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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

 

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

 

FAQs – Interview Stage

October 20, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope Storm Ophelia didn’t affect too many people at the start of this week. Where we are in South Wales, we just missed the storm passing over the UK, although we did experience the dark, orange sky from the back end of Ophelia, dragging up dust from the Sahara. It was a strange atmosphere as it went really dark and the sun turned red. Did anyone else experience the orange sky?

Back at the start of September we posted a blog on FAQ when applying for a role. This week we have moved onto the next stage, which is getting an interview (keep an eye out in the next few weeks for the blog on FAQ at Offer stage). So below I have put together a list of questions we get asked frequently when it comes to being offered an interview and attending, the answers should hopefully help with any queries you have.

 

How long do I have to accept the interview request?
Once the interview offer has come through, we have 24 hours to accept the request. On some occasions where more than one date/time is given, the quicker you accept the offer, the less likely that slot may be taken by another interviewee.

Can I re-arrange an interview?
When you complete the application form, there is a section for you to enter any dates you would be unavailable for an interview, therefore interviews should come through on days that you would be available. Trying to re-arrange an interview should try and be avoided as there is the risk that the hiring manger may not offer an alternative date/time, especially if they have already interviewed other candidates. Hiring managers put a lot of planning into arranging the interviews, such as booking meeting rooms and arranging for the interview panel to be free on the same day, therefore it is best to accept the offer as an alternative may not be available.

What do I need to take with me to the interview?
You will need to take ID and proof of address along to your interview. Your ID can either be your Passport or Driving Licence. Your proof of address can be your Driving Licence (if not used as your ID), Utility Bill, or Bank Statement. Make sure these are taken with you as some locations may not allow you on site without them.

Will I need to prepare anything?
Depending on the type of role you are going for, they may ask you to prepare a presentation or bring a portfolio of your work. If these are required the recruiter will let you know straight away and provide you with all of the information.

How long is the interview?
Each interview is different, an average interview is usually 45-60 mins, although they can range from 15 to 90 minutes. When the recruiter gives you a call to let you know about the interview they will provide you with the start and end time.

Will I be meeting the interviewer face to face?
The interview can either be a face to face, a phone, or a Skype/video interview. The recruiter will confirm this to you upon letting you know you have been offered an interview. After some phone/video interviews, the hiring manager may want to carry out a second interview and meet face to face with you.

When will I hear back?
There isn’t a specified timeframe to hear back from the hiring manager, you could potentially hear back on the same day or it could take a few weeks. We follow up regularly for feedback after interviews, but hiring managers are not obliged to give feedback. As soon as we have any updates, whether it is good or bad news, the recruiter will always give you a call to let you know the outcome.

Hopefully the answers above will have covered any questions you may have. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch, either by commenting below, via our social media, by email, or by phone. Remember our office is now open until 6:15pm if you need to give us a call after you finish work.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

BAE Systems to cut 2,000 jobs

October 13, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

Friday again already, where are the weeks going? Christmas will be here before we know it. As it is Friday it means it is time for another blog post. This week we are looking at a news headline which was released earlier this week, that BAE Systems are cutting a large number of jobs across the UK.

It was announced earlier this week that BAE Systems are planning to cut almost 2,000 jobs in the military, maritime and intelligence services, with its air business being mostly affected. The positions will be cut from a number of locations throughout the UK, including 400 in Brough, 230 at RAF Marham, 15 at RAF Leeming, 340 in the Portsmouth and Solent region, and 180 in London, Guildford and other locations. 750 positions will also be cut where parts of the Eurofighter Typhoon are manufactured in Lancashire. The Typhoon jet orders have slowed down due to the competition from the new F-35 and the US F-16, and the Typhoon jet has attracted less orders than the rival Rafale which was built by Dassault Aviation, striking deals with Egypt and Qatar. Positions such as support roles at Marham and Leeming will be affected as the RAF Tornado comes to an end and the squadrons will be retiring by 2019.

Steve Turner, the Unite assistant general secretary stated: “These planned job cuts will not only undermine Britain’s sovereign defence capability, but devastate communities across the UK who rely on these skilled jobs and the hope of a decent future they give to future generations”. BAE Systems employs a total of 34,600 people in the UK, therefore cutting 2,000 jobs is almost 6% of employees, which will affect a large amount of people across the whole of the UK including current employees and potential future employees training up to work in this area.

There have been questions, whether the cuts have been down to the UK Defence spending decisions and Unions have criticised the government for buying more military equipment from the US. The MoD will face a large budget hole after it was reported they miscalculated the cost of the Trident nuclear programme and the purchase of F-35s from the US. Claire Perry, the minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy when speaking in parliament said: “BAE’s changes were ‘not related to any UK defence spending decisions’ but a result of internal restructuring and normal business practice”.  She has said the government is working with BAE to minimise the compulsory redundancies and to help secure more orders from abroad. The newly appointed CEO of BAE Systems, Charles Woodburn, stated: “The organisational changes we announced accelerate our evolution to a more streamlined, de-layered organisation, with a sharper competitive edge and a renewed focus on technology”.

What do you think of the situation? Do you think the cuts will be worthwhile? Or have they made an error? Drop us a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41566841

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/10/bae-systems-job-cuts-eurofighter-typhoon-orders

 

How to get noticed on LinkedIn

October 6, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

It has started to feel a lot colder this week, Autumn has definitely begun! Looking out of the office window the leaves are starting to turn orange and soon all of the green will disappear and winter will be here before we know it. So, onto the blog, LinkedIn is a great platform for the professional world, it allows you to connect with people that could help in your career. It is a great way for people looking for work to: advertise their skills, show their previous experience, and show how they could be a great asset to an organisation. Over the past few months, we have noticed that candidates looking for their next position are not using LinkedIn to its full potential and they may be missing out on finding/being approached for new positions. So this week our blog is going to give some tips to help you get noticed on LinkedIn when you are looking for work.

The headline on your profile is very important to keep updated as this is the first thing people see when looking at a LinkedIn profile. If you are available and actively looking for work, make sure this is stated in your headline and people will know straight away you are available and are more likely to continue reading through your profile. Include key words such as: actively looking/seeking, currently available, and/or contractor, as these key words will bring you up in more search results.

The ‘Experience’ section on your LinkedIn profile shows where you have previously worked and what experience you have gained. It is essential that this section of your profile is kept up to date and is in detail, as it is useful for other users to see your latest position and get an idea on what kind of roles you would be looking for. Additionally, if recruiters have a position available, having a detailed description will help the recruiter identify whether you are a good fit for the position. This will help reduce wasted time for both the candidate and the recruiter.

If you are actively seeking new work or you are a contractor who looks for work quite often, having your contact details visible on your profile is very helpful. If you are a 1st connection with someone, they can view your contact details if you have entered them onto your account, but for 2nd and 3rd connections, details are not always visible until the connection request has been accepted. Waiting for someone to accept a request can range from a few minutes, to a few days, or even a few weeks and if a recruiter has a position with a tight deadline, having your email address and/or phone number in your profile summary will allow the recruiter to get in touch straight away, and not risk losing a great candidate.

Instead of waiting for recruiters to get in touch with you about a new position, why not follow recruitment company pages on LinkedIn? On EGB’s LinkedIn page, we post out new roles daily, so you can keep an eye on any new roles and not miss submitting an application. If you see a role on our LinkedIn page that you are interested in and would like more information, just leave a comment on the post or give the office a call.

Looking for a new position can sometimes be easy but other times it can be challenging, so it is always best to make sure you are doing everything you can to help secure your next opportunity. Following the tips above will help recruiters notice you on LinkedIn and help get you to the next stage. Drop us a comment below and let us know if you found these tips useful, or if you have any other tips that would benefit other candidates.

Have a great weekend,

Sheree