The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud
Oct09

The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud

Guest Blog from I Screen You Screen (www.iscreenyouscreen.com):   With the skills gap widening for UK businesses, it seems HR departments and recruiters are willing to take more and more risks in an attempt to fill vacancies. One avoidable risk however is reference checking of candidates to ensure details of the individual’s history can be checked. However, one survey suggests only a third of employers carry out these...

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Employers fear social media despite enormous potential
Oct05

Employers fear social media despite enormous potential

Social media key to developing strong employer brand and recruiting best candidates but employers shy away from using it. 59% of employers believe employee involvement in recruitment via social media risks damaging rather than enhancing the employer brand, according to a study of 155 HR decision makers by SocialReferral, a recruitment software company. The research also found that only 39% are using social media to actively search for...

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New research finds volunteers gain new skills and path to employment
Sep29

New research finds volunteers gain new skills and path to employment

  A major new report from Demos think tank reveals that despite mixed feelings among local communities, there is a wide reaching social impact from the charity retail sector as it plays a vital role in supporting job seeking volunteers on the path to paid employment, and helps highstreets and communities thrive Demos finds two-thirds of volunteers at charity shops believe the role had improved their employment prospects, made them...

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Revealed: The top five questions your employees are afraid to ask
Sep20

Revealed: The top five questions your employees are afraid to ask

  … From pay rises and promotions, to flexibility and time off Dealing with the boss can be nerve wracking, so it’s unsurprising that one in four (22.5%) professionals admitted that there are certain questions they’re afraid to ask their employer, with this figure rising to almost a third (31.3%) amongst millennials. This is according to a recent study from CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board.   The survey,...

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Busting the myths around reference checking
Aug24

Busting the myths around reference checking

  Reference checking has changed over the last 10 years in the UK. We’ve moved from offering informative, opinion-based feedback about former employees, to providing only neutral references that simply confirm a candidate’s name, dates of employment and job title. While there may be many reasons for this, the common assumption is that it has come about due to the fear or paranoia of a legal battle resulting from candidate claims...

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Employer demand for graduates remains high
Aug24

Employer demand for graduates remains high

This year’s graduates are heading into a robust recruitment market, with eight out of ten employers (79%) taking on new recruits in 2017/2018, a study by HR website XpertHR shows. It also reveals that starting salaries have been frozen for the past nine years, with data from previous surveys in the annual series showing no change since 2008/2009. Key findings from the survey of 186 public and private sector employers show that:...

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Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview
Aug22

Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview

Interviews can be a daunting process for many, and new research from the UK’s leading independent job board,  CV-Library has found that a whopping 87.4% of workers think there are certain questions candidates should avoid asking in an interview if you want to get the job! The research, which quizzed 1,200 UK workers on interview preparation techniques, found that over three quarters (79.3%) of professionals will prepare questions in...

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Why is it important to retain staff?
Aug21

Why is it important to retain staff?

It’s important to retain your staff when running a business, and it doesn’t matter whether your business is large or small. Losing staff members is not only disruptive, but it’s also costly and time-consuming to find new staff and train them. Together with Nisbets, specialists in catering supplies, we assess how to retain employees within a business, and why the leave when things appear to be going wrong. Within the latest Nisbets...

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Welcome to a world where working life is one big game
Aug17

Welcome to a world where working life is one big game

Dr. Paul Barrett, Chief Research Officer at Cognadev discusses the use of gamification in recruitment. Gamification of recruitment has endured as one of the big HR news themes, thanks to a steady rise in the number of new platforms, each offering highly playable, game based psychological assessments.   Engaging millenials and Gen-Z Research has shown that these games, which typically use scenario based encounters to measure...

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What is culture, anyway?
Aug10

What is culture, anyway?

Stephen Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Jobbio discusses the issue of culture – an oft used term that means different things to different people, and which five things he believes really make a difference to employment, engagement and retention. Culture, Culture, Culture. A word that’s being bandied about by companies big and small. It has come to light in recent years, that ‘culture’ is a key element of organisational success. You...

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How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising
Aug10

How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising

Behavioural expert, Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, explains why unconscious bias could be changing our workplaces without us even realising. In the news over the past few days there has been a story in the news about an individual employee in Google posting an anti-diversity memo and the strong reaction (both ways) that this has caused. The author of the memo is purported to be a male software engineer arguing...

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Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?
Aug10

Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?

Despite laws preventing it, many women in practice are asked questions about having children, or if they have them, what their childcare arrangements are, during the interview process. A survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission last year revealed that one in four employers think it’s reasonable to ask a woman about her pregnancy plans during a job interview. Not only is such questioning in breach of employment law, it is...

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UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening
Aug03

UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening

UK businesses are still failing to fully comprehend the risks posed by today’s ever changing recruitment market, despite investment in screening services continuing to rise. Companies UK-wide are still very much adopting a ‘tick box’ approach to employment screening rather than appreciating the full range of benefits on offer within the industry today, despite a trend of organisations across the board investing increasing amounts in...

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Amazon set to hire 50,000 people – tomorrow!
Aug01

Amazon set to hire 50,000 people – tomorrow!

Earlier this year, Amazon announced it’s intentions to hire an additional 5,000 people, with the aim of  letting them all work from home, which was seen as an ambitious target. However, that’s mild considering that by the end of tomorrow, the retail giant will have also hired 50,000 additional new employees to work at their 13 fulfillment centers around the United States, all in one day. It’s a massive recruitment...

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1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview
Jul31

1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview

The latest study from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has found that nearly one in four (22%) professionals in the UK have experienced discrimination during an interview, and for the majority (39.3%) it was because of their age. The survey of 1,200 workers, sought to reveal how many professionals in the UK have been affected by interview discrimination, and the reasons for this. The data found that over half of...

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