The UK General Elections : What the Parties say about Employment

Thursday 7 May 2015 is polling day and regardless of your political affiliation, employment policy is an important factor in helping us decide who to  vote for in the coming UK general elections so has accrued information about individual policies from some of the most popularly featured parties in the UK to help you out!

With a name like theirs it’s no surprise that The Labour party has the most extensive outline of their planned employment policies for the UK. The labour party claims that they will guarantee employment for any adult who has been unemployed for over two years. Further more the people aged 18-24 will be guaranteed either a job if unemployed for over a year, or at least work experience or a training place if unemployed for  more than six months. Also by 2025 Labour plans to ensure that the number of students going into university will be matched by the number of people taking up an apprenticeship. Labour plan to ban the zero hour contract to ensure that workers are fairly paid and to create one million new ‘green’ and ‘high technology’ jobs.

     The Conservatives are most concerned with benefit fraud and as such plan to make cuts to benefit funding and, with the money saved, plan to create ‘three million apprenticeships’, making people work for their money. On the other side of the spectrum are The Liberal Democrats who have pledged to add an extra £1 per hour for the lowest paid apprenticeships and also to create one million more jobs in general in the UK.

     The Scottish National Party, with power to change public sector policies is focusing on securing a living wage for all Scottish government contracts. Also concerned with positive discrimination, SNP wants to introduce gender quotas on public boards, they also plan to continue with the ‘small business bonus.

With their heavy focus on the negatives of immigration UKIP plans to make it legal for employers to discriminate against non-British workers and able to give priority to British workers regardless of merit.

Finally The Green Party claims that their national energy conservation scheme will help create thousands of new “sustainable jobs” and promote the local production of food and goods.

Is the person behind your Social Media really the Social Stig-ma ?

The Stig

Hiding behind Social Media is an easy way for Companies to create PR and hype and mass audience attraction without

showing it’s real face. Your Social Media person can change whenever the Company feels like it! Does this mean it loses

continuity, loses it’s personal touch or just gives the new person an opportunity to be more successful than the one before by

being more controversial or more sensationalist? Gaining more likes whilst gaining credibility. Everyone talks about “Social Media”, “Engaging”, being in the with the “In-crowd”, Tweeting, Blogging, Poking. What does it really mean, does it mean engaging or annoying? Exposure is always good but overloading the senses creates frustration and a mass of irrelevancy that seems to circle endlessly around the internet. Trends are moving towards the visual every day, Instagram for instance is rapidly growing in all genres.

Look and see how many people put pictures of last night’s meal on the plate in a restaurant or the latest fancy Candle, trust me thousands.

Why have we become such a visual world when we used to be so literate? Could it be that we have become lazy or is it a matter of instant gratification? Probably a matter of both. The written word is becoming more lost in translation than a good source of learning. Even Grammar seems to be defunct.

To end I will of course not harp on as we have only added one photo to add to your Pinterest account but please think on when adding content, if may be more turn off than turn on.

Suzie Tobias. MD Published 5.3.2015 WordPress

Trying Something New, Like It Or Not You Are Still Gaining by Jade Davis


As a woman, I know only too well the scenario of taking new clothes home, trying them on only to return them a mere 24 hours later.

In modern-day society this theory has also become applicable to the way we use online products and services. Perhaps the format doesn’t fit well on our screen, or the shape of the design and the colours don’t suit us.

We have become a ‘try before you buy’ focused realm in which people want to know that they are getting the best service and value for their requirements.

We want products that will make us look good, and ultimately help us to achieve the goals that we as a collective or as individuals subconsciously desire.
New companies and products are being born every second, if they are relevant to us why do we not try them all and see what we like best? Why do we hesitate at changing service provider or choose not to explore less heard of options when our contracts come up for renewal?

I once sat at a bar, talking to a man who ran an online gaming company. He taught me the fundamental reason why games work. It was so simple, and yet incredibly powerful – ’People want to make their own decisions’.

In our daily lives, we are limited as to the decisions that are actually ours.
At work our boss is the end decision maker (no matter how many decisions came before theirs)
At home our parents are the decision makers (this is why children engage in games so well)
Our partners ALWAYS have something to say about the decisions we make on our own, and many will have an opinion that ultimately makes us rethink the decision we made.

In Life we are all governed by a political system that gives us less and less decisions of our own every day.

We are so out of control of ourselves, at any given point we will latch on to the offer of decision-making.

All companies nowadays throw out the idea of ‘free trial’ ‘money back guarantee’s’ and ‘return policy’ overloads that make you question whether what they have is really as good as it seems. In reality they just hope that you end up buying or using their product or service eventually.

And what if you don’t like what you try?

Some people may say that they have invested time or potentially a small amount of money to be able to try something new. Whilst this can seem frustrating, please know that this is not all a loss.

The ability to decision make comes in forms of positive and negative. Whether you liked the concept or not the decision was still yours. Just like in gaming, if you take the wrong route or make a wrong pass, you may not advance to the next level… but you did get to make a choice, and for us mere mortals this still creates empowerment.

The satisfaction lies within us all.

Research surrounding gaming has led to many studies suggesting that Online Games can even have the ability to increase a person’s decision making speed.

I am not suggesting you sack it all in and play GTA to make you feel satisfied. But simply remind yourself that trying something new is NEVER a bad thing.

Are Job Boards Friend or Foe?

Job boards friend or foe?

Over the years having been on both sides of the Job Board market I have found that being a user and a provider gives you a great insight into what Clients need. It’s like thinking about being divorced and actually being divorced. In reality, a very different perspective.

When I was a user it was always the boards fault, the technical didn’t work and the responses not up to the standard I wanted. Being picking and demanding as a Recruiter it was never my fault obviously! Looking at this from the other side of the coin I now see how both sides need to work much more closely with each other to achieve a harmonious relationship, otherwise it will in fact end in an “expensive Divorce!”

Customer service is without question under par with the majority of the major players.

The top four job boards generally have the same big company attitude, “we have the market by the cohune’s approach to business so we can charge what we like”.

Our philosophy has and always will be to be affordable for the small and larger companies and give as much advice and support as possible for as little expenditure.

The person that loads your vacancies is actually the most important person in your company.

Strange as this may sound it’s true. If the job is loaded incorrectly, spelling errors or vague job titles are the main problems we incur. If companies load vacancies with simple and accurate titles then the response rate is far, far greater. The amount of job descriptions that are frankly Kindle worthy are incredible along with so complex and skills demanding that they may be three people in the whole of the UK that actually qualify. The chances of one of them applying are pretty slim.

Only yesterday we received a lovely email from a new Client (rude one actually) who had loaded his vacancy for 12 hours at a £15K per annum salary for an experienced HR Administrator, based in Berkshire, with minimum 3 Fluent languages and complained that he had not had enough response!!!! We are only human after all. It’s like walking into a Bentley showroom and asking if you can have the car in the window for £20K. NOT going to happen.

Our site has 82,000 pages, with over 15,000 vacancies in 46 sectors. In 18 months our hit rate has been just under 2M visitors or which we are proud and month on month we are growing but PLEASE people work with us, we are NOT the enemy.

Suzie Tobias

We have created extra sites that now run alongside our main site to help with the traffic:

We also have 46 location specific sites across the UK – and etc These site help to generate local Candidates for local companies.

“You can’t say we don’t try!”

Linkedin fatigue – Discuss


LinkedIn Fatigue – The Real Facts About Recruiting on LinkedIn

linkedin-recruitingLinkedIn is an amazing tool and has completely disrupted the way we recruit and even the way businesses connect. Every recruiter uses it and currently their database sits at 332 million, with 2 new members joining every second.

But is it working for recruiters as much as it used to?

The answer is it definitely still is a primary source for many recruiters searching for talent but there is a fast growing trend attacking the platform that will likely force recruiters – both internal and external – to seek alternative methods to find talent.

That growing trend is LinkedIn users becoming fatigued by the general onslaught of information on the site.  From mass inmails about a ‘potential opportunity’ to high-volume job posting blasts (usually in batches of 6 or 7), the platform has clearly got a spam problem and it’s forcing people to definitely leave their accounts dormant until they’re actually looking for a new job or they just want to look something up.



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