Disabled. Disability. As a recruiter, these words can give you a sinking feeling. Not because we have any problem with a diverse workforce – quite the contrary – but because, after seven years of recruiting for the professional services sector, I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve helped to find a job with a registered disability. And my experience isn’t an unusual one.
Recently, I arranged a webinar aiming to increase contractors’ knowledge of the changes affecting payments made to personal service companies (PSCs) in the public sector, with IR35 being operated by agencies rather than PSCs. While the presentation, led by The Adecco Group’s Employment Tax Manager, was very well received, the Q&A session highlighted an alarmingly low level of understanding among some contractors about the legislative changes, which are due to come into effect on 6 April 2017.
As markets become more candidate-centric and competition for top performers hots up, employers are vying for the best solutions to an increasingly complex candidate conundrum. Executive Search solutions are gaining in popularity as a direct result – helping businesses to secure the very best professionals in a fixed timeline, without being restricted to board-level positions.
Tales of tech development threatening to render roles obsolete are all-pervasive in the IT industry, but the relentless march of Artificial Intelligence (AI) advancement is infiltrating every sector as we speak. And marketing is no exception.
It’s no secret that charities are going through a lot of change at the moment. In a tough fundraising climate, organisations have had to review traditional income streams and look to diversify where possible. Clearly, this is much easier to do with good reserves in place and flexibility to invest, however, as we know, ‘spare’ cash is a luxury the vast portion of the sector doesn’t have. Read more >
In April, changes to the IR35 legislation will impose a huge change on the public sector interim market.
For those caught by the legislation, workers through their own limited companies will be subject to withholding of tax and NIC on payments received, with the payer also incurring employer’s NIC and Apprenticeship Levy costs on top the payments. Read more.
As a mid- to senior-level recruiter, there is some trepidation when a client requests the use of a portal for the introduction of candidates. At the start, there are occasional issues (set up, login problems, reliability, etc.) and often they involve a lengthy candidate registration form refereed by an internal recruiter hot on non-compliance. Undoubtedly, however, when the portal is running, it delivers concrete benefits. Read more>
Having worked in the non-qualified legal space for a year now, I have learnt a lot about the perception of paralegals in the workplace. More importantly, I have learnt about the misconceptions when it comes to the options available and the calibre of the paralegal workforce, which more often than not simply stems from lack of information available to both paralegals and their hiring managers. Here’s my review of the paralegal market in 2016. Read more>