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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:

Nominated Worker
Normal Position
Digital Position
0-3 months
4-9 months
10+ months


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, 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,


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.


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,



“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.



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,



Video Interview Helpful Tips

August 17, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone’s week has been going well?

Earlier this year, I posted out a couple of blogs with helpful tips when attending face to face interviews and phone interviews, so I thought I would finish off the trilogy this week with a blog on helpful tips for video interviews.

When preparing for or during a video interview, you want to bare in mind both the tips mentioned for face to face and phone interviews, as it is almost like a combined interview.

Be Ready – In a face to face interview, it is polite to arrive slightly early for your interview, so you are not rushing and you can keep calm. The same applies to a video interview. You don’t want to miss the call if you are running late and if you are rushing to answer the call, the interviewers will be able to see that you may be a bit flustered. So sit down slightly before the scheduled interview time to make sure you are calm and prepared.

First Impressions – Although you can’t shake the interviewer’s hand on arrival, it is still important to make a great first impression in other ways. Smile, be friendly, have eye contact, and introduce yourself politely and you will be off to a good start.

Quiet Surrounding – Set up your computer/tablet in quiet surroundings before your interview. You want to choose somewhere that will be quiet and no one can distract you. Make sure you are somewhere where there is no-one or minimal people around that may be distracting by walking back and forth behind you. This will not only be distracting for the interviewers, but you will also see it on your screen and may throw you off track.

Appearance – It is important to be dressed appropriately for interviews. Unless stated before hand, always dress smart. Even through you are on a video interview, you may think it is acceptable for example to wear your pyjama bottoms as they can only see you from your waist up, but if for some reason during the interview, you need to stand up, this isn’t a great look. Dressing smart will make you feel more professional and may help you perform better.

Good Internet Connection – Before your interview, plan where you want to take the video call and ensure that the internet connection is strong, as the last thing that you want to happen is that you are mid interview and your internet drops off and you lose the connection. If you are taking the video interview in a public area, test the internet connection first.

Take Notes/Make Notes – It is always handy to take notes in with you. If you have researched the company before hand, take some notes in with you on what the company does and what services they offer as this may help you answer some questions. Also taking notes is always handy as interviews are not just for the interviewer to choose the best fit candidate, but also for the candidate to decide if the position is right for them. So if you are offered the position, you can read over your notes and ensure the position is something that you are interested in.

With our blog trilogy of helpful tips during face to face, phone, and video interviews, you should be covered for every situation. Many of the tips can be transferred over to which ever method of interview you are undertaking, but make sure to read up on the interview tips before the big day, so you are prepared and ready to nail your interview! If you have any tips that you swear by for any type of interview, let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,



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,



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,






Employment Stats – July 2018

July 20, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. It will be a quiet one on sport this weekend as the finals took place for Wimbledon and the World Cup last weekend, so can finally get back to some normal TV.

Earlier this week the new employment stats were released for the period of March – May 2018. So for the blog this week, we will be looking into the stats and how much they have changed in the last quarter and against last year’s.

32.4 million people were in work between March and May this year which is 137,000 more than the earlier quarter (Dec 2017 – Feb 2018) and 388,000 more than this time last year. The employment rate has gone up to 75.5% from 73.9% last year which is the highest since comparable records began in 1971.

1.41 million people were unemployed (people not in work but seeking and available to work) between March and May this year which is 12,000 less than for Dec 2017 – Feb 2018, and 84,000 less than a year earlier. The unemployment rate is the joint lowest since 1975 at 4.2% which was down from 4.5% last year.

Figure 1: The graph shows the quarterly and annual changes in the number of people in the UK market.

Source: Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics

Looking back to the year 1971 when records began, the employment rate for both Men and Women has changed quite significantly. The employment rate for men has dropped from 92.1% to 80.1%, whilst the employment rate for women has risen from 52.8% up to 71.3%, keeping the percentage for both men and women steady. This can be seen in the graph below.

Figure 2: UK Employment Rates Jan 1971 – May 2018

Source: Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics

The latest stats have also shown that the average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain (adjusted for price inflation) increased since July 2017 by 0.4% excluding bonuses and by 0.2% including bonuses.

Over the past few years the employment rate is rising, along with the unemployment rate declining, which is great to see. Things are going in the right direction and we are seeing more people being in work every quarter. It will be interesting to see if this continues into the next quarter and if they improve going into 2019.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,





How using a recruitment agency can help with your job search

July 13, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

The hot weather is still with us, although here in South Wales we are supposed to be having thunderstorms this weekend, maybe it will clear away the warm weather for a while so we can cool down for a few days.

This week for the blog we are going to be looking into how using a recruitment agency can help you with your job search. Recruitment agencies match candidates to job vacancies, whilst providing help and advice to candidates. They then go onto handling the paperwork at on-boarding stage. We’ve put together a few points looking into the benefits of using a recruitment agency and what you can gain from using an agency.

Guidance/Advice – An agency can give you advice on a number of aspects throughout the process, such as the best way to complete an application form, what to include in a cover letter/suitability statement, CV guidance, and interview tips. Having the extra guidance may help you get through to the next stage.

CV guidance – A major part of applying for a position is your CV. An agency will go through your CV and provide any tips on ways to improve/update your CV to make it stand out and have a better chance of getting through to the next stage. It can be tips on formatting, the content of the CV, or even how the CV is laid out, and taking on these tips can help improve your chances.

Sign up for notifications – An agency will receive new positions from a number of different departments/organisations daily, therefore signing up to receive notifications when new roles that match your criteria come in, will save you time when searching for new positions. For example at EGB we send out email notifications at the end of every day with the new positions that have opened up that day which matches your search criteria.

Reminders – If you have expressed interest in a role through an agency and it is getting close to the deadline and you haven’t submitted your CV and application form yet, it may be something small like forgetting when the deadline is, but the recruiter looking after the role will follow up with you so you won’t miss out on the opportunity.

Updates – When applying for a position direct through a company, there isn’t always an option to receive or chase for updates and in some cases you never get a response from them with an outcome. Going through an agency allows you to gain updates on your application at each stage of the application process, as the middle client will provide updates to all agencies at every stage of the process.

Opportunities – Some agencies like us at EGB, get access to a number of jobs that are not advertised publicly, so you may be missing out on opportunities by not going through an agency. Additionally when a recruiter is sifting through the application forms and CVs, they may look at your past experience and have another position open that matches your criteria, so they will get in touch for another position which you may not have come across.

On-boarding – Once you are offered a position, the agency handles the paperwork and admin at the on-boarding stage and makes the process easier for the candidate and saving you time.

Choosing the right agency – When choosing which recruitment agency to use, you want to choose the one that provides updates regularly, sends through details on positions that match your criteria, and has a great track record in dealing with candidates.

At EGB we can offer you a great recruitment service covering all of the above from offering advice, guidance, email notifications, and updates throughout the whole process. If you would like to sign up to receive notifications on new roles from us, or would like a quick chat about the service we provide, just drop an email to or give us a call on 01633 548400 and one of the team will be happy to help.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,



The NHS turns 70!

July 6, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone is still enjoying the warm weather. This week the NHS turned 70! The NHS has been in the news for the last few days celebrating the great service that has been provided for the last 70 years. The NHS has also been in the news over the last couple of weeks as NHS England is launching a massive recruitment drive to help attract more applicants for under staffed positions.

Last year there were 35,000 vacant nursing positions, so NHS England has launched a recruitment drive, the biggest in its history, to gain more interest in the positions. It will be specifically targeting 14-18 year olds to give them an understanding of what it takes to be a nurse. It should help inspire young workers to start their career in the NHS.

The recruitment drive will include TV adverts, radio adverts, posters, and posting on social media and will set out to attract 22,000 applicants. Although there are still some concerns, as last year there were cuts to student nurse and midwife bursaries, which left application numbers to drop by nearly 20%. The Royal College of Nursing also voiced their concern about working restrictions for EU and non-EU healthcare staff as it has stopped people from applying to work in the UK.

A similar issue has also risen to NHS staff in Wales. After Brexit a large number of doctors and nurses will be needed due to staff shortages, although in Wales, 2% of all NHS staff are from the European Union. Roughly 30% of 8,800 doctors received their training abroad with 6% being trained in EU countries. Although the numbers can seem low, there are areas for example eye specialists or ophthalmology where staff from the EU are relied on. To allow more doctors and nurses from outside the EU to come into the UK after Brexit, the UK government announced last month that they would be relaxing the immigration rules.

It will be interesting firstly to see how the recruitment drive does for NHS England and whether it brings in the amount of interest that it intended, also it will be interesting to see how the NHS will be affected after Brexit and whether the same amount of staff from the EU are being employed.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,





Common Errors on CVs

June 29, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We’ve had a lovely week of weather this week, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees. Apparently it has been hotter here than places such as South of France, Greece and Spain. It looks like we are due to continue having the hot weather into next week, which will be nice.

When applying for a job, the first thing that hiring managers/recruiters do to get to know your background and skills is to look at your CV. Your CV could be hit or miss for moving onto the next stage of the application process, so ensuring your CV is the best it can be and has no errors is very important. So for the blog this week, I’ve put together a list of common errors that we have seen on CVs over the last few years, so you can avoid them in the future.

Email Address – Having an email address that you created 10-15 years ago is something you want to avoid, especially if it is an address you now regret creating. Create a new professional email address dedicated to job applications / searching, as this will keep all of your job update emails together and they won’t get lost between spam emails.

Fonts – Avoid using a mixture of fonts throughout the document, stick to using a simple easy to read font, such as Arial or Time New Roman. It will allow the hiring manager/recruiter to read your CV at ease and not struggle to read certain words if the font has curly edges.

Colours – Use simple black text on white paper. It looks much more professional and text in certain colours can make it difficult for some people to read.

Newest positions at the top – Don’t list your previous positions from oldest to newest, as a hiring manager / recruiter wants to see your latest position first and what skills and experience you have gained recently. Your very first position that you held 20 years ago could have no relevance to the position you are now applying for. Ensure you list the positions from newest to oldest.

Number of pages – Having a long CV isn’t always a good thing. Even though trying to fit everything onto 2 A4 pages isn’t always feasible, having a CV that is very long can put recruiters / hiring managers off.

Not tailoring your CV – Submitting a non-tailored CV is definitely an error to avoid. You want to put  effort into getting the job, and tailoring you CV will make your skills and experience gained in this area stand out and make you a stronger candidate. You may have gained the skills/experience to complete a position, but if it is not stated in your CV, someone new reading your CV wouldn’t know if you could meet all the requirements.

Position Details – Having the wrong amount of information on each position is something to avoid. You don’t want just a line or two on your latest role and then detailed paragraphs on your oldest. You should to be showcasing your skills and experience that you have gained recently, so add more detail to your newest positions and cut down information on older positions.

Unexplained gaps – Avoid leaving long gaps in your employment history. If it is just a couple of weeks that doesn’t hurt, but if a gap covers a few months, you should add a short description on the reason for the gap. You don’t have to go into too much detail, a simple sentence stating whether it was for a medical reason, or just a short career break. Having explanations will help the member of staff shortlisting candidates, understand why there have been gaps.

File naming – Remember to save your CV in a suitable file name. Common errors people make is that they name the file something that only they will understand, but sometimes when uploading your CV online or submitting as an attachment, the file name will be uploaded to what you have saved it as. It is recommended to name the file something that is recognisable and professional, such as “CV – ‘Your Name’.doc”

Formatting – Having a badly formatted CV is something you want to avoid. You want to come across professional, but having large spaces between paragraphs, or changing text size/font halfway down the documents is not very appealing. Ensure that you pay attention to detail and make the CV look professional and readable.

Spelling – Small spelling mistakes can be made which could have been easily avoided just by doing a spell check once you have finished putting together your CV. Most word processing programmes pick up on spelling mistakes, but some are missed, so make sure you do a final check before submitting.

Lies – It is known that there are some people who like to exaggerate on their CVs to make it seem more appealing. This is an error that is regularly made and people do get found out, especially if you get to interview stage and they ask you a question about something that you mentioned on your CV that isn’t true.

There are many common errors that are made by candidates that can be easily avoided. The list above are common errors that we have come across over the last few years, so hopefully by creating the list it will help you when putting your CV together on what to avoid and how to make the most out of your CV.

Let us know in the comments below if you have ever come across some major errors in CVs.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,