Recruitment News

A recent report from Acas entitled Three Sides to every story: the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations has revealed that many agency workers do not know of and/or too frightened to avail of their employment rights. Some of the complaints lodged by employees to the helpline included, employees expressing uncertainty over contractual matters and zero contract issues, being obliged to undertake tasks for which they were not qualified and employers who did not heed to the law.  Brendan Barber, Acas chair said ‘we found examples of agency workers who were afraid of questioning their employment rights or completely unaware that they were entitled to basic rights’., March 2015

The former chief executive of Dering Employment Services (recruitment specialists for deaf candidates) was in court on March 16 facing charges of fraud. Stephen Dering and six others allegedly conspired to defraud the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through false claims for sign language services. Dering Employment Services has been defunct since 2010., March 2015

Recruitive, a technology supplier to recruitment agencies has joined up with Boxharry, web application specialists., March 2015

The EU Court of Justice has ruled that member states are obliged to remove any restrictions on the use of temporary agency work. The ruling centres on article 4(1) of the Agency Workers Directive and states that any restrictions on temporary agency work are permitted only ‘on grounds of general interest’.  The director of policy and professional services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation commented that ‘this is a step in the right direction. We welcome the court’s finding that member states must review restrictions on a rolling basis and remove arbitrary and unjustifiable barriers to the use of agency workers’., March 2015

Spencer Ogden has appointed Greg Morris as head of legal and compliance, bringing with him over 15 years of industry expertise. Greg Morris will assist with the company’s risk and compliance framework as well as their legal and compliance strategies amongst other duties.
Recruitment International, March 2015

Hays have opened a new office in Lincoln and are adding to their staff numbers specifically in the finance, office support, construction and education sectors. This has been the result of business growth in the area.
Recruitment International, March 2015

Stafforce Recruitment, part of Stafforce Personnel is undergoing a management restructure.  The company has made new appointments to its senior management team (as part of its five year growth plan) and has created new offices in Doncaster, Sheffield, London and Wolverhampton. Annamarie McHugh received a promotion to head of operations. Adrian Tams has been promoted to talent manager. Richard Hayes is new to the firm and is operations manager for Midlands and Yorkshire. Denise McGuire was given the role of operations manager in Scotland and the north. A new leadership team was also created with Tony Boorman as director and Lucy Kuc and Annamarie McHugh as head of business development., March 2015   

Search Consultancy (recruitment firm based in Glasgow) has announced six new appointments at senior management level.  The appointments have been made in some of its 13 branches. In Manchester, the branch appointed Peter Preston as director and head of professional services. Pamela Stokes was given the promotion to a director of call and contact centre and office services position, whilst Natalie McCluskey was promoted to the position of associate director in the call centre business. Colette Philp was given the promotion to director in professional services in the Glasgow branch and Shannon McKechnie was given the position of associate director of the specialist office services division. The Liverpool branch also saw promotions with Richard Westhead promoted to director., March 2015

Steve Ingram, chief executive of PageGroup, told Recruiter that the group’s profits for 2014 were ‘hampered by currency exchange rates’. Overall, these rates have affected the gross profit by approximately £33m and the operating profit was affected by approximately £6m. He described the Australian and Brazilian markets as ‘challenging’ whilst admitting that ‘there was some uncertainty around parts of Europe’. In 2014, PageGroup opened offices in Peru and Indonesia, and the group had a’ record year’ in China, South-East Asia, Latin America, Germany and US. However, PageGroup have said they do not intend to open any more new branches as they wish to prioritise their ‘existing headcount’ which they expect to grow., March 2015

Xpert Innovations has announced their new product- a web portal, an app and tabs that ‘automates the deployment process for freelancers, contractors and temporary and full-time staff’. At present, it is available in Europe and the UK and will not be available to Canada or the US until the end of March.  According to Recruiter, ‘the end-to-end staff deployment service aims to cut man-hours in terms of managing contractor deployment by 40%’.  The innovations will allow recruiters to send numerous job notifications to workers. The technology also allows for workers to be located (through a geo location search), to sign up for jobs, and for timesheet management. Workers may maintain and access their own personal details, accept work shifts and receive alerts if their profiles are missing any required documents or information. Greg Winxted, managing director revealed that three businesses have already expressed interest and signed up., March 2015

The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For included recruitment agencies.  It was published on 08 March.

‘Ranked by position the recruiters appearing in this year’s list are’:

  • Opus Recruitment Solutions (2)
  • Jenrick Group (4)
  • Chapman Black (6)
  • Lawrence Harvey Group (7)
  • Gemini Search (8)
  • Austin Fraser (9)
  • La Fosse Associates (13)
  • Premier Group Recruitment (15)
  • Cooper Lomaz Recruitment (22)
  • Phaidon International (23)
  • Resourcing Group (28)
  • Consol Partners (29)
  • Tate (30)
  • eResponse (31)
  • TFS Healthcare (35)
  • Macildowie (37)
  • Cobalt Recruitment (38)
  • Liquid Personnel (41)
  • SF Group (45)
  • Arrows Group (48)
  • Taskmaster (52)
  • Gravitas Recruitment Group (53)
  • Macdonald & Company (54)
  • Penta Consulting (55)
  • Aspire (57)
  • Swanstaff Recruitment (58)
  • networx (60)
  • Empiric (61)
  • Nicoll Curtin (68)
  • Celsian Education (77)
  • Thorn Baker (81)
  • Worldwide Recruitment Solutions (83)
  • Clinical Professionals (87)

HR consultancy and interim provider Hunter Adams was 26th on the list. Workday software consultancy Kloud came in at number 96., March 2015

On 15 April, the launch of a new partnership will be announced.  The Professional Staffing Companies is joining forces with the Women in Recruitment Association to launch a programme which will enable recruiters to fully utilise female talent and skills within their organisations and business. Barclays and Squire Patton Boggs will support the initiative and an executive committee will oversee it. The launch will also refer to research report which is underway which focuses on the reason why ‘talented women leave professional recruitment organisations before they maximise their potential’.
The Global Recruiter, March 2015

There is debate amongst employers whether employment tribunal fees should be eradicated. Currently, it can cost an employee up to £1,200 to lodge a claim. There is concern that this may pose difficulty for many people to bring a claim to the tribunal. Initially, fees were introduced to curb ‘vexatious claims’, but according to the results of a new report entitled Conflict Management: A Shift in Direction? employee claims have dropped by 70%. This has led to the statement that ‘perfectly valid claims have been discouraged as a result of the new fees, according to CIPD employee relations adviser Mike Emmott, who also referred to the 70% drop as ‘unprecedented’. Vince Cable, business secretary has advised a review ‘as a matter of urgency’.
HR Magazine, March 2015

ONS published the latest statistics (from 2014) which were produced by ELAS (employment law experts) which have revealed that the pay gap between men and women remains at 21%. The statistics revealed that men earned £557.8 (average full-time weekly wage) whilst women earned £461.9.  Peter Homes, employment law consultant at ELAS was quoted as saying ‘it remains a sorry fact that there are still far fewer women than men in senior roles, and although some may put part of the pay discrepancy down to maternity leave, it will be interesting to see whether the wage gap closes over the coming years with the introduction of new paternity leave legislation this year’.
The Global Recruiter, March 2015

PwC has published its latest Women in Work index which is produced annually. The publication shows that the UK has climbed four places on the index and overall, scored 14th out of 27 OECD countries. The criteria for the index include 5 elements of ‘female economic empowerment’, involving factors such as the pay gap between men and women, and the amount of women in the workplace or ‘female labour force participation’. For the latter criteria, the UK scored 10th out of 27 countries for ‘general female labour force participation’ but scores below the average for women in full time employment. At the top of the index were the Nordic countries, namely Denmark, Sweden and Norway, who have achieved a ‘progressive approach to work-life balance’. Yong Jing Teow, a PwC economist says ‘if we want to see a meaningful change to women’s economic empowerment in the UK, we need to make sure that the contribution of women in the workplace is fairly recognised and remunerated, and to support women in continuing their careers after having children’.
HR Magazine, March 2015 

Tim Smeaton, Chief Executive and founder of Hydrogen is being replaced by Ian Temple. The announcement was made on 04 March. Smeaton believes that ‘now is the right time to step down’.  In 2014, Smeaton directed a restructure of Hydrogen at a cost of £1.8m. Ian Temple has a positive outlook on his appointment saying ‘I am definitely in it for the long haul’. Results for Hydrogen for year ending 31 December 2014 ‘reveals revenues decreased from £181.6m in 2013 to £169.4m, while net fee income fell from £31.9m to £28.2 over the period’., March 2015

On 03 March, Parliament looked at the issue of ‘excessive’ fees charged by insolvency practitioners. An independent review had been conducted into the fees charged. Presently, the average charge out rate is £375 per hour.  Practitioners in Wales and England must now provide greater transparency in their fees, providing details of cost estimations, hourly charges and approximation of length of time for a matter. Once these issues have been decided upon, they cannot be altered unless agreed by both the practitioner and the person/s to which the money is owed., March 2015

The launch of National Apprentice Week starts on 09 March with a new apprenticeship focused on older workers. Open Apprentice was launched by Minister for Pensions Steve Webb, aimed at older workers for whom age or ‘extended career breaks’ may cause difficulties in obtaining employment. Research carried out by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills revealed that the basic wage per hour for apprentices last year varied from £3.95 to £12.63 for jobs such as hairdressing and care leadership/management respectively. It also revealed that 15% of apprentices at Levels 2 and 3 were receiving wages that were less than the minimum wage.  Nick Clegg also encouraged people to consider apprenticeships saying that ‘ a fifth of all advanced apprentices progress to higher education and that gaining a higher-level apprenticeship could boost lifetime earnings by £150k’., March 2015