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Lax Recruitment Process Leaving Businesses At Risk

Lax Recruitment Process Leaving Businesses At Risk

UK small businesses are leaving themselves at risk to stunted growth and potential legal action, due to a lax recruitment process – according to a report by Xref. The Xref Referencing and Recruitment Risk Index,which surveyed 1,000 UK employees and job-seekers, has revealed that 23.5% were not asked for either a character or employment reference when they most recently applied for a job – with 23% admitting their referee was never actually contacted. Worryingly, 45% of respondents even confessed they have lied to a potential employer, with the most common embellishments concerning their work experience (36%) and qualifications (28%). An important consideration for businesses, 48% of those surveyed admit they deliberately exploited careless recruitment practices – with 32%... »

Nearly 60% of Business Owners Are Worried Brexit Will Damage Their Recruitment Plans

Nearly 60% of Business Owners Are Worried Brexit Will Damage Their Recruitment Plans

59% of UK small businesses are worried that immigration rules post-Brexit will damage their ability to recruit suitable staff, according to a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The What Small Firms Want From Brexit report, which surveyed 1,236 FSB members, revealed that 56% of ‘EU-employers’ are worried about any changes to current employment legislation whatsoever – with 13% even considering moving their operations abroad or shutting their doors altogether. With regards current staff, 72% of respondents said they recruited said employees while they were already in the UK, while 95% have no experience in the current “points-based “system for obtaining work permits for non-EU citizens. In its recommendation to the government, the FSB urged Theresa May to g... »

Over Half Of All Small Businesses To Freeze Recruitment For 2017

Over Half Of All Small Businesses To Freeze Recruitment For 2017

51.2% of all UK small businesses have no plans to recruit new staff in 2017, according to a report by Close Brothers. The survey of 900 small enterprises revealed that 22.9% will turn to freelance workers or temp staff instead of taking on full time employees, with 58.6% worried about the current cost of recruitment given the uncertain economic environment. When asked about their reasoning behind hiring fewer staff, Brexit was seen as major factor by many – with 19.2% hiring fewer new workers in the light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Worryingly still, 45.6% of respondents admitted to actually letting staff go in the past 12 months, with just 10.4% saying Brexit prompted an increase in hiring. David Thomson, of Close Brothers Invoice Finance, said: “While the UK’s economic performa... »

Post-Brexit, Businesses are Opting to Hire Short-Term Workers

Post-Brexit, Businesses are Opting to Hire Short-Term Workers

UK businesses are opting to employ only short-term workers with permanent hiring put on hold following Britain’s vote to leave the EU, a report from IHS Markit has claimed. A survey of 400 UK recruitment and employment firms revealed that 38% placed fewer professionals in permanent positions in July, an increase on 32% in June – representing the sharpest fall in permanent placements since May 2009. IHS Markit has suggested that the economic uncertainty caused by Brexit resut is the ‘root case’ of the recruitment freeze by some companies, with businesses uncertain about the UK’s economic future. Despite the negative trend, starting salaries for all staff increased in July with the nursing and medical care sector the most in-demand industry for permanent professionals. Kevin Green, chi... »

A Quick Introduction to Recruitment and Interviewing

A Quick Introduction to Recruitment and Interviewing

As the owner of a small business, you will often have to deal with a huge initial volume of work, and you may have already decided the time is right to take on a new employee. Setting up a proper recruitment and selection process is a tricky and time-consuming process, but if you conduct the process in a structured way you maximise your chances of finding a truly excellent candidate. This article is a quick introduction to the process of recruitment from a small business’s point of view. For more in-depth guides on various aspects of the process, check out: Recruitment Graduate recruitment Interviewing Discrimination How do I work out whether I need an employee? As a small business, hiring an employee will represent an important and significant expense that you could be tied into for many ... »

A Small Business Guide to Recruitment

A Small Business Guide to Recruitment

It is a fact of working life that, more often than not, searching for a job is time-consuming and difficult. But for employers, the challenge of recruiting the right employee can seem even more so – the result of which can be a protracted and tiresome recruitment process. Finding an applicant who suits the role will always require a bit of good fortune, but by knowing what information to look for, and having a proper procedure in place, you can vastly improve your chances. This guide aims to help you with planning your recruitment, locating suitable candidates – and how to select the strongest candidate amongst them. When planning when to recruit, think hard about what needs your business has and what problems it is facing. Consult your business plan and consider what future your business ... »

A Fifth of Small Businesses Plan to Hire this Year

Small firms’ improved economic outlook having positive impact on employees’ job security One in five owner-managed businesses plan to recruit this year, according to a business barometer commissioned by the Bank of Cyprus. The Owner Managed Business (OMB) Barometer Index suggested that businesses are growing in confidence with over half of employers stating current employees feel secure in their jobs and 21% planning to hire more staff. Although the majority (59%) of small businesses have no current plans to increase workforce, only 9% ruled out the possibility of recruiting more employees completely. The OMB’s results further emphasise a growing sense of security within the small business community; last month Hiscox’s DNA of an Entrepreneur study revealed that small companies’ confidence... »

Small Businesses to Boost Economy by £27bn

Small firms plan to create 1.9 million new jobs, with 400,000 home-based companies looking to recruit first employee Small businesses and home-based businesses could potentially generate £27bn for the economy as new research reveals they are on track to create 1.9 million new jobs this year. The report, released by Direct Line, found that of the small and micro businesses planning to take on staff – 400,000 are home-based businesses who will be employing their company’s first employee. The report comes following a new government package to facilitate home-based businesses’ growth, which includes altering planning and business rate laws. On average, small and home-based businesses plan to recruit staff on a part-time basis (21 to 28 hours a week) and provide incomes that range between £10,7... »

New All-in-One HR Tool for Small Business Launched

Founder of Startups.co.uk announces release of citrusHR A new start-up has launched a cloud software package this week which claims to be a “one-stop shop” for small and medium sized firms’ HR administration. citrusHR, founded by serial entrepreneur David Lester, claims to eliminate the expense and bureaucracy involved with HR and employment law issues by offering a combination of software tools and practical advice to help small firms navigate all aspects of the process. Launched in conjunction with Keystone Law, which will provide the legal advice, and HR consultancy Reabur, citrusHR will also automate around 40 common HR tasks in areas such as payroll, hiring and firing staff, and holiday, sick pay and absence management. Subscribers can also access fully qualified CIPD consultants by t... »

6 Common Mistakes to Avoid with Internal Recruitment

6 Common Mistakes to Avoid with Internal Recruitment

You’re looking to fill a new role, or roles. Do you look outside your business for the right person? Or could you find who you need within it? It costs less money. It takes less time. It’s less risky. It often provides better results for your business. Given all of the benefits, it’s hardly surprising that internal recruitment is on the rise . But internal recruitment is not the cure-all for your vacancy woes, and its process is not without its own risks for your business. Any mistakes made can still be costly – below you’ll find out how you can avoid the most common ones. 1. Make sure you have an internal recruitment policy Can anyone apply for any position? Can one department poach from another? Who is responsible for communicating internal vacancies? Do you have the right HR software to... »

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