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.
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’.
Posted on August 7th, 2015 in General, Industrial
We are well and truly in the grips of a classic British Summer, which of course means two things: there is plenty of rain and it’s holiday time! This is of course a great time for those getting the break, but not so good for the employer, particularly for those in the Commercial sector. This is simply because in most cases, the requirement to fulfill a role simply doesn’t stop as the employee is on holiday.
For employers, peak holiday times during the summer and in the lead up to Christmas can be challenging. With more people taking vacation time over the summer it leads to an increased level of customer demand and less permanent staff available. For most, shutting down completely during the holidays isn’t an option, so the easiest solution is to hire temporary workers to help maintain productivity during this period.
It is reported that over 1.6 million people in the UK are now in a temporary job role. With the working population at 38 million, it shows that a sizable chunk of workers in the country are looking for temporary positions, something that should encourage employers considering a short-term solution.
The holiday season also affects the temporary employee market, particularly when you consider the student factor. Many will be seeking temporary work during the summer months, allowing them to earn some money before they return to their studies. For employers, this is another reason to highlight that not all staff out there seek permanent positions.
Where most employers do tend to struggle however is finding the right people to step into the role quickly, something that our Commercial team has helped our clients with during the holiday period. There is always a strong demand for temporary workers within the commercial sector during the holiday season, with many professional and office personnel in roles that demand constant attention.
For our clients, they know they can speak with our Commercial team if they require assistance with temporary workers during the busy holiday periods at anytime. We are always on hand to help provide you with the right workers at the time you need it most.
Posted on July 17th, 2015 in Construction, General, Industrial
We hear lots of commentators and politicians talking about greater confidence and a general upturn in the economy, and whilst we may not be inclined to believe them, there are very definite signs within the recruitment industry that things are indeed improving.
Perhaps one sector that is experiencing an immediate, and most obvious, change is construction. Demand for most disciplines in the construction industry has increased dramatically in recent months, and this is set to continue to increase as more and more construction projects come online.
The state of the construction industry has, for a long time, been the yardstick by which the economy in general can be measured, so it is pleasing to see lots of activity and vacancies appearing all over Scotland.
However, there are other key roles that are also useful indicators about economic conditions: such us, a noticeable increase in organisations across all sectors looking for business development executives. Surely this is a clear message that all manner of businesses are feeling more confident about the future and are now willing to invest in the future development of their businesses.
Furthermore, we are witnessing a similar increased demand for personnel in the industrial sector, usually a strong indication of increased levels of productivity. With an increase in output, comes an increase in transportation of goods, so naturally we’re not surprised to also be seeing an increase in the demand for drivers.
Many other sectors continue to thrive such as telecommunications where demand is still growing steadily for skilled engineers and technicians. Likewise, our more seasonal demands within catering and hospitality are also in a healthy state as Scotland continues to attract a good share of festivals and sporting events such as last week’s T in the Park and this week’s Open Championship at St Andrews.
All in all, we are delighted that our clients are busy and experiencing genuine growth.
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 – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on March 5th, 2015 in General, Industrial
Primestaff’s Industrial division is here for all areas of industrial recruitment. Whatever area you are in, whether it’s food and drink, manufacturing and warehousing, driving and logistics, or catering and events, our team can help.
For over 20 years the Primestaff Industrial team has provided solutions to a broad range of clients with a service that always goes above and beyond expectations.
With over 1000 immediately available staff ready to support your operation, and a real time database of up to 5000 at our disposal, our team pride themselves on being ready for our clients whenever they need us.
Over the years we have built a great understanding of what clients in the industrial sector need, and that is a recruitment solution that is tuned into your industry.
We know that unlike others, the industrial sector is truly a 24/7 operation, which is why our team adopt a flexible attitude in making sure you have support at a time you truly need it, and provide it to the highest standards every time.
Our team are used to working round the clock to make sure that clients are happy, and working with us you will always speak with someone on our team, who knows your business. We never use out of hours contact centres who often have minimal (or no) knowledge of the business relationship.
We also insist on being there for our clients, so you can expect to see a friendly face from Primestaff popping in to make sure everything is to your liking, even outside office hours!
Whatever the job you need done, we can assist you. Outside of supplying staff to high profile projects and events including the Commonwealth Games and the MTV awards, we also happily provide the same service to smaller companies.
We also specialise in supplying a vast range of roles within the industry. So whether you are looking for staff for driving, factory and warehousing, or even for events, catering and cleaning, we have you covered.
Alternatively, if you are looking to fill one of these roles you can check out our current vacancies within Industrial right here.
If you would like more information about Primestaff Industrial and how we can help your business, you can contact us on 0141 225 4880, email us on email@example.com or simply get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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