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Key Employment in 2015

By Vivienne Joy | 3rd May 2016

The government has announced some key changes which will be implemented by the end of this year and which will have an impact on employment: The Fit for Work service which is aimed at assisting employers and employees to manage long term absences from work is currently only available in Sheffield and the area of…

Employment rate reaches record high as strong pay growth continues

By Vivienne Joy | 30th October 2015

Figures published (October 2015) show that there are almost 360,000 more people in work compared to this time last year – a rise that was driven by a growth in full-time work. Meanwhile the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4% – the lowest since early 2008, and half the Eurozone average. Long-term unemployment has also fallen…

Where does your CV go if you register on Internet Job Sites?

By Vivienne Joy | 29th September 2015

Register on a CV writing website and your CV automatically goes into the CRM system of one of a number of CV Writing companies whether you like it or not. You get phoned by these call centre type people, none of whom are experts on CVs and listen while they read out a crib sheet…

'Vague' job ads waste applicants' and employers' time

By Vivienne Joy | 29th September 2015

As many as nine out of 10 online job ads do not meet the minimum requirement in terms of providing basic information such as hours and pay according to research from Citizens Advice. The research stated that nine out of 10 ads on internet job portals failed to meet Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) requirements. Basic…

The First 10 Seconds of your CV

By Vivienne Joy | 29th September 2015

Whilst I fully appreciate that there are so many opinions these days about CVs, I have to say that there are still some really bad errors creeping into a lot of documents. For example, why are people still putting the words “Curriculum Vitae” down at the top of a CV when we know exactly what…

A 20 Year Career on a 2 Page CV?

By Vivienne Joy | 13th August 2015

It never ceases to amaze me why some people continue to produce 5 or even 7 page CVs in the current climate because Guess What? Nobody is going to read them ! So start reducing them down now, and make them short, sharp and punchy. Recruiters and Employers will be put off from reading a…

Outplacement – over rated or useful?

By Vivienne Joy | 6th August 2015

I am often approached by clients who have been made redundant and whose previous company have offered them an Outplacement package as part of their severance. This is all very well as we know why big corporates in particular provide this service to outgoing executives :- 1. It sends an important message to the remaining…

Hygiene voted worst office etiquette

By Vivienne Joy | 5th August 2015

Poor personal hygiene has been voted as the worst office ‘faux-pas’. Research, which surveyed 1,000 office workers, showed that a third of respondents believed personal hygiene was the most annoying issue. Almost a quarter believed that smelly food was the biggest office problem with more than a fifth finding lateness irritating. Team mates who aren’t…

Apprenticeships to be protected in law

By Vivienne Joy | 5th August 2015

The Government has announced that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will now be protected in law. Apprenticeships will be given equal legal treatment as degrees, which will strengthen their reputation and ensure apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to higher education. The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be legally protected through the Enterprise Bill. This will give…

DWP and UKCES launch seven projects to fight low pay!

By Vivienne Joy | 3rd August 2015

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and DWP conducted a competition that addressed the challenge of how to increase earnings for low income workers whilst tackling costly retention, recruitment and skills gaps faced by businesses. As part of this new initiative, seven new projects aimed at fighting low pay launched on 11 June…

Queen’s Speech; employment law reform

By Vivienne Joy | 20th July 2015

The following employment–related Bills were unveiled in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015 as part of the State Opening of the new Parliament: • European Union Referendum Bill – this will enable a referendum to allow the electorate to have an in-out vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The referendum will…

Government launch employment tribunal fees review

By Vivienne Joy | 20th July 2015

The Ministry of Justice has finally announced a long-promised review of the impact of the introduction of employment tribunal fees and has published terms of reference. It will look at how successful the introduction of fees has been in achieving the original objectives, while maintaining access to justice. The original objectives were: – To transfer…

Apprenticeships to be protected in law

By Vivienne Joy | 20th July 2015

The Government has announced that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will now be protected in law. Apprenticeships will be given equal legal treatment as degrees, which will strengthen their reputation and ensure apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to higher education. The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be legally protected through the Enterprise Bill. This will give…

Universal Credit Update

By Vivienne Joy | 22nd June 2015

Universal Credit is a radical new service that reduces poverty by making work pay. It supports people who are on a low income, or out of work and ensures that people are better off in work than on benefit. Universal Credit is based on income not the number of hours people work, and ends the…

Shared Parental Leave: Are you prepared?

By Vivienne Joy | 22nd June 2015

New regulations on Shared Parental Leave are coming into effect, allowing parents the option to share the mother’s maternity leave. The new rules apply to couples with babies due, or children matched or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. Under the new rules, mothers will still take at least two weeks of…

Katherine Duff – Interview Tips – Part 2

By Vivienne Joy | 17th December 2014

Continued from Katherine Duff – Part 1 During the interview Give them enough time to answer your questions and allow for nerves, especially at the beginning Be prepared to repeat or rephrase your question if they don’t understand what’s being asked Encourage them to talk – although the interview is a two-way process, the candidate…

Katherine Duff – Interview Tips – Part 1

By Vivienne Joy | 17th December 2014

Part One A huge thank you to all the staff at Vivico for featuring me as their VIP client in the last newsletter!  They’re a great team to work with and they give a lot of support to me and as a result, to our Keeping HR Simple clients. As a HR Consultant, I’m only…

Silly CV Mistakes

By Vivienne Joy | 24th October 2014

In the recruitment industry, we go through a lot of CV’s! It’s really interesting to see how individuals sell themselves. The most important thing to remember when writing a CV is that it is your first impression. It may be brutal, but a CV is your one and only shot to impress an employer and…

The Advantages of Online Recruiting…

By Vivienne Joy | 20th October 2014

We are living in a time where it is considered strange not to have involvement in this huge concept we call the Internet. Whether you have a Facebook profile or have built a career around it, the internet, without a doubt has an incredible impact on the way we live. One industry that has benefited…

Vivico's Warm Welcome!

By Vivienne Joy | 20th August 2014

The apprenticeship agency called me a week or so later to tell me I wasn’t successful, even though I already knew this. They told me that they would call me every time a position came up that I should apply for. I decided to have a little faith and carry on with their service. Since…