Construction and Hospitality postings rise as UK jobs recovery continues

We were pleased to learn UK job postings rose again by 990,000 in the last week of June, according to data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

As pubs and restaurants in England re-opened their doors over the weekend, there was a notable increase in job postings in the hospitality sector.

The biggest increase in adverts for these hospitality roles was in London, but there was growth across the whole of England. However, the number of job postings in the sector remains low compared to before the lockdown, and many firms will start by bringing back staff who had been furloughed.

Other occupations which saw increased numbers of job postings in the second half of June were skilled construction roles such as glaziers (+21.0%), bricklayers (+5.5%) and roofers (+5.3%), as more building sites continue to open.

The full stats from the REC’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker can be found at: https://www.rec.uk.com/our-view/news/press-releases/jobs-recovery-tracker-job-postings-grow-key-sectors-open

 

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

PPE Kit response- Thank You from Sure Group

We received an amazing and overwhelming response to our PPE kit delivery offer in the last few weeks.

Unfortunately we’ve now donated our last remaining batch of kits but we’d like to thank everyone who has got in touch and provided such kind feedback. We hope the kits have helped you during these difficult times and enabled you to make your essential trips.

From the whole team at Sure Healthcare and the wider Sure Group, stay alert, stay safe and look out for each other.

Image: Our PPE kits were delivered direct to peoples’ doors by our friendly team!

Sure Healthcare to make FREE PPE delivery for elderly and vulnerable

Our team at Sure Healthcare is on a mission to support elderly and vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic with PPE kit home deliveries.

We will be transporting hundreds of PPE kits to people in need, totally free of charge, as part of a campaign to support vulnerable residents in the region.

The kits, which include gloves, masks and hand sanitisers, will be delivered personally by Sure Healthcare’s team and will be transported using distribution links from its sister company Sure Logistics, which operates vehicles across the UK.

The initiative has been launched by Sure Group after its directors made the decision to allocate funding to Sure Healthcare to purchase additional PPE supplies that can be used in the community.

Sure Group Managing Director Charles Draper explains:

“In light of the current unprecedented situation, our board held a meeting to discuss how we can help the community as a business. We quickly realised that with Sure Healthcare’s supplier contacts and access to PPE provision, there would be no better way to support people than to pull together as a group to provide funding for additional PPE which we will then deliver to the elderly and vulnerable in the region.”

“These kits will be made available to provide peace of mind to anyone who feels vulnerable and still needs leave their home to make essential trips. People can apply for a kit via email and our team will respond to arrange deliveries.”

While NHS England continues to manage the procurement of PPE in hospitals, access to equipment in the community is currently limited for many.

Sure Healthcare’s Director, Will Draper, explains how the business will utilise it’s stock and contacts to make a positive impact in the community:

“During this difficult time, we are aware of the higher risks of infection to the elderly and people with existing medical conditions. As a business that works primarily in care environments, we require regular access to personal protective equipment, and we will now be purchasing additional PPE that we can donate in kits to those who need it most in the community.

“We are lucky to also have good supply chain relationships and we have been working with our suppliers to provide these kits and will be distributing them over the next few weeks when we have identified the residents that are most vulnerable.”

Will added: “Healthcare is the foundation of our business and a large proportion of our customers are elderly and vulnerable, so we wanted to do something to show our support in these unprecedented times.”

“We are now able to offer this support in the community as procurement teams have fully supported our Care Teams with all required PPE including new full face visors. Our suppliers have assured us that other clients and care providers have caught up on their back log of orders and do not urgently require re-stocking, although if any do, they are welcome to get in touch with us. Therefore, we believe whilst we have our professional bodies fully stocked with PPE, it is time we looked to the community to offer peace of mind to those who do not have access to these basic amenities.”

As well as delivering the kits, Sure Group’s transportation business, Sure Logistics, has been supporting the fight against COVID-19 by delivering hospital beds to several new NHS Nightingale Hospitals that have just opened in the north-west of England.

Sure Logistics received a call from the bed manufacturers requesting two urgent collections from Milton Keynes the following morning. Given the urgency and importance of the loads, the team moved around its delivery schedule to free up two vehicles at short notice.

The firm made deliveries to hospitals the following day in Carlisle, Kendall, Barrow, and Whitehaven, meeting all delivery targets.

If you are or know someone that is vulnerable and would like to apply for a PPE kit from Sure Healthcare, get in contact by emailing ppe@sure-healthcare.co.uk.

Sure Group Managing Director Charles Draper (left) and Sure Healthcare Director Will Draper (right) pictured with the group’s branded PPE kit bags, containing gloves, masks and hand sanitisers. (Both are observing social distancing by keeping 2m apart)

Sure Group backs nationwide ‘Clap for our Carers’ NHS celebration campaign

Sure Group and our healthcare division Sure Healthcare is backing a campaign for people to celebrate the amazing work of our NHS.

‘Clap for our Carers’ is an event calling for people to join in a round of applause to show appreciation for the hard work of NHS workers during these unprecedented times with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The appeal, which has gone viral after being shared thousands of times on social media, says:

“Please join us on March 26 at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc) to show all who are working at the front line, our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against this virus.

“Please share this message, so we can make sure the word spreads and reaches all to join!”

With doctors, nurses and other NHS staff working around the clock risking their own health to help others in the battle against this virus, we want to show our support here at Sure Group, and our teams will be joining the campaign by taking part in a round of applause at 8pm this evening (Thursday 26th March).

Our healthcare division, Sure Healthcare, supplies healthcare professionals and auxiliary staff to clients in a range of sectors, including NHS trusts.

While not solely catering for NHS remits, as a provider of health and social care in the community, we want to also thank and include our team of dedicated and fantastic Healthcare workers who are still supporting the community for their daily healthcare needs.

We understand the dedication and passion staff bring to these roles and want to highlight their fantastic work in this difficult period though the ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign.

We hope you’ll join us this evening and show our NHS your support by taking part in a nationwide round of applause at 8pm.

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/

Government update on drivers’ hours rules during the Coronavirus pandemic

Please be aware of the following temporary relaxation of driver’s hours rules, directed by the government in regard to supporting the logistical recovery of urgent supplies back into shops and supermarkets.

This temporary relaxation applies from 00:01 on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Thursday 16 April 2020.

As your drivers hear about this, they will no doubt be calling you to clarify these rules, hence the below communication is for your benefit to help you understand the changes. This will also affect the number of days you can plan a driver to work, as long as he is fit and willing to do so.

Please remember the health and wellbeing of the driver and other road users is paramount and must always be considered as number one priority.

In response to requests from Industry, the Department for Transport has agreed to a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals when undertaking the following journeys:

1) Distribution centre to stores (or fulfilment centre)

2) From manufacturer or supplier to distribution centre (including backhaul collections)

3) From manufacturer or supplier to store (or fulfilment centre)

4) Between distribution centres and transport hub trunking

5) Transport hub deliveries to stores

This exemption does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.

The department wishes to make clear that driver safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired – employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

 

For the drivers and work in question, the EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:

a) Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;

b) Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;

c) Lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively.

d) Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period, although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight.

e) The requirements for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours driving replaced with replaced with a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours of driving.

 

Drivers’ must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers are able to get adequate rest.

The practical implementation of the temporary relaxation should be through agreement between employers and employees and/or driver representatives.

The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits. This is usual practice in emergencies and is, of course, essential for enforcement purposes.

If you need any further guidance on information regarding this matter then please do not hesitate to contact your Sure Group representative.

 

HMRC makes last-minute change to IR35 rule

HM Revenue & Customs have announced changes to the operation of off-payroll working rules, meaning they will now only apply to payments made for services provided on or after 6 April 2020.

The announcement was made this morning (Friday 07 February) ahead of the publication of the government’s review into implementation of the new rules, in response to a common issue raised over the course of the review, which is businesses’ concerns over what payments the rules apply to – and from when.

The government says the decision was taken to give businesses certainty and more time to prepare to ensure the smooth and successful implementation of the reforms that come into force from 6 April.

To find out more, read Recruiter’s report at: https://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2020/02/last-minute-ir35-rule-change-hmrc