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Graduate vacancies are predicted to be on the rise in 2013

The Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) has recorded that the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) predicts a rise in graduate recruitment for 2013. The number of graduates out in work is predicted to rise by 9% this coming year, with total graduate roles in companies rising as a whole. Graduate starting salaries are also expected to rise. To read more, see the CIPD report

The newspaper response to pension changes

The government's planned pension reforms have caused quite a stir and a mixed response. The BBC has collected various newspaper views on the matter. To read more, click here...


Join our Easter Egg Challenge!

Children throughout the local area will be given an early Easter treat this year as local recruitment business, Partners Employment, begin their annual Easter Egg Challenge. Over the past 10 years with their client’s help, Partners Employment have donated over 3,000 Easter Eggs to children at various local special needs schools and opportunity groups. 

“We have had overwhelming support from local businesses, candidates and members of the public and we are hoping for a record breaking year. If you choose to donate Easter Eggs to the children for every standard size Easter Egg we receive this year Partners Employment will donate £1.00 to CLIC Sargent” announced Lynda Huxham, Managing Director. 

If you would like to join the Partners Employment Easter Egg Challenge please drop an Easter Egg into the Partners Employment office, 7 Church Walk, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8DX by 23rd March or call 01225 760777 for more details.  





 Ready for Work! 


plum appointments is now able to offer a bespoke online skills testing solution for your company!

"Our online skills testing software enables us to write bespoke tests, for our clients this can ensure that any candidates that we put forward to work with them on a temporary or permanent basis can have their skills and specific knowledge tested to their exact requirements and is proving very successful" Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant.

Our system allows for testing, training and analysis to be produced, accurately and effectively. Call 01225 710972 for more information.

National minimum wage to rise 2.5% to £6.08

30th Sep 2011, Source: BBC News Website

The national minimum wage for adults will increase by 15 pence from October 2011 to £6.08 an hour, the government has said.

The rate for apprentices will rise by 10p, for 16-17 year-olds by 4p and for 18-20 year-olds by 6p.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the changes would help more than 890,000 of Britain's lowest-paid workers.

The LPC was unanimous in its recommendations "despite all the economic uncertainties" according to its chairman, David Norgrove.

The complete set of changes are:

  • over-21s: up 15p (2.5%) to £6.08
  • 18-20 year-olds: up 6p (1.2%) to £4.98
  • 16-17 year-olds: up 4p (1.1%) to £3.68
  • apprentices: up 10p to (4%) £2.60.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills releases the Guidance on the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 ahead of schedule

10th May 2011, Source: BIS Guidance

Guidance about the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 has been released by BIS. This guidance clarifies many of the outstanding questions that arose from the legislation, such as relating to the definition of 'pay' and 'bonuses'.  To download the report, click here...


Do the revolts in the Middle East hinge upon the lack of jobs?

27th April 2011, Source: Bloomberg Middle East News

The IMF reports that the political turmoil in the Middle East demonstrates that the growth-orientated policies perused by such countries as Tunisia and Egypt failed to meet the needs of their populations. The IMF stated, "rapid economic growth as seen periodically in Tunisia and Egypt cannot be sustained unless they create jobs for the rapidly growing labour force and are accompanied by social policies for the most vulnerable". To read more from Bloomberg, click here...

Recruiters can assist those furthest away from work back into the job market with the Government's new 'Work Programme'

21st April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Current News

The new 'work programme' issued by the Government is a national welfare-to-work model that can help providers act as mentors and advisors to those who have been away from work for a long time. To see the REC's comment about this, read here..http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/1540

REC counters the attack on construction agencies by trade unions

20th April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Current News

Trade Unions have been arguing that employment agencies have been deliberately denying workers employment rights and are increasingly forcing workers to be falsely self-employed in order to avoid paying national insurance contributions and other benefits. Read how the REC has responded...http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/1539

BBC Economics Editor confirms the REC's optimistic outlook on jobs - April 2011

13th April 2011, Source: BBC News, Economics Blog

The Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders, has confirmed that there is good news regarding jobs in Britain! "We can all take cheer from the fact that the private sector has created plenty more full time jobs - for men and women", she writes. It is reported that there are now 390,000 more people in work than a year ago, although the number of people claiming job seekers allowance has marginally risen. To access the full blog, click here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/2011/04/ 


The REC reports of the "fastest rise in permanent placements for over 12 years" - April 2011

7th April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Current News

The Report on Jobs, published by the REC and KPMG, has signalled stronger increases in both permanent and temporary/contract staff appointments during March.

 The number of permanent staff appointments made by UK recruitment consultancies increased again in March, with growth picking up to the strongest since October 1997.Higher placements were underpinned by a further expansion of permanent staff vacancies, albeit the slowest in three months.  

Growth of short-term staff appointments quickened to the strongest for 34 months in March. Billings were driven higher by the fastest increase in demand for temp staff since January 2008.     

Recruitment consultants signalled another improvement in the availability of staff during March. The supply of both permanent and temporary/contract candidates increased at slightly faster rates compared with one month previously. 

Permanent staff salaries rose again in March. The rate of inflation was solid, despite easing slightly from February’s 20 month high. Temp pay increased at a pace that, although modest, was the sharpest since June 2008.

Kevin Green, the REC's Chief Executive said: 

“Permanent appointments increasing at the fastest pace for over 12 years is the clearest sign yet of a revival in the UK jobs market. A rise in both temporary and contract work at the sharpest rate for nearly three years shows how they continue to provide vital flexibility for UK businesses as well as a valuable route back into work for job-seekers.

“However, the overall outlook is tempered by public expenditure cuts which are already impacting on recruitment in this sector. Deep-rooted reforms and innovative approaches to public sector resourcing will be needed in order to maintain frontline services. While high-end sectors such as IT and engineering continue to show strong growth, demand is also increasing for secretarial and back-office support roles.”     

Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG commented:

“The UK jobs market seems to be going from strength to strength with permanent job placements growing at the fastest rate for over 12 years. These figures show that private sector confidence is returning and that the UK is exiting recession at a pace. However, a lot of the current hiring activity is going on in the public sector. The public sector recession which clearly is on the cards hasn't hit the jobs market yet but when it does, the upwards trend we have seen over the last couple of months may come to a halt.” 

The Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market drawing from original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. Copies of the report are available on annual subscription from Markit.








The REC states that the AWR Guidance provides some answers but also raises questions - April 2011








4th April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Press and News

The initial consensus from recruiters is that the guidance provides helpful clarification in some areas it also leaves some questions unanswered.
Commenting, Marshall Evans, Group Operations Director at Staffline Group plc and Chair of the REC’s Employment Policy Committee said:
“On the plus side, definitions on topics such as a "substantively different role", “breaks between assignments”, and "performance appraisal" were useful, and there is a real effort to curb the potential misuse of the Swedish Derogation model by forbidding contracts with one hours per week between assignments.
“However, the attempt to clarify issues such as ‘pay between assignments’ and a ‘four week notice period running in parallel’ were less clear, and many of the examples are too simplistic to apply to the actual workplace.
“While the guidance is useful and can be considered as a work in progress, we look forward to making constructive suggestions during the next two weeks of consultation. The views and feedback of REC members will be crucial.”


AWR Guidance Released by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills - April 2011

15th April 2011, Source: Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Since the Government announced on 19 October that it will not be amending the Agency Workers Regulations, BIS officials have been developing draft guidance in partnership with key stakeholders, representing the interests of agencies, hirers and agency workers. This is now available for comment until Friday April 15. BIS will consider your comments before finalising the guidance, due to be published on Business Link at the end of April or soon after, allowing the necessary time for all parties to prepare for the changes in advance of the regulations coming into force in October 2011. Separate guidance will be available for agency workers on the direct.gov website around the same time. Please note that supplementary guidance for agency supply teachers is currently being developed with the Department for Education and will be available on their website at the end of April. For more information, see...http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/employment-matters/strategies/awd








National Minimum Wage - October 2011

Released 07 April 2011 Source: ALP

The Government has confirmed that the National Minimum Wage will increase in line with the Low Pay Commission's recommendations from October 2011. As of 1st October 2011, the adult minimum wage will increase by 15p, a rise of 2.5% from £5.93 to £6.08 per hour. Details for more information can be found at http://www.lowpay.gov.uk/ 


AWR latest - Prime Minister statement unlikely to mean radical change

Released on 18 March 2011 Source: REC

News stories which have been in circulation have indicated  the Prime Minister David Cameron has sought further legal advice on how the EU Agency Workers Regulations can be interpreted in the UK. The Attorney General has already given his advice on the issue, but the Prime Minister is apparently unhappy with it and is seeking  a second opinion.

Commenting on this, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy & Professional Services, says:

"Our take is that this most likely a bit of 'window-dressing' in terms of the Government being seen to do everything possible to help the business community in line with recent policy announcements. We have consistently underlined the need for the regulations to be workable for recruiters and employers and the Government has taken this on board. However, it is highly unlikely that there will be any radical changes at this stage.

"In addition, it is worth bearing in mind that the benefits of any 're-working' of the regulations would be counter-balanced by the fact that the industry would be left with a very tight window to get to grips with any new text. Whatever happens the EU Regulations will need to come into force in the UK by the end of the year."

The REC is in regular dialogue with the Department for Business and will inform members of any developments. As well as working with Government on the official guidance document, the priority is to provide recruiters with practical support through the 'Your AWR Advisor' implementation package.  Details of this can be found at: http://www.rec.uk.com/awr








PEER host Agency Worker Regulations Seminar! 

Partners Employment European Recruitment is to hold a seminar on the Agency Workers Regulations (2010) which will be fully implemented in October 2011. The event will be held at Cumberwell Park, Bradford on Avon, on 1st February 2011. 








Paul Chamberlain, Partner at Brabners Chaffe Street LLP and nationally recognised expert in employment law, will present this half day seminar guiding delegates through these regulations and the issues arising from them and how they will impact on your business.

“This legislation change will affect every business that uses a temporary work force, we invite any local businesses to join Paul Chamberlain and our PEER team to help them understand how the regulations will impact on their business both financially and operationally, allowing them to plan their timetable to ensure an organised strategy to achieve compliance in the most cost efficient and cost effective way” said Lynda Huxham Managing Director at Partners Employment European Recruitment Limited.

To attend this event please contact Emma now on 01225 760777 or email emma@peer.uk.com to guarantee your place as numbers are limited. Further information – for further details contact Emma on 01225 760777 









We are now on Twitter and Facebook!

You can now follow plum appointments on Twitter and Facebook. We will bring you regular updates on new vacancies for the quickest and easiest way to apply for jobs which suit you. For Twitter, simply click on the 'follow us on Twitter' button on our homepage and start following us! Or Facebook users can click the Facebook button to take you to our page.

















Antonia's Cycle Ride

26 riders -174 miles 5th/6th June 2010

Support Antonia's Cycle Ride in memory of Antonia Thomas. On 5th and 6th of June one of our Directors, Andrew Huxham, will be one of the 26 riders taking part in the awesome challenge of cycling from Heywood School to Hartham Park (via Crickhowel in Wales) 174 miles in 2 days.

"This challenge is in memory of one of my son's school friends who tragically died following an asthma attack last year. I ask that people please take some time to read this http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Huxham  If people can help it would be most appreciated, the money raised will be donated to Asthma UK" said Andrew.

He and his fellow riders have clocked up an incredible 1000 miles each so far training for this event the equivalant of John O'Groats to Lands End. 

Every 7 minutes someone with asthma is admitted to hospital. 1 in 5 families are affected. To support children and adults with asthma, order an 'Asthma Attack Card'. Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of 5.4 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma. For further information about Asthma UK please click here


'Keeping mum...'

 Faye Delaney, recruitment consultant plum appointments, worked her last day today before going on maternity leave. "I think we are all prepared" Faye joked "although, as it is our first baby I don't think we could ever be prepared enough!" she added.

"Faye has been working for plum appointments for the past 5 and half months and during that time fitted in well with the team here at plum appointments and the clients that she had contact with" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant.

"On behalf of all of the team at Partners Employment, we wish Faye the very best of luck and look forward to seeing her again soon with her baby!" said Director, Lynda Huxham.

Faye will be on maternity until 2011 and during that time is being covered by Nicki Marshall. Contact Nicki for any further information on 01225 710972 or email nicki@plumappointments.co.uk

Released 19th March 2010


'All the fun of the Job Fair'

plum appointments were very pleased to attend the Trowbridge Job Fair at the Civic Hall, 18th March 2010. The day the event was well attended by the local community. "I met with a large number of excellent candidates who I will be contacting again this week, with a few whose key skills are so good that I am already speaking to Clients about them" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant.  

Nicki, Senior Sales Consultant was very impressed with the response of the local people, Job Fair 18th March 2010

Released 18th March 2010


'Looking out for more skilled and technical candidates'

plum appointments the commercial division of Partners Employment also specialising in skilled & technical opportunities is on the look out for more candidates to meet current demands!

"We have particular skills in providing permanent staff with specific technical skills to match the diverse needs of the employers through our 'SkillsNow'TM service. I am looking for Engineers, Plumbers, IT and Software Specialists with relevant qualifications" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant. "If you are a skilled candidate on the move contact me now on 01225 710972 or email nicki@plumappointments.co.uk" adds Nicki.

Released 2nd March 2010


'Senior Managers and Supervisors'

At plum appointments we have a specialist service 'Professionals on the Move'TM that is designed to help the recruitment process for Management teams and businesses alike. "This service is particularly suitable to assist high calibre Sales & Marketing Managers, Production Managers and Supervisors, Area Managers, Office Managers, Customer Service Managers, IT Managers, Hotel Managers, Care Managers...in fact all Managers and businesses alike can benefit from this highly targeted service, just ask and we can do the rest!" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant. Nicki is available on 01225 710972 or via email nicki@plumappointments.co.uk

Released 2nd March 2010


‘Back where I belong’

The Directors of Partners Employment are delighted to announce the appointment of Nicki Marshall M.R.E.C. CertRP as Senior Sales Consultant for plum appointments. Nicki is an experienced recruitment consultant who has worked for Partners Employment previously when she completed her certification in Recruitment Practice and launched plum appointments, the commercial division specialising in Senior Appointments, Skilled and Technical Appointments and Accountancy and Financial placements. Nicki’s new role is to oversee the plum appointments commercial team. Having left the recruitment industry briefly Nicki returns bringing with her a wealth of experience in this industry.

 “I am now back where I feel I belong” says Nicki “and am especially happy to be renewing acquaintance with all my previous clients at Partners Employment”.

"Nicki’s honesty and enthusiasm for her new role will ensure that her clients and candidates alike will receive the highest possible standard of courtesy and service at all times" says Lynda Huxham, Managing Director. 

plum appointments is a division of Partners Employment European Recruitment Limited based at 7 Church Walk, Trowbridge, Wiltshire for more information see our website www.plumappointments.co.uk.


Released 1st March 2010























A new addition to our family!

The commercial division of Partners Employment has been supplying the levels of service quality to both clients and candidates alike, that is now demanded in professional recruitment in the 21st century, for over 12 years.

It is now time that this division had its own identity and it is being relaunched as Plum Appointments.  A bright new recruitment service dedicated to finding the very best person for any position in the commercial sector.

From Junior Administrators to Senior Managers, Plum Appointments provides a client and candidate focused professional and precise skills matching service, to all employment sectors.

" Plum Appointments specialise in the placement of high calibre professional candidates in permanent positions using unique selection processes, ensuring oranisations and candidates achieve mutual success" remarks Lynda Huxham , Managing Director.

Partners Employment has invested in the latest technology for their website, database and job boards which offer flexible and innovative solutions to recruitment.

Nicki Marshall, Senior Recruitment Consultant for Plum Appointments adds " Undersold, understated and over delivered describes our unique recruitment solution, exceeding our clients expectations on a regular basis"

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