National living wage – things to think about

National living wage – things to think about

The National Living Wage (NLW) is the new statutory minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers aged 25 and over. It comes into force on 1 April and will be initially set at £7.20 per hour. For workers under the age of 25, the existing National Minimum Wage rates...
Myths about references debunked

Myths about references debunked

Giving and requesting references for employees changing jobs is something that employers do all the time, however there is a lot of confusion about what can and can’t be said in a reference and some common misconceptions. These are our top four myths about references,...
Pre-employment medical checks

Pre-employment medical checks

It is very common for employers to ask prospective employees to complete a medical questionnaire as part of their pre-employment checks, but there are restrictions on what questions you can ask, when you can ask them and what you can do with the information. Here’s...
Writing effective interview questions

Writing effective interview questions

With almost any job you’re recruiting for, you’ll end up interviewing candidates. Interviews alone aren’t actually a fantastic way of identifying the best candidate, but there are ways you can improve how useful they are, by designing questions to give you the maximum...
Writing an effective recruitment advertisement

Writing an effective recruitment advertisement

When designing your advertisement you are trying to achieve neither too many unsuitable responses, nor too few with suitable qualifications. You want the right people to apply, and the wrong people not to. To do that you need to communicate effectively with potential...
Internal recruitment – the pros and cons

Internal recruitment – the pros and cons

When you have a recruitment need in your business, the prospect of filling it with an internal candidate can be tempting. But there are some things to consider before doing so, and given how important it is to get the right people working for your business, it’s worth...
Flexible ways of filling the recruitment void

Flexible ways of filling the recruitment void

If you’re considering recruiting into your business, the most important step to getting this right is deciding before you start what it is you actually need. Often you will be recruiting for a vacancy following departure of the previous incumbent, and the temptation...
To CV or not to CV…

To CV or not to CV…

When you start thinking about recruiting for a vacancy, you need to decide what the application process for candidates will be. This decision usually boils down to a question of whether you require application forms or CVs, usually with a covering letter. There is no...