Category Archives: Recruitment

REC Member

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To continue as a REC Member, MercuryHR must undertake a bi-annual test of its legal knowledge and application of this. We are proud to say we have just passed with flying GREEN colours our REC membership assessment!

The test is quite tough for a REC Member, testing our knowledge and application of REC Code of Conduct, Contract Law and Conduct Regulations in terms of providing Agency and Permanent Staffing solutions as a REC Member.

“Congratulations! You have passed the REC’s Compliance Test.

You have successfully achieved a percentage of at least 80% and have answered all the Red Flag questions, if relevant, correctly. Your score has now been recorded against your organisation record.”

“As an REC Member you will now be required to complete the online Compliance Test every two years to demonstrate your commitment to professional standards.”

 

 

 

References – Should or Shouldn’t I?

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References – Should or Shouldn’t I?

So you’ve been asked to provide a reference for an ex or even current employee.  When you receive the reference request, you sigh and your emotions about the person get the better of your imagination, before you compose your thoughts, reality kicks in.

You want to put pen to paper in the reference and tell the story, explain how incompetent or troublesome they are/were, however, something in the back of your mind stops you and instead you think to yourself about not providing a reference, but then again, your uncertain as to whether or not the law requires you to provide a reference.

All of this “Should or Shouldn’t I?” thinking about this reference has probably taken up 5 to 20 or even 30 minutes of your invaluable time already, and that’s without finding the facts and completing the reference…  not forsaking distracted you from your business.

Many businesses using our services, use our Advisors to deal with such reference requests. Not only does it remove the emotion, hassle and wasted time, it also ensures you don’t need to worry about being compliant.  Your Duty of Care is protected by our business and if we need to tell the facts and truth you know it will be done with the best results without risk to your business or you personally being sued for defamation, discrimination, victimization, malicious falsehood or negligence.

MercuryHR, Hampshire HR Consultants, can help you by providing all references on behalf of your company. Should you need help don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Is Your Talent Ripe For Picking?

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So you’ve spent all year, preparing your crop, tending to it everyday, despite financial struggles and frustrations you kept going and then out of the blue, without warning, your crop is picked and you are not paid for your crop!  Is talent ripe for picking in your company?

With the Employment rate on the up and average weekly earnings seeing an increase of on average 1.7%, can we take it that the economy is on the mend? Or is this 0.2 increase from July-September false security, given the recent push from Government to get more people in jobs through back to work schemes (lets get unemployment figures down!) and the apprenticeship programme (lets help the young get a foot in the door or the Pension issue will worsen!)? Is this is a short term gain?  Let’s face it, NOT ALL back to work individuals have the desire nor the capacity to stay in work, not forsaking the support!basket-14238_960_720

The Office of National Statistics said there were 22,000 more vacancies from November 2014 to January 2015, than the previous period August to October. Does this mean there are actually more jobs? Or is it that these new jobs are just temporary positions whilst Companies struggle to find their feet again and actually it was merely just a seasonal increase due to the Christmas and New Year period? Or perhaps vacancies left by people that have moved on, even moved out of the Country? Lets see if the pattern continues into the next period.

All these stats are all well and good but actually they don’t show what is going on behind the scene in Companies. Within our own Client portfolio, it is fair to say that in the Construction Industry, we have seen a 10% increase in the number of positions coming onto the existing company structures, and we are now starting to see pay increases of anywhere from 0.5% to 6%. It’s also fair to say though that as new employees start, we see others leave and we would urge any business to ensure they have the right retention strategy in place NOW! Is your talent ripe for picking? Tomorrow maybe too late.  Right now your employees are ‘ripe for picking’ by your competitors or other businesses that can utilize their skills…. Getting back on its feet, a company will do its utmost to ensure it has the best skills, and that might mean taking your staff! Remember money isn’t everything for many, but it will help in the long run.  There’s lots of things you can do though so don’t lose hope! Get in touch with Mercury HR, your Hampshire HR consultants. Is your talent ripe for picking?