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.

BNI – 60 Seconds – 2nd November

02 Nov
by Donna Obstfeld, posted in Accountants in North West London, BNI, Bushey, HR Consultancy, HR Support, Workplace   |  No Comments

So, today is my birthday and tradition has it that when you work in an office, you take cakes in for your birthday.

Four years ago, I was working really hard, like I do and my boss forced me to have a break and to go over to Sainsburys and get cakes for everyone. As I came back loaded with bags, I took the lift up to the second floor. The lift decided it didn’t want to go to the second floor and it stopped half way between the first and second. The lift alarm didn’t work (great health and safety issue for an HR company) and I am not one to get hysterical and start screaming for help! I called one of my colleagues – thankfully my mobile worked in the lift – and when I finally convinced her I wasn’t mucking around, she raised the alarm.

Despite all best efforts, they couldn’t get me out and had to call the fire brigade who came and hand winched the lift up. The girls in the office couldn’t thank me enough – no not for the chocolate cakes, for the firemen.

I am Donna Obstfeld, the Company is DOHR and I make the workplace a better place to be and bring you all cake on my birthday, I am not after firemen but accountants in North West London would do nicely.