Category Archives: General

Danny McIntyre offers top-tips for students looking for part-time work during the festive season

Posted on December 4th, 2017 in General

As the party season begins and the festive break looms, it’s the perfect time for students to earn a bit of extra cash. With flexible schedules, students are the ideal candidates for seasonal employers. Primestaff chief executive, Danny McIntyre, gives you his top tips for getting part-time work as a student. 

- Look at every job as an opportunity. Work experience can be what separates you from everyone else graduating at the same time. If you can gain experience in the field in which you are studying, all the better.

- Find the right balance. Don’t try and work too many hours. Leave time for any work you may need to complete for returning to college or university and enjoy your social life – you’re a long time working!

- Show enthusiasm. Ask loads of questions, talk to as many people as possible and work hard. Always show willing to do any task, you never know when you may be able to use that experience in the future.

- Network and leave a good impression. Never treat a job as a fast way to make cash. There could be a myriad of opportunities available within an organisation, and it’s a small world – you’ll be surprised by how you continue to cross paths with the same people again and again.

- Start on the right foot. Be honest with your employer about how many hours you can work. Advise them well in advance of when your schedule will need to change.

- Learn new skills. Working in bars, restaurants and retail can give you experience in cash handling, customer service, telephone etiquette, organisational skills and time management.

- Plan ahead for your future career. Take notes about what you’ve learned and treat your CV as a working document which you constantly update. 

Primestaff supports Lisa’s Gift annual fund-raiser

Posted on November 27th, 2017 in General

A charity which helps disadvantaged children in Renfrewshire to take part in school trips and clubs held their annual Ladies Afternoon fund-raising event yesterday.

Lisa’s Gift was set up in 2014 by the family of student, Lisa Moran, who was tragically knocked down by a bus while out jogging near the University of North Carolina campus in May 2008. Lisa, who was from Paisley, was on a six-month exchange as part of her third year studies for a law and business degree at Glasgow University at the time of the accident. Lisa would have celebrated her 30th birthday this year on 22 November.

Her parents, Carolyn and Fraser, established the charity in the hope of providing other young people the same opportunities that their daughter made full use of, helping children to take part in trips that they may otherwise be unable to afford.

Carol Conlin, Primestaff Operations Director, is a friend of the family and has attended each one of their annual events since the charity was established. Eager to support the cause again, we donated £150 shopping vouchers to the raffle and snapped up two tables at the event, where we were able to invite colleagues, clients and our Commercial ‘Supertemp’, Anne who were all proud to support Lisa’s Gift and had a wonderful afternoon together.

In just three years, Lisa’s Gift has contributed more than £35,000 to assist over 334 children in schools throughout Renfrewshire. The funding has helped with a wide range of activities from the setup of breakfast clubs to the provision of school uniforms, footwear, warm winter coats, as well as assistance in a variety of school excursions.

To find more about the charity, please visit the Lisa’s Gift Facebook page.

Danny McIntyre WeDO Scotland’s High Growth Company finalist

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 in General

We are delighted to announce that our Chief Executive, Danny McIntyre will be attending the WeDO Scotland Awards tomorrow evening as a finalist in their ’2017 HIGH GROWTH COMPANY’ category!

We are all incredibly proud and are sending well-wishes to Danny for tomorrow!

WeDO Scotland is Scotland’s most exclusive leadership organisations for transformational business owners and leaders of dynamic companies. Their judging panel said they had spent many hours deliberating over the excellent nominations which had been submitted this year, and were incredibly impressed with the array of outstanding entrepreneurs and their businesses.

To then make it through to the final in this category is a truly amazing achievement – Many congratulations to Danny and we wish you all the luck in the world!

Living Wage increases & other key points: Budget 2017

Posted on November 22nd, 2017 in General

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has unveiled the budget. Amongst the key changes is the news that the National Living Wage is set to rise from £7.50 to £7.83 in April for those ages 25 and over.

We have outlined the other main points from today’s budget below.

Living wage: Up to £7.83 an hour, from £7.50. The 33p an hour rise will be introduced in April and will see a £600 a year pay rise to some full-time workers who do 38 hours per week.

Income tax: Basic rate rises to £11,850 from April; 40% threshold increases to £46,350. Chancellor has previously pledged to increase basic rate to £12,500 by 2020.

Stamp duty: Scrapped for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, and on the first £300,000 of properties up to £500,000.

Universal credit: £1.5bn to remove seven-day waiting period; new claimants in receipt of housing benefit will get it for two weeks. According to the Guardian editor, Rowena Mason, this is an expensive move – reducing the waiting time of claimants by one week, make advances quicker and give people housing benefit for longer to avoid the threat of evictions while they wait for universal credit.

Housing: A pledge of £44bn in capital funding to help Hammond’s pledge of 300,000 homes annually by 2020. Hammon is also issuing a threat to developers that their days of landbanking are over, as he hit out at those who do not build on plots that have already been granted planning permission. The chancellor only promises a review but does not rule out direct action.

- 100% council tax premium on empty properties.
- £28m in three new housing pilot schemes – in the West Midlands, Manchester and Liverpool – to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027.
- £44bn of capital funding to help build 300,000 homes annually by mid-2020s.
- New money for homebuilders fund.
- £630m ‘small sites fund’.
- £8bn of financial guarantees to support private housebuilding.
- £2.7bn housing infrastructure fund.
- £1.1bn for new urban regeneration.
- £34m to train construction workers.

Rent: £125m of funding over the next two years to help 140,000 people. This is targeted at those on low incomes and receiving housing benefit in areas where rent is rising the most.

Brexit: £3bn set aside for Brexit preparations. A big boost to the £700m previously allocated.

Duties on spirits, wine and beer are frozen. A new tax band for still cider and perry with alcohol content between 6.9%-7.5% to target white cider.

Economic growth: Lower than expected and productivity is poor. Hammond does not say why the economy will slow for the next three years, but there are inevitable links to Brexit.

- Revised down to 1.5% in 2017 from 2%.
- Forecasts are 1.4% in 2018, 1.3% in 2019, 1.3% in 2020, 1.5% in 2021 and 1.6% in 2022.
- In March the forecasts were 1.6% in 2018, 1.7% in 2019, 1.9% in 2020 and 2% in 2021.

Government borrowing: £49.9bn this year, down by £8.4bn from the previous forecast. Down from £39.5bn next year to £25.6bn in 2022-23.

NHS: An extra £2.8bn given to the NHS, which falls short of the £4bn demanded from the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens.

- £10bn capital investment in frontline services over the course of this parliament.
- £2.8bn of extra funding for England.

Electric cars: £400m for charging infrastructure fund. Those charging electric vehicles at work will not face taxes.

Diesel cars: 1% point increase in company car tax. From 2018, an increase in tax on cars that don’t meet standards – to go up by one band. Proceeds to fund £220m clean air fund.

Education: £40m to train Maths teachers; £600 premium for schools for each student taking A-level maths. Triple the number of Science teachers to 12,000, a new national centre for computing and a national retraining scheme for digital expertise.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:

- £650m extra for Northern Ireland.
- £2bn extra for Scotland. The government will legislate to allow Scottish police and fire services VAT refunds from April 2018.
- £1.2bn extra for Wales.

New railcard: 4.5 million people aged 26-30 to get a third off rail fares.

Airlines: Increase on air passenger duty on premium-class tickets.

Tax avoidance: Measures to raise £4.8bn by 2022-23.

Business rates: £2.3bn cost to bring forward the change to Consumer Prices Index from Retail Prices Index by two years to 2018. After next revaluation, future revaluations to take place every three years rather than five.
- Staircase tax: businesses hit will have original bill reinstated.
- Discount for pubs (rateable value less than £100,000) extended by one year to March 2019.

VAT: Consultation on threshold of £85,000 at which small businesses pay VAT.

Digital tax: £200m a year extra from income tax on UK sales. Target £1.2bn a year in lost VAT from online shopping.

Jobseekers targeted by scammers: How to avoid being conned

Posted on November 21st, 2017 in General

It is frightening the many scams that unsuspecting people are still falling victim to today despite increased awareness and heightened suspicion of fraudulent activity. Most recently we have seen stories hit national headlines surrounding various charity race scams and mobile banking SMiShing. The recruitment sector is unfortunately one that also falls victim to scams.

Last week The Times reported the story of an 18-year-old gap year student who had fallen victim to a job scam after she applied for a job on Indeed.co.uk. She was phoned and invited to an interview and the firm sent out an application form in a prepaid envelope with interview details, date, time and address. The unknowing student was then asked for her bank information to verify her identity.

It was only when she turned up to her interview that she realised she had been victim to a cruel scam as the office did not exist. The address she had been provided was in fact a shop, and when she went inside to inquire, she was informed that others had also been given that address as part of a wider scam on multiple jobseekers.

The candidate went straight to the bank to find that a number of mobile phone contracts had been taken out with her card details. Although payments were stopped, payment notices were sent from different providers such as o2 and Vodafone saying she had failed to adhere to her phone contract.

On the rise and unsure what to look for

Sadly, scammers are on the rise as Keith Rosser, Chairman of SAFERjobs explains “in the last two years, we have witnessed a 300% rise in recruitment related fraud and misconduct”.

SAFERjobs’ research has also found that 72.1% of job hunters admitted they do not know and would not recognise the signs of a job scam. Here, we outline what a job scam is and what signs you can look out for if you think you’re becoming involved in a fictitious job application.

What is a job scam?

This is when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which requires the job seeker to pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses, background and/or credit checks that are required for the job. Action Fraud warns that scammers often charge for non-existent checks to persuade people to call premium-rate phone lines for interviews.

Once the money has been handed over, the scammer disappears. Their goals is to separate you from your money and / or obtain confidential information that can be used for identify theft.

Recognising the signs of a job scam:

- Never pay money up front. We will not ask you to part with any money when registering with us and neither should any other agency. A professional recruitment agency will never ask you to part with money in order to find work.

- When choosing an agency, visit the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s member directory on their website www.rec.co.uk – Prime Staff are listed as an agency committed to adhering to strict industry codes of practice.

- Don’t hand out personal information such as your National Insurance number or date of birth. We would only request this information from you when we have met you personally to register you so we can carry out job seeking activity on your behalf, or once we have spoken to you directly via telephone interview and explained the application process, which would also be followed up with a professional email. Do not ever give out your personal details to anyone other than the reputable agency with whom you are registered with. If you have included your full address on your CV online, you may want to consider reducing this to just the town rather than specific address

- The offer sounds too good to be true. Maybe the salary is way over what you would normally earn and the offer hasn’t been evaluated on your skill set and experience; If you’re offered the job straight away without a formal interview; Working from home and the pay is great. The idea of making lots of money whilst being able to work as home sounds great, but is a favourite with scammers to attract gullible job seekers.

- You receive the job details from someone with a free e-mail addresses like Yahoo or Hotmail. Legitimate job-related emails will come from corporate email accounts, for example all Consultants at Prime Staff come from @primestaff.co.uk – An alias can be set up, so ensure you check the ‘from’ e-mail address properly to view the full domain.

- Do some research on the company by visiting their website. If they don’t have one or don’t have contact details, tread cautiously. If they do, compare contact details or email addresses or how they appear in a company directory.

Fake URLs. As well as false email aliases, scammers often use fake URLs to mask themselves as well-known corporates. Always check the URL first to ensure the website you are visiting is the official site.

- Job descriptions that are so vague that almost everyone would qualify. A real vacancy would list requirements quite specific to the role and the experience needed from the right candidate.

- Spelling errors or poorly written e-mails. Most fraud is carried out by scammers outside the UK, with English not being their first language.

What to do if you think you’ve found a scam

If you’re wary of a job advert, treat it with caution. Notify the job board, or agency, website, company, wherever you found the posting. In addition, you can also report it to SAFERJobs and they will be more than happy to look at your concerns.

If you need any further advice or want to register with Prime Staff to find your next role, please contact us today and we can go through the application process with you.

Primestaff planning English expansion

Posted on November 10th, 2017 in General

Scottish recruitment consultancy Primestaff has unveiled plans to open two new offices in England as part of an ambitious expansion strategy.

This comes as the company has announced it will rebrand its Leeds, Scunthorpe and Corby offices as Primestaff, officially bringing its English presence in line with the parent company.

Previously, Primestaff’s English operations had been operating as Direct Workforce, after the company was acquired late last year.

Now Primestaff’s managing director Tony Vezza is looking forward to each of the company’s five offices operating under the same banner and has identified Manchester and Birmingham as the company’s next markets for expansion.

He said: “When we first acquired Direct Workforce, it was part of a strategic plan to establish a presence in the North of England. In the 10 months since the acquisition, we’ve been encouraged by the high-performance in the region and ultimately, that has accelerated our plans.

“We believe this rebranding, which is the final step in integration of the two companies, will solidify our English presence, extinguish any confusion in the marketplace and create a platform for further growth across the country.

“Primestaff has an unrivalled reputation for excellent levels of service, both for our candidates and clients. Thanks to the extremely talented team we brought on board last year, that reputation now extends to both sides of the border and that’s why we have the confidence to look to opening new offices in England, initially in Birmingham and Manchester.

“We have the systems, culture and expertise in place to accelerate growth across the UK while continuing to provide the level of service which has helped us sustain growth in recent years.”

Across the UK, Primestaff provides more than 1,500 temporary staff for more than 200 clients. The group’s turnover has doubled in the past five years to more than £20 million.

Currently with over 40 employees, the company is recruiting across the board and expects to hit 70 employees across eight offices by 2020.

This is in line with plans to increase the workforce by 75% in England and to bring total staffing to over 100 in the next five years.

As well as growth in England, Primestaff is planning further investment to boost its Edinburgh industrial division.

Top tips for Glaswegian parents returning to work after a career break

Posted on October 19th, 2017 in General

Returning to work after time spent looking after relatives or just looking to get back on the ladder? This advice could make the difference.

Whether it’s straight from maternity or paternity leave, or getting back in the swing after raising kids full-time, the idea of returning to work can be a daunting prospect.

There are some ways, however, to ease the transition – and recruitment expert Danny McIntyre has some top tips for parents looking to get back into the workplace.

Danny McIntyre, chief executive of Primestaff, has this to say if you’re thinking of taking up the job hunt in the near future …

Stay in touch

If you are taking an extended break from work, try to keep in touch with people from the industry. Social media platforms, especially LinkedIn, are ideal for keeping up to date with what is going on and connecting with potential employers.

Consider training courses

Initiatives such as the Independent Learning Account (ILA) are designed to help support adult education and learning. These can help build confidence and allow you to update skills to get work ready.

Be confident

Don’t let a long break from the world of work get your confidence down. Things will be different, but a willingness to learn will have you back up to speed in no time.

Take your time

It might be a bit overwhelming to start with, especially after leaving your baby. Keeping in touch days are great as they break you in gently.

Embrace your new situation

Don’t feel guilty for leaving the kids and try not to spend all your time at work talking about them.

Ease yourself back in to work

Look at the possibility of part-time work to build confidence. Temporary roles are also an ideal route to gain experience in different environments, and can help you to build your C.V.

Do your research

Having a young family sometimes means your work needs to change. Research jobs and companies often allow shift flexibility to accommodate your new role as a parent. Certain employers will offer benefits such as Childcare Voucher schemes, which can save a lot of money when considering childcare options.

Being a parent is the hardest job you will ever have. You will have developed a set of skills which have been kept up to date the whole time you have been away from work. Your diary and time management is no doubt impeccable, while you’ll have learned lots of negotiating and budgeting skills. You’ll have done all this while cleaning, cooking and being at the beck and call of your child. These skills you have honed are just as important to your career, and this job is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, not just nine to five. Don’t devalue these skills because they weren’t learned in an office or a workshop.

Article featured on Glasgow Live

Anti-Slavery Day: Stamp it out

Posted on October 18th, 2017 in General

Annually hosted by the Human Trafficking Foundation, Anti-Slavery Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. Yes, slavery really does still happen in today’s society and ignorance isn’t an excuse. 

As a labour provider, we have a duty of care to our candidates and as such, we believe it is so important to continue to raise awareness of modern slavery.

With so many high profile cases hitting the headlines over recent months, including Sajmon Brezinski sentenced to 8 years in June after admitting human trafficking, forced labour and fraud offences, and the Rooney family of 11 jailed in Lincolnshire in September for recruiting homeless men and people with learning disabilities to work and live in squalid conditions for up to 26 years, it is still clear that these shocking practices are still sadly happening in today’s modern society.

As we provide workers to food and agricultural companies, we are an accredited member of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). We can provide information on how to spot the signs, how to report it if you suspect someone is a victim, if you suspect a perpetrator, or where you can get confidential advice. A modern slavery video is also available from Stronger Together which shows a number of examples of how slavery can occur in today’s society.

Please take a look; Don’t be naïve, ignorant or dismissive of modern slavery. Visit the Human Trafficking Foundation for further details.

Primestaff chose to continue Warriors partnership

Posted on October 10th, 2017 in General

Scotland’s leading independent recruitment consultancy Primestaff has chosen to partner with Glasgow Warriors for another season.

Following a successful first year of partnership, Primestaff will continue to be a member of the Glasgow Warriors sponsorship family for a further 12 months having doubled its turnover in just over five years.

To celebrate the renewal and showcase the wide variety of job opportunities which Primestaff offers on behalf of its clients, six Warriors took part in a job swap while decked out in full kit.

Among them were Scotland internationals Jonny Gray and Richie Vernon, who traded in their normal duties on the pitch for a stint at reception and the store room respectively. Meanwhile, centre Sam Johnson showed some spark in his new role as an electrician.

Primestaff chief executive Danny McIntyre is delighted and explained his decision to continue partnering with the Warriors. He said: “When we entered into the partnership a little more than 12 months-ago we had an idea that it had the potential, however it is fair to say it has surpassed all expectations.

“As well as sending a really positive message to the marketplace and customers, it has also proven to be a hugely motivational and inspiring tool for our own staff, the vast majority of whom now consider themselves rugby fans – and Warriors supporters – thanks to the partnership.

“Primestaff has enjoyed one of its best ever 12 months since becoming partners of Glasgow Warriors and so it was a no-brainer to sign up again. We wish all at Scotstoun the very best of luck for the season ahead – we’re right behind you.”

Scottish Rugby business development manager and ambassador Al Kellock said: “We’re all thrilled that Primestaff is signed up for another season in partnership with the club.

“It was brilliant to see the enthusiasm that Danny and his team brought to the table last year and it’s an added bonus that so many members of their team have become even more interested in rugby as a result.

“Every bit as pleasing is to hear of the success which Primestaff has enjoyed as a business over the last 12 months and we hope that Glasgow Warriors can play its own small part in helping Danny and all his staff enjoy another really positive year ahead.”

Watch the Glasgow Warriors and Primestaff video here

Winter is coming…

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 in General

Will you be ready to cope with seasonal demand? Or do you need to rally the troops?

We’re firing through Autumn already, which means Winter is coming faster than you realise.

It is our duty to ensure that you won’t hit a wall when your business experiences an increase in demand and Stark requests. You will be able to crow with delight when you’re operating as smooth as ice and as hot as fire with a back-up of our honourable troops.

Don’t throw your composure to the wolves… Plan ahead, prepare early.

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House Commercial; Do you require Administrators to manage more orders? Call us on 0141 248 4711 now to plan ahead! Or email us on commercial@primestaff.co.uk

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House Industrial; Do you require extra packers to package the goods? Call us on 0141 248 4711 now to plan ahead! Or email us on industrial@primestaff.co.uk

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House Hospitality; Do you require extra staff to cover your events? Call us on 0141 248 4711 now to plan ahead! Or email us on hospitality@primestaff.co.uk

Not what you are currently looking for? We offer both temporary and permanent staffing solutions to Socialcare & Housing, Construction, Technical & Engineering, as well as Commercial, Industrial and Hospitality. If you have any other requirements you would like to discuss, don’t hesitate to call us on 0141 248 4711.