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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,…
Published: 10/04/2017

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.…
Published: 04/04/2017

Why did 4,529 recruitment agencies launch in 2016?

  The number of recruitment agencies in the UK is on the rise.  In 2016, there were 4,529 recruitment agency startups - a 13.7% increase on the previous year. This has taken the total number of recruitment agencies in the UK to 26,901. But why is now proving to be such a good time to launch a recruitment business? Startups are on the rise…
Published: 03/04/2017

What Does Business Think of the 2017 Spring Budget?

    Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer in March and unsurprisingly, the measures caused some consternation and much disagreement.      However, the level of the opposition to some of what the Chancellor outlined was such that it resulted in a U-turn in one particular policy.  For employers…
Published: 03/04/2017

Jack of All Trades? Gain a Specialism and Drive Your Career Forward

    It's an oft-heard figure of speech, and be honest, the context in which you hear it generally comes with negative connotations.   Jack of all trades. You're good / competent / adequate / satisfactory (delete as appropriate) at many things without being a master of one.  Is this actually true though, and can these employees become…
Published: 28/03/2017

How Will the 2017 Spring Budget Affect the UK Construction Industry?

One of the key dates in the political calendar came and went earlier this month when the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first - and last - Spring Budget.  In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor signalled his intention to move the Budget to the second half of the year, making this latest announcement the last of its kind.  Here,…
Published: 17/03/2017

Job hopping candidates: the risky hire you think they are?

  You've found the ideal candidate. They're more than qualified, have the right level of experience, and they even fulfil all of the 'desired but not essential skills' too. Except there's one little thing niggling away at you ... the number of jobs they've burnt through. But, in spite of the old stigma, should job hopping be seen as such a serious…
Published: 15/03/2017

Does Job Hopping Harm Your Career as Much as You Think?

      Did you know that rabbits can hop as much as three metres at a time? Well now you do. Their ability to cover so much ground is akin to that of the modern day job hopper. Recent surveys suggest that the average millennial (born between 1980 and 1995) will exhaust no less than 4 jobs by the age of 31. Sounds alarming doesn't it? Well we've…
Published: 14/03/2017

End of Financial Year Rush: How Can Engineering Recruiters Be Ready?

It's the end of the financial year and spirits are in the sky.  Okay, that won't make much sense to those who aren't familiar with The Office, but we're getting to the point of the year where the financial year is ending.  From the 12 months from April, industries and employers throughout the UK will have budgets set out for the coming year; as we…
Published: 03/03/2017

It's Not Me, It's You: How to Dump a Bad Candidate

If you've been in recruitment for any length of time, then you'll have encountered them. Whether they're rude, needlessly scruffy, entitled, or aggressive, bad candidates are just one of the many things that could spoil your week in this business. Let's face it, they're unlikely to get the job anyway, and they are hardly going to do your reputation any…
Published: 03/03/2017