Autumn has come, the leaves are changing and so are we!
We realise that we have not always been the best at shouting about what we are doing to make Jobsite better, so here is the first of many updates to do just that.
Over the last 6 months we have been working on a new search feature for clients, and have a beta version available for testing. It now offers a new look interface, an improved search engine, and has been created to make it easier to find the right people faster. Continue reading “Recruiter blog Autumn 2014 update” »
Study of over 5,000 workers set to help businesses attract and retain the best talent.
9th September 2014 – Ambitious Millennial workers (those aged between 18 and 31) are seeking more than money from their employees as almost two thirds (62%) are looking to leave their jobs for reasons other than salary, a new study has revealed.
The research, by leading online career portal Jobsite, found that 38% of Millennials would be prepared to leave their job due to to a lack of development opportunities, while almost a third (32%) have chosen one organisation over another based soley on its professional development scheme. Continue reading “More to work than pay say ambitious Millennials” »
Flexible working legislation comes into effect from Monday (June 30), giving individuals the opportunity to request more flexibility in their working lives. This is great news for everyone, even for employers, who can use it as an opportunity to re-think the way they manage people and utilise their assets, according to Steve Connor, project manager at Fasset.
“I think the changes to flexible working legislation will be a good thing for the UK workforce,” says Steve. “Of course, it will be necessary for employees to recognise the need to balance their requests against their employers’ needs. And in turn, employers will need to think outside the box to an extent and consider cultural and management system changes to deal with modified ways of working, whether it’s reduced hours or working from home.” Continue reading “Flexible working: changing the shape of the UK workforce” »
From 30 June, all UK employees will have the right to request flexible working conditions from their employers, providing they’ve been with the company for at least six months. It’s easy to see why workers would welcome the opportunity to escape their commute or design their hours around other commitments. But it’s a good thing for employers too, says Martin Collinson, Vice President International Sales at Safari Books Online.
“As an employer, my view of this is largely positive,” says Martin. “Here at Safari we use remote working extensively. Within the International team, all my people work from home offices in multiple countries and time zones. In my view, one of the main benefits of this arrangement is a reduction in the non-productive time spent commuting into a central or fixed office location. That’s a direct productivity improvement we see every day – it’s also a huge benefit to the employee.” Continue reading “Safari Books Online: A flexible working success story” »
This will mean that all employees will have the right to request flexible working, regardless of dependents, providing they have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks.
Here at Jobsite, we wanted to help British businesses prepare for the upcoming changes. From our research we’ve discovered that over half (53%) are still unaware of the forthcoming changes. Of those that are aware, 25% admit they haven’t thought about the impact this could have on their business. Continue reading “On June 30th the flexible working legislation is changing” »
At the end of the month, the legislation is changing on flexible working. Philip Landau, an employment law expert, tells us what anyone who runs a business or is in HR needs to know.
Flexible working is about to go mainstream, says Philip Landau, employment lawyer with Landau Zeffertt Weir Solicitors. Until recently, anyone with children or caring responsibilities could request the right to flexible work from their employer. However, from 30 June, this will be extended to all UK employees, provided they have been with their employer for at least 26 weeks. Continue reading “Flexible working, the law & what it means for your business” »
Many businesses already offer flexible working, and the law currently allows those with dependents to request flexi-time, job sharing, remote working, term-time working or compressed hours from their employer.
But did you know from June 30th the law will change, and all employees with at least 26 weeks service will have the right to request flexible working? As an employer you must provide a valid business reason as to why a request cannot be granted, but what does this mean?
At Jobsite, we’ve discovered that many businesses in the UK haven’t prepared for these changes or thought about how they might affect their organisation.
That’s why we’ve created a panel of experts to offer free help and advice to prepare businesses like yours by giving you the facts. Continue reading “Changes to flexible working are afoot. Is your business ready?” »
One week on from the acquisition of Jobsite.co.uk by StepStone, we catch up with Jobsite Managing Director Mike Wall to hear how the news has been received:
“Any acquisition or merger can have a significant impact on employee morale and client reaction. If handled poorly, this can negatively affect performance and productivity. However, the last week has been exciting, interesting and enjoyable.
I cannot praise the StepStone team enough for their communication and willingness to engage with the Jobsite team. This feedback from one longstanding Jobsite employee reflects the feeling in the office well: “I have tingles down my spine, I am so excited about Jobsite’s future – I’ve just texted my wife!” Continue reading “One Week On – Jobsite Acquisition” »
I am delighted to let you know some very exciting news: Jobsite.co.uk has been acquired by StepStone. We have not yet completed the transaction but are announcing it now so that you hear this exciting news from us. The transaction is conditional on clearance from the Competition and Markets Authority, which we expect to receive in the autumn; the transaction will be finalised shortly thereafter.
The acquisition is designed to deliver enhanced value to recruiters across the UK. The combination of StepStone’s worldwide expertise in the recruitment business, products and technology and Jobsite’s local expertise will offer greater breadth of candidate exposure, delivering the benefits of superior value, efficiency and performance.
Tackling the dire shortage of STEM skills is about more than just filling open jobs. It’s about the kind of country we want to be, says Sophie Relf, Jobsite’s marketing director.
The STEM crisis in numbers
Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are foundations of the British economy. Despite containing only 1% of the world’s population, the UK is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer and produces 10% of the world’s top scientific research. According to Professor Brian Cox, engineering alone plays a major role in about a third of the economy. “Almost £500bn is the gross value added of sectors where engineering is an important component,” he says. Continue reading “Britain’s STEM crisis and the need for #geekpower” »