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Office Update – January 2018

January 26, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone’s week has been going well. We’ve started to notice the evenings are getting lighter and when we leave work it is not as dark as it has been, which means we are getting closer to spring and the nicer weather! So, earlier this week we had a debate in the office, as we couldn’t decide what colour my cup is, green or blue? I personally think it is green, but the office has been divided on the colour. What do you think? Head over to our Twitter page to vote whether you think the cup is green or blue.

We’ve had a bit of a change around in the office this week as Kieron (one of our recruiters) had his last day at EGB on Friday. Kieron had been with us for over three years and worked his way up from being the Recruitment Administrator to becoming a Recruiter. He provided a lot of hard work and helped EGB grow to where we are today, so we would like to thank Kieron for his work at EGB and wish him luck in his new job and for the future.

This meant we had an opening for a recruiter position and Alex who was our Recruitment Administrator has decided to take the step-up to becoming a recruiter. You may have started to see Alex’s name against new positions this week as she is training up, so feel free to get in touch with Alex and introduce yourself and wish her luck in her new position. She is looking forward to being fully trained and is ready to meet the new challenges as a Recruiter.

With Alex moving into the Recruiter position, it left our Recruitment Administrator position available. So, we would like to welcome Ellie to EGB! She will be our first point of contact, so when you give the office a call Ellie will be the one to greet you, so feel free to introduce yourself and make her feel welcome. She is excited to get settled into the role and get stuck into the new work.

So, we’ve had quite a bit of change in the office over the last couple of weeks, but we love the buzz it has created in the office. We are looking forward to the rest of the year with the newly organised team here at EGB.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

Jobs at Risk with Carillion

January 19, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

How has everyone’s week been? Apparently it was ‘Blue Monday’ earlier this week, which is known as the ‘most depressing day of the year’ due to money, weather, time since the festive period, and failing new year’s resolutions. To be honest, does Blue Monday actually exist? Or was it just a publicity stunt? Moving onto the blog topic for this week, we will be looking at the news with regards to Carillion.

Carillion is the UK’s second largest construction firm in the UK, employing 43,000 members of staff globally with 20,000 of them being in the UK. They specialise in construction, facilities management, and ongoing maintenance who employ construction workers, hospital cleaners, prison maintenance workers, port staff, and workers in the energy and utilities sector. Earlier this week Carillion announced that the company was going into liquidation due to being under the weight of £1.5bn of debt, including a £587m pension shortfall. The problems seemed to arise from risky contracts in the Middle East where payments were delayed and the contracts proved to be unprofitable.

There are thousands of jobs currently at risk, with some people having already been made redundant, particularly from the smaller suppliers as they are owed a lot of money by Carillion. There are companies who have had to withdraw staff due to the fear that they can’t pay the staff for their work, along with employees that have just been sent home with no explanation. At present, it is unclear what will happen with the contracts. If the contracts are taken back into the public sector, the government, health authorities, or local governments may employ directly or may be taken over by another outsourced service provider. But there are no clear paths with what will happen with the private sector contracts.

If the path chosen is for the contracts to be taken back into the public sector and through the UK government, we may see new positions arise through our framework and help anyone whose job is at risk get back into a reliable and stable role. We will await to see how it turns out in the near future.

That’s it for our blog this week, check back next Friday as some changes will have been made in the office over the next week, which we will be discussing in next week’s blog.

Happy Friday!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42680590

 

FAQ – On-boarding Process

January 12, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has settled back into work after the Christmas break.

Over the past few months, I have written blogs on FAQs at different stages of the recruitment process. Today is FAQs referring to the on-boarding process. It is quite useful to have these questions to hand as it allows candidates to be more prepared and to know what to expect when you get to that certain stage. Below are the FAQs for the on-boarding process:

What do I need to provide to complete the on-boarding?

We have an on-boarding pack that we will send over to you when you have accepted the offer with a list of everything that is required. You will need to provide a few scans, a few forms will need to be complete/signed, along with confirmation of your earliest available start date, your worker payment method, referee details, and information on any security clearance you hold.

What scans do I need to provide?

We will need copies of ID (Passport/Driving Licence), proof of address (Driving Licence/Utility Bill/Bank Statement), and proof of NI number (P45/P60). It also depends which operating method you will be using, as if you are using your own Limited Company a few extra scans will be required.

What documents do I need to complete/sign?

There are a few documents that will need to be completed/signed, such as a Confidentiality Agreement, Declaration of Interest, and a Security Clearance form.

Why do I need to provide referee details?

As part of the BPSS check that is carried out for each successful candidate, 3 years worth of professional references are required to confirm the candidate’s work history. We would require contact details of someone who could confirm working dates at every position you have been in for the last 3 years. We will then collect the references on your behalf.

I will be using an Umbrella company but not sure who to use, do you have any recommendations?

If you are unsure which Umbrella company to choose, we are partnered with a couple of Umbrella companies that provide excellent service and we would highly recommend using. If you are interested, just let us know and we can set up a call between yourselves and the Umbrella company to discuss the next steps.

The role requires security clearance that I don’t hold, what happens next?

The process will be different depending which security clearance is required for your position. If a Basic Disclosure Scotland is required, you will have been advised by your recruiter to apply for this at interview stage to avoid delays as the process can take up to 14 days to complete.  As soon as you receive the Disclosure Scotland certificate, please inform your recruiter ASAP.

If either SC or CTC is required and you do not hold either of these clearance, we will provide you with some additional forms to start the clearance process. Please bear in mind, some departments won’t allow you on site until the clearance is in place, so it may delay your start date slightly whilst you wait for the clearance to be completed.

I have provided all of the on-boarding documents, when can I start?

Once we have the completed on-boarding pack, this will undergo a quality check. On approval, the hiring manager will be informed that your on-boarding pack has passed the quality check and will begin to generate your start date. A confirmed start date can be given on the same day or it could take a few days depending on the department and how urgent the role is. As soon as we receive an update on your start date, your recruiter will be in touch.

I hope the above has helped answer any queries you may have had. If you have any other questions that you cannot see on our FAQs blog posts, please let us know. You can email us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk, call us on 01633 548400, or leave a comment below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Happy New Year & Christmas Competition Winner

January 5, 2018 | By | No Comments

We are now in 2018! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.

I can’t believe how fast last year went, it flew by for everyone in the office. 2017 was a great year for EGB as it was our most successful year yet. Our database is continuing to grow everyday, we had an outstanding number of interviews being offered to candidates, and we placed our highest number of contractors into positions in a year. We hope 2018 is just as good as 2017, if not better.

I hope everyone had a great 2017 and achieved everything you wanted. With the New Year, you may be thinking that you want a change. You may think this is the time to move into contracting, or if you are already a contractor you may want to change positions and challenge yourself. If this is you, feel free to call the office and one of the team will be happy to have a chat about your options.

Now, the moment everyone has been waiting for, to find out who the winner is for our Christmas Competition! We loved looking through all of your entries and there were a lot of great captions but the winner has been picked, and the winner is … Claire Oliver! Congratulations Claire, the gift voucher will be on the way to you soon. Thank you to everyone who took part in our competition and don’t forget to check back at the end of the year for the 2018 Christmas Competition!

EGB would like to wish everyone the best for 2018.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Merry Christmas from EGB!

December 20, 2017 | By | No Comments

Happy Friday Everyone!

Christmas is finally here and the last working day before Christmas Day is upon us. From all of the team here at EGB, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoys the time off with their family and friends.

Our Christmas competition is now closed and the winner will be announced in the New year.

Just a reminder our office is closed over the Christmas period. You can view our opening dates and times here. If you need to get in touch with one of the team, please drop us an email or leave us a voicemail and we will pick up your messages when the office is back open in the new year.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Office Opening Hours Over Christmas

December 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

How has everyone’s week been? I hope everyone has been getting into the Festive spirit! Everyone has been busy in the office over the last few weeks getting ready for Christmas, going to Christmas markets, spending time away, taking their children to see Santa, and finishing off (or starting for some) their Christmas shopping.

Last Friday we had our office Christmas party, where we adventured out to Cardiff and went to Bierkeller. We had a great night out listening to the Oompah Band, drinking Steins of beer, and eating a lovely hog roast. Everyone had a great night and it was nice for everyone to socialise outside of the office.

Over the Christmas period, the office will be closed on certain days. The office opening times can be seen below:

Monday 25th December 2017: Closed
Tuesday 26th December 2017: Closed
Wednesday 27th December 2017: Closed
Thursday 28th December 2017: Closed
Friday 27th December 2017: Closed
Monday 1st January 2018: Closed
Tuesday 2nd January 2018: 8:45am – 6:15pm

If you have any queries during this period, email enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk or call us on 01633 548400 to leave a voicemail and we will pick up any queries when the office is back open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Don’t forget our Christmas Competition is still open until next Friday (22nd December 2017). More info on our competition can be found here.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

Christmas Competition 2017

December 8, 2017 | By | One Comment

Happy Friday!!

It is time for our Christmas Competition! This year we are giving away a £50 gift voucher to the person who can come up with the best caption for the Christmas photo posted on our LinkedIn Company Page.

Head on over to our LinkedIn page here and just leave a comment on the photo and you will be entered into the competition.

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. All comments entered on the photo will be entered into the competition.
  2. The person with the best caption as judged by EGB will win.
  3. The competition closes on Friday 22nd December 2017 at 12pm.
  4. Our competition is open to everyone, with the exception of employees or their close relatives.
  5. The winner will be announced the week commencing Monday 1st January 2018.

 

Good Luck!!

Sheree

 

IR35 in the Private Sector

November 24, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

How has everyone’s week been? It has been a miserable week for weather here in South Wales, raining every day but at least today was slightly brighter. How has the weather been for everyone else?

Earlier this year we saw changes being made to IR35 in the public sector. It was previously the contractor’s responsibility to work out their IR35 status for each of their contracts in the private and public sector, although since April 2017 the government announced that changes would be made to the public sector and the end client would be carrying out the assessments instead.

We’ve seen a mixture of feedback since this change has taken place. Some of our contractors refused to take any contracts that were classed as ‘Inside IR35’ and moved into the private sector. We have had other contractors who when the change was first put in place would not consider contracts deemed Inside IR35 but have slowly made their way back into the public sector. There are also contractors who took in mind the change and had no issues and continued to work in the public sector on contracts deemed Inside IR35.

There have been rumours going around that the off-payroll working rules that we saw implemented in the public sector would be extended to the private sector. Earlier this week the ‘Autumn Budget 2017’ report was released and it was announced that the government will carefully consult on how to tackle non-compliance in the private sector and the result will be published in 2018. Below is a statement taken from the Budget report:

3.7 Off-payroll working in the private sector – The government reformed the off-payroll working rules (known as IR35) for engagements in the public sector in April 2017. Early indications are that public sector compliance is increasing as a result, and therefore a possible next step would be to extend the reforms to the private sector, to ensure individuals who effectively work as employees are taxed as employees even if they choose to structure their work through a company. It is right that the government take account of the needs of businesses and individuals who would implement any change. Therefore the government will carefully consult on how to tackle non-compliance in the private sector, drawing on the experience of the public sector reforms, including through external research already commissioned by the government and due to be published in 2018.

EGB deal mainly with Government contracts in the public sector, therefore if this change is implemented into the Private Sector next year, it could potentially be good news for us and bring back contractors who decided that they would be moving away from the public sector earlier this year due to the change. Although contractors working in the private sector may not see the same side. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Sources: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661480/autumn_budget_2017_web.pdf

FAQ – Offer Stage

November 17, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

It has started to feel like winter outside lately, having frosted windscreens in the morning and the trees are looking bare now that the leaves have all fallen. Christmas will be here before we know it, not leaving many weeks to get your Christmas shopping done. A few of us in the office have started our Christmas shopping already, some have even finished! Have you started yours yet? Let us know in the comments below.

Over the last few months, we have posted blogs around frequently asked questions we receive from candidates at different stages of the recruitment process.  We have previously looked at FAQs for the Application Stage and for the Interview Stage, this week we are focussing on the Offer Stage. Below is a list of questions we get asked, along with the answers and hopefully they will help you with any queries you may have.

 

You haven’t received any feedback from the hiring manager yet, does this mean I have been unsuccessful?

The length of time to receive feedback (whether it is good or bad news) can vary. We can receive feedback on the same day as the interview, other times it can take a few weeks. I wouldn’t rule out a role if it has been a few days since the interview as hiring managers can take a while to make a decision.

How long do I have to accept the offer?

Once we receive notification of the offer, we will get in touch with you straight away to let you know you have been offered the position. We then have 24 hours to go back and accept the offer.

What is the next step after I accept the offer?

The next step is to complete the on-boarding process. This involves providing scans of documents and completing a few forms. We will also need to collect references to cover your last 3 years work history. Once we have received all of the on-boarding documents, these will be passed on to Capita who will make you compliant and we can then confirm the start date.

When do they want me to start?

The majority of the time, they would like you to start ASAP. Therefore, the quicker the on-boarding process is completed, the quicker we can get you started in the contract. If there is a set start date in place, you will be informed of this and we can work towards getting you in for the date requested.

I have a notice period, will this affect the offer?

Your notice period would have been stated on your application form, therefore the hiring manager would be aware of this at the time of selecting you for an interview. When we accept the offer, we will provide an earliest available start date for you and your notice period will be taken into consideration here and fed back to the hiring manager.

When will I receive a contract?

Once your on-boarding documents have been sent to Capita and you have been made compliant, a start date will be confirmed with the hiring manager and a work order will be created. If you are using a Limited Company, a contract will be written and sent to you within 72 hours of us receiving the work order. If you are using an Umbrella Company, once we receive the work order we will send over your assignment details to your chosen Umbrella Company and they will provide you with the information.

 

Hopefully the above will have helped with any questions that you may have had about the offer stage, but if you think of something that is not listed, just get in touch and one of the team will be happy to have a chat. You can call us on 01633 548400, email us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk or leave a comment below. Look out for our next FAQ blog to come in a few weeks time, which will focus on on-boarding.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Referral Scheme

November 10, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

How did everyone enjoy their Bonfire weekend? A lot of fireworks were being set off around the South Wales area, including quite a lot of organised displays. The team at EGB all got involved, from attending displays, having their own firework parties, or even just watching fireworks from their living room windows. Let us know what you got up to in the comments below.

Recently we have had quite a few people ask us if we offer a referral scheme. The answer is yes, we do offer a referral scheme, so this week I thought I would write the blog updating our candidates on what we can offer.

If you have seen one of our roles advertised that you think a friend or colleague would be perfect for, send us an introductory email, their CV, or a contact name and email address/phone number and we will do the rest. If your referral is successful and they accept the offer, the following fees are payable at the time of your referral’s first monthly invoice:

Duration
Nominated Worker
Normal Position
Digital Position
0-3 months
£25
£50
£100
4-9 months
£50
£100
£150
10+ months
£100
£200
£300

 

Feel free to share around our job adverts/job specs with your friends, family, and colleagues and don’t hesitate to contact us with potential candidates. It gives you the chance to earn some extra cash!

If you have any questions or you would like to refer a candidate, you can either email us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk, give us a call on 01633 548400, or even just drop us a comment below and one of the team will be in touch.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,
Sheree