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Positive news for the UK Employment figures as the January Jobs Market Increases by 20%

2018’s job market has had a healthy start, as Totaljobs reports there to have been a record-breaking number of jobs advertised comparatively between the 1st – 7th January totalling 54,000 jobs, which is 20% (9,000) more jobs than the same week in 2017. With the giant Carillion falling into liquidation creating nervousness and upset for[…]

Revealed: The industries creating the most jobs

With more and more jobs being advertised every day, an interesting new piece of research has pinpointed precisely which industries are creating the most roles. Analysing ONS data from the past 30 years, manufacturing firm RS Components has found that real estate, or property, is the industry which has seen the biggest boost in jobs[…]

Recruitment companies place staff in new jobs at fastest rate for two years

A report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and IHS Markit has found that the number of candidates placed in permanent roles by recruitment agencies has increased by the greatest extent in 27 months. The number of temporary placements by agencies also improved, to a two-and-a-half year high. The report, published earlier this summer,[…]

Midlands sees fast growth in permanent jobs

A monthly survey of recruitment agencies across the UK has found that the Midlands is the area of the country where there has been the fastest growth in permanent job opportunities. Along with the North of England, the Midlands has seen the largest rise in people being placed into permanent roles by recruitment agencies since[…]

New survey reveals best company to interview for in the UK

New figures released by Glassdoor, the employer comparison site, has revealed that candidates think Airbus is the best company to interview for in the UK. Announcing their annual ‘Candidates Choice Awards’, Glassdoor said that the aeronautics company were deemed to be those who gave candidates the most positive experience. They were closely followed by[…]

Businesses urged to provide good jobs for all

The long-awaited Taylor Report was released this week, bringing with it a raft of recommendations on how employee rights in the UK can be improved. The Government commissioned the report last year following the rise of working practices such as zero-hour contracts. The report, led by the Chief Executive of the RSA, Matthew Taylor, outlines[…]

Retirement income gender gap moving in the right direction

The gap between the amount of money a man has at retirement compared to that of a woman is expected to grow again this year. Latest figures from the Prudential show that a man retiring in 2017 will have around £6,400 a year more in his pension pot than a woman retiring this year. For[…]

Report says that skills gap is costing UK businesses billions

According to a new report, UK businesses are losing over £2.2billion a year due to a lack of suitably skilled workers. The Business Barometer 2017 survey completed by the Open University quizzed 400 businesses and found that 9 in 10 of the employers questioned are finding it hard to find suitable candidates to fill roles.[…]

GDPR offers East Midlands businesses a chance to set themselves apart

A new survey has revealed that a huge number of companies in the East Midlands are not prepared for the significant data protection regulation changes which come into effect next year. In a survey, commissioned by law firm Irwin Mitchell, 71% of the 2000 businesses questioned said they have not started preparing for GDPR. The[…]

Government urged by recruiters to be decisive

Recruitment chiefs have urged politicians to be decisive in determining what is happening within Government to avoid affecting the jobs industry. Trade bodies The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have come together this week following days of political uncertainty after the Conservative’s failed to secure an outright[…]


What a Milestone by Katy Hill
At the end of 2017 I celebrated my 2nd anniversary at SF Group, and reflecting back on the last two years I have a lot to be grateful for and even more to be proud of. After a short stint away from the business, I came back with the opportunity ... 2:28:00 PM- 09Feb2018
The world has changed significantly since women were first granted the vote 100 years ago. We’ve seen two female prime ministers and 208 women in parliament. Whilst the battle for the female right to vote might seem like distant history, the centenary serves as both a reflection and a ... 12:25:34 PM- 08Feb2018
With Brexit looming, what are the key challenges SME businesses will face?
Of the many discussion points Brexit has created, one of the most prevalent is how the move away from the European Union will affect small businesses. As the leaving date gets closer, we’re looking at what challenges SMEs will face and how they can counteract the effects. What are ... 4:48:00 PM- 06Feb2018
Welcome to team SF Olivia Garner!
SF Group is delighted to welcome the fantastic Olivia Garner who has joined our  Nottingham team with 18 months recruitment experience. Olivia has come on board to manage a variety of office support opportunities across the South Derbyshire region. Olivia will be managing both temporary and permanent roles and personally ... 11:12:55 AM- 18Jan2018
Lee Kemp – A Time For Change
Happy New Year to all! I hope all my connections had a great Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting 2018. A Time For Change 2017 was an interesting year for me, full of big decisions and changes which now means that ... 11:30:25 AM- 12Jan2018
SF Nottingham’s 2018 Expansion Has Begun – Technical & Engineering
SF Nottingham are delighted to have added an engineering offering to our already successful recruitment repertoire in the East Midlands. As with any new discipline, we ensure we have a total understanding of it’s complexities and we’re very lucky to have our very own Tobias Lamptey ready to take up ... 10:15:59 AM- 10Jan2018
SF Announce Sector Leading Maternity/Paternity Policy
The spotlight on staff wellbeing is high on the SF agenda. From on-boarding, mentoring, the development and progression of existing employees through to offering paid charitable leave, this year has seen more inward investment to our people and the office environment than ever before. We’re proud of creating an environment ... 10:03:59 AM- 05Dec2017
SF Leeds – Helping the homeless this winter
At this time of year with temperatures often reaching below zero at night, most of us go home to comfortable surroundings and eat our tea. Do we take this for granted? Yes. Do we remind ourselves that we are fortunate? fortunate to have a job, a home and most importantly ... 12:11:40 PM- 01Dec2017
SF Group – Jodie Broadley’s exciting promotion!
SF Group in Nottingham is delighted to announce that one of our superstar consultants has been given a much deserved promotion just before Christmas. Jodie Broadley, who has been a core member of the Nottingham team for over 3 years, is now officially the Divisional Manager of our Clerical & ... 1:04:00 PM- 30Nov2017
SF Group Welcomes Ben Marmon
SF Group is pleased to announce Ben Marmon has joined our ever-expanding Leicestershire & Northamptonshire team. Ben previously worked for Paul Mitchell Associates and brings with him 2 years Finance & Accountancy recruitment experience. Ben will be specialising from transactional to part and newly qualified finance professionals across the Northamptonshire ... 11:19:59 AM- 10Nov2017
Interview questions to ask your next hire
From the bog-standard to the bonkers there are a wealth of questions that you could ask a potential new recruit during the job interview process. But which questions will really tell you something about the person who wants to come and work for you and which will tell you most ... 10:42:15 AM- 25Oct2017
SF Group Nottingham are continuing their growth trajectory
Nottingham is full of brilliant people and luckily for us at SF Group, 4 of these exceptional people have joined our Nottingham super hub. We’re delighted by the flying starts these guys have had and of course their impact on our growing and exciting office. Working for SF Group can ... 10:01:58 AM- 12Oct2017
How to be more productive at work
Take advantage of your commute If you have a train journey into work, or even a drive or walk, use the time to organise your thoughts and plan your to-do list for the day. If you can, you can check your emails so that when you sit at your ... 9:50:38 AM- 09Oct2017
SF volunteer at local school, offering career advice to year 11 students
4 of SF Group’s most successful and senior employees, gave up some office time this week to volunteer at an Interview Skills session at Cardinal Wiseman School in Birmingham. In an event organised by local social enterprise Ahead Partnership, Mike Lattimer, Samantha Strong, Gareth Watkins and Robert Young provided the opportunity ... 10:44:56 AM- 06Oct2017
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, Spain!
SF Group Birmingham, back where it all started 20 years ago, are still at the top of their game. Yesterday 42 of our finest consultants headed to Barcelona for a few days of much deserved fun and time out together. How better to reward an office performance than a ... 6:40:30 PM- 22Sep2017
Our Marketing Manager Katie Button has been with SF Group 12+ years. Katie has always worked within the support function of the business, is very acclimatised to SME practices and wanted to find out more about why we have such strong tenure at SF Group compared to corporate counterparts ... 3:49:04 PM- 21Sep2017
SF Group Nottingham are flying high
SF Nottingham have just returned from a relaxing break in a luxury villa in Marbella. This team, managed by Dominic Syalon, opted to spend the weekend as a collective after being given the choice of a long haul high flyers trip for their highest performers or a trip away for ... 3:27:18 PM- 14Sep2017
What can you learn from job rejection?
They say you should be grateful to receive any response from a job application these days, but when that response is a rejection, it can really dent your confidence. The sight of those simple few words, 'We regret to inform you...' can cause a whole load of doubt ... 12:30:57 PM- 06Sep2017
Jade Edwards – My first year at SF Group
WOW… what an amazing first year at SF Group I have had. Before joining SF Group I wanted to make sure my next move was my last in recruitment, it was extremely important to me to work in a friendly and supportive environment and to ensure that we are all ... 4:10:07 PM- 30Aug2017
The evolution of recruitment
On the surface, recruitment seems like a simple concept; it involves people finding jobs and companies finding people.  In reality though, the industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of everyone it serves. Nowadays, the internet is usually the first port of call for those on both sides ... 3:34:29 PM- 23Aug2017

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