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Sheree Davies

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Employment Statistics

September 22, 2017 | By | No Comments

Another week done which means it is time for another blog. It is interesting writing the blog each week as I get to learn new facts, or improve my knowledge on previous topics. Hopefully it is the same for you reading the blog every week. I thought this week we would look into UK employment statistics and see how stats have changed in recent years, as the Office of National Statistics have released their September updates with figures from May – July 2017.

UK employment has been up and down but recently we have seen 2017 being the highest employment rate since the comparable records began back in 1971. The stats are based on people aged between 16 and 64 and it shows that the employment rate has risen 4.2% in 5 years. In 2012 the employment rate was at 71.1%, whereas 5 years later in 2017 it is currently at 75.3%.

Between May – July 2017, 32.14 million people were in work which is 181,000 more people than earlier in the year between February – April 2017, and 379,000 more than in 2016. It’s great to see that the number of people in employment is rising and with these numbers increasing, it means that unemployment rates will have dropped. The unemployment rate is currently at 4.3% which is the lowest it has been since 1975.

As we deal with a lot of public sector work, I thought it would be interesting to look at public sector employment stats. In June 2017, public sector employment was at 5.440 million which is 14,000 higher than 2016. Although out of every person in work, only 16.9% were public sector employees, which is the lowest percentage since 1999 when the comparable records began. Public Sector employment may have a low employment percentage but private sector employment reached a record high of 26.696 million in June 2017 which is 365,000 higher than 2016. It is very interesting looking into these figures and seeing how a year can make a difference.

We like to mix up the blog each week and write about different topics, such as sharing updates that have happened within EGB, helpful blogs on the recruitment process, frequently asked questions, updates that have been in the news, and more. What blog topics do you enjoy seeing from us? Or what topics would you want to see more of? Let us know in the comments.

Have a great weekend,

Sheree

 

Sources: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/september2017#unemployment

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/publicsectorpersonnel/bulletins/publicsectoremployment/latest

 

 

Public Sector Pay Cap to be lifted

September 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope you have had a good week and that this horrible weather doesn’t hang around too much longer. There was excitement this week as the new iPhone specs were released. What do you think of the new iPhone X? Do you think it is worth the money? Moving onto the blog, this week we are going to be looking at the Public Sector Pay Cap update that has been in the news recently.

Back in 2010, Public Sector pay was frozen for two years and since 2013 pay rises have been capped at 1%. In the news earlier this week we have seen that the cap on public sector pay rises in England and Wales will be lifted. Police and Prison Officers are the first to see a pay rise, the Police will receive a 1% pay rise along with a 1% bonus and Prison Officers are being given a 1.7% rise. The rises that have been offered are still below the rate of inflation which has risen to 2.9%.

On Wednesday this week Firefighters were offered a 2% pay rise, but declined as the Fire Brigades Union stated that “the offer included a whole host of strings and failed to clearly address the pain our members have experienced as a result of years of falling real wages”. Also on Wednesday the DUP showed their support for Labour’s motions for the pay cap being removed for NHS workers and it passed without having to go to a vote. The next day, unions that represent NHS workers wrote to the chancellor to demand a 3.9% pay rise along with an additional £800 to make up for previous years.

Currently there hasn’t been any updates on whether the NHS workers will be awarded the 3.9% pay rise, but it will cost a total of £2.5 billion if the pay rise is implemented and that is without bringing into consideration any other public sector pay rises. What are your thoughts on the situation? Are the pay rises enough/too much? Let us know in the comments below.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41274088

http://news.sky.com/story/labour-motion-on-nhs-pay-rise-passes-without-opposition-11033935

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/conservatives-suffer-defeat-on-labour-motion-calling-for-higher-pay-for-nhs-staff-a7945241.html

 

FAQ – Applying for a Role

September 8, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon, Friday has come around again already, which means it is time for another blog. Also as it is Friday, it means planning what to do this weekend, does anyone have anything exciting planned? Most of us in the office are going to have a relaxing weekend catching up on a bit of tv, having get togethers with family/friends, and a bit of shopping.

Onto the blog, we regularly get asked the same questions by candidates when they are applying for roles, so for this week we thought it would be helpful to put together some frequently asked questions for everyone applying for roles through us.

 

Do I need to hold the relevant security clearance to apply?

BPSS and Disclosure Scotland – You do not need to hold these clearances to apply, you will go through these clearances during the on-boarding stage. If you are successful, we recommend applying for Disclosure Scotland at interview stage to avoid any delays during the on-boarding process.

CTC & SC – It depends on the client as some will put you through the clearance once you have been offered the position, others would prefer you to hold the clearance at application stage.

DV – It is preferred that you hold this clearance at application stage.

If you would like any further information on Security Clearances, click here.

 

Is there any movement on the rate?

Unfortunately, there is no movement on the max rate that is advertised. The rate will be decided by the client depending on the budget that is available in the department.

 

Would they consider an alternative location?

We will advertise the locations that are available for a role. The majority of roles are only offered at one location, although some do offer a choice. If a role has a choice of multiple locations, please state on the application form or inform the recruiter which is your preferred choice.

 

The closing date has passed, can I still submit an application?

Unfortunately, we cannot submit applications once a closing date has passed. Our online portal closes the role and will not allow us to submit any more applications.

 

How do I know if this role is Inside or Outside IR35?

The IR35 status will be displayed on the job posting on our website and within the job specification.

 

Can I use my Limited Company if the role is Inside IR35?

Unfortunately, since the IR35 legislation was updated for contractors working in the public sector back in April 2017, you can no longer use your own Limited Company. If the role you are applying for is Inside IR35, the 2 operating methods you can use are Umbrella or PAYE. For more information on what Operating Method to use, please click here.

 

Do you offer a referral scheme?

Yes, we do offer a referral scheme. If you are sent a role but it is not quite right for you but you know someone who may be interested, either send an introductory email to us and your referral, or send us their CV or contact details and we will do the rest. To find out more about the referral scheme, click here.

 

We hope the answers above have been helpful and if you have any other questions, please feel free to comment below, drop us an email, or give us a call and one of the team will be able to help.

Remember all of our roles are advertised on our website and on our LinkedIn page, so don’t forget to follow us so you don’t miss out on any updates.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sheree

 

Welcoming Alexandra to EGB

September 1, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend. Here in South Wales we had lovely weather for it. What did everyone get up to? We had a mixture in the office, from BBQs, to baking, to day trips out, and days spent relaxing.

We have now officially entered September and everyone should be settling back nicely into the office after taking their summer holidays. We can certainly see that the hiring managers are back in full swing as we have had a very busy week on new roles opening up. We hope this continues into next week to give you a better chance at securing a new position.

In last week’s blog we announced that Dan would be making his way into a recruiter chair. He has settled into the role and has enjoyed his first few weeks as a recruiter. As Dan moved away from the Recruitment Administrator position, this meant we had an opening and we would like to welcome Alexandra to the team. Alex is excited to get settled in and is looking forward to the new challenges ahead. Feel free to give Alex a call or leave a comment below to introduce yourself and make Alex feel welcome.

So, the past few weeks have been busy but exciting and we love a fast paced office at EGB. We hope you have a great weekend!

Sheree

 

Office Update!

August 25, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We’re almost at the end of August already which means Summer is almost over, although we have got a bank holiday weekend to look forward to this weekend. Hopefully we’ll have some warm weather to finish off the Summer nicely. The blog this week is going to be a quick update on what has been happening here in the office. Over the past few weeks we have had a bit of change with the team, hence why I (Sheree) have picked up the blog today.

We said goodbye to one of our recruiters Chris earlier this week and we would like to wish him the best of luck for the future. This meant that our Recruitment Administrator Dan has had the opportunity to move into a recruitment seat. Dan is looking forward to getting into the full swing of things and to help you find your next contract, so from this week you can expect to hear from Dan about new roles. Feel free to give him a call or drop him an email to introduce yourself and have a chat about what roles you will be looking for.

In our blog earlier this year, we mentioned that Ed had secured himself a new contract. We had good news this week that his contract is being extended, so this will be keeping Ed busy over the next few months.

During August we have seen a slight decline on roles due to a number of hiring managers being on holiday, but as September hits, everyone should be settling back into work and we should see the roles to start picking back up. A lot of the contractors we have been speaking to over the last few weeks have also had a couple of weeks off and gone on a holiday. Have you been on holiday yet this year? We’d love to hear where you’ve been, let us know in the comments below.

I hope you have a great bank holiday weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheree

Making the most of your CV

May 6, 2016 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

It has been a while since I last updated the blog as we’ve been very busy over the past few weeks, as we are in the process of growing the team and in talks with a number of companies to become a supplier. Although it has been busy it is a very exciting time for us and I’ve finally got around to writing a post.

We want to help candidates get the full way in the recruitment process by having a high standard CV to accompany an application form. You will have spent a significant amount of time writing an excellent application and you may find that your applications are getting past the first initial sift but not through to the interview stage? This could be down to the accompanied CV.

There are 3 common occurrences that we find on CVs which can be improved: Tailoring the CV, Formatting of the CV, and Spelling and Grammar. Below are a few pointers to creating a more effective CV.

Tailoring your CV – An important part of your CV is for it to be tailored to the role you are applying for. Open with a paragraph briefly about yourself and the experience you hold, tailoring it to meet the requirements of the role or the job sector. Along with tailoring your duties and responsibilities under each position you have held, showing how the experience you have previously gained will be beneficial for the position you are applying for.

Formatting of your CV – Keeping the formatting of your CV consistent throughout the whole document is essential. Ensure that line spacing, font, text size, margins, etc. are the same right to the end of your CV, as it gives a more professional feel and it shows you have great attention to detail which makes a great first impression.

Spelling and Grammar – Most word processing software makes you aware of any spelling or grammar mistakes as you are going along, but just in case any slip through, carry out a Spelling and Grammar check once you have finished editing your CV.

Hopefully these pointers have been helpful and when taken into consideration, this should make your CV more appealing to the end customer.

I hope everyone enjoys the warmer weather and have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Welcome Carrasian to EGB

February 12, 2016 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

We would like to welcome our newest member of staff to EGB!

We are pleased to announce that we have a new addition to EGB: Carrasian! She has recently joined the recruitment team in the role of Junior Recruiter and is settling in nicely. As Carrasian is training up, you’ll start to see her name pop up around our website.

Carrasian is excited to settle into her role and have the chance to help our candidates secure new contracts. Feel free to introduce yourself and make her feel welcome.

We are all looking forward to our works night out to Cardiff next Friday to officially welcome Carrasian to EGB! Pictures to follow …

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Referral Scheme at EGB

January 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

Have you seen one of our roles advertised that you think a friend or colleague would be perfect for? Send us an introductory email, or a contact name and email address and you could earn some extra cash.

When your referral is successful and they have accepted the offer, the following fees are payable at the time of your referral’s first monthly invoice:

0-3 month contracts = £50
4-9 month contracts = £100
10+ month contracts = £200

Full-time: following 3 months in post = £150

Feel free to share around our job specs and please do not hesitate to contact us with any potential candidates.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Happy New Year!

January 8, 2016 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

I hope everyone had a relaxing Christmas and a great New Year!

Now that we are in 2016, some of you may be thinking that it is time for a change: New Year, New Job! This week the office is back open and working normal hours, preparing all the new roles we have open.

If you want to find an exciting new contract to challenge your skills, we have a variety of roles located throughout the UK at various seniority levels. You can view a list of our open roles on the ‘Jobs’ section of our website. If you would like to talk about any open roles or if you have any general queries, please feel free to contact us and one of the team will be more than happy to answer any questions.

Competition Update: Our Christmas Competition is now closed and the winner has been contacted.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Christmas Party

December 11, 2015 | By | One Comment

Good Afternoon,

I hope everyone is getting in the Christmas spirit as we’re only two weeks away from the big day! We started celebrating last week by putting up some decorations in the office and having our Christmas Party!

We had a fun filled day last Friday starting off with Pizza for lunch and Secret Santa at the office. The whole team is very competitive and wanted something fun to do, so we spent the afternoon Go-Karting. With the adrenaline pumping we were fighting for the finish, but obviously we let Ed win the Gold medal, followed by Kieron with Silver and Anna with Bronze. You can see Ed was very happy with coming first in the picture below! We finished the day off nicely by spending the evening in Cardiff celebrating and dancing the night away.

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Our Christmas Party has put us all in the Christmas spirit and we are all looking forward to finishing off our shopping and celebrating on Christmas Day.

Don’t forget our Christmas Competition is still open, visit our previous blog post for further details.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree