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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Construction Companies Fall Foul of False Self-Employment

“Britain has been dubbed the self-employment capital of western Europe with 4.5 million classed as self-employed, accounting for more than 15% of the labour force.

Many people working in construction are genuinely self-employed, however, UKCG (UK Contractors’ Group) recognises that some are not ‘false self-employment’ and that, under current tax rules, it is extremely difficult for law abiding companies to decide whether somebody is really self employed or should be taxed within PAYE. It is estimated that false self-employment is costing the Exchequer £1.9 billion per annum.

“Since April 2014, the government has introduced new legislative rules to clamp down on false self-employment. Recruitment agencies are now required to ensure all workers supplied to a business, and who no longer pass HMRC’s test for being self-employed, are treated as full employees, and added to payroll appropriately.

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Ionic goes back to school

Year 10 students at Stockport Academy were treated to a visit from Ionic Recruitment, a leading Construction, Social Housing and Maintenance Recruitment Agency to learn all about the world of entrepreneurship and offer advice on careers in construction.

Martyn Makinson, Managing Director at Ionic Recruitment, based in Warrington, visited the Academy to take part in the Founders4School Role Model Event. He was invited to take part thanks to an impressive CV, which includes over 18 years’ experience of operating within a wide range of industry sectors on a global scale. The event is designed to help students understand what entrepreneurs do and showcase entrepreneurship as a high impact career choice.

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Ionic provides input on latest Total Jobs construction jobs report

Totaljobs produced their first report on the Construction sector and Our Managing Director, Martyn Makinson, spoke to Totaljobs recently to offer his expert opinions on the recent growth in the sector and the gap between supply and demand.

In August 2013, there were more than 3,000 new jobs in the construction sector compared to August 2012. You may also have noticed that, over the past few months, the media has been full of stories about skills shortages and pressures on supplies hampering the UK’s construction industry growth.

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Decision Recruitment Announce Name Change

Decision Recruitment, the Construction and Social Housing Recruitment Agency specialists has undergone a complete company rebrand

The Recruitment Consultancy will be now known as Ionic and the rebrand includes a new website, logo and increased marketing/PR presence. The name change is part of an ongoing business growth strategy that aims to reach a projected business turnover of £5.3m in the current financial year.

As part of the rebrand, the company has made significant investment into a new state of the art company website, which is also mobile optimised and has ‘live chat’ functionality built into it. Read more