7 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Business

7 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Business

Declines in consumer confidence and decreased sales can threaten all businesses, but small businesses can be particularly vulnerable. They often don’t have reserves to help them weather difficult times. From protecting your cash flow to building your customer...
Return to the Office? 86% Say No

Return to the Office? 86% Say No

86% of people working from home in the US, Canada, and the UK don’t think it’s time to head back, according to a new survey. The coronavirus pandemic has officially transformed the workplace, as many governments and companies shifted employees to working...
Squeeze More Value From Your IT Investments

Squeeze More Value From Your IT Investments

Do you remember the days when IT performed miracles, amazing feats, magic in front of our eyes, saving hours, zillions of pounds?  Finance departments loved IT, making lives just so much better – bring out the rose-tinted glasses. These days however, all we hear when...

What’s Your Interview Style?

Most managers settle on their own style of interviewing but is it wise to have just one approach? If you’re responsible for hiring IT personnel, whether you work for a tech firm or are responsible for recruitment within the IT department, getting the interview right...

Why is September One of the Best Months to Recruit?

  Happy September!  Can you believe it’s here already? The holiday season is now officially over, the kids are reluctantly heading back in school after the summer break and there’s a feeling of ‘business as usual’ in the air.  While some of us are yet to have a break,...

4 Steps to a Positive Candidate Experience

The recruitment process is a stressful time for both employees and applicants. Businesses place such a huge emphasis on hiring the ‘perfect’ candidate for the role, they often forget the importance in nurturing relationships with those who aren’t...

Half of SMEs prefer experienced workers

People aged between 35 and 54 are at the top of the hire list for small businesses in the UK, research by Aldermore has revealed. In a survey of 1,002 SME business leaders, 50% said they would choose to hire from this age group out of all potential recruits –...

References – New guidance released by Acas

Workplace experts, Acas, have published guidance to help employers and employees know the rules around employment references. A recent survey by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) found that nearly half of employers want job applicants who have relevant work...

Interview Attire

First impressions are everything! Now that there are so many different dress codes for work, it can be difficult to judge what will be deemed most appropriate so that you make a good first impression to the candidate, whilst adhering to your organisations dress code....

Langley James IT Recruitment Market Review of 2017

Key points Permanent placements rise at a quicker pace as contract billings continue to expand Demand for staff moderates slightly but remains robust Further marked decline in staff availability contributes to steep increase in Pay Faster growth of permanent staff...

Textbook Interview Questions Equal Textbook Answers

Ask a silly question, get a silly answer, right? Well perhaps your questions aren’t silly, but if they’re straight out of the textbook, you’re likely to receive the same textbook answers from all of your well prepared candidates. And as a recruiting employer that’s...

F&%£ Passwords!

The first words I heard from the Boss’ mouth this morning would not have necessarily gone down well in the company of my Mother and certainly would not have been heard in a Sunday morning sermon. What was the reason for such a tirade – lack of sleep? No coffee?...

What is IR35 ??? And what does it mean to an IT Contractor

What is IR35 ??? And what does it mean to an IT Contractor So, you’ve decided to embark on the world of contracting? If so I imagine that you are finding a lot of the legislation quite daunting. You may be scrolling the internet trying to figure out why you have been...

Good Riddance to 2016?

  It’s fair to say that 2016 has been a bit miserable and perhaps this year’s apparent early start of everything festive is the Country’s way of trying to spread some much needed cheer as we rapidly welcome the end of the year. The world has lost some of its most...

August 2016 Jobs Market Review – UK Wide

Key points Permanent appointments rise for first time in three months Contractor billings increases at fastest pace since May Permanent salary growth quickens Permanent placements increase for first time in three months… Latest data showed a rise in the volume of...

August 2016 Jobs Market Review – London

Key points Permanent placements drop modestly, whilst contract billings return to growth Demand for permanent staff falls for second month straight Supply of candidates also declines   Staff Appointments Contraction of permanent placements eases The amount of...

Off-payroll working in the public sector – Consultation

This consultation is titled “Off-payroll working in the public sector: reform of the intermediaries legislation”. HMRC believe that a change in liability is necessary because at present, the liability lies with the PSC and that there is widespread non-compliance. They...

Pokemon Go – Should employers clamp down

Written by Marianne Calnan 0f People Management magazine Popular game prompts questions over use of personal devices, as Boeing becomes first business to ban it at work.The take-up of smartphone game Pokemon Go has been so remarkable – and the experience of playing it...

June 2016 Jobs Market Review London and UK Wide

 Key points from the UK Wide June 2016 survey:      Brexit concerns hit recruitment activity in June Pay growth slows further Candidate availability continues to deteriorate Uncertainty during the run-up to the referendum saw many employers suspend permanent hiring...