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Employment Stats – April 2018

April 20, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

Happy Friday! At last we’ve seen some warm sunny weather this week, which means spring has finally arrived. All of us here at EGB are looking forward spending the weekend in the sun.

Earlier in the week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the employment figures for the quarter Dec 2017 – Feb 2018, so for the blog this week, we will look at how the employment figures have changed since the end of 2017.

ONS have stated that employment figures are continuing to rise, with the employment rate for people aged between 16 – 64 years old at 75.4%, being at its highest since comparable records began in 1971. There are currently 32.26 million people in work, which is 55,000 more than the last quarter. Looking at records from this time in 2017, there are currently 427,000 more people in work, which is considerably higher.

Unemployment figures are also going the right way having dropped by 16,000 people since the last quarter and 136,000 less than this time last year. The unemployment rate has dropped from 4.7% to 4.2% in the last year, being the lowest since 1975.

Other figures that have been released by ONS are estimates showing that average weekly earnings have risen since last year. The average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain have increased by 2.8% since last April and increased by 0.2% when price inflation is taken into account.

Looking into the public sector, there was a drop of 132,000 people employed, although this is down to the transfer of the English Housing associations to the private sector. Not taking this into consideration the public sector increased by 9,000 in the last quarter and increased by 44,000 over the last year.

It’s great to keep track of the employment figures and follow how they change every quarter and every year. The figures are continuing to go the right way and each quarter we are continuing to see improvements. We love the feeling of helping candidates find new positions, so it’s great to see the employment figures rising.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,






Welcoming Mary to EGB

April 13, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

The weather hasn’t been great here over the last few weeks. It has been quite cold for April, but next week we are supposed to get some warmer weather and hopefully we can get the BBQs out! Does anyone have any plans for the warmer weather next week? Let us know in the comments below.

So this week’s blog will be a quick office update. We had a new member of staff join the team this week, we would like to welcome Mary to EGB! Mary has joined the team as our Recruitment Administrator and has settled in nicely in her first week. Mary will be the first point of contact, so if you need to give the office a call, feel free to introduce yourself to Mary and make her feel welcome.

Towards the end of March and the beginning of April, we saw some quiet periods with not many new roles being released, which was due to departments waiting for the new budgets at the start of the new financial year. Now we are full swing into April and into the new financial year, it seems departments have now received the new budgets and we are receiving a much better number of new roles. So Mary has joined EGB at the right time, she can step straight into a busy environment and get stuck straight into writing job specifications and posting the roles out.

If you are looking for a new contract or you are thinking about moving into contracting, don’t forget to keep regularly checking our Jobs page on our website here as we receive new roles daily. If you don’t want to miss out on new roles, you can sign up to our mailing list via our website or just drop us a quick email.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm regards,



How to write the perfect suitability statement

April 6, 2018 | By | No Comments

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the Easter break. Let us know in the comments what you got up to over the long weekend. Onto the blog, and this week we are looking into how to write the perfect suitability statement to accompany your CV when applying for a new position.

When you are applying for a new position, completing a suitability statement is essential as it will enhance your profile and express in more detail what you can do. Your CV may be filled with previous experience and skills you have gained, but a CV doesn’t always give examples of how you gained this experience or how you learnt a new skill and how you use it. Whereas a suitability statement will go in more depth on previous experiences.

A suitability statement should always be tailored to the position you are applying for. You can either write a statement from scratch or start off with a generic statement that you have saved, but always amend it to reflect what the position requires. Read through the job description thoroughly and pick out the experience points that are required and give examples of how you have previously done these tasks and explain the outcome.

There are a few ways you can present your suitability statement, such as using bullet points, writing in paragraphs or listing out the experience points and writing a small paragraph below. All hiring managers have different preferences on how they like to see the information presented, although EGB recommends listing out the experience points and writing a short paragraph below each point. This allows you to write about experiences directly to what they are looking for in the position. You should ensure that you detail how and when you gained this experience or used this skill and describe the outcome that came from this.

All candidates are different and like to present their statement in their own way. Some candidates like to use bullet points and this can be effective as they are short and straight to the point. Some hiring managers may like reading through bullet points as it is easier and quicker to get a grasp of what the candidate can offer. Other candidates like to write their statements in paragraphs detailing their previous experience as it allows them to go into very fine detail of tasks they have completed and skills they have gained. If you have a specific way of completing the suitability statement that has always worked for you, let us know what it is in the comments below.

To finish off your statement, carry out final checks on spelling and grammar, as once your statement has been submitted, you don’t want any mistakes which could have been amended before submission, potentially stopping you get to the next stage. Also ensure the formatting of your statement is the same throughout. You want your statement to come across professional, so you don’t want the text in your statement to change font or size halfway through the document.

There are quite a few points to consider when completing a suitability statement, but the most important part is that a statement should always be completed and always tailored to the position you are applying for. Remember you want to maximise your chances of getting the position, so having a detailed suitability statement attached with your CV is a must.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,


Easter Update

March 29, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

This week’s blog is coming a little bit earlier than normal due to the Easter Bank Holiday tomorrow, but we didn’t want to miss out on a blog, so this week will be a shorter Easter update.

How has everyone’s week been? Has everyone been preparing for Easter? Maybe buying some Easter Eggs, planning family and friends get togethers, or taking your children to Easter activity days out. Let us know what you have been up to and what you have planned for Easter Sunday in the comments below.

Just a reminder that due to the bank holidays, the office will be closed on Friday 30th March 2018 and Monday 2nd April 2018 and will be back open as normal at 8:45am on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. If you have any queries during this period just drop us an email or leave a voicemail and one of the team will pick it up on Tuesday morning.

EGB would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter and we hope you eat plenty of chocolate and enjoy the long weekend, I know everyone at EGB will!

Happy Easter!

Warm Regards,



Using Social Media to get a Job

March 23, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

How has everyone’s week been? Has anyone had any more snow throughout the UK this week? Here in South Wales we had another few days of snow at the start of this week, hopefully that will be the last we see of the snow as we are now officially in Spring! Don’t forget the clocks go forward this weekend, although we will lose an hour of sleep, at least our evenings will now be lighter.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog on ‘Job Searching on Social Media’ which went through how often social media is actually used during a recruitment process. It is quite surprising how much social media is used by both job seekers and recruiters. If you missed the blog, you can read it here. To continue, I have looked into 3 different social media platforms that would be the most useful when looking for a new job and showing how they can help.


LinkedIn being the best known ‘Professional’ social media platform is the most popular platform to look for a new job, as it works for both job seekers and recruiters. It is also an easy way to approach candidates/recruiters when you don’t have their contact information.

Recruiters and companies use LinkedIn to search for candidates to fill their open positions using the search action. To make more direct searches, there is the advanced search options which helps narrow down candidates. So, it is essential that your profile is fully up to date with your skills and experience, to appear in more search results. For tips on how to get noticed on LinkedIn, check out our blog post here.

Not only do recruiters and companies use LinkedIn as a search platform to find suitable candidates, the companies can either advertise open roles on their company pages or post updates with regards to available positions they may have open. This allows candidates to be active on the platform and search for jobs themselves through company pages.

Using LinkedIn allows you to get in touch with people easily that you may not have contact details for. You can send a message to anyone that you send a connection request to, which can work in your favour to let someone know that you are available and looking for work.


When Twitter is used during a recruitment process, the platform is more popular for job seekers to follow companies so they receive job updates, rather than recruiters or companies actively searching Twitter for candidates that are available and looking.

Here at EGB we use our company’s Twitter account to post any tips/help/advice when candidates are looking for work, general company updates, when our weekly blog goes live, and any other news/updates we would like to share with our followers. Although recruitment agencies may not post out every open position on their Twitter feed, they will direct you somewhere where you can keep up to date with the open roles.

When you use Twitter to follow recruitment agencies and companies, make sure it is stated in the ‘Bio’ section of your profile that you are available for work or that you are looking for a new job, as some recruiters will carry out these searches and it will help them see followers that would be interested in new positions.

Twitter is very well known for hashtags. Search relevant hashtags and you may find companies using these hashtags that can help you with your job search. Alternatively, when you send a tweet, make sure it contains a hashtag and recruitment companies may be able to find your profile and see that you are looking for work.


Facebook is very similar to Twitter with regards to using the platform during a job search. It has similar features where you can follow company pages to keep up with updates. EGB’s Facebook page posts similar content to the content that is posted out on the company Twitter page.

On Facebook, you can join groups, where you can engage with other people in the same situation as you. Start up a conversation and share tips with each other on what has worked for you and they will share what has worked for them during job hunts. It will give you new ideas to try on your job search and may help you get to that next stage.

Don’t be scared to comment on posts, if a recruiter has posted that they are looking for a certain position and you feel like you would be a perfect fit, just drop then a quick comment and they will get in touch.


The next time you are looking for work, don’t forget to complete the above tips. Remember social media is free advertising for your skills and experience and it also allows you to connect with people very easily and get in touch with people that you may not have been able to before. If you have used social media in the past when you are looking for a new job and have your own tips, let us know what has worked for you in the comments below.

Don’t forget EGB are on each of the platforms above: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,




GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

March 16, 2018 | By | One Comment

GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

What is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU Directive which will come into effect on 25 May 2018. The UK government has passed and published a Data Protection Bill to reflect GDPR standards in UK law. GDPR introduces new data protection obligations for organisations who use personal data and additional rights for individuals. This regulation applies to all UK businesses, not just those within the recruitment sector, and will have implications for our clients as well as EGB Consulting.


Why is the law changing?

The current legislation which covers data protection came into effect in 1998. Since that time there have been many advances in technology and an overall increase in the processing of personal data for a wider range of organisations. This new legislation is to take into consideration those changes to protect an individual’s data.


What data does GDPR relate to?

GDPR relates specifically to personal data (it does not relate to all forms of data). Under GDPR the definition of personal data has been expanded to include any information that ‘identifies an individual either directly or indirectly’.

From 25 May 2018 it will include the following:

  • an individual’s name;
  • an individual’s identification number e.g. a payroll worker number, a CV reference number, a named email address or telephone number;
  • an individual’s location data;
  • an individual’s online identifier (i.e. IP address or cookie identifier), and;
  • factors relating to the psychological, economic, cultural, social or physical identity of an individual.


What are the key changes?

GDPR legislation requires that businesses who process ‘personal data’ take a privacy by design and default approach to protecting the data it processes, to ensure that:

  • data protection is integral to all data processing activity;
  • consent is obtained to hold data;
  • data is held for reasonable time periods, and;
  • data is pseudonymised, anonymised and cyber security is maintained.

It also introduces new rights for individuals including how they are informed their data is being processed, how their consent is obtained, how data is processed and how consent can be withdrawn.


What is EGB Consulting doing to prepare for the change?

In line with GDPR requirements we have:

  • Documented the structured data we hold in an Information Asset Register;
  • Appointed an internal Data Protection Officer;
  • Completed a review of current personal data processes and procedures;
  • Commenced GDPR training for all staff to support compliance;
  • Reviewed contractual agreements in line with the new legislation;
  • Reviewed data security on how we share personal data with third parties, and;
  • Commenced definition of our ongoing compliance governance framework.


What are the next steps?

In the next couple of months, you will receive from us notification of any contract variations necessary to include the new GDPR legislation.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Data Protection Officer:



Job Searching on Social Media

March 9, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

It has been a couple of weeks since the last blog, as the office was closed last Thursday afternoon and all day Friday due to the weather, so the blog was pushed back a week. But the ‘Beast from the East’ has disappeared and the snow has finally cleared up down here in South Wales and the office has been back open as normal this week. What was the snow like for everyone else throughout the UK? Let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog, we are looking into social media and how it is used in job searching. Social media today has become an essential daily activity and is very popular with a wide range of individuals. With Facebook having over 2 billion active users, Twitter with 328 million active users, and LinkedIn with 106 million active users.

Social media can be used for almost anything, including looking for work. According to an article posted on Undercover Recruiter, 79% of jobseekers are likely to use social media for their job search. This can be looking at company pages to find out what positions they are recruiting for, connecting with recruiters to help them with their job search, or posting out to their followers/connections that they are available for a new position.

Social media is not just used by jobseekers in the recruitment process but also by employers and recruiters from a different perspective. Before 2011, only 56% of companies were recruiting via social media, this has now risen to 92%. With a large amount of employers and recruitment agencies using social media to both advertise roles and source candidates, using social media is a must to add to your job search strategy.

Remember that potential employers could be looking at your social media profiles. According to an article on OnRec, 73% of employers search applicant’s social media. 82% are interested in the candidate’s ability to use gramma correctly, 59% check on candidate’s spelling, and 32% look for inappropriate content. If you have your social media profiles set to a public setting, you should ensure that your content is presented well and appropriate, as some employers out there may be looking at your profile.

You may think that only LinkedIn (being the most popular professional social media platform) can be effective when looking for work, but other platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be almost just as useful. By making yourself known on social media and showing your skills and experience, it can bring in an array of opportunities that you may not have gotten the chance to experience without social media.

It is very interesting how popular social media has become for both jobseekers and employers/recruiters. Check back to our blog in a couple of weeks as we will be taking an in-depth look into some social media platforms and how they are used and how they should be used, from both a job seeker and employer/recruiter perspective.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,




Helpful tips when attending a face to face interview

February 23, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. Its been a busy week in the office, with lots of new roles in (remember to check our ‘Jobs’ page). So we are all looking forward to a well deserved rest this weekend, although we do love having a busy office.

Face to face interviews. When you are offered an interview, it is an exciting time as it may lead to a potential new position for yourself, so you want to carry out the best interview that you can to stand out above the other candidates. Some people spend a good amount of time preparing for an interview and some people don’t necessary take enough time to prepare. Running over just a few reminders or techniques can make all the difference, so this week’s blog will be looking at helpful tips when attending a face to face interview.

We’ve put together some tips that you can follow when you are preparing for an interview:

First impressions

First impressions are always important as the first time you meet someone you want them to remember you. Starting off with a hand shake can never go wrong, along with introducing yourself and being friendly.


When attending an interview it is also best to dress smart. Even if the interview is an informal chat, it is always better to dress smart than be under dressed.

Take your CV

It is not always a requirement to take your CV along to an interview, but it is handy to have your CV in front of you. The majority of the time the interviewer will have your CV in front of them, if they ask you a question referring to your CV, you can take a glance at your CV to help with your answer.

Keep Calm

Many people get nervous before their interview and it may affect their performance. Just remember the interview is to get to know you and your skills/experience and you know yourself better than anyone else, so just remember to give plenty of examples and showcase your skills.

Research Company

Knowing the background of the company you are interviewing at is always important. It not only looks good towards the interviewers to show that you are interested in the position, but being able to discuss specific aspects of that company when answering questions is a positive.

Prepare questions

The interview is as much a place for you to find out more about the role as well as the interviewer learning more about you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Rather than just preparing the generic questions that are asked at interview, prepare questions that will help you find out more about the position and that will make you stand out.

Take Notes/Make Notes

Along with your CV, you can take notes into an interview with you. If this is something you would find helpful, jot down some examples of projects you have worked on, or certain situations that you have been in which may help answer a question. Also when you get to the questions stage of the interview, jot down the answers to the questions you prepared, so if you are offered the position you can read over your notes and consider if the position is right for you.


Always end the interview thanking the interviewers for their time. Remember to ask the interviewer when they will be making a decision and when they will let you know the outcome.

Follow Up

If you have the email address of the interviewer, it can be polite to follow up with an email later that day to thank the interviewer for their time.

Hopefully taking onboard the tips mentioned above, it will give you a bit more confidence and allow you to be relaxed during your interview and perform your best. If you have any tips or any rituals that you carry out before or during interviews that work for you, let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend,

Warm Regards,




Government upping efforts to get rid of unpaid Internships

February 16, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week. Everyone in the office has been busy in the evenings this week, with Pancake Day on Tuesday and Valentines Day on Wednesday. Did you make any pancakes? Or maybe you went out for a meal on Wednesday? Let us know what you did in the comments.

Onto the blog for this week, we will be looking at how the government has upped their efforts to get rid of unpaid internships. Last month it was estimated that 40% of 70,000 internships undertaken were unpaid. According to the law, any interns that are classed as workers must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage. A worker would be “someone who has a contract or is subject to sanctions if they do not turn up for work” (not including genuine volunteers). No prosecutions have been made in relation to interns and the minimum wage yet, as employment law is not being enforced properly, but with the government stepping up, this could change.

Over the last few months, the government has been stepping up to sort the issue with HM Revenue and Customs writing to more than 500 firms reminding them that any interns classed as workers must be paid minimum wage. The government stated that they are working to remove exploitive unpaid internships as they should not exist. The government also stated: “We will take action to improve the interpretation of the law and the enforcement action taken by HMRC in this area to help stamp out illegal unpaid internships”. If the current approach does not work, the government will be “reviewing the existing policy and legal framework and will consider what other action can be taken”.

With unpaid internships, some candidates are at a disadvantage, as an internship may be the only path to take to get into the industry they want to work in, in the future. Individuals can potentially miss out on these opportunities as they cannot afford to take on a position unpaid. It is said that young workers need at least £1,019 per month when living in London and £827 when living in Manchester. This may leave some candidates at a disadvantage if they have no other financial support.

With the government starting to step up to resolve this issue, hopefully in the near future we will see an improvement on internships and hope to see the number of unpaid internships drop and eventually disappear. What is your opinion on unpaid internships? Do you think internships should be paid or unpaid? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,




Benefits to Contracting

February 9, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We had a good end to the week this week, as it is Ellie’s birthday tomorrow and we celebrated in the office with some presents and cake. We would like to wish Ellie a happy birthday for tomorrow and hope she has a great day! How has everyone else’s week been? Are you enjoying leaving work with it being slightly light outside? It won’t be long until the lighter nights begin again.

So, onto the blog for this week. The majority of roles we deal with are contracts, so this week we thought it would be beneficial to look into the benefits of contracting and the differences between working a contract to being in a permanent position. If you are new to contracting, the below points might help persuade you to move into contracting, or if you are already a contractor, there may be a few points that you didn’t already know that could help.


Contracting can open up a lot of opportunities including getting to work in a number of different companies, to working in a variety of locations, obtaining security clearance, opening up opportunities to higher earnings, flexible working hours, and even opportunities for future work.


It is much more flexible being a contractor as you get to decide when and sometimes even where you want to work. An employee would have set days and times a week that they must work at a set location, whilst the majority of contractors can work when they want, sometimes with the opportunity to work remotely, giving contractors much more flexibility.


A large advantage is that contractors get paid more than employees in permanent positions. Contractors get paid high rates due to the skills that they have obtained. Another reason is that as the majority of contracts are short term, it allows contractors to be financially stable when they are looking for their next contract.

Variety – Experience and Skills

Being a contractor means that you will get the chance to work on a number of different projects in a variety of companies, giving you the opportunity to gain experience working in a variety of environments. Working on different projects and in different environments allows you to learn new skills to adapt to the surrounding you are currently in. Therefore when you are looking for a new contract, you are more likely to have the skills required.


A benefit to working in a variety of companies/departments, gives you the opportunity to meet a large amount of different people. Networking with different clients/individuals could open up doors to future opportunities which is always a bonus.


Being a contractor you don’t have a limited number of annual leave days to take, if you come to the end of a contract and fancy a few months off for a break, you can.  If you decide to take a holiday, you can choose when you want to go without getting approval from an employer. Similar if you need to take a day off during the week, you can do it with no notice, remember the company you work for is your client not employer.

Work/Home Life Balance

Being able to balance your work and home life is something most people want. Being a contractor can help as it gives you opportunities to work around other family member’s working hours, school hours, or you can even take a break from contracting during school holidays. If you want a bit of extra time to start a new hobby or learn a new skill, contracting can work around this.

There may be some individuals out there that feel contracting is not for them as everyone is different, but if the above sounds like something that would be beneficial for both your work and home life, why not take the chance and move into contracting. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch, give us a call, drop us an email, or even leave a comment below. If you have recently moved into contracting and felt like it has been beneficial, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,