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Managing your Workforce During the Euro 2024

Euro 2024 has commenced! Is your business prepared? The England v Italy Euro 2020 final became, at that time, the most-watched event in UK broadcast history with 31 million viewing on TV and a further 11 million online (source: inews.co.uk) The Euro’s kicked off on Friday 14th, against the host nation Germany and our Scottish…


Don’t get left behind: Why embracing change is vital for your business!

“We’ve always done it this way” How is this harmful to your business? The ability to embrace change isn’t just an advantage—it’s a necessity. Companies that resist change often find themselves lagging behind. Change helps us to stay competitive in the market, whilst keeping us up to date and relevant in today’s constantly changing world….


Case Study: Money, Time and Peace of Mind

Saving money, time & giving peace of mind! In the world of business, the right partnerships are vital! When a company faces challenges with it’s labour provider, the consequences can be damaging, from disruptions in production timelines to your end user satisfaction and brand reputation.    In this case study will be discuss how we…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Why should you hire staff on a temporary to permanent contract?

Temp to perm contracts can offer great benefits to you and your candidates! Temp to perm contracts are the most popular type of contract that we support our clients with, continually growing in popularity with over 1,300 of our candidates gaining permanent contracts between Jan 2021 to Dec 2022. What is a temp to perm…


How can we help your internal recruiters?

Not looking to partner with an agency as you have your own internal recruiting department? There are still many ways you could benefit by having extra support from an agency, who is providing extra support to your internal recruiters. Here’s are some points to consider… We can save your internal recruiters so much time! We…


Save your money and time by hiring through an agency

Do you ever find yourself in situations where you need staff quick, but it is taking too long to get new hires through the door? If so, this is where we believe you’ll benefit from working with an agency, saving on the time it takes to recruit directly and helping to cut back on your…


Essential Professional celebrate first month

It’s been one month since Essential Professional’s launch, and we’re really pleased with our progress so far! Our new division focusses exclusively on the permanent placement of higher skilled candidates, but remains in the same industries of Commercial, Industrial and Engineering. We’ve introduced 5 fabulous candidates to 3 of our clients, with one client deciding…


Why does it benefit you to work with more than one agency?

More support = Less stress Even if you’re experiencing a good service from your current labour provider, what could you also benefit from by having another agency on hand?  The support of another agency takes the pressure off you and your current labour provider and provides you with additional peace of mind.   A second…


A bespoke service for your permanent hires

Our permanent division was formed in 2021, managed by Senior Perm Recruitment Consultants Grace Hammond and Dana Humphreys and Perm Recruitment Consultant James Gardiner. We focus on the elements of our service that match your requirements the most, building a strong relationship with you and understanding your requirements on an in depth basis. Our process…


Essential expands with new permanent division

Essential Professional, the talent acquisition arm of Essential Recruitment, officially launched at the start of 2023.   The newly launched division of our company focusses on permanent vacancies, working with businesses across the UK who are looking to add higher-spec candidates to their team.   Essential Professional can capitalise on extra time, resources and experience to…


3 Reasons why you benefit from an agency advertising your vacancies

Boost the productivity of finding candidates for your roles Why not take advantage of utilising more people and resources to source candidates for your roles? When working with Essential, not only will your dedicated Account Manager be sourcing suitable candidates with help from their branch Consultants but you also get ongoing support from our in-house marketing team!…


Essential Recruitment become ALP members

As of January 2023, Essential Recruitment are members of the ALP.   What is the ALP? The Association of Labour Providers (ALP) is a not for profit trade association. They promote “responsible recruitment and good practice for organisations that supply essential workers across primary and industrial sectors, construction, food and general manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and…


Employee Owners Celebrate First Year Success

  Essential Recruitment became 100% Employee Owned in December 2021. One year later, we just celebrated our first company-wide profit distribution, years earlier than expected!     Managing Director, Marc said in an email to all Employee Owners: “As we are all acutely aware, we live in troubled times with everyone’s finances being hit, both…


Rules for employing under 18’s

In England, a young person must be in part time education or training until they are 18.  When you’re employing under 18 year olds, they must be doing one of the following: Staying in education full time (college, 6th form) Start an apprenticeship or traineeship Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering…


National Minimum Wage Rates Announced for April 2023

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, announced in his Autumn 2022 budget on 17th November 2022 that minimum wage is set to increase by 9.7%, rising from £9.50 to £10.42 per hour from April 1st 2023 for workers aged 23 years and over. The Government have listened to the recommendations of the Low Pay…


Managing Your Workforce During the World Cup 2022

  Is your business prepared for the World Cup?  With 26.5million UK viewers tuning into the 2018 World Cup, and 27.4m watching the BBC coverage of the Women’s Euro 2022 across the tournament, are you prepared for staff absences during the 2022 World Cup?   Will your business be making arrangements and preparations to ensure…


Government support to help job seekers over 50 back into work

In a recent study from the Office for National Statistics, they found that 55% of people aged between 50 – 65 years, who had quit their job at the beginning of the Covid pandemic (March 202o), had not looked for a new job since. They’ve found that 72% of those in their 50’s would consider…


Why you should prioritise values when choosing a supplier

  When deciding which recruitment agency to partner with, there are loads of things to consider, such as; Price What the service includes Where the agency is based What their specialities are Client reviews What freebies they might send you (kidding… kinda) But there’s another thing to consider – who will you be dealing with…


Had these problems with agencies before? Here’s how we solve it…

I’m sure you can all agree that no partnership between businesses will be complete plain sailing, issues and problems are always going to arise, especially when an individuals actions can be completely out of our control. We understand the frustration companies feel when they aren’t receiving the service they expect from their labour provider, however…


6 Ways Working With an Employee Owned Business Can Benefit You

We’ve been shouting about our Employee Ownership status – but what does that mean for prospective clients?   Here are 6 reasons your business would benefit from working in partnership with a Employee Owned business!   1 – Building long term relationships We’re in this for the long term, and we want that to include…


12 Reasons Why Your Business Should Hire Staff Through An Agency

  1. You are saving money from outsourced costs Recruiting directly will be costing you in money and time every time you have to advertise and then re-recruit for a position if a candidate doesn’t work out. Using an agency can benefit you by saving on some costs that come with recruiting directly. At Essential…


Working With Essential: How Does Our Compliance Department Benefit Your Company?

Why is it so important to ensure the agency you are working in partnership with is fully compliant with employment law? There are various serious implications to consider if compliance checks are not performed, including legal action and damage to brand image & reputation, in turn affecting profitability and client and staff retention. We have…


Hiring? Here’s How Our Marketing Department Could Assist You…

You may be familiar with working with recruitment agencies, but have you ever worked with an agency with an in-house marketing team? If not, you may be unaware of the benefits it provides to work with an agency who have a dedicated team to advertise and promote your vacancies, including: Saving money from outsourcing a…


28 Groups to boost your Advert Response

  If you’re recruiting on a budget, Facebook groups can be a great solution.  We’re currently seeing around 1800 visitors per week to our website from the site, mainly from the groups feature. If you’re struggling for response to your vacancy, why not try posting here yourself?   We recommend to: Post often (multiple times…


11 Services We Provide To Our Clients

When choosing a labour provider to work in partnership with, it can be hard to know who is going to be the right fit for you Especially if you have never used an agency before, you may be unaware of the services we can provide and unsure of what to expect.  When working with Essential,…


5 reasons processing payroll online can benefit you

  Still using paper timesheets in 2022? That’s so last year!    Introducing Epsilon – our online payroll management platform. Timesheets can be uploaded, processed and authorised all within our online portal. It’s completely free for our clients to use, and a designated account manager will provide training / a demo either in person, over…