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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,

Sheree

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42997400

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42863951

Employment Stats – Feb 2018

February 2, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We’ve had a very productive week this week and since the small changes that were made around the office (mentioned in last week’s blog), both Alex and Ellie have settled into their new positions nicely and have got stuck into the new work. How has everyone else’s week been? Have you been applying for any of our open roles? Don’t forget to check our website every day, as we receive new roles daily.

This week our blog will be looking at the update on employment statistics that have been released in the last week. Back in September last year we published a blog looking at the employment stats for the period: May – July 2017. Last week the Office for National Statistics released the figures for Sep – Nov 2017, so we will be looking at these to see how they have changed since the last quarter.

During Sep – Nov last year the employment rate (ages 16 – 64) was at 75.3%, the same as during the time period May – July 2017. Although there were 32.21 million people in work, which was 102,000 more than the previous months. Breaking it down into genders, 79.9% of men aged from 16 to 64 were in work, which is the highest employment rate for men since 1991, whilst 70.8% of women aged from 16 to 64 were in work, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

The unemployment rate did not change much at all to the earlier months last year, remaining at 4.3%. This quarter we actually saw the number of people economically inactive drop by 79,000 totaling 8.73 million.

Although the figures haven’t changed too much since the last quarter, the results are still heading in the right direction, with employment on the rise and unemployment shrinking. The graph below shows how the figures have changed in the last quarter and against how they have changed in the last year.

(Source: Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics)

Also looking into the Public Sector stats (as the majority of our roles are through the public sector) since the last quarter there are 19,000 more people employed in the public sector and 21,000 more than the previous year.

It is always interesting looking at employment stats to see how things have changed over the past quarter and the last year. It is great to see that the employment rate is still climbing, bringing more and more people back into work every year. Later in the year we will take another look at how the stats have changed again and whether the employment rate is still on the rise.

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Source: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/january2018

 

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

 

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!

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

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

 

Office Update – November 2017

November 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

How is everyone’s week coming along? Friday has come around again, which means it is time for another blog! This week our blog is going to be an office update and let you know how everything is coming along at EGB, as it has been a few months since our last office update.

Our last office update blog was back in August and we mentioned that some of the team had moved into new positions. Since then everyone has settled in to their new roles and with their hard work, everything is going really well. We are constantly getting those interview requests coming through which are turning into offers, which is great news for both the team and our candidates.

Also in our last office update, we mentioned due to the summer and a lot of hiring manager’s being on holiday, we noticed the amount of new roles we were receiving had slowed down for a few weeks. Once September came around and everyone had settle back into work after the summer, the roles started picking back up again, which is good news.

We want to try and be available to speak to you at the most convenient time possible, so as the majority of our candidates are in work themselves during normal office hours of 9-5, we’ve extended our office opening hours to give you that extra chance of having a chat with one of the team. The office will now be open from 8:45am until 6:15pm giving you chance to call the office before/after work.

EGB has treated the team to new office chairs this week, which the whole team is looking forward too, because who doesn’t love something new? I bet Ed will have fun on the weekend putting them together!

It was Halloween earlier this week, did anyone have any plans? We’ve had a mixture in the office, some went trick or treat-ing with their children, went to parties, visited the farm, carved pumpkins, and watched scary movies, so a bit of a mixture. We’ve also got Bonfire Night coming up this weekend, we’re all looking forward to seeing some fireworks. Let us know what you got up to in the comments below.

Have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree