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13/09/2017
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[…]

30/08/2017
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 Yell.com[…]

21/08/2017
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[…]

17/08/2017
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[…]

07/08/2017
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.[…]

25/07/2017
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[…]

15/06/2017
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[…]

08/06/2017
Todays Election prompts national job audit

Living standards think tank, the Resolution Foundation, has published a review of the types of jobs people are currently doing up and down the country. The group undertook the research in response to political campaigning for todays election, which, as ever, has focused on winning the votes of ‘ordinary, working people’ for all parties. The[…]

05/05/2017
London & South East dominate GDP growth, with the Midlands also seeing an increase

Too much of the country’s economic activity is being drawn into London and the south-east, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned. If current trends continue, the TUC expects to see as much as 40% of the UK’s GDP (gross domestic product) consumed by its two most affluent areas by the year 2022. This is[…]

13/04/2017
Workers’ rights to be reviewed

The Government is to review the rights of workers in the UK to bring legislation more in line with today’s working practices. Current rules don’t account for the ongoing rise in businesses employing individuals as self-employed workers in order to avoid paying benefits such as annual leave allowance and sick pay. The Prime Minister has[…]

SF BLOG

SPOTLIGHT ON: ELLIE SMITH – SF GROUP
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
SF Group – Futures Housing Group’s Charity Football Tournament
Our Nottingham Office Consultant, Tobias Lamptey, will be showing off his footy skills at Futures Housing Group’s Charity Football Tournament at Eastwood Town Football Club on Sunday. The event is to raise money for Shelter, a British charity supporting homeless families. Tobias will be playing for the Limehouse FC team ... 11:58:03 AM- 04Aug2017
Why your employees should always come first
For most business owners, customer satisfaction is the number one goal - happy customers are loyal customers, right? Well, in order to make sure that's always the case, you need to keep your employees happy too; after all, they're the ones who sell the products and answer the phone ... 1:10:43 PM- 27Jul2017
Exciting opportunity in Nottingham
Following a hugely successful year within the Procurement & Supply Chain Division in SF Group’s Nottingham office, we are now looking for exceptional people to join the team. Procurement & Supply Chain is one of the fastest growing global industry sectors, especially with businesses being under even more pressure to ... 1:02:37 PM- 04Jul2017
SF Golf Day at The Belfry – A great day at the office…
SF Group recently hosted a fantastic golf day at the prestigious Belfry Course in Sutton Coldfield which is renowned for having held the renowned Ryder Cup Tournament four times. With some of our West Midlands clients, some fortunate employees and a healthy bit of competition on our minds, we went ... 9:29:40 AM- 29Jun2017
Things to remember in a job interview
Job interviews can be pretty nerve-racking. The pressure of what could be a life-changing event is often enough to make the mind go blank when you need it most. For many people, overthinking is the main problem - they try to memorise too much, and then trip up when attempting ... 9:37:31 AM- 20Jun2017
Visual CVs: Should you have one?
Did you know that the CV goes back hundreds of years? While it's impossible to determine exactly when the first one was produced, we do know that the earliest professional resume on record is credited to none other than Leonardo Da Vinci - famous of course for painting Mona Lisa ... 12:34:20 PM- 08Jun2017
Tobias Lamptey – 1 month in with SF Group
Apparently moving house is in the top 5 most stressful events in a persons life, add moving 130 miles northbound up the M1 to the mix and this past month could’ve been quite an upheaval for me. Fortunately, with a little experience under my belt, I managed to secure ... 9:56:50 AM- 30May2017
The East Midlands Dealmakers Awards
It’s with slightly heavy heads this morning that we thank the Business Insider for hosting and organising the East Midlands Dealmakers Awards at the Belfry, Nottingham yesterday evening. This is an annual event that recognises achievements and successes by the firms, funders and individuals driving this region’s deal making sector. ... 9:46:47 AM- 26May2017
We are delighted to be sponsoring the Drinks Reception at the East Midlands Deal Makers Awards this Evening
Taking place on Thursday 25th May at 7pm at the Belfry in Nottingham, this prestigious event is an annual recognition of the achievements by the firms, funders and individuals driving this region’s deal making sector. Each year the hosts, Business Insider, welcome guests from around the East Midlands to mark ... 9:44:49 AM- 25May2017
SF Group in partnership with The University of Derby Online Learning
SF Group are delighted to announce that we are now in partnership with The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL). The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) is the thriving online distance learning division of the University of Derby which is ranked as one of the top 50 universities offering ... 12:27:13 PM- 15May2017
SF Group welcomes back Suzie Harte
SF Group is pleased to announce that our Senior Consultant Suzie Harte is now back recruiting after 9 months on Maternity leave. Suzie will be based within Leeds and will be recruiting across the Yorkshire region. Suzie will be responsible for the recruitment of Internal Sales and Sales Support staff ... 10:22:19 AM- 08May2017
My Induction at SF Group
From the start of my journey with SF Group, to the present day, I have enjoyed each minute and every day has been a new experience. The Leicester office is a friendly and supportive group, and welcomed me into the team from the first time we met which was at ... 4:13:36 PM- 03May2017
Why employee recognition is important
So many companies fail to realise the importance of workforce engagement, and of rewarding hardworking staff for a job well done. Contrary to many Managing Directors' beliefs, a basic salary isn't always enough. We’ve all been there when you’ve worked so hard to meet a deadline, giving blood, sweat ... 3:49:33 PM- 03May2017
Mavera Mese – My first week at SF Group
WOW, is the three letters I can use to explain my first week with SF Group. Having had experience working with two other recruitment agencies, I can honestly say that I have never felt as welcomed as I have since joining this company and the fabulous Leicester team. It is ... 1:58:41 PM- 28Apr2017
Job-hopping: Smart career path or big red flag?
Talk to your typical baby boomer and they'll have likely spent a decent portion of their life in the same job, or, at the very least, the same industry. Job-hopping - the act of moving from one position to another in relatively quick succession - has been frowned upon ... 1:12:48 PM- 20Apr2017

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