Vivico Recruitment http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:01:38 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-RZzmpEo6_normal-32x32.png Vivico Recruitment http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk 32 32 Key Employment in 2015 http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/key-employment-2015/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/key-employment-2015/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 13:40:33 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=4283 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…

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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 Wales covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, as part of a trial. However, the government has announced that this service will now become available to employers and employees nationally from autumn this year (2015).

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Employment rate reaches record high as strong pay growth continues http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/employment-rate-reaches-record-high-as-strong-pay-growth-continues/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/employment-rate-reaches-record-high-as-strong-pay-growth-continues/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:22:30 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=5821 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…

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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 dramatically – by 25% on the year – and youth unemployment (excluding full-time students) is now well below pre-recession levels.

With average wages rising by 3%, today’s figures represent a major milestone in the government’s long-term economic plan.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said:

This is a fantastic set of figures, which show more people in work than ever before and a strong growth in wages. That is a credit to British business, and a credit to the hardworking people of this country.

Alongside this, unemployment has fallen to the lowest level since 2008, and long-term unemployment has dropped by a staggering quarter over the last year.

This positive picture is replicated up and down the country, demonstrating that this one nation government is delivering a society with opportunity and security for all at its heart.

Women in work

Since 2010, there are 920,000 more women in work and there are 183,000 fewer unemployed women.

Unemployment

The number of unemployed people has fallen by nearly 200,000 since last year, and the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4% – a 7 year low.

Worklessness

Worklessness is continuing to fall, with the number of people without a job having fallen by more than 1.2 million since 2010.

Long-term unemployment

The number of long-term unemployed people has fallen by more than 25% in the last year to 526,000 – the lowest level in 6 years.

Young people

The number of unemployed young people who are not full-time students is the lowest in a decade at 6.2% of the total youth population.

While the employment rate of young people who have left full-time education is at its highest level in more than 10 years at 73.9%.

Supporting people into work

This government’s welfare reforms were designed with the aim of supporting people off benefits and into work. Today’s figures show that there are now 1 million fewer people claiming one of the main out of work benefits compared to 2010, and over 2 million more people in work.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offers a range of support across the country to get people off benefits and into jobs through our network of over 700 jobcentres.

These include work experience, employer-led training, work placements, skills training, the Work Programme, and help for budding entrepreneurs through the New Enterprise Allowance.

Security for hardworking people

The government is also providing security for hardworking people at every stage of their lives by moving to a truly compassionate higher-wage, lower-tax and lower-welfare society.

That includes:

– continuing to reform welfare including lowering the benefit cap to £23,000 in London and £20,000 elsewhere so being in work pays

– helping to create 2 million new jobs and 3 million apprenticeships

– doubling free childcare to 30 hours for working parents

– introducing the new living wage in April which is expected to reach £9 an hour by 2020 – this will benefit 6 million workers and boost pay for those on the minimum wage by £5,200 by 2020

Of the growth in employment over the last year, 8 in 10 jobs was full time.

Source: gov.co.uk

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UK workplaces undermined by too many rules http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/uk-workplaces-undermined-by-too-many-rules/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/uk-workplaces-undermined-by-too-many-rules/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:31:47 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=5818 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…

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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 be most productive in their jobs.

The most common responses emerge as interesting work (40 per cent), being able to use their own initiative (39 per cent) and being given tasks which complement their skills (25 per cent).

On the other hand, the most common hurdles to employee productivity are unnecessary rules and procedures (28 per cent), not having the resources available to do their jobs (28 per cent) and office politics (24 per cent).

Claire McCartney, research adviser at the CIPD, says that productivity at work has been a real focus this year for employers and policymakers, but the most important perspective on the productivity debate is that of employees themselves.

‘This survey gives us unique insight into what workers feel affects how well they work, and the answer is much simpler than many would probably assume.

‘Improving productivity is an ongoing, long-term project for the UK, but in the shorter term, employers can help employees use their skills and ideas by focusing on developing leaders and line managers who empower rather than control staff and by designing jobs which provide sufficient autonomy.’

Setting employees free to innovate and play to their strengths also involves an employment relationship based on trust and removing unnecessary and restrictive rules and procedures that get in the way of common sense and agility, McCartney continues.

Engagement is also a key factor affecting productivity at work, and the proportion of engaged employees has dropped from 39 per cent to 36 per cent this year, with men more likely to be disengaged at work than women.

Among those that are disengaged at work, 44 per cent feel they are over-qualified, indeed the survey also finds that overall, nearly three in ten employees (29 per cent) think they are overqualified for their role.

Engagement also has an impact on productivity, as significantly more disengaged employees (17 per cent) say they are less productive than neutral (5 per cent) or engaged (3 per cent) employees.

However, employees point to the solution to over-qualification themselves, with three fifths (61 per cent) suggesting that broadening their job role would make better use of their skills and experience.

McCartney says, ‘There’s undoubtedly a mismatch of skills existing in the UK workforce, and we can see here how damaging over-qualification and skills mismatches can be to areas such as employee engagement, long-term retention and, of course, productivity.’

The CIPD is already speaking out on this issue and has called on the government to work with employers and other key stakeholders to develop a strategy to create more high-skilled jobs and improve skills utilisation in the workplace.

Source: SmallBusiness.co.uk

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Where does your CV go if you register on Internet Job Sites? http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/where-does-your-cv-go-if-you-register-on-internet-job-sites/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/where-does-your-cv-go-if-you-register-on-internet-job-sites/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:22:27 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=5756 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…

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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 as to why your CV is poor. So you reluctantly part with your Credit Card details as you feel vulnerable as you haven’t worked for a few weeks.

You then get an appointment with a so called Consultant for an hour if you are lucky (sometimes only 20 minutes) so that they can ask you a few questions about your career – not really long enough if you have had a long successful career. 5 days later you will receive your brand spanking new CV but will it be any good or not ? Of course NOT – you will have been totally ripped off.

The only way to deal with these companies is to put the phone down on them straight away – they are giving the industry a bad name and they need to be put out of business. If you are seriously having difficulty writing your own CV then research the market and find an experienced CV Writer who will take their time with you and more importantly come and meet you in person.

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'Vague' job ads waste applicants' and employers' time http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/vague-job-ads-waste-applicants-and-employers-time/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/vague-job-ads-waste-applicants-and-employers-time/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:20:47 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=5754 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…

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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 information about wages and hours was missing, leaving people unable to assess if a job would allow them to pay the bills or fit around commitments such as childcare.

Vague job ads also risked wasting employers’ time and money because a lack of information could increase the number of unsuitable applications and put stronger candidates off applying.

Analysis by Citizens Advice of more than 824 online job ads found two out of five were unclear about whether a position was full or part-time, temporary or permanent; one in five did not give pay details; and one in 10 did not specify either an employer or an agency, so applicants were unaware of who they were sending their details to.

The ASA says all of this information should be included, together with a clear and accurate description of the work involved.

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The First 10 Seconds of your CV http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/the-first-10-seconds-of-your-cv/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/the-first-10-seconds-of-your-cv/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:18:08 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=5752 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…

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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 the document is?

Curriculum Vitae is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life. However, I never use it on any of my CVs and am constantly advising my clients not to include it as it’s now regarded as something of an old fashioned statement.

Start with your name at the top of the page usually in Bold and also in a larger font size, preferably size 18 if you are using size 11 for the body of the CV. Then you can include your home address on 2 lines – don’t try and cram the whole address on one line – that looks awful – in some cases I actually advise my clients not to include a home address at all.

After the address I always include the Telephone number, often written as just “Tel” with the mobile number written in 2 sections – I can never understand people who write down all 11 numbers in one go – makes it almost impossible to read – so write it as 07968 123456. Finally an email address should follow – you don’t necessarily need the word “Email” because it’s obvious what it is. Please don’t use anything silly – keep it business-like and professional as nobody will take you seriously if you come up with a stupid email address.

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A 20 Year Career on a 2 Page CV? http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/20-year-career-2-page-cv/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/20-year-career-2-page-cv/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:23:48 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=4705 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…

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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 CV which is too long, and you only have a few seconds to make an impression. Similarly make it easy for the reader to find out how to contact you by having your telephone number and email address at the top of the page – not at the bottom of the final page.

I have been writing quality Professional CVs for over 5 years and I have no problem whatsoever getting a 20 year career onto 2 pages by following some very basic principles. So start with a Profile which spells out exactly what it is that you do – “A highly strategic and results driven Sales Director” is going to be far more productive than ” A hardworking, reliable and trustworthy individual.”

The Profile also needs to highlight your main strengths so tell the reader what you are all about, and what you have consistently done over your career as a Sales Director – you should then summarise your key skills and write them down in the context in which you have used them. You cannot be a good Sales Director without having outstanding presentation skills but you have to mention that you use them in presenting to high profile customers or clients.

A lot of older people tend to mention every single job going back to their school days but this is really not needed. Concentrate on the jobs you have had in the past 10-15 years with less bullet points in the earlier roles. Don’t use fancy logos for the bullets either – stick to round black dots to be safe. Furthermore you can either remove the earlier jobs altogether or create an “Earlier Career” section where you simply list the job title and employer but leave the dates out as we don’t want to advertise your age.

A short section entitled Qualifications and Training is always useful to summarise any degrees or courses, but I never include A levels or GCSEs as they are now irrelevant once you have a few years work experience under your belt. Finally include a line of Interests by all means but don’t write a story about them.

For a FREE CV Review please feel free to get in touch with me either via my website – www.cvwriting.uk.com – or directly via email at ian@cvwriting.uk.com

 

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Outplacement – over rated or useful? http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/outplacement-rated-useful/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/outplacement-rated-useful/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:25:21 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=4636 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…

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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 staff and reduces any adverse publicity

2. It ensures that the correct procedures are followed and that the best support is being offered

3. It brings in professional expertise to advise on the best ways of finding future opportunities

However, the one vital document you need to conduct your job search is a CV, and that is the one area where Outplacement provides a distinct lack of expertise. Outplacement companies do not re-write your CVs and in many cases dish out poor advice about them too.

Considering the thousands of pounds your former employer have paid these Outplacement providers are they getting a good return for their money or are they merely paying lip service so that you leave on good terms ?

by Ian Viner
0843 886 1526
www.cvwriting.uk.com

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Hygiene voted worst office etiquette http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/hygiene-voted-worst-office-etiquette/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/hygiene-voted-worst-office-etiquette/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:16:29 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=4628 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…

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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 prepared to share the spotlight or the credit for a piece of work are a problem, with 17 per cent of people claiming they are fed up with colleagues taking credit for work that isn’t theirs.

Ciaron Dunne, CEO at Office Genie, said: “Anyone who’s ever worked in an office will be able to identify with these irritating, and common, faux pas. And it’s likely we have a colleague who commits one or several of these on a daily basis.

“The chances are though that you’re also a culprit of one these office sins, and that the junk littering your desk, or your penchant for eating eggs over your morning emails, is silently driving the person next to you crazy. No one can be perfect, and certainly not for eight hours a day, but such considerations can make for a healthier, happier working environment.

Original research: Office Genie

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Apprenticeships to be protected in law http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/apprenticeships-protected-law-2/ http://vivicorecruitment.co.uk/apprenticeships-protected-law-2/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:09:45 +0000 http://www.vivicorecruitment.co.uk/?p=4626 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…

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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 the Government the power to take action when the term is misused to promote low quality courses. The Enterprise Bill will be introduced to Parliament in the Autumn of 2015.

In addition, the Government’s commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 will be enshrined in law and public sector bodies will be set targets to help reach the required number of apprenticeships. There have been more than 2.2 million apprenticeship starts since May 2010!

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