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Graduate vacancies are predicted to be on the rise in 2013

The Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) has recorded that the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) predicts a rise in graduate recruitment for 2013. The number of graduates out in work is predicted to rise by 9% this coming year, with total graduate roles in companies rising as a whole. Graduate starting salaries are also expected to rise. To read more, see the CIPD report.

The newspaper response to pension changes

The government's planned pension reforms have caused quite a stir and a mixed response. The BBC has collected various newspaper views on the matter. To read more, click here...

Join our Easter Egg Challenge!

Children throughout the local area will be given an early Easter treat this year as local recruitment business, Partners Employment, begin their annual Easter Egg Challenge. Over the past 10 years with their client’s help, Partners Employment have donated over 3,000 Easter Eggs to children at various local special needs schools and opportunity groups.

“We have had overwhelming support from local businesses, candidates and members of the public and we are hoping for a record breaking year. If you choose to donate Easter Eggs to the children for every standard size Easter Egg we receive this year Partners Employment will donate £1.00 to CLIC Sargent” announced Lynda Huxham, Managing Director. 

If you would like to join the Partners Employment Easter Egg Challenge please drop an Easter Egg into the Partners Employment office, 7 Church Walk, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8DX by 23rd March or call 01225 760777 for more details. 

Partners Employment is based in Church Walk, Trowbridge and has been providing high quality recruitment solutions to the local business community since 1996. Specialising in the commercial, skilled & technical, industrial, catering and driving sectors with the commercial division, plum appointments, specialising in all roles for the office environment and senior management placements.






Ready for Work! 


Partners Employment is now able to test your temporary worker's manual dexterity prior to their starting work within your company!

"By preproducing a work station and applying the Minnesota Manual Dexterity Test we are able to assess the candidate's rapid eye-hand co-ordination as well as their arm-hand dexterity. Partners Employment can complete all Minnesota Manual Dexterity Tests measuring simple hand-eye co-ordination and gross motor skills. It consists of 5 tests; Placing, Turning, Displacing, One-Hand Turning and Placing," said Sam Rose, Branch Manager.

This globally recognised testing system, used at a workstation of the correct height is an ideal pre-employment screening and selection tool. The applicants's performance can indicate their ability to perform a task that requires manual dexterity and is particularly applicable in production and office occupations requiring quick movement in handling simple tools and production materials without differentiating size and shape. These tests are carried out in a controlled environment and timed.  

To watch the 'Placing' Minnesota Manual Dexterity Test in action please click here.

Please note this demonstration was not created by Partners Employment but was created specifically for the occupational therapy assistant students at Panola College.  








National minimum wage to rise 2.5% to £6.08

30th Sep 2011, Source: BBC News Website

The national minimum wage for adults will increase by 15 pence from October 2011 to £6.08 an hour, the government has said.

The rate for apprentices will rise by 10p, for 16-17 year-olds by 4p and for 18-20 year-olds by 6p.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the changes would help more than 890,000 of Britain's lowest-paid workers.

The LPC was unanimous in its recommendations "despite all the economic uncertainties" according to its chairman, David Norgrove.

The complete set of changes are:

  • over-21s: up 15p (2.5%) to £6.08
  • 18-20 year-olds: up 6p (1.2%) to £4.98
  • 16-17 year-olds: up 4p (1.1%) to £3.68
  • apprentices: up 10p to (4%) £2.60.



Peercare is looking for RGN and RMN candidates for permanent vacancies. If you are interested, please contact Jo on 01225 710971 or 07703 723119 TODAY or email jo@peercare.co.uk.


The Department for Business Innovation and Skills releases the Guidance on the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 ahead of schedule

10th May 2011, Source: BIS Guidance

Guidance about the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 has been released by BIS. This guidance clarifies many of the outstanding questions that arose from the legislation, such as relating to the definition of 'pay' and 'bonuses'.  To download the report, click here...


Do the revolts in the Middle East hinge upon the lack of jobs?

27th April 2011, Source: Bloomberg Middle East News

The IMF reports that the political turmoil in the Middle East demonstrates that the growth-orientated policies perused by such countries as Tunisia and Egypt failed to meet the needs of their populations. The IMF stated, "rapid economic growth as seen periodically in Tunisia and Egypt cannot be sustained unless they create jobs for the rapidly growing labour force and are accompanied by social policies for the most vulnerable". To read more from Bloomberg, click here.


Recruiters can assist those furthest away from work back into the job market with the Government's new 'Work Programme'

21st April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Current News

The new 'work programme' issued by the Government is a national welfare-to-work model that can help providers act as mentors and advisors to those who have been away from work for a long time. To see the REC's comment about this, read here..http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/1540


REC counters the attack on construction agencies by trade unions

20th April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Current News

Trade Unions have been arguing that employment agencies have been deliberately denying workers employment rights and are increasingly forcing workers to be falsely self-employed in order to avoid paying national insurance contributions and other benefits. Read how the REC has responded...http://www.rec.uk.com/press/news/1539


BBC Economics Editor confirms the REC's optimistic outlook on jobs - April 2011

13th April 2011, Source: BBC News, Economics Blog

The Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders, has confirmed that there is good news regarding jobs in Britain! "We can all take cheer from the fact that the private sector has created plenty more full time jobs - for men and women", she writes. It is reported that there are now 390,000 more people in work than a year ago, although the number of people claiming job seekers allowance has marginally risen. To access the full blog, click here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/2011/04/ 


The REC reports of the "fastest rise in permanent placements for over 12 years" - April 2011

7th April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Current News

The Report on Jobs, published by the REC and KPMG, has signalled stronger increases in both permanent and temporary/contract staff appointments during March.

 The number of permanent staff appointments made by UK recruitment consultancies increased again in March, with growth picking up to the strongest since October 1997.Higher placements were underpinned by a further expansion of permanent staff vacancies, albeit the slowest in three months.  

Growth of short-term staff appointments quickened to the strongest for 34 months in March. Billings were driven higher by the fastest increase in demand for temp staff since January 2008.     

Recruitment consultants signalled another improvement in the availability of staff during March. The supply of both permanent and temporary/contract candidates increased at slightly faster rates compared with one month previously. 

Permanent staff salaries rose again in March. The rate of inflation was solid, despite easing slightly from February’s 20 month high. Temp pay increased at a pace that, although modest, was the sharpest since June 2008.

Kevin Green, the REC's Chief Executive said: 

“Permanent appointments increasing at the fastest pace for over 12 years is the clearest sign yet of a revival in the UK jobs market. A rise in both temporary and contract work at the sharpest rate for nearly three years shows how they continue to provide vital flexibility for UK businesses as well as a valuable route back into work for job-seekers.

“However, the overall outlook is tempered by public expenditure cuts which are already impacting on recruitment in this sector. Deep-rooted reforms and innovative approaches to public sector resourcing will be needed in order to maintain frontline services. While high-end sectors such as IT and engineering continue to show strong growth, demand is also increasing for secretarial and back-office support roles.”     

Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG commented:

“The UK jobs market seems to be going from strength to strength with permanent job placements growing at the fastest rate for over 12 years. These figures show that private sector confidence is returning and that the UK is exiting recession at a pace. However, a lot of the current hiring activity is going on in the public sector. The public sector recession which clearly is on the cards hasn't hit the jobs market yet but when it does, the upwards trend we have seen over the last couple of months may come to a halt.” 

The Report on Jobs provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market drawing from original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. Copies of the report are available on annual subscription from Markit. 















The REC states that the AWR Guidance provides some answers but also raises questions - April 2011

4th April 2011, Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Press and News

The initial consensus from recruiters is that the guidance provides helpful clarification in some areas it also leaves some questions unanswered.
Commenting, Marshall Evans, Group Operations Director at Staffline Group plc and Chair of the REC’s Employment Policy Committee said:
“On the plus side, definitions on topics such as a "substantively different role", “breaks between assignments”, and "performance appraisal" were useful, and there is a real effort to curb the potential misuse of the Swedish Derogation model by forbidding contracts with one hours per week between assignments.
“However, the attempt to clarify issues such as ‘pay between assignments’ and a ‘four week notice period running in parallel’ were less clear, and many of the examples are too simplistic to apply to the actual workplace.
“While the guidance is useful and can be considered as a work in progress, we look forward to making constructive suggestions during the next two weeks of consultation. The views and feedback of REC members will be crucial.”


AWR Guidance Released by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills - April 2011

15th April 2011, Source: Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Since the Government announced on 19 October that it will not be amending the Agency Workers Regulations, BIS officials have been developing draft guidance in partnership with key stakeholders, representing the interests of agencies, hirers and agency workers. This is now available for comment until Friday April 15. BIS will consider your comments before finalising the guidance, due to be published on Business Link at the end of April or soon after, allowing the necessary time for all parties to prepare for the changes in advance of the regulations coming into force in October 2011. Separate guidance will be available for agency workers on the direct.gov website around the same time. Please note that supplementary guidance for agency supply teachers is currently being developed with the Department for Education and will be available on their website at the end of April. For more information, see...http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/employment-matters/strategies/awd


National Minimum Wage - October 2011

Released 07 April 2011 Source: ALP

The Government has confirmed that the National Minimum Wage will increase in line with the Low Pay Commission's recommendations from October 2011. As of 1st October 2011, the adult minimum wage will increase by 15p, a rise of 2.5% from £5.93 to £6.08 per hour. Details for more information can be found at http://www.lowpay.gov.uk/ 









AWR latest - Prime Minister statement unlikely to mean radical change
Released on 18 March 2011 - Source: REC

News stories which have been in circulation have indicated  the Prime Minister David Cameron has sought further legal advice on how the EU Agency Workers Regulations can be interpreted in the UK. The Attorney General has already given his advice on the issue, but the Prime Minister is apparently unhappy with it and is seeking  a second opinion.

Commenting on this, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy & Professional Services, says:

"Our take is that this most likely a bit of 'window-dressing' in terms of the Government being seen to do everything possible to help the business community in line with recent policy announcements. We have consistently underlined the need for the regulations to be workable for recruiters and employers and the Government has taken this on board. However, it is highly unlikely that there will be any radical changes at this stage.

"In addition, it is worth bearing in mind that the benefits of any 're-working' of the regulations would be counter-balanced by the fact that the industry would be left with a very tight window to get to grips with any new text. Whatever happens the EU Regulations will need to come into force in the UK by the end of the year."

The REC is in regular dialogue with the Department for Business and will inform members of any developments. As well as working with Government on the official guidance document, the priority is to provide recruiters with practical support through the 'Your AWR Advisor' implementation package.  Details of this can be found at: http://www.rec.uk.com/awr









PEER host Agency Worker Regulations Seminar! 

Partners Employment European Recruitment is to hold a seminar on the Agency Workers Regulations (2010) which will be fully implemented in October 2011. The event will be held at Cumberwell Park, Bradford on Avon, on 1st February 2011.

Paul Chamberlain, Partner at Brabners Chaffe Street LLP and nationally recognised expert in employment law, will present this half day seminar guiding delegates through these regulations and the issues arising from them and how they will impact on your business.

“This legislation change will affect every business that uses a temporary work force, we invite any local businesses to join Paul Chamberlain and our PEER team to help them understand how the regulations will impact on their business both financially and operationally, allowing them to plan their timetable to ensure an organised strategy to achieve compliance in the most cost efficient and cost effective way” said Lynda Huxham Managing Director at Partners Employment European Recruitment Limited.

To attend this event please contact Emma now on 01225 760777 or email emma@peer.uk.com to guarantee your place as numbers are limited. Further information – for further details contact Emma on 01225 760777

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You can now follow Partners Employment European Recruitment on Twitter and Facebook. We will bring you regular updates on new vacancies for the quickest and easiest way to apply for jobs which suit you. For Twitter, simply click on the 'follow us on Twitter' button on our homepage and start following us! Or Facebook users can click the Facebook button to take you to our page.


£50K raised and for Asthma UK and still going strong!

8am on Saturday 5th June 2010 local Corsham residents were lining the streets to wish the 26 riders taking part in their 174 mile challenge to Crickhowell, Wales and back raising money for Asthma UK in memory of 10 year old Antonia Thomas.  Dozens of children got on their bikes with Jennifer Thomas, mother of Antonia, to lead a noisy send-off and get the riders in the mood for their challenge ahead.

All the monies raised will go to Asthma UK supply Asthma nurses across Wiltshire with the resources they need to carry out their work, to find out more about the work of Asthma UK click here.

In an interview Mr Thomas who spearheaded the event said "It would have been Antonia's birthday. We miss her and think about her all the time, but we celebrate her life. People are saying what are we going to do next because we have raised so much money."

The men arrived in Crickhowell on Saturday night where family members joined them for a dinner in Antonia's memory, and returned to Corsham on Sunday bruised and aching.

"The ride was emotionally and physically demanding but the effort by everyone has been immense, with support from all corners of the local community" said a cycle weary Andrew Huxham "I believe that we have already smashed our target figure and raised 10 times the amount."

There is still time to donate, if you would like to take a look at http://justgiving.com/Andrew-Huxham or contact Partners Employment European Recruitment Limited for more details.

Released 11th June 2010



Antonia's Cycle Ride

26 riders -174 miles 5th/6th June 2010

Support Antonia's Cycle Ride in memory of Antonia Thomas. On 5th and 6th of June one of our Directors, Andrew Huxham, will be one of the 26 riders taking part in the awesome challenge of cycling from Heywood School to Hartham Park (via Crickhowel in Wales) 174 miles in 2 days.

"This challenge is in memory of one of my son's school friends who tragically died following an asthma attack last year. I ask that people please take some time to read this http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Huxham  If people can help it would be most appreciated, the money raised will be donated to Asthma UK" said Andrew.

He and his fellow riders have clocked up an incredible 1000 miles each so far training for this event the equivilent of John O'Groats to Lands End. 

Every 7 minutes someone with asthma is admitted to hospital. 1 in 5 families are affected. To support children and adults with asthma, order an 'Asthma Attack Card'. Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of 5.4 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma. For further information about Asthma UK please click here.

Released 27th May 2010




Sales Manager Sam Rose representing Peercare at the Trowbridge Job Fair 18th March 2010

" The Job Fair at Trowbridge Civic Hall was very interesting for us this year, as Peercare is our new division, and there was a lot of keen interest" said Sam Rose, Sales Manager. "I shall be following up all of the potential candidates now and seeing how we can best help them" Sam added.

Peercare is the latest division of Partners Employment European Recruitment for information regarding registration for Peercare or if you need candidates please contact Sam Rose on 01225 710971 or email srose@peer.uk.com.

Released 18th March 2010



'Keeping mum...'

Faye Delaney, recruitment consultant for the PEER commercial division, plum appointments, worked her last day today before going on maternity leave. "I think we are all prepared" Faye joked "although, as it is our first baby I don't think we could ever be prepared enough!" she added.

"Faye has been working for plum appointments for the past 5 and half months and during that time fitted in well with the team here at plum appointments and the clients that she had contact with" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant.

"On behalf of all of the team at Partners Employment, we wish Faye the very best of luck and look forward to seeing her again soon with her baby!" said Director, Lynda Huxham.

Faye will be on maternity until 2011 and during that time is being covered by Nicki Marshall. Contact Nicki for any further information on 01225 710972 or email nicki@plumappointments.co.uk

Released 19th March 2010



'All the fun of the Job Fair'

plum appointments were very pleased to attend the Trowbridge Job Fair at the Civic Hall, 18th March 2010. The day the event was well attended by the local community. "I met with a large number of excellent candidates who I will be contacting again this week, with a few whose key skills are so good that I am already speaking to Clients about them" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant. "I really enjoyed the Job Fair" said Hayley Goodenough, Recruitment Consultant "it gave me the chance to speak to lots of great potential candidates and also speak to businesses about plum appointments and how we can assist them" she added.

Released 18th March 2010



' Peercare...care when it counts'

Peer has great pleasure in launching the specialist care division “Peercare” at the Wiltshire Times March Job Fair. After fifteen years successfully supplying recruitment service to businesses both locally and nationally we decided to bring our specific brand of recruitment excellence to the care sector. The dedicated Peercare team will work alongside the Commercial and Industrial teams in Church Walk Trowbridge.


All candidates in the care sector will undergo an in depth recruitment interview with one of our trained recruitment specialists and will be fully inducted and trained. To ensure that only candidates who are honest and trustworthy with excellent communication skills, a minimum of two work references will be taken on each candidate. Enhanced CRB’s , ISA Adult 1st’s and qualifications will be checked and verified.


Peer is committed to people, carries “Investor in People” status and is proud to meet the national standard for effective investment in people. Peer is also committed to excellence in recruitment in all sectors and is a member of the Recruitment and Employment Federation Nursing and Social Care Division and not only welcomes but encourages verification by Independent Professional Auditors to illustrate that we continually work within the REC code of professional practice. Committed to quality systems Peer has a fully documented quality management system in place to enhance client and candidate satisfaction and to achieve continuous improvement to satisfy our client and candidate quality requirements. Peer is an Equal Opportunities employer, licensed with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and a member of the Wessex Environmental Business Network believing good environmental practice makes good business sense. 

Released 5th March 2010



'Looking out for more skilled and technical candidates'

plum appointments the commercial division of Partners Employment also specialising in skilled & technical opportunities is on the look out for more candidates to meet current demands!

"We have particular skills in providing permanent staff with specific technical skills to match the diverse needs of the employers through our 'SkillsNow'TM service. I am looking for Engineers, Plumbers, IT and Software Specialists with relevant qualifications" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant. "If you are a skilled candidate on the move contact me now on 01225 710972 or email nicki@plumappointments.co.uk" adds Nicki.

Released 2nd March 2010


'Senior Managers and Supervisors'

At plum appointments we have a specialist service 'Professionals on the Move'TM that is designed to help the recruitment process for Management teams and businesses alike. "This service is particularly suitable to assist high calibre Sales & Marketing Managers, Production Managers and Supervisors, Area Managers, Office Managers, Customer Service Managers, IT Managers, Hotel Managers, Care Managers...in fact all Managers and businesses alike can benefit from this highly targeted service, just ask and we can do the rest!" said Nicki Marshall, Senior Sales Consultant. Nicki is available on 01225 710972 or via email nicki@plumappointments.co.uk

Released 2nd March 2010


‘Back where I belong’

The Directors of Partners Employment are delighted to announce the appointment of Nicki Marshall M.R.E.C. CertRP as Senior Sales Consultant for plum appointments. Nicki is an experienced recruitment consultant who has worked for Partners Employment previously when she completed her certification in Recruitment Practice and launched plum appointments, the commercial division specialising in Senior Appointments, Skilled and Technical Appointments and Accountancy and Financial placements. Nicki’s new role is to oversee the plum appointments commercial team. Having left the recruitment industry briefly Nicki returns bringing with her a wealth of experience in this industry.

 “I am now back where I feel I belong” says Nicki “and am especially happy to be renewing acquaintance with all my previous clients at Partners Employment”.

"Nicki’s honesty and enthusiasm for her new role will ensure that her clients and candidates alike will receive the highest possible standard of courtesy and service at all times" says Lynda Huxham, Managing Director. 

plum appointments is a division of Partners Employment European Recruitment Limited based at 7 Church Walk, Trowbridge, Wiltshire for more information see our website www.plumappointments.co.uk.

Released 1st March 2010


























M.P meets with local recruitment agency

The Directors and staff of Partners Employment were delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Murrison M.P to their head office in the centre of Trowbridge.

After a brief tour of the recently refurbished offices, Dr Murrison discussed the current state of the economy and a private members bill currently before parliament.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation are concerned that if this bill becomes legislation, then it would disadvantage Great Britain’s 1.3 million temporary workers. To find out more information on the work of the REC click here.

Released 25th April 2008


A new addition to our family!

The commercial division of Partners Employment has been supplying the levels of service quality to both clients and candidates alike, that is now demanded in professional recruitment in the 21st century, for over 12 years.

It is now time that this division had its own identity and it is being relaunched as Plum Appointments.  A bright new recruitment service dedicated to finding the very best person for any position in the commercial sector.

From Junior Administrators to Senior Managers, Plum Appointments provides a client and candidate focussed professional and precise skills matching service, to all employment sectors.

" Plum Appointments specialise in the placement of high calibre professional candidates in permanent positions using unique selection processes, ensuring organisations and candidates achieve mutual success" remarks Lynda Huxham , Managing Director.

Partners Employment has invested in the latest technology for their website, database and job boards which offer flexible and innovative solutions to recruitment.

Nicki Marshall, Senior Recruitment Consultant for Plum Appointments adds " Undersold, understated and over delivered describes our unique recruitment solution, exceeding our clients expectations on a regular basis"

Released 7th March 2008


Partners Employment - another first..

Partners Employment is the first Recruitment Company in West Wiltshire, and one of only two in the South West Region to be successfully recognised as Recruitment & Employment Confederation Diversity Assured Recruiters.

Lynda Huxham, Managing Director stated that "Partners Employment is committed to equality and embraces diversity in all business activities and will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious beliefs, political beliefs or age.  We strive to innovate and push forward the industry standards and we welcomed the audit and are thrilled to have achieved 'Diversity Assured Recruiter's Status' ".

Jamie Davies from Professional DiverCity said "How recruiters approach diversity and eliminate Discriminatory practices will determine their ability to run a business, to make a profit, attract and retain the best available talent, demonstrate compliance to employers and ensure long terms of business health.  Partners Employment should be very proud of their new status, not only are they now able to evidence their commitment, but they are a true example of the best practice in the Recruitment Industry.

Gail Larkin, Office Manager for Partners Employment agreed "We take our Corporate Social Responsibility seriously at Partners Employment and our Candidates play a major role in our partnerships, we believe that people are individuals, all receiving the same respect, care and attention and this Diversity Assured Recruiters Status is a great acknowledgment of our core beliefs".

Partners Employment have been serving the South West Region for the past eleven years, working in partnership with many satisfied Clients leading the way in the managed labour sector, solving skills shortages in the short, medium and long term.


For further information on the Diversity Assured Recruiter award contact www.birminghamdivercity.co.uk.

Released 22nd October 2007


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