recruiting

5 Steps to Hiring New Employees

5 Steps to Hiring New Employees

One of the greatest challenges facing every expanding business is securing the right staff. Competent, professional and committed recruits are highly sort after and a crucial ingredient to business success. However, building a team can be a complex task as you look to source people with different skills – but crucially a similar outlook, buying into the company vision and ethos. There is no doubt that hiring the right sort of person is vital for driving continued momentum. While hiring people who just don’t fit in inevitably leads to lost productivity and direction and can further dent staff morale and public perception. The Accountancy Partnership’s (TAP’s) managing director Lee Murphy says there are a number of key areas employers must address ahead of the hiring game to ensure the... »

Excessive Minimum Wage Rise Stops Firms Recruiting, warns BCC

Excessive Minimum Wage Rise Stops Firms Recruiting, warns BCC

Raising the national minimum wage by almost double last year’s increase will deter small firms from taking on new recruits, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned. A minimum wage increase of 2.2% from 1 October 2010 for low paid workers aged over 21 was announced in this year’s Budget. This will bring their hourly pay up from £5.80 to £5.93. Last year the national minimum wage increased by just seven pence from £5.73 to £5.80. Low paid workers aged between 18 and 20 will also see a rise, to £4.92 per hour, while 16 to 17 year-olds will be paid £3.64 per hour. The BCC’s director of policy and external affairs, Dr Adam Marshall, said the wage increase took some of the shine off a Budget that had small firms at its heart. &ldquo... »

Recruiting from Communities

Here’s an idea. It’s well known that you can exploit recruitment activity for promotional advantage. For instance job adverts often promote the business for which the recruitment is sought. So why not do the same thing in reverse? Decide on a theme – technology or business – and then create a community for the benefit of your business. A good means to start a community and to create a theme is to design a competition. Some years ago I designed a competition for undergraduates for a large telecommunications company. They were invited to submit proposals on how technologies (with which the telecommunications company was involved) could be applied to new applications. A prize was offered for the most innovative idea. One of the technologies related to Radio Frequency I... »

Recruiting & Interviewing

Introduction When you take on new staff, identifying your requirements and planning how you fill your vacancy is important to ensure you get the best person for the job. This guide takes you through what you have to think about before and during the recruitment process, starting from deciding what you need and where you are going to recruit through to the interview and the offer letter. And it reminds you that you need to be sure that you treat all candidates fairly and avoid discrimination for example on grounds of their sex or race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or because they have a disability. »

Recruiting and employing disabled staff

Introduction to Recruiting and employing disabled staff Disabled people have abilities, skills and experience that your business can benefit from. If you make a few adjustments in your policies and at your premises, and add flexibility to work arrangements, you could potentially open up jobs to many more recruits – often at little or no cost. A disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This covers a wide range of impairments of varying type and severity, from the obvious – such as severe mobility restrictions requiring wheelchair use – to less obvious ‘invisible’ impairments like diabetes. The aim of this business guide is to he... »