Top 6 Recruiting Trends for 2023:

Following on from Covid, Brexit, the cost of living crisis and questions about “Are we in a recession or not?” the recruitment market has changed a lot in the last few years. Amidst a growing skills gap and the increasing difficulty to find suitable talent fast, we take a look at some of the top…

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Using psychometric testing to assess culture fit

Psychometric tests assess culture fit

The pandemic has left us with greater employee flexibility where hybrid and remote working has become a permanent arrangement for many. This is great news with businesses focusing on growth and building back stronger. To grow your business successfully you need to get the culture right – which means recruiting the right people in the…

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Budget Includes Measures To Ease Labour Market Shortage

Budget measures to reduce labour shortages

The budget includes several measures to ease the labour market shortages including the expansion of free childcare hours, ‘returnships’ for over-50s, and more support for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions. With the number of new jobs adverts last month at a 14-month high, we take a look at the Chancellor’s budget plans. Changes…

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Strongest rate of growth in pay

Pay rises as labour shortages continue

Growth in regular pay rose by 6.7% but fell by 3.1% in real terms The last quarter of 2022 saw the strongest rate of growth in regular pay seen outside of the coronavirus pandemic period due in part to continued labour shortages. Growth in average total pay (including bonuses) was 5.9% and growth in regular…

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Minimum Wage rises to £10.42 in April 2023

The minimum wage for workers aged 23 and over will rise from £9.50 to £10.42 an hour in April. Are you ready to implement the changes? The increase in the minimum wage of 9.7% was announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt during his Autumn Statement 2022, to help workers cope with rising prices. Younger workers under…

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Listening to your employee voice improves engagement and retention

Are you listening to your employee voice?

Employee voice is a key enabler of effective staff engagement. Employees who feel respected, engaged with, listened to, and invited to contribute their ideas and experience are more likely to stay motivated and stay with you. In the current context where labour shortages are inhibiting some businesses from growing and reaching their full productivity potential,…

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The importance of staff retention

Do your employees love working for you?

Whilst the recruitment market is so competitive, companies are increasingly focusing on employee retention. Do your employees love working for you? If not you need to invest in engaging and rewarding your current employees as the labour market continues to be tight with companies competing for top talent. Following the impact of the pandemic and…

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Tips for carrying out a good performance review

Performance Review

Spring is that time of year when managers will be preparing to conduct their annual performance reviews for their teams. We share some useful tips to help your employee evaluations go more smoothly and run more effectively. While performance reviews take some time, regularly reviewing the work your team members are doing can have a…

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Job market remains robust at the start of the year

Job Market Remains Robust

While we are seeing some caution from employers in the face of uncertainty, overall the job market remains robust judging by the demand for new staff at the start of the year. The number of active job vacancy postings across the UK job market has remained robust since mid-August 2022. Active job adverts went above…

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Latest ONS Labour Market Report For New Year

Competition for candidates remains high in labour market report

As the ONS releases its latest labour market update, the results show demand for workers is still higher than pre-pandemic, despite signs of economic slowdown. Although some companies appear to be holding back on permanent recruitment, opting for temporary placements instead, the labour market remains competitive. Combined with candidate shortages we continue to see challenges…

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