June 2015

Design geek

The key to knowing how to design your recruitment website is to know who your website design is mostly for.  Quite often we hear recruiters say that all websites look the same and in some markets that is very true and also very much needed.  How so?  Well some market sectors are client driven, some market sectors are candidate drive.  Very few are both client...

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Confused lady

The Department of Health has announced they will: • set a maximum hourly rate for agency doctors and nurses • ban the use by NHS Trusts of agencies that are not approved (off-framework) • put a defined cap on total agency staff spending for each NHS trust in financial difficulty.   Rate is dictated by demand and the role's merits.  Ergo screw up your staff management so badly you need a...

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Recruiter female

The balance of power has generally shifted back to the candidate in more that just rare skills markets according to a report by the REC. Key findings of the report: More employers are competing for the attention of quality candidates. Candidates share their experiences – especially negative ones – and this has implications for employer brand. There is a discrepancy between what employers and what candidates think is important...

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Best deals possible

After 23 years of working in the recruitment space I can give you my top 10 reasons recruiters become or remain unsuccessful. 1 Undervaluing the time it takes new recruiters to get up to speed.  It can easily be a year not 3 months to get a recruiter's desk established. 2 Employer apathy towards the services offered by recruiters.  They no longer want to hear you are different than...

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While I think

The REC is active in all areas of support for the recruitment and employment sector.  Tackling Age discrimination is a key part of that. Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation says: “There is an enormous skills crisis looming. The UK is suffering from skills shortages across the economy and at the same time businesses say they can’t take on more work without more...

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Hard work

The new legislation on surrounding employer exclusivity and the removal of the clause really does not help the work who is getting ripped off, why?  Glad you asked. All the employer has to do is give the candidate some consistent work, then re-set the hours to their needs.  When the employee exercises the right to go elsewhere the employer can simply say sure, but if you...

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AH

Know the law, here is an extract from work done by the IOR. Employment laws generate a lot of comment. Hardly a day goes by without the media reporting scare stories about the employment rights of UK employees, which are depicted as being anti-competitive, unduly restrictive and in many cases overly generous. We are exposing some of the most common employment law myths and explaining the...

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When do I do it?

OK so today we will discuss widescreen versus block design for recruitment websites.  In the image below you can see the website has image content in a few areas which extend to either side (left & right) of the websites core features.  Based upon the size and shape of your computer screen or laptop screen you will see some, all or maybe none of this...

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Image of female doctor

Research from Randstad Sourceright has identified some of the top trends in recruiting that promise to change the way organisations identify, engage and ultimately hire top talent in the coming years. The Randstad Sourceright 2015 Talent Trends Report offers key insights on how employers can adapt to these changes and ensure a successful recruiting program going forward. Based on the survey responses of 350 HR directors,...

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Mobile recruitment rules

OK so with so much hype about how Google will drop you if you are not mobile and with so many web developers climbing over themselves to give you a 'Responsive Design' and a handful offering a 'Dedicated Mobile Design' we thought it not a bad time to explain all. Google and your rankings. Unless you had/have an extensive web promotion strategy using SEO and alike you...

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