All posts written by Pete Roythorne

How to recruit seasonal staff

how to recruit seasonal staffSeasonal highs like Christmas are key trading periods for a wide range of sectors, from retail to restaurants. So to cope with the increased demand, many companies recruit thousands of seasonal workers. Of course, it’s not just seasonal fluctuations that can cause businesses to up their staffing level, major events can have a huge effect on the local.
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The benefits of applicant tracking systems

ATSWe all know how expensive it can be to recruit the right candidate, as it’s both resource-heavy and time-consuming. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), while far from new, are getting more sophisticated and becoming an increasingly important tool in the move towards simplifying the recruitment process and is useful for both recruiter and jobseeker. How does an ATS help the recruitment process? From.
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The importance of candidate experience

the importance of good candidate experienceRecruiting has always been, and will no doubt always continue to be, a relationships business. That is why recruiters that are able to develop the best pool of talent will always have a good supply of business. The overall landscape in the battle for the best talent has unquestionably shifted, thanks to the arrival of social media. Today’s candidates are gradually.
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City jobs up 25%

city-jobsSpecialist financial recruitment firm Astbury Marsden recently released a study that revealed that the number of London city jobs increased by 25% last month compared with a year ago. The report comes after the UK economy grew by 1.8% in 2013, its fastest pace in six years and the clearest sign yet that a recovery is actually underway. It’s not something.
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The public sector reforms

public-sector-reformsCentral and local government are operating in a climate of unprecedented change, mostly induced by the need to dramatically reduce costs. Cuts across departments are averaging 19% over four years and capital expenditure is projected to fall to £47.1 billion in 2014-15 (from a total of £59.5 billion in 2010-11) and to as low as £21 billion in terms of.
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Skills in demand in the public sector

what-skills-public-sectorRespondents to the Totaljobs survey, Recruiting for Today’s Public Sector, identified the public sector skills gap as having four main areas: leadership; IT; commercial and project; and programme management. These correspond broadly with the priority areas identified by Cabinet Office’s Capabilities Plan, which was released last year, and also reflect skills that are often associated with the private sector. So what.
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Business confidence at record high

business-confidenceWhile large swathes of the country were under water a couple of weeks ago, it’s not dampening business confidence according to the accountancy industry body the ICAEW. A survey for the association, produced by accounting giant Grant Thornton, found that business confidence has now increased for six quarters in a row. This is echoed by reports from fellow accountants BDO. It’s.
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5 top hiring technologies in 2014

top-techRecruitment is becoming led by technology, and this means that new tools are emerging all the time that empower hiring functions. Recruiters need to move with the time, but often keeping pace with an industry that is going through a technological revolution is far from easy… so we’ve picked out five new hiring technologies in 2014 that could well transform.
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The DO’s and DON’TS when approaching passive candidates

passive-candidatesSometimes the best people you employ aren’t necessarily the ones that are actively looking for a job. Known in the trade as “passive” candidates, these professionals may seem happy in their jobs, but are sometimes willing to consider a more attractive offer. The big difference between them and active job seekers, of course, is that they can be much more.
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UK inflation rate is down to 2%; how does this affect the jobs market?

bank-of-englandNew Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney would appear to have the golden touch as the UK inflation rate is down to the targeted 2% earlier this month. According to reports, the UK’s inflation rate, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index, fell to 2% in December, down from 2.1% the month before. This drop has been helped by.
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