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Welcome to the Agency Central blog. Here you will find a wide range of news and useful articles relating to the recruitment industry. From seasonal trends to forthcoming changes, we cover all aspects of the UK's recruiting landscape. Our articles are in-depth, thoroughly researched and discuss a host of issues faced by employers, recruiters and candidates on a daily basis.

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A great experience: how to make candidates love your agency

It's not hard to see that the recruitment industry has a bit of an image problem. There are some rogue recruiters out there, and they're pulling everyone else down. You don't need to look any closer than the front page of Google to see the effect this is having:Google can make depressing reading for a recruiter  But why is this? Agency Central works with many, many recruitment agencies. We're forever hearing tales ...

Published: Tue 27 June 2017

Fake degrees: the secret industry damaging so many employers

Fancy becoming a Doctor in Physics for £250? The price includes a certificate - accurate to a university of your choice - along with all transcripts from the course you 'underwent'. Added bonus? No tuition fees or live-in costs.Not included: the course, experience, qualification and overall vocational competency. Fake degrees is now a billion-pound industry, and causes real problems to employers and recruiters, as ...

Published: Tue 16 May 2017

12 Prolific Construction Bloggers to follow in 2017

Our List of Distinguished Construction Bloggers & Blogs:Andrew Pryke - BAM BlogKayley Bright - Pauley Creative: The Construction Marketers' BlogMatt Molloy - Thomas Reuters (Practical Law Construction Blog)Josh Farrington - MyBuilder Blog Stephen Roberts - Builders' Merchants NewsAarni Heiskanen - AEC Business BlogMonica Shepherd - WorkflowMaxKevin Ahern - Litchfield Builders BlogStephen Hamil - Construction Code Daniel ...

Published: Wed 10 May 2017

12 Ugly Myths About Recruitment and Why They're Wrong

12 things people believe about recruitment when they really shouldn'tThe recruitment industry generates a lot of myth and conjecture. Here we've assembled 12 of those myths. Some will make you laugh, and others will make you cry with despair. The one thing they have in common is that they're all dead wrong. Let us tell you why ...Myth 1: small recruitment agencies shouldn't be trustedWe're not sure where this rumour started ...

Published: Tue 09 May 2017

IR35 Reforms: How will these affect recruitment agencies?

The first week of April is always an important one in the UK; it marks the implementation of many pieces of legislation.This year, April 6th was the all important date and one in particular caused consternation in the recruitment sector. Specifically, the public sector IR35 reforms could end up costing recruitment agencies vital money because of the way workers will be taxed in accordance with the changes. What is ...

Published: Fri 05 May 2017

Start Your Recruitment Agency the Easy Way: Guide to Outsourcing

Starting a recruitment agency is hard. There's getting funds together, creating a business plan, building a website, finding staff ... oh, and have you even thought of a name yet?All this and you've got to find a way to compete at a time when the number of recruitment agency startups is rising. Sometimes it can feel like you're spinning too many plates, but thanks to support and outsource services, startup agencies ...

Published: Wed 03 May 2017

Can You Handle the Pace? How to Make Multiple Jobs Work for You

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, caused quite a stir last month when it was announced he will become the Editor of the London Evening Standard. Much of the reaction centred around the ability to function effectively in different roles, and the fact Mr Osborne's expertise in journalism are, shall we say, limited. And it got us at Agency Central thinking: if candidates want to work in an industry ...

Published: Tue 25 April 2017

Why You Need to Stop Using Jargon in Your Job Ads, Right Now!

OTE. Pro rata. Proven track record. Self-starter. Dynamic environment. Yada yada yada. A quick skim read of some job ads will quickly reveal that such phrases and acronyms make up precisely 99% of the total description. And whilst I don't deny that your working environment is nothing short of dynamic, or your OTE is not lucrative, there's one thing that's definitely repelling quality candidates: jargon.So let's streamline your ...

Published: Wed 19 April 2017

Candidate Referencing: How Could It Be Made More Useful?

Providing a reference is something that most of us are familiar with, having applied for a job at some point. But UK referencing law is not always helpful.Given that many employers now avoid giving a reference for fear of litigation, we ask if the current system has had its day ...How do employment references work in the UK?First, let's take a look at some facts related to the references that employers give out. Some of these ...

Published: Tue 11 April 2017

The UK's Social Care Problem in 2017 - Can it Be Fixed?

Skills shortages. Under-payment of staff by some employers. Necessity for huge investment. They say it never rains but it pours, and that certainly seems the case for the social care sector, beleaguered by all the issues above in recent months and years. The role of social care recruitment agencies is, therefore, crucial. Their contribution to the sector though will be made all the more difficult in light of shortages ...

Published: Wed 05 April 2017
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