Dec 17Feb 18…

Employers remain cautious amid political uncertainty

Employers remain cautious amid political uncertainty

New data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) shows that businesses continue to be cautious about hiring and investing due to the current political uncertainty. This is despite the fact that employer confidence had been starting to show signs of improvement since the extension …

ONS labour market statistics, May 2019

Today’s labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK unemployment rate dropped to 3.8% in January to March 2019 – it has not been lower since October to December 1974. There were an estimated 1.30 million unemployed people, 119,000 fewe…

Uncertainty continues to weigh on staff hiring decisions in April

Key findings   Permanent staff appointments fall slightly, but temp billings rise  Staff vacancies rise at the slowest rate since August 2012 Candidate shortages continue to push up starting pay   Summary   The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs, indicated that unc…

A recruiters’ guide to combatting work-place stress

A recruiters’ guide to combatting work-place stress

Work is the most common cause of stress for adults in the UK, with 59% experiencing some form of work-related stress. [1] Of course, some industries and job roles have a higher risk of causing stress than others. Recruitment has been found to be one of the most stressful jobs in the …

Employers’ reliance on agency workers increases as confidence slides further

Employers’ reliance on agency workers increases as confidence slides further

According to April’s JobsOutlook report, the balance of sentiment for hiring agency workers in the short-term was 10 percentage points higher than the previous month at net: +3. Sentiment in the medium term was at net: +1, up 9 percentage points from the previous month. This is desp…

Diversity Specialist to Recruit new Bank governor

Diversity Specialist to Recruit new Bank governor

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has kicked off the process to find a new governor of the Bank of England, appointing a head-hunting firm that specialises in diversity and placing women in top roles to conduct the search. The recruitment process has begun nine months before Mark Carney’s depar…

Easter Egg Competition Winner

Easter Egg Competition Winner

Pictured is our Easter Eggs competition winner, Millie Wakefield with her family.  Congratulations Millie, we hope you have an eggs-tra special Easter!

Candidate testimonial

Candidate testimonial

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Permanent staff appointments decline at start of 2019 amid uncertain outlook

Permanent staff appointments decline at start of 2019 amid uncertain outlook

Key findings   Permanent placements fall for first time in two-and-a-half-years Vacancy growth edges down to 27-month low Sharper fall in candidate availability leads to further increases in starting pay Summary According to the latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs, rising economic …

What candidates REALLY think of recruiters

What candidates REALLY think of recruiters

The UK’s recruitment industry suffers from an undeserved reputation of placements first, people second. The latest research from ratings and reviews company Feefo, explored the attitudes of more than 1,000 employees who had either used or would be willing to use recruiters, in an attempt to ge…

Record vacancies highlight UK businesses’ need to innovate to attract staff

Today’s labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of vacancies at 845,000 for August to October 2018, the highest since comparable records began in 2001 – 44,000 more than for a year earlier and 14,000 more than for May to July 2018. …

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Employers’ confidence in the economy at its worst for eight months

New data shows that employers’ confidence in the prospects for the UK economy plummeted this month, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s latest JobsOutlook report. The net balance of those seeing a positive outlook as opposed to a negative one hit -14, a fall of 9 …

Who will plug the candidate and skills shortages post-Brexit?

Who will plug the candidate and skills shortages post-Brexit?

The UK’s labour and skills shortages have become ever more pressing amid growing uncertainty around what a Brexit deal will look like (if there is one) between the UK and the European Union. Ensuring businesses have access to the people they need is of critical importance if the economy is to …

Managing sickness absence in the workplace

Managing sickness absence in the workplace

Sickness absence is part of everyday life, and modern employers respect the need for their employees to rest fully before returning to work. But when you consider the £29 billion cost for UK businesses covering sickness, it makes sense to look at the underlying causes of sickness absence. Com…

A long week in politics - what does it mean for us?

A long week in politics - what does it mean for us?

It’s been an eventful week in politics with reshuffles, recriminations and white papers making headlines. Here’s a few thoughts on what it means for the jobs market and our industry. The much anticipated Brexit white paper covered everything from professional standards, to data protecti…

EU workers shunning the UK when looking for work

EU workers shunning the UK when looking for work

Annual Net EU migration fell 32,000 from +133,000 in year ending December 2016 to +101,000 in year ending December 2017.  Annual EU Immigration for work-related reasons (i.e. for a ‘definite job’ or ‘looking for work’) fell 19,000 from 160,000 in year ending December 20…

How Candidate Feedback Can Help

How Candidate Feedback Can Help

How Candidate Feedback Can Help You Stand Out from the Crowd Your candidates are a vital part of your business, and knowing what they think about you can be one of the most powerful tools at a recruiter’s disposal. Collecting genuine feedback from candidates you have placed at critical touch …

Attracting Talent

Attracting Talent

ATTRACTING TALENT08TH JUN 2018 It is good to see the importance of good recruitment climb the parliamentary agenda. We are partnering with the Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group who are focusing this year on ‘How to recruit women for the 21st century’. The work will culm…

Permanent placements growth remains sharp but temp billings rise at weaker pace

Key points:    Perm placements rise sharply, but temp billings growth eases to 13-month low Candidate availability declines at softest pace for a year Staff vacancies increase to weakest extent since December 2016    Summary:   The IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs –…

Inclusive recruitment: what to consider for candidates with criminal records

Inclusive recruitment: what to consider for candidates with criminal records

Do you have any unspent criminal convictions? If yes please provide further details below.’ Your reaction to this question on a job application or agency registration form will probably depend on whether you are one of the 11 million people in the UK who has a criminal record. If the answer i…

Winne the Pooh on Quotes for Life

Winne the Pooh on Quotes for Life

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Gender Pay Reporting explained

Gender Pay Reporting explained

Organisations that have more than 250 employees* must publish their first gender pay report by 4 April 2018.  The report can be published on the organisation’s own website but must also be published on the government's Gender Pay Gap website. After that, the information must rema…

Winnie the Pooh Quotes for life.

Winnie the Pooh Quotes for life.

You’ve Got a Lot to Offer “Once in a while someone amazing comes along…and here I am.” AA Milne

The Future of Jobs.

The Future of Jobs.

The UK’s creative industries have not only contributed to driving the country’s economy, but also exerting Britain’s values and influence worldwide. The sector is set to boom in the coming years and recruiters are playing an increasingly larger role in finding candidates, and helpi…

Winnie the Pooh Quotes for life.

Winnie the Pooh Quotes for life.

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. AA Milne  

Winnie the Pooh Quotes for life.

Winnie the Pooh Quotes for life.

On missed goals. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” AA Milne

Employers need to be resilient in 2018 as candidates get scarcer – REC

Employers need to be resilient in 2018 as candidates get scarcer – REC

Today’s labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), based on data from August-October 2017, shows that employment fell again. Commenting, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Kevin Green says:   “Employment has fallen for t…

5 Thinks to look out for in 2018

5 Thinks to look out for in 2018

Five things to look out for in 2018   As we all return to work let’s look ahead to what’s in store for the recruitment industry in 2018. Here are my five things to watch out for this year. 1) Will employers keep hiring? Our data says that businesses will continue to hire and tha…

Swedish derogation’ contracts to come under scrutiny in 2018

Swedish derogation’ contracts to come under scrutiny in 2018

What is a ‘Swedish derogation’ contract? A ‘Swedish derogation’ contract is the popular term that has come to describe a specific type of agency worker contract which complies with regulation 10 of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR). In relation to certain employment …

Rights to Annual Leave

Rights to Annual Leave

RIGHTS TO ANNUAL LEAVE To understand how to deal with holiday requests from temporary workers it is important to first recognise what temporary workers are entitled to under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), which is essentially ‘elf and safety legislation to protect workers. Workers ar…

Unpaid Holiday

Unpaid Holiday

UNPAID HOLIDAY Under the WTR, the only instance in which a recruitment business may pay the temporary worker for leave they have accrued but not yet taken in the leave year is when the temporary worker’s employment with the recruitment business has terminated. Determining when the employment h…

Case Law - Uber

Case Law - Uber

CASE LAW: UBER V ASLAM AND OTHERS UBER APPEAL ON DRIVERS’ EMPLOYMENT STATUS IS REJECTED  The Employment Appeal Tribunal has rejected an appeal by Uber against an employment tribunal (ET) decision that its drivers are ‘workers’ and not self-employed. The EAT decision on 10 Nove…

National Minimum Wage Increase

National Minimum Wage Increase

NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE AND NATIONAL LIVING WAGE RATE INCREASES Age group                                                                &nbs…

After Sales Service

After Sales Service

        OUR SERVICE DOESN'T STOP WHEN YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE STARTS Ensuring your new staff member is inducted effectively is as critical to their success as hiring the right person for the role. The Drake After Placement Service programme has been created to help remove any…

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