Extended Job Retention Scheme

After the latest announcement, the government has extended the financial support available through the extended Job Retention Scheme (Furlough). The scheme will continue until December, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. The Gov.uk website provides information on the support available for employers, as…

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Is your marketing future doomed?

Plan Now – Profit Later. Rest Now – Regret Later. We are remaining positive at Appointments and can see that several of our clients have chosen to plan now and profit later. Planning, preparing and promoting are all part of the marketing cycle and as we all know create results, but as many people want…

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The Skills Toolkit

Develop and enhance your skills For those on furlough, training is good for your mental health and motivation, that is why the government is trying to help boost the nation’s skills with The Skills Toolkit. The Skills Toolkit is made up of free online courses and resources to help improve your skills. The Open University…

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COVID-19 Coronavirus and the Workplace

The government guidance is regularly updated with developments on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in response to the current Coronavirus situation, we would like you to know that we are here to provide continued support throughout these uncertain times and that it is business as usual! When handling Coronavirus, the duty of care to employees is…

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Christmas holidays and the workplace

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching, with many of us looking forward to a few well-deserved days of from the workplace to enjoy with our nearest and dearest. However, the Christmas season has a big impact on most businesses and employees in the UK. It will be a time when there is likely to be…

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Lost your job? Social media can help

The moment you get the news that you’ve lost your job, regardless of if its due to redundancy or any other reason, it can send you into complete freefall. After the initial shock passes and the news sets in, it’s a completely natural reaction to panic about who’s going to be paying the bills now…

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Why career coaching could work for you

When you’re stuck in a role that makes you miserable, or know where you’re headed career-wise but aren’t sure how to get there, then career coaching could work for you. Career coaching has really taken off in recent years and with good reason. No longer a tool for those earning a high income, access to…

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Are you a ‘job jumper’?

It might seem like a strange term, but a ‘job jumper’ refers to someone who during their working life has had a multitude of different positions with various employers. And what’s wrong with that, I hear you ask? From an employer perspective it can bring about an assumption that you get bored easily, have no…

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Returning to work after a career break

Returning to work after a career break can seem like an overwhelming and daunting experience to a lot of people. Your confidence might not be what it once was, some aspects of your previous role might have changed or your skills could use an update – but that doesn’t mean that your experience and knowledge…

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Are your skills in demand by local employers?

Recruitment trends are subject to continual change and depend on a number of various factors, so how do you know if your skills are in demand by local employers? Surveys are often carried out nationally that give an overall picture of which skills employers are desperate to attract to their businesses, but as this takes into…

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