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Is Silence Golden? How Office Noise Affects Productivity

Ahh the familiar tinny sound of Christina Aguilera's 'Dirrty' escapes my co-worker's headphones for the second time today. It got me thinking. Can ambient background noise actually make your office a more productive environment? In this article we take a look at the different types of 'office noise', what effects they have on our cognitive ability (using…
Published: 11/10/2016

How Many UK Construction Jobs Will Hinkley Point C Create?

After an initial delay following the formation of Theresa May's government, the £18 billion project to build Britain's first new nuclear power station for a generation has been given the go-ahead.  We look at what this decision means for construction job prospects and whether it will increase recruitment opportunities.  Background to Hinkley…
Published: 07/10/2016

How do Recruitment Agencies Get Paid (and How Much)?

Are you thinking of using a recruitment agency, but unsure about how recruiting fees work? Then read on.  Employing new staff can be an expensive and time consuming process - often leading businesses to turn to specialist services. Cost can be a sticking point, but understanding how recruitment agencies get paid will help employers identify the best…
Published: 04/10/2016

Students: This is How You Should Prepare for the Job Market

For many who look back at their university experience, the year that generates the least nostalgia is the final one. Sure, you still had a great time and loved the environment, but you couldn't ignore work with the abandon of the previous two years.    At certain points, you were undoubtedly drowning in a sea of essays, exam preparation and dreaded…
Published: 27/09/2016

If You're in Sales, Then This is How to Combat Stress at Work

With the number of people we've had on our site recently looking for Sales recruitment agencies, we'd imagine that there are a lot of you out there wanting tips on how to succeed in this stressful yet rewarding (and potentially very lucrative) career.   Of all the reasons that Salespeople fail, stress is a major one - so let's take a look at how…
Published: 21/09/2016

Future-proof Jobs: Survive the Automation Apocalypse

Much like The Godfather and Terminator movies, the second instalment of my automation in the workplace series will be even better. Think of this sequel more of a Judgement Day rather than a Salvation.  In this part we focus on how to make yourself indispensable to the machines, take a more detailed look at which industries will be most affected, and…
Published: 19/09/2016

How has construction output been affected by the EU referendum?

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a decline in construction output.  Here, we take a look at what effect the EU referendum has had on this and how the industry expects the decline in output to affect employment. Breakdown of the data   One encouraging piece of information came in the knowledge that in the…
Published: 16/09/2016

Psychometric Tests: Are They Beneficial to Recruitment?

Quick question; do you use psychometric testing when recruiting? Yes? Well, have you ever stopped to think WHY you use psychometric testing when recruiting? Although the recruitment process has always relied heavily on CVs and job interviews, aptitude and personality tests have remained just as ever-present amongst three-quarters of employers. In…
Published: 13/09/2016

5 Tips For Keeping Your Employees Fit

Have you ever considered what impact your working environment is having on the health and fitness of employees? The combination of stress, convenience eating and hours spent stationary can have long term effects on both your staff and your business. If you want to improve the wellbeing of your workforce, here are 5 tips for keeping your employees fit -…
Published: 09/09/2016

FMB Survey reveals encouraging post-Brexit signs for SME house builders

A survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has shown the majority of house builders have not been affected in the wake of the EU Referendum.  The survey, which asked more than 100 SME house builders in England about their situation since the country voted to leave the EU in June, resulted in almost 69% saying their decisions have yet to…
Published: 07/09/2016

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