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Less is more: How using multiple agencies can cause more harm to your business

Need to increase your chances of getting staff through the door? Think working with many agencies at once is the solution? Here’s 5 reasons why working with multiple agencies can cause more harm than good: 1. Competition Competition between agencies can often cause speed over quality. When using multiple agencies they are all going to…


We would walk (almost) 500 miles and we might walk 500 more…

Last week, we held a walking challenge for our staff, and they absolutely smashed it! They walked a staggering total of 325.77 miles between them! That would be the equivalent of walking from the west coast of Wales to the east coast of England! Before we reveal the person who walked the furthest, there’s something…


How can you save money through temp staffing?

While permanent staff provide stability and continuity, it’s essential for businesses to carefully consider and manage these various costs to maintain financial sustainability. When using agency staff there is a charge for our services, however you can be more flexible with your workforce throughout the year to reflect your business demands, without incurring the long-term…


Are these common hiring mistakes costing you time and money?

Hiring the right candidate is paramount to your company’s success. Amongst the urgency to fill vacant positions and meet operational demands many businesses can fall prey to common hiring mistakes that drain your resources, time and money.  Here are some of the common mistakes companies can make during the hiring process and how they can…


Walking for Wellness: Mental Health Awareness Week

  This week (May 13th-19th) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is movement – so we’re challenging our staff to walk as many miles as they can! The leaderboard is set, the rules have been laid out, the fierce competition ‘banter’ can be heard loud and clear… all that is left now is…


Griffith Open Day Booking Form

We have opportunities for ambitious individuals to join our client, Griffith Foods, in Somercotes!   We recruit for roles in both the warehouse and the production side of the company, so come to an open day to figure out which role* you’d prefer!  *Candidates are required to have some level of production experience to join…


Marching on for Bottled Up Blokes

Our aptly-named friend Andy March is walking 15 miles on the 5th May to raise money for Bottled Up Blokes, a charity whose mission is to ‘raise awareness and help to end the stigma surrounding men and mental health’. We’ll walk to that!   This charity was created ‘to try and help men open up…


Hero of the Month – April 2024

Congratulations to our April Hero of the Month winner Dorean! Well done Dorean! Lovely to see so many people get behind your nomination – enjoy your £50 voucher! Name: Dorean Branch: Burton    Nomination Statement: “We have nominated Dorean as she has never been late, her timekeeping is brilliant, she gets on with everyone and…


5 Reasons Why Partnering with Our Recruitment Services is a Game-Changer

In the fast-paced world of business, talent is the cornerstone of success. Finding and retaining the right employees can make or break an organisation’s growth trajectory. That’s where our recruitment services step in, offering a strategic solution to your hiring needs.   Here’s five reasons why collaborating with our recruitment agency can transform your business…


Big Miles for Tiny Hearts: Charlie’s Inspiring Marathon

  This month our Business Development Manager, Charlie Baker, is taking part in the “Marathon My Way” challenge for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. In this, participants are challenged to run a total of 26.2 miles, but with a twist; You get to choose your own pace and schedule!    Charlie says: “This April,…


Recruitment Open Day: Production Operatives wanted in Retford

Experienced production operatives wanted in Retford! Open day: Wednesday 27th March A leading industry expert in Polymer solutions are looking to extend their current team with Operatives who will deal with casting polyurethane products. If you have any moulding/quality/production experience this would be advantageous. This is an excellent opportunity to join an expanding company who…


Hero of the Month – March 2024

Congratulations to our March Hero of the Month winner Tyler! Massive well done Tyler! Your hard work and dedication is not going unnoticed and you should be really proud of yourself! Name: Tyler Branch: Barnsley   Nomination Statement: “We are really pleased to nominate Tyler for our Hero of the Month, he is a breath…


Temp of the Month – February 2024

Congratulations to our February Temp of the Month winner Anthony! Well done Anthony – with such a glowing nomination statement we can see how much you are thriving in this role – keep up the great work! Name: Anthony Branch: Barnsley   Nomination Statement: “Anthony has been our nominee for this month due to his…


Welcome to the team: Grace Pilkington

Earlier this year we welcomed Grace in to our Chesterfield team. She’s brought a whole load of experience with her which she tells us all about in this interview. We’re really excited to see where Grace’s future will take her!     What made you apply for the role at Essential Recruitment? “Recruitment has always…


Surepharm Open Day, Burton on Trent, Wednesday 7th February

We have opportunities for ambitious individuals to join our client, Surepharm in Burton on Trent!   Benefits of joining this company include:   Monday to Friday position Great rates of pay & overtime (optional, paid after 39 hours) 23 Days Holiday + 8 Additional Statutory Holidays Progression in an expanding company Free onsite parking Friendly…


Temp of the Month – January 2024

Congratulations to our January Temp of the Month winner Justyna! Justyna beat the competition with an amazing 58 votes! Thank you for being a brilliant representation of Essential – keep up the great work.  Name: Justyna Branch: Barnsley    Nomination Statement: “Justyna has settled in so well within her new role, her work ethic, attitude…


Welcome to the team: Ivan Cannon

  Just before Christmas we welcomed a new face into our Worksop office – Ivan! It’s been difficult to pin him down until now, and he’s been busy travelling around South Yorkshire meeting with potential new clients. We managed to grab him and grill him quickly before he rushed off again – so, meet Ivan…


What does it mean to be an Employee Owner?

Essential Recruitment became an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) in 2021.  Our Employees automatically become Employee Owners after 12 months service – but what does this mean?   Our staff inherited a share of an established, profit-making business for free – with no risks, responsibilities or ties involved. We sold 100% of director shares back to…


Temp of the Month – December 2023

Congratulations to our December Temp of the Month winner William! Well done William! Thank you for all of your hard work – we hope you enjoy your £50 voucher! Name: William Branch: Burton   Nomination Statement: “William is really hard working and has come in and got stuck in with the work. William is always…


Changes to Universal Credit in 2024

Harsher sanctions for those on Universal Credit “who should be looking for work but are not” “Our message is clear: if you are fit, if you refuse to work, if you are taking taxpayers for a ride – we will take your benefits away.” The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride According…


National Minimum Wage Increase from April 2024

Largest ever cash increase to the minimum wage The Government accepted reccomendations from the Low Pay Commission and will be increasing the National Living Wage by 9.8% from £10.42 per hour to £11.44 per hour from April 1st 2024. This is the first time the living wage has risen by more than £1.  According to…


Temp of the Month – November 2023

Congratulations to our November Temp of the Month winner James! James has smashed it this month with a whopping 200 votes!! Massive well done James, keep up the great work. Name: James Branch: Worksop   Nomination Statement: “James is settling in very well. No issues whatsoever! As a new person in the business he is…


Essential’s November Do: November 2023

Last weekend we partied until (very) early hours at the CASA Hotel in Chesterfield for our annual get together! We started the evening with a very refined 3 course meal, and ended it with tequila shots… but that was always going to happen!   As always, we hosted our annual award ceremony, starting with our…


Welcome to the team: Will Haselgrove

We’ve just welcomed a new face into our Burton office – Will! He’s fresh into the world of recruitment but ready to make an impact. Read our interview with him below to find out more!     Hi Will! How did you come to find your new role?  “Fresh out of university I wanted to…


Welcome to the team: Scott Ingham

Our Chesterfield branch has a new Manager – meet Scott Ingham! We’ve grilled him to bring you the lowdown…     Hi Scott! First up, what inspired you to apply for a role with Essential?  “Essential have always been a competitor, great marketing ;), good reputation with clients I had canvassed.”   Now you’re here,…


Temp of the Month – October 2023

Congratulations to our October Temp of the Month winner Paul! A massive well done Paul! Thank you for all of your hard work – it does not go unnoticed! Keep up the great work and enjoy your voucher 🙂  Name: Paul Branch: Chesterfield   Nomination Statement: “I would like to nominate Paul Bee – he…


Recruiting in 2023: What are job seekers looking for?

What do job seekers want? The British approach to a working week is changing, mainly due to the pandemic. It has caused a change in what job seekers are looking for, with many of us working from home or being on furlough during 2020 – 2021, it gave people a new perspective on work-life balance, driving…


Anti Slavery Week 2023

There are more people in slavery today than at any other time in history In 2010, the UK passed a landmark Act of Parliament that established Anti Slavery Day. This day (18th Oct) is used to spread awareness of modern slavery, battle human trafficking and exploitation, educate people on how to spot the signs of…


7 Reasons Employers Can Get ‘Turned Off’ by Job Seekers

33% of hiring managers claim to know whether or not they would hire a candidate within 30 seconds of meeting them When applying or interviewing for jobs, there are certain characteristics, behavious or qualities in job seekers that employers are instantly turned off by. Preferences and priorities can vary between employers, however here are some…


Steer Clear of These 9 Common CV Mistakes!

Your CV is your first opportunity to show a potential employer that you are the ideal candidate they are looking for. How your CV is constructed plays a crucial role in whether you’re going to progress to the next stage of the application.  Your focus should be guaranteeing that you’re making a positive impression to…


The National Living Wage will be at least £11 per hour from April 2024

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, announced on Monday 2nd October that the National Living Wage is due to rise to at least £11.00 per hour for those aged 23+ years in April 2024, from £10.42 per hour.   Earlier this year the Low Pay Commission consulted that the National Living Wage should sit between…


Temp of the Month – September 2023

Congratulations to our September Temp of the Month winner Peter! With such a great nomination statement we can see why so many people got behind your nomination! Well done Peter – keep up the brilliant work! Name: Peter Branch: Worksop   Nomination Statement: “Peter hit the ground running with his knowledge and experience of rubber…


Question Time with: Megan Evans

It’s our Meg’s 7 year anniversary! Megan has grown so much over her 7 years with Essential, starting out brand new to the recruitment world, with a shy personality to running some of the biggest contracts in the branch! She was worked her way up to Senior Consultant through her hard work and dedication to…


Question Time with: Sarah Wadsworth

It’s our Financial Controller Sarah’s 16 year anniversary with us! A whole 16 years with the Essential team – Sarah is one of the longest serving members of staff at Essential, joining us in 2007 after we were founded in 2006. Sarah is such a lovely person to work with and supports the whole of…


Temp of the Month – August 2023

Congratulations to our August Temp of the Month winner Lewis! Lewis beat the competition with an amazing 135 votes! Well done Lewis, it was great to see so much support behind your nomination, you’re doing a great job and you should be really proud of yourself! Name: Lewis Branch: Barnsley   Nomination Statement: “I would…


Our Donation to the Karlos Crew

Our Business Development Manager, Andrea is featured on the right here with our donation to the Karlos Crew’s charity raffle! She is pictured here with the Crew’s founder, Paul Cyples.    The Karlos Crew was set up in memory of Karl Payne, a Burton resident who passed away whilst taking part in a charity bike…


Question Time with: Frankie Patton

We are celebrating a whole 14 years of Frankie at Essential! Frankie has had quite the journey with Essential since 2009, and we’re excited for many more years to come! Here’s 5 completely random questions we’ve asked Frankie so you can get to know her better…   1 – If you could start any kind…


Why do companies use recruitment agencies?

So, why do companies use recruitment agencies? Businesses choose to hire through recruitment agencies for a variety of reasons, there are several advantages and benefits that companies receive which include: Flexibility with their workforce Companies who experience peak periods, such as Easter and Christmas, hire staff through an agency to help their current workforce with…


Red flags you’re showing in your applications

Need some advice on why you may not be hearing back from recruiters/employers when you’re applying for a job. You may be making one or more of these 7 mistakes… 1. You’ve worked too many short term placements Did you know that having too many jobs on your CV can be just as off putting…


How to write a testimonial: Candidate testimonial examples

Are you looking to leave a testimonial about your experience with an agency? There is no right or wrong when it comes to writing testimonials, as they are all personal to your experience. However, if you’ve not done it before and not really sure how to word your experience, or what to say, here’s some…


Temp of the Month – July 2023

Congratulations to our July Temp of the Month winner Edward! Massive congraulations Edward! With such a lovely nomination statement we can see how you’ve managed to beat the competition with 162 votes! It’s great to see so many of your family & friends getting behind your nomination. Well done Edward, it is thoroughly deserved! Name:…


We are now working in partnership with Griffith Foods in Somerset!

We are now hiring in Somerset! We have been working in partnership with Griffith Foods for around 7 years at their site in Derbyshire, and we are really excited to announce that we are now helping to support local job seekers into their roles in Wincanton, Somerset! Griffith’s mission is to unite together to nourish…


How does working with an agency help to give you extra peace of mind?

In need of some extra peace of mind? Working with a labour provider can give you extra peace of mind when it comes to your recruitment. We really care about the service we provide to our clients. We want you to feel confident that you can trust we are doing everything possible to meet your requirements…


8 jobs that may not exist in the future

As technology and industries evolve, there are certain jobs that may become less relevant or be replaced by automation as the world continually changes. Here are 8 jobs that could be potentially impacted in the future: 1. Travel Agent: Self-service travel arrangements and online booking platforms are becoming a more popular way to book a…


Temp of the Month – June 2023

Congratulations to our June Temp of the Month winner Andrea! Congratulations Andrea! She beat the competition with a whopping 136 votes. Keep up the great work Andrea, thank you for being a great representation of Essential! Name: Andrea Branch: Worksop   Nomination Statement: “Andrea has been nominated for temp of the month as she is…


Question Time with: Paula Askew

Happy 10 years with Essential Paula! For anyone who knows Paula, you’ll know what a bubbly, funny character she is, so here’s some fun questions to get to know Paula even better…   1 – You’re offered the position of mayor of your city, what’s the first 3 rules / introductions that you will implement?…


What to remove from your CV to increase your chances of being hired

On average, employers spend about 5 to 7 seconds initially scanning a CV This brief glance allows them to quickly assess whether the CV merits further attention. A well-crafted CV is crucial in making a positive impression on potential employers. However, sometimes less is more. By removing certain elements from your CV, you can create…


Question Time with: Nathan Shipsides

Nathan has been with the team for 2 years! So, what better way to get to know him more with some fun questions…   1 – If you were tasked with managing your own rugby team, what would your team name and mascot be? Nathan’s Nomads. Mascot would have to be a traditional hippy –…