Criminal Finances Act: 5 Steps Recruitment Agency Directors Should Take

Criminal Finances Act: 5 Steps Recruitment Agency Directors Should Take

It’s now just a matter of weeks until the Criminal Finances Act becomes law. The legislation, which comes into force on 30th September, creates a new corporate offence of ‘failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.’ Ultimately, directors of recruitment agencies found to have been involved in tax evasion could be imprisoned, so it’s vital that you take steps to ensure compliance.   Top five recommendations Time is running out, but there is still time to act in order to get your agency ready for the Criminal Finances Act. Here are our top five recommendations. Do your research...
Using Umbrella companies – How Recruiters Can Manage Their Risk

Using Umbrella companies – How Recruiters Can Manage Their Risk

As an independent recruiter, using an umbrella company to pay contractors is a great way of reducing costs and easing your admin burden, particularly if you are new to contractor recruitment or that side of your business is growing fast. A word of warning however – be careful which providers you engage with. A few cautionary tales   In his blog post just a few weeks ago, Martin Fryer from Brookson referred to an aggressive tax avoidance scheme which used mini companies in the Philippines to pay workers. It seems that the scheme suddenly went into liquidation as soon...
Find the Top Recruits by Implementing Text Messaging to Your Recruitment Process

Find the Top Recruits by Implementing Text Messaging to Your Recruitment Process

As a professional recruiter, how you connect to potential job candidates matters. In order to find the best talent in the field, you’ll need to implement a variety of ways to communicate for a relationship to develop. When you use text messaging to recruit, you will be able to communicate in a direct way without being too intrusive to the person you are trying to recruit. According to Pew Research Center, 77% of Americans now own a smartphone, while 92% of smartphone owners are between the ages of 18 and 29. When you are looking to recruit applicants out...
Is Your Business Safe From Ransomware?

Is Your Business Safe From Ransomware?

If you’ve been reading the news in recent months, you will have likely heard about the notable cyber-attack that affected the NHS. The program, which infected an estimated 70,000 devices in the NHS is known as WannaCry. It wasn’t just computers that were affected either, other items included: • Blood-storage refrigerators • MRI scanners, • Theatre equipment The instigators of WannaCry targeted businesses with a cyber security gap in outdated Microsoft Windows systems. Even though Microsoft released a security update, not all users thought to install it. This lapse in security allowed WannaCry to spread rapidly, infecting over 230,000...
6 Ways You Can Boost Your Income As A Freelancer

6 Ways You Can Boost Your Income As A Freelancer

There are a number of things you need to consider when you’re working for yourself: How do I grow my business? How do I make my business stronger? How can I boost my profits? Read on below as we take a look at six ways you can grow your income as a contractor or freelancer. 1. Pick a niche Many companies try to offer a bit of everything to everyone. The chances of making money with this scattergun approach are slim. Instead, you need to focus your offering on a particular niche. Start by defining your skill set: What...
Spotlight On Tax Avoidance

Spotlight On Tax Avoidance

Following a series of tax changes impacting the contractor market over the last couple of years we have started to see a re-emergence of tax avoidance schemes intended to increase contractor take home pay or take the pressure off recruiter margins. Despite a perceived lack of action from HMRC to tackle these schemes, they are well-aware of them and it appears they may now be taking-action. You can access information about the tax avoidance schemes which HMRC are aware of and want to deter the market from using. These are published in HMRC’s “Spotlights” . These spotlights detail tax...
How Putting On A Play Is Like Running A Business

How Putting On A Play Is Like Running A Business

In case you didn’t know already, I am heavily involved in amateur dramatics in my spare time. Earlier this year, my am dram group performed Patrick Hamilton’s thriller “Rope”, and it occurred to me that directing is very like running a successful business.  (Except with amateur dramatics, nobody gets paid!)   Defining the vision  In general, it is the director who defines the vision for a play, and the business owner who defines the vision for a business.  However, when a director or business leader involves the rest of the company in clarifying that vision, what you get is...
Why is the “Candidate Experience” so important?

Why is the “Candidate Experience” so important?

More than ever, we are hearing these two words being chanted throughout the recruitment village that most of us live in. Buzz words and fads come and go, but this one puts a name to something that has always existed, whether it was paid any attention or not…

The Dark Art Of Social Recruiting

The Dark Art Of Social Recruiting

Social Recruiting, a phrase continually bandied about by just about everyone with any interest in finding the silver bullet that will solve all recruiting headaches. Many organisations will claim their social recruiting endeavours are ‘successful’ but what does success really look like and who in reality is doing it well? According to the stats (and there are many on this subject) 89% of companies plan to recruit on social media, 73% of 18-34 year olds found their last jobs through a social network and 51% of workers are satisfied with their current role but open to new opportunities. So...
Find 50,000 more Data Scientists with one small search adjustment

Find 50,000 more Data Scientists with one small search adjustment

One of the most sought after skill sets these days is the Data Scientist. Commanding high salaries and high fees, these candidates are worth their weight in gold, but a huge proportion of them are currently being missed. Each of the hundred odd Analytics-focused Recruiters we’ve worked with tend to start their Data Scientist Boolean search with: “Data Scientist” AND ….. A logical way of searching, but it misses a significant proportion of candidates who represent the same title differently – “Data Analytics Scientist”, “Scientist – Data”, “Principal Scientist”, “Lead Scientist” and countless other variations. By searching just for...

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