Vital Statistics …. for your business

18 Jun
by Donna Obstfeld, posted in Blog, jobs, Recruitment, salary, war for talent, Workplace   |  No Comments

Last week there were some interesting stats announced by the ONS (Office for National Statistics):

  • The number of people in work increased
  • The number of unemployed people decreased
  • The number of people aged from 16 to 64 years not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also decreased
  • The employment rate was 75.6%, higher than for a year earlier (74.8%) and the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971

So what?

Well, it means that it is getting even harder to recruit and retain good quality staff.

What else?

  • Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings in real terms (adjusted for price inflation) increased by 0.4% excluding bonuses, and by 0.1% including bonuses, compared with a year earlier.


The shortage of job seekers is pushing up salaries, albeit not by very much – yet!


You need to ensure that you recruit and retain the right staff. Can you answer “yes” to these questions:

  1. Do you know what you are looking for?
  2. Do you know where to look?
  3. Do you know how to find the right type of people for your business?
  4. Are you attractive enough to encourage applications from the right sort of people?
  5. Can you sort the wheat from the chaff?
  6. Can you make a competitive and compelling offer?

Being able to answer “yes” to the above is essential if you are going to build and maintain a healthy, thriving business against a backdrop of increasing competition for a decreasing number of good quality, qualified, experienced individuals.

British Jobs for British Workers?

07 Jul
by Donna Obstfeld, posted in British, Employment, EU, jobs, Work Permits   |  No Comments
When recruiting for your business, who do you prefer to hire and why?
  • British workers
  • European workers
  • Non EU workers
What is your experience?

While working for an organisation a few years back, we needed to 20 year background check staff.

Some of the applicants came from Darfur and Baghdad. It was impossible to background check these people and unfortunately we could not offer them jobs. But should we have been interviewing them in the first place?

With the number of people of working age in the UK, why are there not people willing to take on the full range of jobs our society needs to function.

Is it better to work and earn than to claim benefits?

Should people who are ‘fussy’ about what job they take be allowed to claim benefits?