Louise Hewett

Latest research from the REC provides us with vital information on why people are searching for flexibility in employment

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Posted on 4:19pm Thursday 24th July 2014

More than 1 in 3 people in Great Britain have worked as a temp freelancer or contractor at some point in their career according to latest research from REC. Thirsty-six percent of people who currently have hiring responsibility at work have been an agency worker themselves. Our experience bears this out – a number of our current clients started life as one of our temporary team and have worked their way up to a management position and are now hiring from us! Flexibility is the key reason people chose to temp, it particularly appeals to young people parents and people scaling back as they approach retirement. On any given day 1.1million people in the UK are working in temporary assignments, it is clearly a significant feature of the labour force. A large number of temporary workers find permanent job opportunities – this is certainly the case with Hewett Recruitment where over 100 of their temporary team have been offered permanent jobs with local employers since the start of 2014. The nature of work is changing – there has been a structured change in the labour market. Flexible work is here to stay. Project based employment will become more mainstream and effect a much larger proportion of the workforce including a higher and medium skilled workforce. Flexible working is central to understanding why people work as a temporary worker. For young people or people returning after a long break, temping is a great way to gain experience, get an idea of what type of business they want to work for and demonstrate their skills to a potential new employer. People with specialist, in demand skills have the opportunity to work independently and choose very specific types of work, contracts and employers who suit them best. Business can benefit from parachuting talent into their organisation for a limited period to address specific challenges. Skilled individuals may be too expensive for a growing business to employ full-time but may be affordable to solve a burning problem over a 3/6 month period. Hewett Recruitment offer a free Talent Health-Check to local employers. For more information contact Louise Hewett. Email louise@hewett-recruitment.co.uk To view the Flex Appeal Report on the REC website click here

Natasha Sabin

New employee right since 30th June 2014

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Posted on 11:02am Wednesday 9th July 2014

Have you heard? All employees now have the statutory right to request flexible working hours, under Employment Rights Act 1996.

Natasha Sabin

STEM skill shortage really exists

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Posted on 1:10pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

It’s not a myth; the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skill shortage really does exist.

Louise Hewett

Attract, engage and retain!

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Posted on 11:49am Thursday 26th June 2014

If we think we’ve seen change over the past 50 years, the coming years we will see significantly more, leading to immense employment challenges according to Kevin Green CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, who spoke passionately and captivated his audience at the recent HR Professionals Conference.  The talent we need now must be able to inspire and motivate through change and work both strategically and operationally he explained.

Natasha Sabin

Suarez: How to handle biting behaviour

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Posted on 3:52pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Did you see Suarez sink his teeth into Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini last night? How many times is he going to do this? As it happens, experts believe that Suarez is likely to strike again. Apparently, Suarez’s biting behaviour is a reflex reaction to highly stressful situations.

Natasha Sabin

How to avoid World Cup absences

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Posted on 1:23pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

The World Cup has just kicked off. You know what that means…high levels of employee absences. Here’s how you can avoid them.

Louise Hewett

Wonderful Worcestershire

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Posted on 10:57am Wednesday 18th June 2014

Apart from being a significant and popular tourist destination, Worcestershire offers businesses a thriving place to grow and prosper. The supportive and well-connected business community backed by organisations such as the Worcestershire Ambassadors, Chamber of Commerce and Worcestershire Business Central enable both new and growing organisations to access support, help and bespoke advice to achieve their full potential. There is no doubt that 2014 is shaping up to be a year where innovation is flourishing and opportunities are there to be taken and developed. New initiatives are being introduced aimed at ensuring Worcestershire continues to prosper into the next generation and beyond.

Natasha Sabin

How to make your meetings more efficient

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Posted on 5:08pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

Research shows that 67% of all workplace meetings are unproductive, costing businesses hours of time.

Natasha Sabin

Advice for hiring temporary staff

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Posted on 12:06pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

Here’s some advice on hiring temporary staff, to make sure you don’t breech employee rights.

Natasha Sabin

UK employment figure rises to 30.43 million

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Posted on 4:06pm Friday 16th May 2014

Upbeat forecasts have suggested that the UK economy is going to have hit a 5 year unemployment low.

Natasha Sabin

Wearable tech improves work productivity by 85%

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Posted on 3:06pm Friday 9th May 2014

Wearable gadgets are the next big thing - 21% of UK workers already use them. It’s no surprise that businesses want in on the action, too.

Natasha Sabin

1 in 5 UK workers would take a pay cut to work locally

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Posted on 12:18pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

A new survey conducted by Nutmeg found that 1 in 5 UK workers would take a pay cut to work locally. Time to start recruiting locally?

Paul Hutchens

Will we see more solar panels on large rooftops?

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Posted on 4:42pm Friday 25th April 2014

I am sure that you cannot fail to have noticed the increased prevalence of solar panels appearing on UK homes in the last few years. Maybe you have noticed acres of solar panels reflecting the sun in fields - mostly in south-west England?

Louise Hewett

Hewetts champion the REC 'Good Recruiment Campaign'

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Posted on 12:13pm Thursday 24th April 2014

As demand returns to the economy and businesses are looking to hire more staff, fine tuning resourcing strategies becomes critical. This is the right time to create a focus on good recruitment, it is vital that good practice prevails throughout the resourcing process to ensure the successful attraction and selection of personnel at all levels.

Natasha Sabin

Small businesses create 80% of UK jobs

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Posted on 12:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Between 2008 and 2011, 88% of individuals moving from unemployment, found work in an SME or self-employment. However, 70 – 80% of business start-ups don’t survive 10 years.

Natasha Sabin

When employees rise from the past

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Posted on 12:26pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Parting with staff always seems a bit final, but now and again, a past employee will come back. Should you re-hire them?

Natasha Sabin

A job’s a job – call it what it is

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Posted on 10:55am Thursday 27th March 2014

You can spend hours thinking up a fitting job title. Then, by the time you’ve finished, you’ve dreamed up something quite…err… imaginative.

Louise Hewett

BE THERE. BE INFORMED. BE READY to meet the challenges facing all HR Professionals.

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Posted on 11:44am Wednesday 26th March 2014

The HR and business landscape is rapidly transforming, are you ready to meet the challenges facing all HR Professionals?  The HR Conference promises an impressive line-up of speakers and is a date not to be missed for those wanting to understand the current and future innovations and challenges facing business. Hewett Recruitment have secured Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the REC as key note speaker at the next Human Resources Professionals Conference on 4th June 2014 run in association with the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. Kevin spoke at the inaugural conference last year and his speech captivated his audience of senior HR managers from across the region as he explained the changing dynamics and key challenges facing HR professionals and business owners. Kevin is a regular commentator on the UK labour market on national TV and radio and his background includes his time as HR Director of Royal Mail. Whilst holding that position he was responsible for all people related issues for a business with 165,000 employees and helped to transform an organisation losing £1million a day in 2003 to making more than £600m profit in 2007. Speakers include Bernie Bird, Group Head of HR at Sanctuary Housing will be taking a look at ‘the holistic approach to recruiting and retaining the best’. Two highly regarded legal eagles include, Sally Morris Head of Employment at MFG who asks ‘how geared up are we for growth and flexibility?’ and Paul Chamberlain from Brabners who is a nationally recognised expert on agency workers regulations and status of temporary workers. BE THERE. BE INFORMED. BE READY to meet the challenges facing all HR Professionals. Join the HR Community of Herefordshire and Worcestershire on 4th June at Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium for the HR Professionals Conference. To book contact:  jo@hewett-recruitment.co.uk For full details visit the Hewett Recruitment website

Natasha Sabin

Humour at work: It's either laugh or cry

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Posted on 12:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A good giggle is sometimes the only thing that gets you through the day. The only problem is that humour normally has an edge to it.

Natasha Sabin

Should you hire an apprentice?

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Posted on 12:05pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week!

Natasha Sabin

How to recruit through Twitter

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Posted on 12:52pm Thursday 6th March 2014

A good way to get your job advert seen is to advertise it on Twitter. Here's what you need to know

Natasha Sabin

What not to do on your CV

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Posted on 9:03am Thursday 27th February 2014

Trawling through CVs is painstaking enough - here are some CV habits that make it worse.

Natasha Sabin

Visual CVs – are they the future?

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Posted on 2:48pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Visual CVs are becoming increasingly commonplace. And it’s hardly surprising; they’re a good gimmick that are sure to make your CV noticed, but are they always appropriate?

Louise Hewett

Don’t miss the biggest business showcase in the region on 5th March

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Posted on 9:36am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Are you looking for a relatively easy and very affordable way to give your business and its services some good exposure?

Natasha Sabin

Negotiating salaries: What to consider

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Posted on 2:42pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

Contrary to what some believe, negotiating a salary is not about winning. If either party feels capitulated, there is no winner.

Natasha Sabin

What if you train your people and they leave?

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Posted on 2:38pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

What if you train your people and they leave? What if you don’t and they stay?

Natasha Sabin

Job Perks: A lesson from Google

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Posted on 12:57pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

Outdated formalities of corporate culture are being sacked off, in favour of creating a more pleasant working environment. Conglomerate, Google, is notorious for it. Google boasts a plethora of perks

Louise Hewett

Does the careers page on your website truly reflect your organisation

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Posted on 10:37am Monday 27th January 2014

Keeping jobs and information updated is important, but visitors to your careers page also need to get a flavour of the business

Natasha Sabin

Benefit Street – advice for job seeking residents

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Posted on 12:16pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

So, we’re feeling pretty sorry for the genuine job seekers living on James Turner Street. Their address alone is going to be a big black mark on their CV. Here are some job seeking tips.

Natasha Sabin

Traditional New Year resolutions get shunned

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Posted on 4:39pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

UK employers are going to have their work cut out for them this January, as Brits start looking for a better work-life balance.

Natasha Sabin

What to do when an employee resigns

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Posted on 10:02am Wednesday 8th January 2014

Like it or not, there comes a time when you and your employees must part ways. Here's what to do when an employee resigns

Natasha Sabin

New Year resolutions for bosses

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Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 31st December 2013

New Year’s the perfect time to start making changes. Here are some top resolutions for business owners who want a fruitful 2014.

Natasha Sabin

The Christmas cracker: a history

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Posted on 12:00am Monday 23rd December 2013

The Christmas cracker is an odd tradition, with commercial origins. It was invented in the early Victorian era (1847), by Tom Smith, a London sweet shop owner.

Louise Hewett

Volunteering for Charities can have a real positive impact on business

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Posted on 11:27am Friday 20th December 2013

Volunteering as a trustee for a charity adds real value to both the charitable organisation and the business. Trustees can offer a diverse mix of skills and their energy can make a real difference.

Natasha Sabin

Business is booming this Christmas

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Posted on 4:51pm Monday 16th December 2013

Business in the retail industry has been booming this Christmas. Liverpool ONE reported its busiest day since it opened in 2008 and Union Square predicted a sale of over 8,200 party dresses.

Natasha Sabin

How to handle weather workplace disruptions

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Posted on 11:59am Wednesday 11th December 2013

Adverse weather is one of the biggest business disruptions in Britain. By planning ahead, you can prevent your business from being disrupted.

Natasha Sabin

Dealing with Christmas holiday requests

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Posted on 12:48pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

It’s tough for employees to deal with holiday requests around Christmas; everybody wants time off!

Natasha Sabin

How to manage workplace conflicts

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Posted on 12:01pm Thursday 28th November 2013

Conflicts at work rarely go unnoticed. If unresolved, you may notice that:

John Andrews

Is this the end of the recession?

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 21st November 2013

Doolittle & Dalley’s commercial department has seen another month of sustained interest in commercial property throughout the Wyre Forest area, with not only small factory units being let, but also for the first time in two years there seems to be a slight improvement with regard to the letting of offices.

Natasha Sabin

What zero hour contracts mean to business owners

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Posted on 3:51pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

Zero hour contracts are still increasing in the UK.

David Jones

Imagination may be needed to sell your houses in winter

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Posted on 6:00am Thursday 14th November 2013

Estate agent David Jones of Allan Morris & Jones looks at how to get the very best from your property sale during the winter months.

Louise Hewett

You can develop skills, but you can't train a personality

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Posted on 4:05pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

Richard Branson believes there is nothing more important than hiring the right team, taking personality as well as qualifications into account...

Natasha Sabin

Employee background checks – the dos and don’ts

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Posted on 1:27pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

Background checks can be confusing. It’s important that you follow the right steps, so you can’t be accused of negligent hiring or discrimination.

John Andrews

Economic recovery continues

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Posted on 7:00am Thursday 24th October 2013

Throughout the Wyre Forest area there are signs that the economic recovery is continuing, as far as commercial property is concerned, but perhaps not at quite such a pace as seemed the pace several months ago.

Natasha Sabin

Facebook update encourages social media screening

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Posted on 1:14pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Recent Facebook updates have renewed concerns that recruiters will be using the social network to screen job seekers.

Natasha Sabin

Halloween is worth 300m a year in the UK

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Posted on 4:39pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

“£300m a year and Britain's third most lucrative festival after Christmas and Easter,” The Daily Mail reported in 2012.

Natasha Sabin

1 in 5 job seekers fudge CV facts

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Posted on 2:51pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

1 in 5 job seekers lie on their CV. People claim to have more experience and skills. Telling CV porkies can be more detrimental than you think.

Natasha Sabin

1 in 3 UK workers admit to skiving

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Posted on 3:15pm Tuesday 1st October 2013

On average staff take an average of 9.1 sick days each year, costing British businesses around £29bn each year.

John Andrews

Are there better times ahead?

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Posted on 5:00pm Friday 27th September 2013

FOR some time we have been reporting that there were signs of a general improvement in the economy which was filtering through from manufacturing and is starting to have an effect on the local economy overall. The announcement by the Bank of England to keep interest rates fixed for up to three years, has added that extra bit of confidence, such that for the first time in a long time, it is possible to see further than six months ahead and that the general economic situation should improve.

David Jones

Ups and downs of property market

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Posted on 4:02pm Friday 27th September 2013

With all of the industry and financial indicators showing an upward turn, estate agent David Jones of Allan Morris & Jones looks at how this is affecting the property market.

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