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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

 

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

 

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,

Sheree

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

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.

Twitter

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

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,

Sheree