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 Logistics supports fight against COVID-19 with NHS Nightingale deliveries

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.

On Tuesday 14th April, Sure Logistics was asked to carry out four deliveries of emergency beds, to four new Nightingale Hospitals opening in the North West of England.

MK Pressings, a firm are based in Milton Keynes, had been working around the clock to manufacture these beds to an urgent timescale, in time for the hospitals opening.

The new Nightingale hospitals are being used to treat emergency patients during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Craig Rushworth, Transport Manager at Sure Logistics, said: “We received a call on Monday evening, to make two urgent collections from Milton Keynes the following morning, and given the urgency and importance of the loads, we moved around our delivery schedule to free up two vehicles at short notice.

“We made deliveries to hospitals the following day in Carlisle, Kendall, Barrow, and Whitehaven, meeting the customer’s delivery targets.

“Our team did an outstanding job of getting these beds ready in incredibly difficult circumstances so well done to everyone involved!”

A great team effort from the guys at MK Pressings and our Sure Logistics Transport team! #NHSThankYou

Sure Logistics offers a range of high-quality distribution and storage solutions for clients across the UK. For more information call the team on 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/

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.

 

‘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.