Spreading the word……..

An interesting event yesterday at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London.  Hosted by Pertemps the event was mirrored in Birmingham and Leeds.  A great concept on some key areas of business/employment.


Steve kicked proceedings off with some key stats……  Some of which mirror key differences in the UK’s geographical make-up.


  1.   Permanent roles are up by 13% in London but 33% outside this area
  2.   Skilled labour is a massive worry for business
  3.    76% of employers felt a diverse workforce was key to a successful business
  4.    So far business confidence has not been dented by Brexit


Matthew of a leading business think tank then raised some interesting points.  Amongst them:


  1.     Employers will keep doing what they’ve been doing in the short term.
  2.     Over 40% have absorbed costs out of the profit margin but won’t continue to do this.
  3.     28% of employers are looking to automation to reduce jobs
  4.     It’s essential there is a migration system to ensure skills can still be brought in.


The most animated speaker who held the room’s attention was Dominic from a global financial services firm.  Dominic spoke about three key areas – Salary Sacrifice, Employment Status and Apprenticeship levy


Salary Sacrifice – the choice between goods and salary.  From April 2017 items such as childcare vouchers, workplace gym, mobile phones, MBAs – any employer provided goods will be subject to tax.  This will mean employees will see a reduction in their take home pay.


Employment Status referred to the changes in IR35.  This is largely where someone self-employed essentially works for one client.  They take instruction from that client and invoice that one client without the benefit of employed status – sick/holiday pay etc.  Uber, Hermes, City Sprint are current headline examples of this.   There are over 30,000 Personal Service Companies (predominantly in the Public sector) in the UK who work like this.  Will it change post 1 April 2017?


Apprenticeship Levy affects employers whose payroll bill exceeds £3m.  They will have to pay 0.5% of their entire payroll bill into a fund – managed by the Government.  They will then have unto 24 months to draw-down the money they’ve paid in to run apprenticeships.


Finally, Will from an employment law specialist ended the event with some more interesting facts.


The national minimum wage will rise 1 April 2017 by 30p to £7.50 for over 25s, 10p an hour to £7.05 for 21-24yrs, 5p to £5.60 for 18-20yrs and 5pm for under 18s to £4.05.  The apprenticeship rate is raised by 10p to £3.50


All employers will have to report their gender gap, pay, salary, bonus each year.  The aim is to have this information published by 4 April 2018.


Will explained the ‘gig economy’ which is fast becoming the employers’ preferred status of employing talent in many areas – such as couriers, taxis, and so on.  ‘Employees’ get the flexibility of  working hours/days they want without any commitment to be available.  This is applicable to all including those with dependents.   Equally, the employers don’t pay any benefits at all.  HMRC is very keen to get this clarified due to the revenue they are missing in employers’ NIC and so on.


My personal thought is people with dependents, health issues or any form of support requirement won’t earn enough from these type of salaries and often end up claiming in work benefits as well.  So it could be argued the taxpayer is paying some of these prominent employers wage bill!


These changes commence in the Public sector first but migration to the Private sector is expected by 2018.


Watch this space!……….





New Addition at Red Personnel

A recent graduate, Ilamathy had little employment experience prior to Growing Talent.  Her personality and enthusiasm saw many employers want her to join them before she selected James and the team at Red Personnel.


A niche recruitment company, Red is based close to Baker Street.  A buzzing area with few major chains and lots of independent retailers/businesses.  The vibe is calm and serene – a bit like Red’s offices!


So, did it turn out to be the experience Ilamathy expected?  Was James happy and impressed ?


So many questions…..




James explained how well Ilamathy had got to grips with the basics of recruitment.  She’s already uploading jobs, calling clients, sourcing cvs for the consultants, mentoring candidates as well as managing Twitter!


This was the first time an employer had selected a participant from Growing Talent without actually being there!!!  James was on holiday at the time so his Director – Jamie – convinced Ilamathy the role at Red was the right one for her.


So how did they both feel about this ‘blind date’?  Great a perfect match.



l-r James, Vicky, Ryan, Ilamathy, Chetan & Vanessa


‘I’m so happy’  Check back to see how well Ilamathy gets on over the coming weeks…..

Leon – the new king of Recruitment?

Who knew recruitment could be so cool!


After an in-depth selection process, Leon was selected by Pertemps to undertake the Growing Talent journey with them.  The ultimate role on completion was Recruitment Consultant.


Leon has a strong background in sales and music production.  Having his own production company, he knows a thing or two about business.  He also has a strong,  supportive streak of empathy – ideal for working with people!


Recruitment was an unknown area for Leon prior to Growing Talent so I was keen to find out how he’d got on during the first couple of weeks.


As you can see from the feature photo Leon has taken everything in his stride!


‘I’m met my targets, got some new clients and can’t stop to talk now as I’m interviewing someone’!  The small team Leon works with all agreed he’s fitted in really well considering we’re at week 3!


Pertemps is a very social organisation with lots of evening events.  This is currently a bit of a sore point for Leon – he’s not used to full days and then nights out!  Welcome to the heady world of recruitment!



Luckily, Leon finished his interview in time to come and say goodbye.  Seen here on the left with Adam and Jamie Director of Pertemps and Red Personnel.


So is he the King of Recruitment?  maybe not right now but he’s on his way!