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Top Midlands Recruiter SF Group Soars Into 20th Year

  Dragons Den led recruitment specialist celebrates placing eight candidates a day in two decade history. A leading recruitment specialist based in the Midlands that has successfully placed over 40,000 professionals throughout the region, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. SF Group, which has Dragons Den star James Caan as a leading investor, is marking[…]

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[…]


SF Group – new talent in Nottingham
Our Nottingham team is expanding! Dominic Syalon our East Midlands Operations Director, recently explained some of the reasons behind adding fantastic new talent to our Nottingham office; “As I enter into my 15th year with SF Group, I still feel the same energy and passion as I did when ... 2:47:57 PM- 12Oct2018
SF Group volunteer at local school
SF Group are really proud to see some of the feedback from year 11 students at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School after Jade Crooks, Marcus Jolly, Nikki Clarke and Annabel Tura went to assist with some interview experience and preparation. Some comments from the students: ‘They asked relevant questions, gave me good ... 1:02:44 PM- 14Sep2018
SF Group Welcomes Brienne Jameson!
SF Group is pleased to announce that Brienne Jameson has joined our hugely successful and ever-growing Leicester team. Brienne will be managing placements within an ‘office support’ capacity across the Leicestershire region and can offer permanent candidates. Brienne joined us with 13 years experience within recruitment and is proving ... 3:27:23 PM- 19Jul2018
Our annual summer BBQ in partnership with CIPS
It’s been a whole gloriously sunny week since SF Group, together with CIPS, hosted a networking summer BBQ on the Roof Terrace of the Library of Birmingham. This was our 4th year of partnering with CIPS to deliver an annual Midlands event that offers an unrivalled networking opportunity to all ... 2:25:35 PM- 06Jul2018
Lucinda Barnett’s Running for MIND!
After 2017's scorching hot Leeds 10K, the Divisional Manager of our SF Leeds office Luci Barnett, is once again running the Leeds 10K this coming Sunday the 8th July. Luci swore that never again would she get involved with this run after nearly passing out at the finish line last ... 1:07:54 PM- 02Jul2018
As a business, we’re actively increasing our corporate social responsibility efforts and we’re absolutely committed to working more closely within our local communities. While we’re very proud of our charity fundraising to date, raising a staggering £1.2M+, we’re currently seeing a huge uplift in many of our employees volunteering ... 10:07:17 AM- 27Jun2018
SF Group Welcomes Will Tomlinson!
SF Group is pleased to announce that Will Tomlinson has joined our hugely successful and ever-growing Nottingham team. He will be managing placements within a ‘Finance and Accountancy’ capacity across the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire region representing candidates that are looking for permanent opportunities. Will joins us with over 6 ... 3:46:39 PM- 26Jun2018
75 Best Companies to work for in the Midlands – SF Group makes the cut!
  We’re delighted to share the news that SF Group, a professional services recruitment business, has been placed within the 75 Best Companies to work for in the Midlands. Our positioning is based on a survey whereby employees respond to over 50 questions based around 8 workplace factors. We ... 4:25:22 PM- 03May2018
GDPR Demystified
Unless you have been living under a rock, it has been hard to miss the media frenzy surrounding General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Although there is already a data protection law in place, on the 25 May 2018, the life of any business holding personal data will change forever when ... 1:13:05 PM- 30Apr2018
Mental health in the workplace
While we still have a long way to go, mental health has never been talked about so openly in this country, and this has to be a good thing. According to the UK’s Mental Health Foundation, one in six people in the past week will have experienced a common mental health problem, underlining ... 10:00:39 AM- 18Apr2018
Measuring the impact of Mental Health in the workplace
Katy Hill from SF Group’s Nottingham office managed a well-being seminar this morning which attracted almost 60 HR Professionals from across the East Midlands. This topical event took place at the Hilton Hotel in Nottingham and we were delighted to be joined by our excellent speaker James Maher, who has over 25 years’ experience as a commercially aware, senior HR practitioner. The ... 3:59:53 PM- 27Mar2018
SF’s Regina O’Reilly
Last week, our very own legend Regina O’Reilly completed the EMA2Notts 16 mile run from East Midlands Airport to Nottingham Castle, smashing her £10,000 fundraising target and raising a staggering £18,473 for Bowel Cancer UK. Reg is actually the organisation lead on this run, and all of her preparation and ... 2:23:13 PM- 21Mar2018
SF Group’s Rebecca Parnell to run the London Half Marathon
SF Group is delighted to be sponsoring our fabulous Leicester Operations Director Rebecca Parnell, who on Sunday 25th March 2018 will be running the London Half Marathon. Rebecca has been training very hard over the past two months, with daily 5am starts, alongside her beautiful black Labrador Pickles and she’s ... 10:46:18 AM- 16Mar2018
What does IWD mean to us?
There is lots going on around to world to mark this day including McDonald’s turning its sign upside down to make a W, demonstrations in capital cities to raise awareness and even a train strike in Spain in the name of equality. It’s also 100 years since the suffragettes won ... 1:43:27 PM- 08Mar2018
£100k and counting – We are as proud as punch to be sponsoring Regina O’Reilly
SF Group are delighted to be sponsoring our fabulous (if slightly crazy), Credit Controller Regina O’Reilly in her personal quest to run, run and run some more. This lady who has been with our business over a year, has raised an incredible £100k for UK & Irish charities since ... 6:34:15 PM- 06Mar2018
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

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