UK job postings increase by 64% as recruitment industry recovery begins

As lockdown measures gradually begin to be lifted in the UK, at Sure Group we are cautiously optimistic that the recruitment industry is slowly but surely on the road to recovery.

Data published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation recently has shown that the number of new jobs advertised in the first week of June was up 64% compared to the last week of May.

The REC has launched a new Jobs Recovery Tracker, which aims to help recruiters, businesses and policymakers see how the jobs market is evolving as the economy recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This research uses job postings data to spot signs of growth in different local areas and occupations across the UK.

The latest Jobs Recovery Tracker reveals that the number of active job postings in the UK has been rising slowly over the course of May – increasing from 950,000 in mid-May to 963,000 in the first week of June.

The number of new job adverts in the first week of June was 112,000, a significant 64% more than in the last week of May. This could indicate more companies starting to hire again as lockdown measures are eased, and that the recovery is starting to pick up speed.

At Sure Group we are hopeful this trend will continue as we aim to continue to provide our partners with capable and skilled personnel across the sectors we operate in.

To see the full figures from the REC’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker, visit: https://www.rec.uk.com/our-view/research/recruitment-insights/jobs-recovery-tracker

To find out how Sure Group can support your recruitment needs, get in touch by calling 01482 629797 or email info@sure-grp.co.uk

Sure Group Coronavirus Business Update

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last night (Monday 23rd March) we want to offer our staff assurance on how we are handling and treating this situation.

Sure Group supply to key sectors such as Food, Logistics, Recycling and Healthcare.

Therefore some of our workers are treated as ‘key workers’ and are still allowed to travel to their place of work as they will play a crucial role in the country’s fight against Coronavirus.

In these torrid times, there is a lot of concern but we want you to be reassured we are doing our upmost to ensure everything runs like normal for everyone. This includes being paid weekly and on time and having a member of our team on hand should you have any questions.

Do not worry, we are here for you. Although most of our staff will be working from home from today (Tuesday 24th March) we will continue to be available for you as normal. We will be servicing our clients’ requirements and doing our best to ensure everyone has work and keeps a wage coming in until otherwise advised by them or the Government.

Please note our offices will now be closed with immediate effect as from Tuesday 24/03/20 and our teams will be only contactable by phone. Please be patient with your account manager, as mentioned they will be working remotely but may take a little longer to respond. We will be providing vital PPE to all our workers at planned collection times so please liaise with your line manager for your requirements.

We will continue to provide update on a frequent basis so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels.

All that remains is that you listen to the news and follow the advice from the Government.

Stay calm and stay safe.

From all the staff at Sure Group

Coronavirus (COVID-19) company update

In light of the potential impact related to COVID-19, we feel it’s important that we update you on our business continuity infrastructure.

Let me start by saying that at this moment in time and until advised otherwise it is business as usual for the Sure Group. We have business continuity plans in place and these are well tested on an annual basis and are designed to cover many areas including pandemic impact and in the past such measures have been implemented during times of bad weather, with very little interference in our service levels.

We are confident that our plans will mitigate the impact to our clients and workers and have been designed specifically to minimise workflow interruption. Sure Group has secondary back up locations with full operational infrastructure, and our team of consultants and back office support teams can work independently and remotely from any location including their homes if required, this includes full access to our phone and IT systems.

We are confident that any further widespread developments will have little effect on our day to day operations, including; Service Levels, Order Fulfilment, Payroll Processing, Compliance Management, and Recruitment/On boarding processes and that you will continue receiving the quality of level of support and service you have grown accustomed to from the Sure Group.

We are aware that due to COVID-19 some clients are taking precautionary measures and as such have decided to go on lockdown and refuse client visits etc, however due to the nature of our business we will continue our duties as normal with regards to attending site for daily check in, service reviews etc unless otherwise instructed by our clients.

I can confirm that we have preventative measures in place with regards to the health and safety of our workforce and candidates and we have issued everyone with a Coronavirus Fact Sheet which provides them with guidance on how to prevent them from catching or how to proceed in the event of having caught the virus. Furthermore we have introduced a new health questionnaire which has been issued to not only our current workforce, but also to all new candidates who come and register with ourselves and covers the key areas in relation to having the any of the main Coronavirus symptoms, recent travel movements in the last 14 days etc.

We will keep all our clients and workers up to date with the latest government guidance and are here to support any queries you may have.

In the meantime if you require any additional support during this period, then please do not hesitate to contact your account manager via your normal channels If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or our team for more information.

Kind regards,

Mark Newby

Commercial Manager

IR35 reforms delayed due to Coronavirus outbreak

Reforms to the IR35 tax ruling have been delayed by one year, just a week after they were confirmed in the Budget, chief treasury secretary Steve Barclay has confirmed.

The changes, which restrict tax avoidance by targeting contractors for companies who are, in practice, providing the same service as employees, will come into affect on 6th April 2021 and not this April as originally planned.

Read City A.M.’s full report at: https://www.cityam.com/ir35-reforms-to-be-delayed-for-a-year-due-to-coronavirus/

Sure Commercial becomes a permanent success

2019 was a year of successful growth for the Sure Group, which saw it achieve a milestone in hitting a collective turnover of £10m turnover. Sure Commercial, a division of the group, played an integral part in this success.

Today, Sure Commercial is supplying candidates nationally across the UK, providing temporary, permanent interim and contract recruitment solutions to our clients across an array of sectors from FMCG, Transport, Healthcare, Engineering and IT.

Our team of specialist consultants and talent acquisition partners saw them achieve some great results last year, whereby they not only exceeded their targets, but they were also awarded several exclusivity PSL contracts, in which they service several major blue chip organisations.

The start of 2020, has already exceeded expectations and William Draper Director of Sure Commercial and Sure Healthcare said “We feel the success Sure Commercial has seen over the past 12 months puts us in great stead for the future, offering our internal team more room to grow and the business further opportunities with our growing client base. We are predicting that 2020 will be our best year to date and we look forward to the challenges we face in an ever changing market and  above all we will  ensure we strive to continue with the company’s philosophy of ensuring we deliver a quality service and meet our clients requirements and expectations, first time every time”

So if you are looking for another member to add to your growing team, or for a particular type of person, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Sure Commercial team who will be happy to assist in finding the right person for you.

‘Jack’s Law’ to give bereaved parents two weeks’ statutory leave

Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory leave under new UK legislation.

The government has announced the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly on the issue, will come into effect from April.

Jack’s law means all employed parents will have a statutory right to a minimum of two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer.

Parents will be able to take the leave as either a single block of two weeks, or as two separate blocks of one week each taken at different times across the first year after their child’s death. This means they can match their leave to the times they need it most, which could be in the early days or over the first anniversary.

For more information on Jack’s Law, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-set-to-introduce-jacks-law-new-legal-right-to-paid-parental-bereavement-leave

UK government launches off-payroll working review

Last week, the government announced it was launching a review of changes to off-payroll working rules to ensure the smooth implementation of the reforms, which are set to come into force in April 2020.

Off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, were introduced in 2000 to ensure that workers employed through their own company, pay similar taxes to other employees.

The reforms are designed to tackle non-compliance with off-payroll working rules by making medium and large organisations in the private and third sectors responsible for determining the tax status of contractors, rather than the contractors themselves.

The review, which will conclude by mid-February, will engage with affected individuals and businesses on their experiences of the implementation of these reforms.

To read the full article on Gov.uk visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/off-payroll-review-launched

National living wage to rise by 6.2%

There has been some good news for UK workers as the government has announced it will increase the national living wage by 6.2% in April this year.

The rise will be more than four times the rate of inflation and will take hourly pay for people over 25 to £8.72.

For a full breakdown of the new rates, see below table.

 

Sure Group managing director speaks on national radio show

Sure Group founder and managing director Charles Draper has appeared on national radio station LBC promoting the city of Hull – where Sure Group first formed and our headquarters is based.

The city enjoys the fastest broadband in the UK according to comparison website Broadband Choices, with an average download speed of 87Mbps.

That’s more than 30Mbps faster than the average UK download speed.

LBC contacted the Sure Group to speak to Charles about the impact it has on our growing services in the staffing, logistics, commercial and healthcare sectors.

Charles spoke live on Eddie Mair’s afternoon show on Friday 15th November.

He said: “Hull’s a really up and coming place now. We look at what KCOM offers our city. It makes a huge difference to how we operate especially in the way the world is now digital – especially when it comes to my business.

“We have offices across the UK and we operate different management systems within the business so it is important we have a good solid broadband connection to ensure we have effective links across the rest of our offices.

“Hull is potentially the digital capital of the UK – here we use KCOM and we’re proud of it. We have faster broadband in the UK than in Taiwan.

“Our head office is in Hull. A huge element of that is that we benefit from superfast broadband – the business runs off it.

“Why would we ever move our head office from potentially the digital capital of the UK?”

To listen to more from Eddie Mair on LBC visit: https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/eddie-mair/