Category Archives: Social Care & Housing

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.

Things to consider for Care Industry roles

Posted on June 15th, 2015 in Social Care & Housing

Satisfaction, Salary, Location

In this blog we break down each of these factors to help you find the right role within the care industry.

Job satisfaction is simply how you feel about your job, what you expect to get out of it and what you actually get. So if you are looking for a job where you can use your skills to their fullest potential, having high job satisfaction comes from having a role that allows you to do so.

A great deal of satisfaction can be found working in the care industry, being able to care for someone and make a difference in their lives is what makes people a great carer. Most workers who enter a care position don’t do the job for salary gain, as it is probable one of the lowest paid jobs, however they get a lot of job satisfaction from carrying out their role day to day.

You will also find that many workers within the care industry are so satisfied in their position they will also do some voluntary work with charities outside of their normal duties! What you expect to get from your role is important and bearing this in mind when applying for positions will help you find the right position for you and it will ultimately determine how you feel about the role.

The second factor to consider is salary, it is important to make sure that you search for a role which can assist with your lifestyle/responsibilities. A good starting point is to decide whether or not you are going for part time or full time position. The differences in salary, as well as time, will help in finding the right type of role for you.

At the moment there are often roles within the care industry on the minimum wage scale, however there are a lot of organisations who are currently promoting the living wage who are looking to change this and make sure those in the industry are paid fairer.

If salary is an important factor you are considering, Black & Black will assist you in finding a role that is suited to your expectation, one that will help make the role the right one for you. The final factor we ask our candidates to consider is location, as it is a very important aspect of any role. Working within the care industry staff are on occasion required to be available to cover 24 hours a day for care. This can involve working from the affected people’s homes to provide adequate care.

This brings with it a consideration to be made on transport, and how you will make it to be there ready to provide care in your role. With a lot of carers and support workers travelling by public transport you must consider how far you need to travel, and if your location will permit travelling at certain times.

Finding the right location is something we here at Black & Black can help you with, after all, the people you care for will be relying on you being there to support them and giving them the care they need. This is the main reason why we always ask our candidates to consider location when looking for a role.

Are you currently searching for a role within the care industry or you want to find out more about Black & Black or Primestaff, you can get in touch with us on 0141 222 4872 or email us at   

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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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Back to Black and Black Recruitment

Posted on December 18th, 2013 in Hospitality, Social Care & Housing

Black and Black Recruitment has been a part of Primestaff’s excellent recruitment team since 1998, and thanks to its speciality in Hospitality & Catering and Social Care & Housing, has added years of experience and expertise to our repertoire.

Our Social Care & Housing division has an excellent track record in the provision of social care, support workers and care assistants.

We appreciate the sensitive nature of recruitment in this sector, and as such, Black and Black Social Care & Housing has developed recruitment standards and policy procedures of the highest possible standard, which comply entirely with the robust legislation and governance within this industry.

All of our consultants are professionally qualified and have a wealth of experience in this field, and each candidate will have to be rigorously interviewed and be subjected to a selection procedure.

Our clients can be assured that all of the candidates are fully referenced checked and vetted, will undergo appropriate and mandatory training, and will hold an up to date disclosure or PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme).

Black and Black Hospitality, meanwhile. is a specialist division of Primestaff, with clients ranging from 5 star hotels, casinos and restaurants, to nursing and care homes.

Our experienced hospitality consultants offer highly flexible solutions with confidence and professionalism, and we take great pride in the high quality, personal service that they offer.

Black and Black Hospitality delivers service of the utmost quality, and supplies a tried and tested workforce to this dynamic, fast moving industry – often filling clients’ urgent requirements within an hour of receiving their call!

As with all divisions of Primestaff, Black and Black Hospitality and Black and Black Social Care & Housing offer an in-house 24 hour on-call facility, ensuring that we can always meet our clients’ specific requirements.

For more information or for a confidential chat with one of our experienced consultants you can get in touch with us on 0141 222 4872 or at

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