The Chester team attend a charity ball at The Chester Grosvenor Hotel

Members of the Chester team were thrilled to be able to support their local charity, Chester Voluntary Action – and enjoyed a fantastic evening at The Chester Grosvenor Hotel too! Sponsored by RBS, the event involved a charity auction, raffle and other fundraising activities for this great cause – the amount raised on the night […]

REC’s July edition of JobsOutlook suggests employers are to place a greater reliance on temporary workers

Employers predict greater reliance on temporary workers to fill vacancies amid skill shortage. Organisations across all sectors want to recruit for permanent roles, with almost one in five employers (19 per cent) actively looking to increase their headcount in the next three months, according to the latest JobsOutlook. With 45 per cent of employers expecting […]

Employer confidence in the economy has stabilised after a fall following the EU referendum result a year ago, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey

Asked about confidence in their own company’s hiring and investment decisions, employers are more optimistic, with a net balance of +18 per cent saying they expect it to improve according to the latest report. However, this compares to +31 per cent recorded this time last year. Following the publication of official data showing that UK […]

Candidate shortage remains critical as employers turn to temps according to May’s JobsOutlook report

The report finds that 89% of employers plan to increase or maintain their temporary workforce in the next three months. This is a rise of nine percentage points compared to findings reported in March (80%), suggesting that businesses may become increasingly reliant on temporary workers. May’s JobsOutlook survey of 606 employers also reveals: 33 per […]

Employers up pay to compete for candidates according to April’s JobsOutlook report

The report finds that 42 per cent of employers who have had difficulty recruiting candidates have increased the salary on offer. In an attempt to attract candidates after failing with an initial advertisement, 80 per cent of employers re-advertised the role, while 24 per cent have resorted to lowering the requirements of the role The […]

REC’s March edition of JobsOutlook suggests hiring intentions remain strong as confidence stabilises

However results from a survey carried out during February show than half of employers are anticipating candidate shortage. 51 per cent of employers anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent jobs with employers with more than 250 staff are particularly concerned about the lack of talent available, with 63 per cent expecting a shortage. […]

REC’s February JobsOutlook report finds ‘uncertainty’ is employers top challenge

The latest report from the REC indicates that political and economic uncertainty is ranked as top challenge by 36% of employers, whilst a further 21% of businesses say their challenge is finding suitable candidates. The report also finds that one in five intend to increase their permanent staff headcount within the next three months. Hiring […]

RECs latest JobsOutlook report suggests businesses optimistic despite harsher conditions in 2017

Three quarters of UK employers (76 per cent) expect economic conditions to be more challenging in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the RECs latest JobsOutlook report. Despite harsh economic conditions, businesses remain self-confident. Three quarters of employers polled (74 per cent) say that their business will perform better this year compared to last year.

UK employers face growing candidate shortages in 2017

Almost half of UK employers (48 per cent) expect to face a shortage of suitable candidates to fill permanent jobs in 2017, according to this month’s JobsOutlook report.

REC’s November survey implies hiring intentions remain strong as confidence stabilises

A quarter (25 per cent) of employers believe that new funds to support regional economic growth should be top of the list in today’s Autumn Statement, according to a poll of 200 employers included in the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook survey.

REC’s October survey suggests hiring intentions remain steady despite falling confidence

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of UK employers plan to take on more permanent staff in the next three months, with only three percent planning a reduction in their permanent workforce, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey. 

REC’s September survey indicates confidence is still shaken, but employers still intend to hire

Business confidence has deteriorated significantly since the EU referendum, but employers say they need to hire more staff to meet demand, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey. A third (34 per cent) of employers surveyed in the three months to August say they have no capacity to take on more work without hiring more staff, […]

How to build a STAR method story

A Star story should be about 2 minutes long, and delivered with energy and enthusiasm about a real experience you have had (it does not have to be a work experience, as long as it describes a relevant skill or behaviour). Have you ever led a team before? This is another reason why the STAR […]

Secrets… of a successful interview

Following our top tips on interview technique … you could stand out from the crowd Preparation for an interview is a key process and will often be the difference between your success and failure. Good preparation not only gives you an insight into the organisation, it can also give you some all important confidence. Company […]

Secrets… of a successful CV

Following a few handy hints on presenting your CV… You can turn your credentials into a selling tool Candidates with the best CVs will get all the top interviews. So perhaps spending a bit of time dressing up your credentials will create an interview generating CV. Remember your CV is your personal sales tool. It […]

Top 12 CV mistakes to avoid

You see a lot of mistakes in CV’s, which can be holding candidates back from finding their perfect position. Sometimes a “Top 10” just isn’t enough! 1. An objective rather than a career summary Don’t fall into the trap of having a generic objective, it will be easily spotted by the HR manager. An objective […]

REC’s August survey reveals a fall in employer confidence

The latest JobsOutlook survey reveals that employer confidence tumbled during the last quarter, but also suggests that businesses are holding back from making cuts to their workforce. Twenty-four per cent of employers indicated that they would take on more permanent staff in the next three months, while 64 per cent said they will maintain their […]

REC July survey reports skills shortages spell trouble ahead

  July’s JobOutlook reflecting the finding of the final survey before the EU vote shows employers remain cautious The survey shows 45 per cent believed economic conditions to be ‘getting better’, against 21 per cent who believed conditions were deteriorating before June’s EU Referendum. The survey of 600 employers also finds two thirds adopting what could […]

Success for The Business Connection’s ‘Superstars’!

Wednesday and Thursday last week saw the ladies of The Business Connection successfully complete the Superstars Development Programme delivered by the wonderful Andy Cain of ISP Training. The final day of the programme saw the girls putting their new skills into practice, each delivering a presentation to Jason Fox, The Business Connection’s managing director. Judging […]