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If anyone out here is looking to share JOB BOARDS with anybody else, please do not do so as this is a unethical practice moreover 'Job Board' Companies have a way of tracking the IP address(s) which…Continue

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Looking for Peoplesoft Consultant

Hello All, Please find the below requirement and let me know if you have any consultant with you. Please send the resume Directly to…Continue

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Job board posts - what they say and what they really mean No. 3

Three more definitions of what they say and what they really mean in job ads.Continue

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Started by Alasdair Murray Mar 22, 2010.

Excellent Opportunity - Recruitment Resourcer - Cardiff,UK

My client is currently looking for a Recruitment Resourcer to expand there base in Cardiff,UK. Job Title: IT Recruitment Resourcer Location: Cardiff Bay In particular, you will need to have, or…Continue

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Comment by tom on March 15, 2010 at 7:00am
3 umbrella problems damage umbrella reputation

Following the recent news that a few companies have entered into a voluntary arrangement and that two other “umbrella service providers” have left contractors unpaid, agencies should take care to ensure they are protected against umbrella failures, says the recruitment law specialist Lawspeed.

Adrian Marlowe, MD of Lawspeed and Chair of the recruiter trade body, the Association of Recruitment Consultancies, said “whilst agencies have quite rightly been focused on making sure they are not exposed to debt transfer arising under the Managed Services Legislation, it is just as, if not more, important for agencies to make sure that have a fall back position if the umbrella they are dealing with fails to pay the worker.
Claims of compliance by an umbrella should not lull the agency into a sense of security – as recent events have shown that sense can be false.”

The umbrella industry is not regulated and there are few checks and balances in place.
All umbrellas claim to comply yet the issue of incorrect payment of expenses in particular is a current focus of concern for HMRC. Where an HMRC investigation establishes that rules have been incorrectly applied by umbrellas, a demand for payment of correct levels of tax usually quickly follows.

That can lead to an insolvency situation and the potential for the umbrella to simply fold.

In those circumstances it is entirely possible that monies received in from agencies can be used to pay off secured creditors and HMRC before the worker gets a dime – leaving the agency to face the brunt of the worker’s complaints, and everyone in the chain unhappy.

Adrian went on to say “given HMRC’s current policy of investigation it is crucial that agencies ensure they have correct procedures and contracts in place. Agencies should never rely on 3rd party accreditation or the size of an organisation.

Regrettably these recent events have served as a siren warning for all, and without doubt have again damaged the reputation of the umbrella industry.”
Comment by Keith Robinson on February 25, 2010 at 4:55pm
Meet with a friend of mine who owns a mid sized firm, about 50 consultants this week.

First thing she asked was "take a look at my job board usage and decide which one I drop!!" whoa was my first comment followed by a detailed analysis of spend.

Next questions "lets check response" silence - no data or didn't know how to get the information!!.

OK why are we doing this 1) Save money - OK 2) Just think I'm using to many boards - OK 3) New ATS = More Candidates -lots of funky social search functionality -OK 4) New Site lots of SEO - OK.

Result $15k taken from one board.

What worries me is I spend a lot of time "defending job boards" but I increasingly worry about their future or am I just getting old.

Suppose my question is "is this the norm"?
Comment by Stewart Roberts on February 9, 2010 at 6:21am
As a Recruitment Consultant, are you good at selling but lousy at administration?

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