Building long-standing relationships is what we do

Absolute Recruitment were proud to have our hard work and dedication to customer service and great recruitment recognised by business and Retail entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, in April. We’ve worked with the Theo Paphitis Retail Group since 2005, supplying warehouse, distribution, administrative and sales staff to Group companies in Crewe as the Group has grown exponentially. Here’s what Theo had to say: “Absolute Recruitment has been a valued supply chain partner of the Theo Paphitis Retail Group for over 15 years. A strong supply chain is key to success in Retail, and Absolute have proved time and again that they are …

Making Homeworking Work

Homeworking during COVID-19 has become commonplace and flexible working looks like it may become a regular feature of many companies as we emerge from lockdown. But is it working as well as it can for you, your employees and your company? The blurring of lines between work and home life has caused difficulties for many of us that we have had to work hard to get around. At work, requests from colleagues, attending meetings or conversations with co-workers may interrupt your concentration, but at home, kids, deliveries or even pets provide added distractions. That said, recent research by Flexjobs has …

Out of Hours or Out of Order?

Dan Marshall, Group CEO, 12th June 2020 When my wife and I established our company, our son was 5 weeks old. Admittedly, not the best time to start a brand-new venture, with all the energy and effort that would be needed to get it off the ground. But we were young and enthusiastic, eager to offer the best service to our Clients and keen to prove that recruitment companies could be a valuable business partner. Despite the pressures of having a young baby, we threw everything we had at it. I would pick day shift Workers up from home at …

Into the Light

Karen Blondel, Branch Director, Bralin Recruitment. Thursday 14th May, 2020 Well, there we all were, listening intently to Boris giving his daily briefings at 5pm feeling like we were living through the war and then BAM! The thing that has been talked about and hailed as the way forward for years (but hadn’t truly gained significant traction) had literally just been forced upon us all – working from home! So, we gathered together our bits and bobs from the office – laptops, files, even post-it notes! – and headed for the hills within hours. And then the reality of homeworking …

Bad Experience with Recruitment Agencies

Dan Marshall, CEO, Absolute Solutions Group Tuesday 5th May, 2020 Have you ever eaten in a really bad restaurant? Given that there are more than 26,000 restaurants across the country to choose from, not all of them are going to be good; so chances are, you have. Forgive me for the rambling story that follows, but bear with me, because it does have a point… I remember, several years ago, I was in New York for a long weekend with my wife, Jessica. After a three-hour delay at Manchester followed by an eight-hour flight, bedraggled and jetlagged, we arrived at …

Face-to-face Interviews in the New Decade?

By Karen Blondel, Branch Director, Bralin Recruitment As we take our first tentative steps into the new decade, I’ve been looking back on the last ten years, considering the changes that have  taken place and the technological advances we have achieved that, more and more, have begun to shape the world around us. Artificial Intelligence, fibre optic high-speed internet, satellite technology, the evolution of smartphone technology and the quality of personal computing has changed our live in so many ways. But is this always for the best? In the ever-evolving world of Recruitment, the impact of technology has been colossal. …

Quality Recruitment Agency

Looking for staff to support your business? You must ensure that you choose an agency that will deliver a quality recruitment experience. But what should you expect from an temporary Recruitment agency? An ethical staffing service? A compliant Recruitment agency? Their employees to be paid their correct wages with holiday pay without avoiding the agency avoiding their statutory obligations? Surely that’s a given? You’d think it was obvious, wouldn’t you? You place an order for staff, they turn up and the agency consistently conducts itself in a legal and compliant manner. But not all recruitment agencies deliver quality recruitment. You …

UK unemployment levels at record low

Official figures released this week show that the UK’s unemployment rate is at it’s lowest for 45 years, standing at just 3.8%. Due to Brexit uncertainty during the first few months of the year, many UK employers had been staving off making new hires and had significantly reduced the usage of temporary labour, but, since the extension of the Brexit deadline, April and May have seen this trend reversed resulting in impressively low unemployment and inactivity levels in the UK market. Official sources, however, have drawn attention to the fact that this has resulted in very little spare capacity in …

Tackling the Gender Pay Gap in the NHS

It’s no secret that NHS staff have felt increasingly under pressure in recent years; whether if be through underfunding, understaffing or long-working hours, those at the sharp end of our public health service are bearing the burden of the financial pressures exerted on an already overstretched organisation. But the spotlight has recently been turned towards flexible working. More specifically, highlighting the punishing shift uncertainty and salary disparities that exists between male and female co-workers. Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, writing for the Guardian last week, cited “the uncomfortable truth that women are paid less, …

Nantwich Jazz Fest 2019

The 23rd Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival took place last weekend, Friday 18th to Monday 22nd April and saw dozens of music acts perform at more than 20 different venues across the town. The Absolute Solutions Group were proud to be the main sponsors of the festival for the second year running. This year, record numbers of people flocked to Nantwich, with tens of thousands of revellers from across the region coming to enjoy great music in the blazing sunshine. The event, which was founded in 1996 by the late Phil Martin, owner of Nantwich’s iconic Crown Hotel, attracts …