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The national minimum wage 2016 – what’s changing?

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Yesterday morning we gathered bright and early at 8am for our HR Peer Group Meeting, where we meet and discuss topical issues over bacon butties (egg for the veggies), pastries and coffee.   This mornings hot topic – the national minimum wage 2016. Well, who would have thought there would be so much discussion once[…..]

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“Having good exam results & qualifications is not enough”

This quote was at the centre of our HR Peer Group discussion yesterday.  We meet quarterly to discuss topics that affect those of us at the coal face of hiring & firing.  Our group includes Owner/Managers, Line Managers, HR Consultants, Solicitors & Recruiters.  It’s not a training session or a sales presentation, just an open,[…..]

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Stress & Disability in the Workplace

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HR PEER GROUP MEETING 31/10/2013 As usual we had some interesting and lively debate surrounding stress in the workplace and when it becomes considered a disability.  Many thanks to James Humphrey from Trethowans Solicitors and Karen Bristow from Phillips Solicitors for providing us with the legal framework, and some excellent handouts. I have summarised the[…..]

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22 Nov 2017

Established Basingstoke recruitment agency wins Student’s Choice Award

Local recruitment agency, Wote Street People, won Student’s Choice at the recent Skills Tree Awards. The ceremony was held at BDBC Council Chamber on 7th November and organised by Basingstoke Consortium; an education charity that works with the area’s young people. Their goal is to help students gain the skills and confidence for adult life[…..]

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01 Nov 2017

Guide to writing a CV, to get an interview that will get you the job!

What is it used for? A CV provides an overview of your working life so far. However, it doesn’t need to be restricted to just your working life. If you have achievements or interests outside of work that may have a bearing on your application – write about them. Now is not the time to[…..]

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01 Nov 2017

Interview Preparation

PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE Put yourself ahead of the rest and research thoroughly prior to your interview. Run through the Job Description and familiarise yourself with as many duties as possible. Pay attention to any Person Specifications and note what the company are looking for in a person. Look at the company website (provided by[…..]

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06 Oct 2017

Santa needs his Elves early

I don’t know about you, but it seems the minute the mid-Summer Solstice has happened we start thinking about Christmas.  Who’s going where and when.  Who wants what, who doesn’t want anything and who is going hide in their bedroom all day. You may think this is all a bit early.  However, many of our[…..]

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04 Sep 2017

Get the best staff with flexible working

Flexible working brings a more diverse pool of candidates – and could they be so wrong they’re right, like chocolate covered pork scratchings? Honestly, it’s a thing!  Belgian chocolate pork scratchings – it works because it is like “salted caramel on steroids”. It’s that whole salt/sweet combo but taken to another level, you first get[…..]