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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…

UK workplaces undermined by too many rules

By Vivienne Joy | 30th October 2015

Employers can unleash the productivity of their workers by allowing them more scope to use their initiative, create more stimulating work and reduce the burden of unnecessary rules and procedures, according to research. A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), surveyed more than 2,000 UK employees, asking what enabled them to…

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…

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…

All Jobcentres to be shut down?

By Vivienne Joy | 22nd June 2015

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Britain’s unemployed back to work. The proposal, backed by allies of chancellor George Osborne, is being considered for potential inclusion in the party’s election manifesto for 2015, in what…

What do the Election Results mean for the UK job market?

By Vivienne Joy | 22nd June 2015

It’s been nearly a month since the Conservatives won with a clear majority vote. With David Cameron taking the reins for a further 5 years, what does this mean for the UK job market? Plans to scrap jobs-tax altogether (national insurance contributions) for under 21s making it easier for companies to extend job offers to…

The Benefits of an Apprentice

By Vivienne Joy | 17th December 2014

Did you know that 1 in 5 employers are hiring apprentices? Click here if you would like help finding an Apprentice! Apprentice schemes are quickly becoming the favorable option to further education and also becoming a favorable recruiting option for employers seeking dependable staff. 76% of companies who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace…

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…

Questions You Should Ask Your Recruitment Advertising Agency – Part Two

By Vivienne Joy | 24th October 2014

Continued from part one … How many candidates do you have on your database?  The wider reach a recruitment agency has, the more likely they are to find the perfect candidate for you. Take Vivico Recruitment for example; we advertise on the Big 6… the most popular and effective national job boards on the market!…