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Referral Scheme at EGB

September 7, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

It is officially September this week, which means it is the end to our summer and Autumn is slowly approaching. It won’t be long and Christmas will be here before we know it!

Over the last few months we have had a number of people ask if we offer a referral scheme, so I thought it would be useful to repost the blog on EGB’s referral scheme. EGB do offer a referral scheme, although the amount can vary depending on what kind of position the candidate is offered.

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 drop us a comment below and one of the team will be in touch.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,
Sheree

 

Our Application Process

August 31, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend! Did anyone get up to anything fun over the long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog we will be looking at our application process and will explain what happens at each stage of the process from the very beginning to looking for new roles through to offer stage. By the end of the blog, you should have an idea on what to expect from each stage.

Where to Find the Roles

When we receive a new role we advertise it in a number of places to give those looking the greatest potential to see the new roles. First and foremost you can find all the roles on our website here. The website lists the basic details for you, so you can decide whether or not this is a role of interest. Our latest roles are also advertised on our LinkedIn company page, so don’t forget to give us a follow so you don’t miss out on role updates. We also send out daily mail campaigns with the new roles that have come in that day, so if you want to receive emails about new roles, just let us know and we will add you to our Mailing list.

Enquiring about a Role

So you have seen a role advertised that you may be interested in and now you want to find out a little bit more information? Whether you follow the link from LinkedIn or an email campaign, it will take you to the job posting on our website where it will give all the necessary job information, along with a job spec and application form attached. If you have any further questions, just drop the assigned recruiter an email or a call and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Going forward for a Role

If the role checks all the boxes and you want to be considered, the next step is to fill out the application form and suitability statement. If you have spoken to one of our recruiters at this point, they will have supplied you this via email or you can download the form from our website. Along with the application form it is important for you to send over a CV that you have tailored to the role. Tailoring your CV increases your chances of being shortlisted.

Application Submitted

Once the application form has been completed and sent back to the assigned recruiter along with your tailored CV, the recruiter will confirm we have received your application and let you know if we need anything else. The recruiter will then narrow down the best candidates and let you know if your application has been submitted to the client. Once submitted it usually takes 48 hours to be informed which candidates have been shortlisted. In the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, the recruiter will be in touch to provide you with feedback.

You have been Shortlisted

If your application has been shortlisted, it means that it has made its way to the Hiring Manager where they will pick which candidates they would like to invite to interview. Once again, if in the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, our recruiter will contact you to provide the feedback from the Hiring Manager.

Invited for Interview

Once the application has been shortlisted, the hiring manager has on average 5 working days (could be shorter/longer depending on the department) to choose which candidates they would like to interview. If the Hiring Manager likes what they see, we will receive an interview invitation and we will be in touch straight away to let you know of your success and pass on the details such as Date, Time and Location. It is important when completing the application form that you put down any dates that you can’t attend an interview as the majority of the time we are only given one date and time for interviews and are not given the option to re-arrange, so you don’t want to miss out. The day before your interview, your recruiter will give you a call just to ensure you have got everything you need to have a great interview and wish you the best of luck.

After the Interview

After the interview your recruiter will give you a call to see how you got on. The time frame to receive feedback after an interview can vary depending on how urgent the role is or depending on who the department is. Whether the news is good or bad, the recruiter will give you a call to let you know and give you the feedback we’ve received from the hiring manager. When good news is received you will move onto the final step of the process which is completing the on-boarding process and you will then be ready to start your new contract.

On-boarding

There are a number of forms and scans of documents required to completed the on-boarding process. Once you get to this stage your recruiter will run through it with you in more detail. Once the candidate has been made compliant, a start date is confirmed with the hiring manager and start day details are sent through.

 

We hope that this blog helps you from the start to the very end of the application process and answers any questions you may have on the process. If you have any further questions, we will be happy to answer them.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

“Which operating method is best for me?”

August 24, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

Is everyone looking forward to the bank holiday weekend? Although this is now our last bank holiday until Christmas! If you have any plans, let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog, we will be looking at the different types of operating methods that can be used when contracting. We covered this back in early 2017, although we continue to get a number of questions from candidates, asking which method can they use and what does it involve etc. so we thought we would put out an updated version for any new contractors or anyone who would like a reminder.

There are three different operating methods that are available when contracting, which are: using your own Limited Company, using an Umbrella Company, or going the PAYE route. There is a slight difference on what operating method you can use depending if your contract has been confirmed inside or outside IR35. If your contract has been deemed outside IR35, this means you can choose whether to go the Limited company, Umbrella company, or PAYE route. If your contract has been deemed inside IR35, you are only able to choose from using an Umbrella company or PAYE. Always check on the job posting or with the recruiter what methods are on offer, as there are some departments that may have slightly different terms and will only accept the PAYE route, although this doesn’t happen very often.

Below is a brief description of each operating method and what is included in each.

 

Limited Company

Operating under your own Limited (LTD) company requires you to have your own business and a business bank account. The main benefits of operating as a LTD company is that it is the most tax efficient method as a contractor. This is due to the way that the income is handled for a business as compared to a direct employee of a company which overall saves money. Operating through a LTD company comes with a level of paperwork and planning which must be undertaken. Quite a few tasks can be offset to an accountant which is generally recommended when operating as a LTD company. An accountant can also help with the initial setup of the business as well as managing ongoing accounts and Taxes.

 

Umbrella Company

Operating through an Umbrella company essentially means becoming an ‘employee’ of a third-party company who bills the client of the contract. This is a relatively hassle free option for a contractor as the payments received from the Umbrella company would have been subjected to Tax and NI prior to receiving it. As a new contractor this is a quick method to start as there is no setup time like there is for a LTD company.

The main downside of operating under an Umbrella compared to a LTD company is that you take home less pay and there are fees for using an Umbrella company. Though with the update to IR35 this option is quickly becoming the best paid option for roles that are in scope of IR35.

 

PAYE

Operating under PAYE is essentially becoming an employee of the agency that you are taking the contract with and the employer deducts tax and national insurance contributions from your wage. PAYE is the most hassle free of the three operating methods as you do not need to do any paperwork as when you receive your payslip, everything is done for you. Although you receive additional benefits by going PAYE, most contractors prefer to use an Umbrella Company or going through their own Limited company as they will receive a higher income.

 

I hope the above has given an insight into the three different types of operating methods and has given you an idea on what each one offers. If you have any questions on the above, leave us a comment, drop us an email or give us a call and one of the team will be happy to have a chat.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Average UK Salaries

August 10, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

It’s Dan’s birthday tomorrow, so we’ve had a good Friday in the office with presents and cake. We hope he has a great day tomorrow and the rain holds off for his bbq!

This week for the blog, we are going to look at average salaries for the UK in a number of areas such as gender, number of years experience, city, and industry. It will be interesting to see how the salaries vary depending on different aspects.

The first set of information we are going to look at is the average salary in the UK by gender. On average the salary of a male is £30,523 whilst the average salary for a female is £25,288. The men’s average salary is quite a bit higher than the female’s, this could be down to a number of reasons, such as the type of position the individual holds, what industry they work in, and the location where the individual works.

The next graph we are going to look at, is the average UK annual salary against the number of years’ experience you have. From the graph, you can see the average salary gradually increasing as the number of years’ experience also increases, It ranges from an average salary being £20,459  with less than 1 year experience in that field, moving up to an average of £39,153 with 20 years or more.

The next graph is showing the average salary by industry. From the graph you can see that the finance sector is the highest, followed by IT Services and Software Development. IT has taken over possibly everything you can think of in today’s world and IT jobs are very high in demand and as they can be very niche and/or complicated they pay a high amount of money. Although the majority of the other industries are not that far behind, it shows that the IT industry is a good place to be.

The last graph we will be looking at is the average UK salary by city. There is not that much of a big difference comparing the majority of cities mentioned in the graph below, the only one that really stands out is London. This isn’t much of a surprise as London is known for paying a higher wage than other cities. Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Edinburgh’s average salaries are very similar with not much of a difference, although Cambridge is in-between London and the other cities.

Looking through all of the graphs above, there are a number of reasons why salaries can vary, such as number of years experience, the sector you work in, and the location that you work. It is interesting to see how each aspect can make a difference.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Source: https://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/uk-average-salary-graphs

 

Office Update – Aug 2018

August 3, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

It started to cool down a little bit at the start of this week and we finally had some rain, although this weekend it is supposed to be heating back up as it is set to be the hottest day ever in the UK today. Is everyone still enjoying the heat?

The blog this week is a quick update on what has been happening in the office over the last couple of weeks. We had the second transfer from Capita to Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) on Monday with more departments moving over and we had our summer team building day out last Friday, which was a lot of fun.

As mentioned in our blog back in June, the CL1 Framework is being handed over from Capita to AMS and will now be known as ‘Public Sector Resourcing’. The first transfer was on 30th June, whilst we had the second transfer at the start of this week on Monday, when we saw more government departments move over. There is a third and final transfer which will be on 10th September and everything will then be running through the new framework.

Since the start of the transition it has been quite quiet on new positions whilst everything settles down on the new framework. Since the second transfer at the start of this week, we have seen the number of roles pick up slightly, still not up to the normal amount, but it is getting there slowly. Everything should be back to normal later into August, as hiring managers will also be back from their summer holidays and settled into the new framework and we should see the number of roles get back to the usual amount.

Last Friday we had our summer team building day out, which was a lot of fun. We started off with a pub meal for lunch and then headed down to Cardiff’s City Mazes where we luckily managed to escape the room with 1 minute 32 seconds to spare (photo proof below). We all had a great time trying to solve codes to get out of handcuffs and then got to shoot some aliens! We then headed out into the city centre for a few drinks in the evening. We all had a great time and now we want to have another go to try and beat our time escaping from the room!

Has anyone else tried an escape room? Let us know in the comments below on how you did and if you managed to escape in time. If you haven’t, we highly recommend it!

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Public Sector Workers get Pay Rise

July 27, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

How has the week been for everyone? It has been quite a quiet one for new roles this week, which is probably down to the next phase of transfer from Capita to Alexander Mann happening on Monday (30th July 2018), so we should start to see the roles picking back up again over the next couple of weeks when more of the government departments are transferred over.

In the news earlier this week, it was announced that 1 million public sector workers were going to receive their biggest pay rise in nearly 10 years.  The 1% pay cap of last year will be scrapped following campaigns by unions for higher wage rises.

The pay rises will include a 2.9% pay rise for the armed forces, 2.75% for prison officers, up to 3.5% for teachers and 2% rise for Police, GPs and dentists. Although, the pay rises for doctors and dentists will only apply in England, the pay rises for prison officers, teachers, and police officers will apply in England and Wales. The pay rise for the armed forces will apply throughout the whole of the UK. The individual departments will have to fund the pay rises rather than the money coming from the treasury. The government has said the increases are affordable within the spending plans.

The teachers’ pay deal means a rise of 3.5%, which is worth between £800 and £1,366 per year for teachers on the main pay range. Overall teachers in England and Wales will receive pay rises between 1.5% and 3.5%. For England the money will come from a grant from the existing Department for Education budgets and will receive £508m over two years, whereas in Wales, they will have to rely on money from the devolved government.

The pay rise for members of the armed forces is 2%, which is just under the 2.9% which was recommended by the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body, but will be supplemented by a one off payment of 0.9%. It works out the average soldier will get £680 in pay and a one off payment of £300.

Prison workers will get an annual 2% pay rise with a one off payment of 0.75%, making it the total pay rise of 2.75%. Junior doctors, specialist documents, GPs and dentists will have an increase of at least 2%, with consultants getting a pay rise of 1.5%.

Pay rises in Scotland are different to England and Wales, whereas back in June the NHS staff in Scotland were offered a 9% pay rise spread across three years, although a 3% pay rise for teachers in Scotland was rejected by the unions earlier in the year.

Both the public and private sector have seen their pay rising, although the private sector has been growing more rapidly and over took the public sector back in 2014. The public sector pay froze for 2 years back in 2011, which was then followed by 1% caps. The public sector pay is still slowly increasing but not at the same speed as the private sector. It’s great to see the public sector pay rises happening, but it would be even better if the rises could be higher to keep up with the private sector.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Sources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44933009

 

 

GDPR – Consent Reminder

May 18, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

As most of you are probably aware that on 25th May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will be in force. We would like to remind you that if you would still like us to contact you about new positions, we will need your consent in writing by Friday 25th May 2018, or your details will be removed from our system.

If we currently have your details on file it is due to you currently looking or previously looking for a new position. We would have gained these details from either a copy of your CV (which you have sent to us directly or through a job board website) or you are connected to one of EGB’s employees on LinkedIn.

If you have not already provided consent to us, you should have received a reminder email earlier today. If you are happy for EGB to continue contacting you about future opportunities, please reply to the email sent out earlier today, or email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk. Additionally if you are new to EGB and would like us to start sending you information on new positions, again just simply email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk and we will go from there.

You can find out further information on how EGB are dealing with GDPR here.

If you have any questions, you can drop us an email at gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk or leave a comment below and one of the team will get back to you.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

BT cutting 13,000 jobs

May 11, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a good bank holiday last weekend, we definitely had the weather for it. The team at EGB made the most of the sunny hot weather by having BBQs, going to the beach, visiting food festivals, and doing a bit of gardening. Let’s just hope that isn’t the last of the hot weather for this year.

This week for the blog, we are looking into the news that BT is to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years to try and save money.

BT will be cutting down its workforce by around 12%, which is 13,000 jobs, a third of these being from outside the UK in its Global Services division. The cuts will come from reducing its management and back-office roles. Along with reducing jobs, BT headquarters will be moving to smaller premises after moving out of the existing headquarters building in Central London. These job cuts and other measures will help to save £1.5bn.

It didn’t help that back last year, BT’s Continental European operation resigned after years of inappropriate behaviour, writing down the value of the Italian unit by £530m, making BT’s shares plunge 21%. The investigation found improper accounting practices and “a complex set of improper sales, purchase, factoring and leasing transactions”.

BT forecasted a fall in revenue of about 2% for the 2018/2019 financial year. BT also said it was keeping its full-year dividend unchanged from last year at 15.4p a share and would freeze it for the next two years. George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown has said “The dividend, which was rising 10% a year not so long ago, is set to freeze for the foreseeable future, and next year’s profits look likely to fall again.”

BT have said “It was responding to changes in the telecoms market, including increasing competitive intensity from established companies and new entrants. It is critical that BT transforms its operating model to build a lean and agile organisation that delivers sustained improvement in customer experience and productivity.”

Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has said “BT was in a unique position, we have the UK’s leading fixed and mobile access networks, a portfolio of strong and well segmented brands, and close strategic partnerships. This position of strength will enable us to build on the disciplined delivery and risk reduction of the last financial year, a period in which we delivered overall in line with our financial and operational commitments whilst addressing many uncertainties.”

BT have made decisions to reduce costs by cutting jobs and relocating. Will this be enough to get the company back on track? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Have a great weekend,

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44065422

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38728816

 

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,

Sheree

 

Source: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/april2018

 

 

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,

Sheree