2015 Marks a Change in Construction

After the Queen’s speech we reflect on the Conservative government’s investment in the housing market and the effect on apprentices.

George Osborne announced a new ‘Help To Buy’ ISA, where for every £200 a first-time buyer saves towards a home, the Government will give them a £50 top-up. Furthermore, the Government has set a substantial target of building 200,000 new starter homes by 2020 and plans to release public land for the construction of up to 150,000 new homes.

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Ionic were Great in the Manchester Run

After months of anticipation and training in preparation for the Great Manchester Run, the day finally came and Ionic did not disappoint.

We are very proud to announce that all 18 members of the Ionic team completed the 10k, in some cracking times too. With our top runner completing the course in 52 minutes!

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Ionic on the Run

It’s nearly time! This Sunday, 18 members of the Ionic team will be running the Morrison’s Great Manchester run for St Rocco’s Hospice. With the date fast approaching, we are all getting in some last minute training to ensure we are prepared for the day.

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Ionic Bake Sale – The Result

On Monday 27th April we held the Ionic 10k Run Bake Sale at Chadwick House, Birchwood Park to raise money for St Rocco’s Hospice.

The Ionic team baked lots of wonderful cakes; including the very popular lemon drizzle cake and red velvet cake.

The cakes went down a storm and we are delighted to announce that we raised an amazing £134.27!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came down to give pounds and gain a few pounds for a very worthwhile charity.

For more details on our run and our chosen charity, visit our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/IonicRecruitment/

Ionic Bake Sale

Ionic Bake Sale

 

Ionic Bake Sale

Monday 27th April, Chadwick House, Birchwood Park, WA3 6AE at 12-2pm

Join us for the Ionic Bake Sale on Monday 27th April!

This year, 18 employees at Ionic Recruitment are taking part in the Manchester 10k to raise funds for St. Rocco’s Hospice.

St. Rocco’s Hospice is a fantastic and inspiring charity that gives specialist care to patients with life limiting illnesses in the Warrington area.

The Ionic team is getting involved to raise money, which will help to provide the resources required to ensure patients enjoy an active and happy life.

We would be grateful of any donations big or small.

To help us reach our target we will be selling delectable cupcakes, flapjacks, brownies and more in Chadwick House, between 12-2pm.

All money raised from the bake sale will go directly to St. Rocco’s Hospice and if you want to check out our team training pictures please visit: www.justgiving.com/ionicrecruitment.

So, come and visit us on 27th April from 12pm. Show your support to a fantastic cause and buy a delicious piece of cake to enjoy with your brew!

Ionic Running Team

Social Media Screening: Tips for Candidates

In the age of social media we are all dedicated to staying in touch with our family and friends through sharing our lives on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, but have you ever considered who has access to your personal accounts?

Chances are your employer does and no doubt there are a few choice pictures you would rather your manager or a prospective employer doesn’t see!

Despite your highly professional LinkedIn profile, future potential employers are taking a sneak peek at your Facebook and Twitter before you’ve secured an interview.

So that you don’t blow your chances of securing your dream job, we’ve put together some top tips on how to manage your image on social media.

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The Counteroffer Conundrum

Here at Ionic, January has been an extremely busy month for our permanent recruitment team. In this month alone, we’ve seen an increase of over 45% new permanent construction jobs being registered with us.

With such an increase in construction companies looking to recruit and the mass skills shortages in the construction sector, it’s created the perfect storm as companies  risk of losing staff as fast  as they are recruiting.

In the last 12 months, construction companies have chosen to make serious counter offers to staff who have given in their notice, as many team members are business or project critical and they simply can’t afford to lose them.

From our experience, we’ve seen counter offers in excess of 20-25% of the person’s annual salary!

Our permanent recruitment team speak with large numbers of permanently employed candidates on a daily basis. During the conversation, we always ask their reasons for wanting to change employers and it’s seldom that money come into the equation.

More often than not, candidates want to seek out pastures new because they feel undervalued, unappreciated or they haven’t received any investment in their training and development and have stagnated in their role.

This results in you taking the bold step to attend interviews, negotiating an offer of employment and accepting a new job with an employer that promises to offer you all of things your present company hasn’t given to you.

The day then arrives of you handing in your notice with your manager and instead of wishing you good luck, they hit you with a significant counter offer of more money.

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Why staff retention should be a key part of your agenda in 2015

This week marks the first full week back into work after the Christmas break. For many people, Christmas hasn’t just been a time for turkey and mince pies; but has been a time to reflect on their careers.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), over a third of employees are planning to change jobs in 2015.

The majority of individuals surveyed are looking to change employment to access better career progression routes, with the second highest percentage wanting to move for an increase in salary.

The results of the survey suggest the reasons for considering a change of employer is a marked increase in the confidence of the UK economy and the fact that many individuals careers and salaries have stagnated during the recession.

Throughout our many years’ experience of speaking with candidates, the survey backs up what we’ve seen, as it’s very rare that candidates look to change employers because of money alone.

In a number of instances, employers feel that increasing a person’s salary will placate the person when the reality is that most employees seek recognition and the opportunity to progress their career.
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Ionic Recruitment Donates to Christmas Toy Appeal

Ionic Recruitment, the specialist consultancy within Construction, Social Housing and Maintenance sectors, has truly embraced the festive spirit this year by donating 30 presents to Wire FM’s Christmas toy appeal.

The Christmas toy appeal is an initiative designed to put a smile on the faces of local, vulnerable children who may not receive a present on Christmas day. Wire FM collects presents donated by businesses in the North West and delivers them to Children’s charities across Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn.

After hearing about the charitable appeal on Wire FM, Ionic Recruitment began encouraging its staff to get involved. Rather than spending money on a secret Santa present this year, the business donated presents to the toy appeal, gathering an impressive 30 gifts in total.

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