The Benefits of Working with a Contractor

Over recent years, hiring contractors in sectors like the energy sector has become an increasingly popular choice for finding new talent. Although some believe there to be concerns when using a contractor, hiring one for a particular project or work that needs completing can enrich your business and benefit it in a multitude of ways. […]

Why April 2021’s IR35 Changes are Problematic for Contractors

As of April 6th, 2021, the reformed IR35 legislation comes into play for the self-employed and contractors across the UK. You can read all about the IR35 and the changes occurring this month in our previous blog, but we want to take a look at how these changes will directly affect contractors, and the problems […]

What are the April IR35 Changes and What Do They Mean?

Designed to assess whether a contractor is a genuine contractor rather than a ‘disguised employee’, the IR35 is another name of the off payroll working rules and was developed for the purposes of paying tax. Whilst contractors who work through their limited company don’t get employee benefits like annual leave or sick pay, they do […]

Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2021: Including Furloughed Employees

The obligation for businesses to publish their gender pay gap reports was suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19, however it is back on the agenda for 2021 with some slight changes. Given that around 1.2 million employers have furloughed employees in the last year, it’s likely that many would like to understand how this has […]

HSEQ Careers, gender pay, EDI

Improving career paths for women in HSEQ

For many years the health and safety industry has been a male dominated domain. Images of men, wearing hard hats, and clutching a clip boards came with the territory. But in recent times that stereo type has been challenged. There are more women than ever before in the industry, which is increasing the visibility of […]

Gender Pay imbalance? D&I ‘proof’ your recruitment process.

What impact will Gender Pay Reporting have on the organisations required to publish their figures? Where significant pay imbalances are exposed there will be understandable concern about the attendant publicity. In the short term the focus is on the numbers. But the real value of the exercise lies in the narrative that organisations use to explain […]

GDPR, recruitment data

GDPR – Implications for employers and recruiters

The new GDPR guidelines which come into effect on 25th May 2018 will impact everybody working in recruitment. What is the GDPR? GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation will replace the current Data Protection Act and is a new piece of EU legislation which seeks to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals in the […]

Future-proof your recruitment strategy with salary benchmarking

It can be tough recruiting in a market where there is only a small pool of qualified and available talent. Harder still, once you have a team of talented employees, to retain them in a competitive market place. Information and knowledge is key – and that’s where highly targeted and focused salary benchmarking can offer […]

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Technical versus ‘soft skills’ in high risk industries

The rise of non-technical skills in high risk industries In 1989 a Midland Boeing 737 crashed into the embankment of the M1 near Kegworth, Leicestershire. It left 47 passengers dead and 74 seriously injured. Later investigations showed that the pilot had mistakenly shut down the working engine instead of the one that was on fire. […]

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What’s storytelling got to do with safety professionals?

Perhaps the ability to ‘storytell’ isn’t the first skill that springs to mind when you are hiring your safety team? Technical competencies and relevant industry experience tend to be top of the job requirement list for senior safety professionals. And that’s not surprising. Organisations need to be compliant, manage risk effectively, reduce serious incidents and […]