Resurgent recruiters expect bumper year

The fireworks and festivities that heralded the start of 2015 may seem like a distant memory for some, but the party still appears to be in full swing for the recruitment industry. Almost a month into the New Year, several … Continue reading


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Recruiters fear admin avalanche

Staffing firms are worried about being snowed under with administration, claiming it could seriously harm their chances of growth. Research from recruitment software developer Mercury xRM reveals that over half (53%) of businesses surveyed said an increased workload would be … Continue reading


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Recruiters facing admin ‘double whammy’ in 2015

Staffing firms that place contractors and temporary workers will be hit by a double whammy of fresh administrative duties in the New Year. Our sales director, Jeff Blakemore, believes legislation around pensions and false self-employment has the potential to hamper recruiters’ … Continue reading


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What separates the best staffing firms from the rest?

Recruitment is a cut-throat industry, with rival agencies jostling to source talent from a limited pool of resources. As a result, it is imperative for staffing firms to strive to be the best and stand out from the crowd. Of … Continue reading


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Is LinkedIn a threat to the recruitment industry?

Professional social networking site LinkedIn has become a phenomenon that could threaten traditional recruitment practices. This is according to advisory firm Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), which revealed that the UK’s staffing market is expected to grow by 7% next year … Continue reading


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Onshore reporting: Our solution for staffing firms

Here at Parasol we’re developing software designed to ease the administrative burden placed on recruitment firms by new HMRC regulations. Our solution will “lighten the load” of agencies affected by reporting requirements linked to the onshore employment intermediaries legislation. We … Continue reading


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Recruiters unite to defend agency social workers

The recruitment sector has leapt to the defence of agency-sourced social workers in the wake of a damning report. A Freedom of Information Act request by the Community Care magazine found that local authorities have spent over a third more … Continue reading


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IT recruiters in rude health as contractor market flourishes

Staffing firms specialising in IT and telecoms recruitment are becoming increasingly reliant on the contractor market, according to new research. The analysis by Recruiter magazine reveals that the UK’s 10 ‘hottest’ technology recruitment firms have shown a further shift towards … Continue reading


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False self-employment: taxman accused of U-turn over reporting

HMRC has come under fire for its handling of the onshore intermediaries legislation reporting requirements. From April 2015, recruitment companies will be forced to provide specific details about their organisation and the temporary workers they supply to clients. This includes … Continue reading


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Holiday pay: recruiters who use compliant umbrellas needn’t worry

Yesterday’s employment tribunal ruling on holiday pay and overtime sent shockwaves through the UK business landscape, with many employers bracing themselves for a raft of backdated claims. The judgement stated that non-guaranteed overtime must be taken into account when calculating … Continue reading


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