Category Archives: Commercial

National Minimum Wage Rise- Is your company prepared?

Posted on September 30th, 2015 in Commercial, Construction, General, Hospitality, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Social Care & Housing

It’s that time of the year again when the National Minimum Wage rates increase. As of October 1 2015 the National Minimum Wage will increase as follows:

- Adult rate for anyone over the age of 21 will increase by 20p to £6.70 per hour 

- For 18 – 20 year olds the rate will increase by 17p to £5.30 per hour

- The hourly rate for 16 – 17 year olds will be increasing by 8p to £3.87 per hour

- The apprentice rate will increase by 57p to £3.30 per hour

- Accommodation offset increases from £5.08 to £5.35

It is the duty of the employer to recognise this change and amend employee salaries accordingly.

If you are an employer or a prospective candidate and you need advice about the new minimum wage please get in touch to find out how we can help.

Back to uni? Why not consider temp work?

Posted on September 18th, 2015 in Commercial, General, Hospitality, Social Care & Housing

Back to uni can be a stressful time for freshers and returning students alike. After a four month break without a library in sight, the to-do list can be overwhelming: there’s finding a new flat, enrolling for classes, buying course books and ensuring that you don’t sleep in for that first 9am of term. But what about finding a job?  With all the essays, extracurricular activities and regular trips to the student union bar, finding a part-time job can easily become the last thing on a student’s mind.

That said, with tuition fees for some now costing up to a sweet £9,000 per year plus the additional costs of living expenses and required course books, not working whilst studying has become a luxury that very few students can afford.

The problem for students is that their workload varies throughout the term; so while that weekend bar job may be ideal during Freshers Week when academic commitments are low, the 4am finish on a Saturday morning might begin to lose its appeal come mid-term when a deadline looms first thing on the Monday morning.

If committing to a permanent job is an unrealistic expectation for you during term time or university holidays, temp work might be the ideal alternative.

Flexibility is the main advantage for students of being a temporary worker. On registering with Primestaff you’ll have a face-to-face consultation with one of our experienced staff members in which you can discuss your relevant work experience and availability. If this availability changes throughout the term due to exams or other commitments, it can be easily updated on our system. Temp work means that you essentially choose which hours you work.

Aside from the flexibility, being a temporary worker also allows you to build upon various valuable skills whilst being exposed to a variety of working environments. In an age when many employers value proven experience over university grades, the skills you can pick up by working around your studies will be invaluable when it comes to finding the much sought after graduate job. Primestaff’s current vacancies for temporary workers offer a training ground for a number of employability skills including good communication, confidence in telesales, admin, IT and market research as well as bar training and customer service.

As part of our Commercial division you could find yourself working in HR, telesales, as a legal secretary, a PA or a weekend receptionist. Current vacancies can be viewed here.

Primestaff bar staff working at this year’s Glasgow Summer Sessions

If Hospitality is more your thing, you’ll find a host of opportunities at Primestaff, with the possibility of working at some of the most exciting events throughout Scotland. This Summer’s highlights include providing bar staff for The Scottish Open, Ayr Races and the gigs of some homegrown talent at the Glasgow Summer Sessions concerts of Paolo Nutini and Calvin Harris.

There are even opportunities related directly to your degree, allowing you to put the lessons taught in the classroom into practice. Our Black & Black Social Care division is always on the lookout for student nurses (2nd year and above) to cover shifts within residential care and nursing homes around the West of Scotland. Along with earning a bit of extra cash to help with the bills, you’re also able to carry out a truly rewarding job directly related to your field of study.

If temp work sounds like the ideal solution for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you would like more information on any of our divisions or current vacancies you can call us on 0141 248 4711 and one of our friendly and experienced consultants will discuss your options with you. Alternatively, you can email your CV to

It’s cliché but true: university days really are the best of your life. Let Primestaff help you make the most of them.

Jobs For The Future

Posted on August 25th, 2015 in Commercial, Construction, General, Hospitality, Industrial, Oil and Gas

In our ever-changing labour market, various job trends come and go and subsequently, the demand for various skills and qualifications is also changing.

Polarization of the UK labour market, fuelled by the recession in 2008, has played a large role in encouraging these changes, with jobs at both the bottom and top end of the market growing, while jobs in the middle ground began to decline, providing the UK with an ‘hourglass’ labour market. In general, the market experienced demand in low-paid, low skilled jobs and high-paid, high-skilled jobs, with routine work being significantly affected by polarization. So the question is – which specific jobs are now in high demand and how should we be building our skill sets?

In the interest of revitalising the economy, areas of growth are found mostly to be within non-routine work, whereas around a decade ago, routine work held a steady position. However with new technologies becoming the most appealing candidates for routine work, many positions have now become obsolete.

With professional and managerial jobs on the rise, titles such as, ‘marketing manager’, ‘finance manager’ or ‘sales manager’ are amongst the most desirable positions in the UK labour market today. Other popular areas such as product management, IT, software and law also rank highly.

In terms of career opportunities, these sectors are particularly desirable to students and more specifically, graduates, therefore it is no surprise that courses in these areas are among the most popular in the UK. Most UK universities now have dedicated business schools, specialising in various subjects, such as Marketing, Finance, Economics, Human Resources and Management. According to Business Insider, business students also have the advantage, as these industries are currently recruiting the most graduates in the UK.

According to recruiting experts there is an increasing demand for candidates with skills within the marketing profession, specifically digital skills,as the economy begins to restore itself. They also found that business skills in other areas, such as finance are in high demand, as the private sector continues to grow. In the interest of an economic upturn, experts also predict an increasing demand for professionals in Human Resources, qualified to employ the right candidates for the right positions.

With consideration for the decline in routine jobs, it would seem that managerial roles are quickly becoming the most desirable roles, with business-related degrees providing widespread advantages in the current labour market. And according to the Scottish Government, creative industries are amongst the country’s growth sectors, therefore providing a ‘comparative advantage’.

Primestaff Job Roundup – March

Posted on April 2nd, 2015 in Commercial, Construction, General, Hospitality, Industrial, Social Care & Housing

At Primestaff we are always looking for candidates to fill roles across all of our divisions. Whether it is a role in Construction or Commercial, Black & Black or Industrial, we have plenty of positions available and our team here are wanting to hear from you.

We know that sometimes searching for a job can be a long and sometimes difficult process. So to make things easier, we are bringing you a quick roundup of the latest positions available across all divisions at Primestaff, if you think you are right for the job then please get in touch with us to apply!

Care Assistants – Glasgow and surrounding areas

Black & Black social care and housing is a highly respected quality provider of suitable skilled and qualified care professionals. We urgently require experienced Care Assistants to work in various care and nursing homes supporting frail, elderly, dementia and respite care.

You must have a genuine interest in working within a caring environment  with a sensitive approach to the needs of our clients. You should possess excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to cope under pressure.

For more information and to apply please email –


Estimator – Glasgow

Primestaff Technical are looking for an Estimator to join our clients busy estimating department and assist with their widespread tendering activities across the group. Our client works in various different construction sectors including housing, commercial and education.

The key role carries with it full responsibility for handling tender opportunities throughout the estimating cycle. You will be reporting directly to the Estimating Manager and liaise with all other functional departments within the organisation for input and support, as well as assisting other less experienced members and supporting their development.

For more information and to apply please email –


Project and Support Administrator – Glasgow

Primestaff Commercial are seeking to fill a new position that has become available for a prestigious Glasgow client for Project and Support Administrator.

Working closely with the sales team, the duties include planning, documenting and provisioning of new customers; Documenting each step of the process of bringing on new customers; Regularly communicating progress internally and to customers; provide a training agenda and finally communicating end product to customers, supporting them through the delivery process.

For more information and to apply please email –


Experienced Forklift Drivers – Grangemouth

Our Construction division at Primestaff are currently looking for experienced forklift drivers with double handling experience to work with our client based in Grangemouth.

This is a long term contract that will feature various shift patterns and hours. Please also note that interviews for this position are being held in our head office in Glasgow.

For more information and to apply please email –


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Commercial Jobs Available at Primestaff

Posted on February 24th, 2014 in Commercial

As we have explained in previous blog posts, Primestaff Commercial specialises in permanent and temporary professional and office personnel, and we have built an impressive portfolio of clients by offering a tailored service of the highest standard.

We supply candidates to a broad and loyal client base, in both private and public sectors, and at this moment in time, we are recruiting for some fantastic positions across the country.

You can, of course, view all our latest commercial vacancies, but to make life easier for you, we have rounded up some of the best in this blog post.

Recruitment Officer

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Recruitment Officer to join our client, a global organisation who are currently experiencing a period of growth.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a very reputable company who can offer excellent career opportunities.

The ideal candidate must have previous recruitment experience, and candidates that have a background in a shipping, technical role would have a distinct advantage.

Marine Superintendent

We are also looking for an experienced Superintendent to join a global shipping organisation based in Glasgow.

Ideally, candidates should have sailed as a Class 1 Master or Chief Officer on deep sea vessels (ROROs, bulk carriers, semi-submersibles etc). It is essential that candidates have had experience as a Marine Superintendent with a Ship Management/Owning company.

Personnel Officer

As well as a Recruitment Officer and Marine Superintendent, our client, a leading shipping organisation in Glasgow, are also recruiting for a Personnel Officer.

The purpose of the role is to ensure the company vessels assigned to their control are manned with properly qualified, experienced and competent personnel, and to ensure that documentation and certification compliance is maintained at all times.

Accountant – German Speaking

Last but not least, Prime Commercial has an excellent opportunity for a German speaking Accountant to join a thriving organisation on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

This is a great opportunity to join a market leader in their field who can offer excellent career opportunities.

If you want to find out more, or apply for any of the aforementioned roles, please contact Gary France on 0141 225 4880.

If you want to view more commercial job listings, visit, and if you want more information, contact us at

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Want diversity, stability and career progression? This job is for you!

Posted on February 18th, 2014 in Commercial, General

Prime Commercial staff are working exclusively with one of our clients on a brand new position of HR Advisor within their Glasgow office.

This is a terrific opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced HR professional looking for a challenging and rewarding role in a fast-growing career field.

As a brand new role, you will be in an enviable position to make this role your own, and with plenty of opportunities for variety and career progression, you’ll certainly never be standing still.

Although this is a brand new role, what exactly is involved? Well, as part of the HR department, you will have a crucial role to the running of our client’s company, and you will be responsible for day-to-day employee relations in the business, including offering support and advice.

This is a diverse and challenging job, which will include assisting the Group HR Manager with all HR issues, managing full recruitment and selection process, and producing and issuing all HR documentation.

You will also be expected to provide advice to managers on employee relation issues, and handle any employee issues such as absenteeism, misconduct, performance and grievance procedures.

Other duties will include implementing HR practices and policies, ensuring administration processes are being adhered to, producing regular reports, organising, coordinating and conducting new starter inductions, and ensuring all salary and payroll changes are communicated.

The successful candidate will have experience in Learning and Development, as you will be supporting the Learning and Development department to help coordinate any local training needs.

To be successful for this role, you will also need to have your CIPD qualification, which is a certification for those working in the HR industry.

Travel to other offices will be fairly regular, therefore only candidates who can commit to this should apply.

Please note, due to level of response expected, only suitable candidates will be contacted. All other CVs will be held on file for future vacancies.

Do you want to apply for this role or find out more? If so, contact Emma Bell on 0141 225 4880 or apply directly on the website.

Feel free to also get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, where we will be able to provide you with further information, as well as any advice that you may need.

The Diversity of Primestaff Commercial

Posted on January 10th, 2014 in Commercial

As we discussed in a previous blog post, the Commercial division of Primestaff was launched in 2002, and with 12 years’ experience in an ever-changing environment, we now have a proven track record in all areas of commercial recruitment.

Primestaff Commercial specialises in permanent and temporary professional and office personnel, and we have built an impressive portfolio of clients by offering a tailored service of the highest standard.

Our experienced team, who each have a minimum of five years’ experience in commercial recruitment, supply candidates to a broad and loyal client base, in both private and public sectors, for roles including PAs, Administrators and Customer Service Advisors, up to high calibre professionals in Senior Management, HR, Accounting and Finance.

We provide a cost-effective recruitment solution for our clients, helping them hire highly skilled professionals, on a permanent and contract basis, as quickly as possible.

If you are a candidate looking for employment in finance or accounting, Primestaff Commercial’s experienced consultants can not only connect you with some of Scotland’s leading employers, but also ensure that your CV is in peak condition.

At this moment in time, we are currently looking for eight graduates who are keen to pursue a career in accountancy. Our clients are a leading, independent accountancy firm who are well established and have an enviable client portfolio.

They require articulate, confident and ambitious graduates to join them on either ICAS or ACCA traineeships (for three years) in either their Glasgow or Edinburgh offices.

If you want to view more commercial job listings, visit, and if you want more information, contact us on 0141 225 4880 or at

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Primestaff Commercial – Delivering a First Class Service

Posted on December 11th, 2013 in Commercial

The Commercial division of Primestaff was launched in 2002 on the back of the success of our other divisions, and specialises in permanent and temporary professional and office personnel including HR, Finance, PAs, Administrators and Customer Service Advisors.

The Commercial division’s focus is on the delivery of a highly professional, top quality service that serves the needs of both clients and candidates.

Since its launch in 2002, we have built an impressive portfolio of clients by offering a tailored service of the highest standard, and now supply candidates to a broad and loyal client base, in both private and public sectors.

Some of the positions that Primestaff Commercial recruits for include HR Managers, Receptionists, Customer Service Advisors, Mortgage Advisors, and Telesales Staff.

And as each consultant in Primestaff Commercial has a minimum of five years’ experience in commercial recruitment, we like to think our team is that little bit ‘older and wiser’.

In saying that, we are a little bit biased, however one thing is certain, we are 100% focussed on delivering first class service!

You can see some of the latest job listings below, and if you want to view all Commercial jobs, simply click HERE.

If you want more information on Primestaff Commercial, you can contact us on 0141 225 4880 or at, or simply get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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