A Christmas chuckle amongst all the madness!


It’s that time of year when everyone goes a little crazy amongst the Christmas celebrations, so these words of festive fun written by Gemma Reucroft on her HRGem blog caused everyone at Engage to have a well deserved chuckle.


As the last few days of 2014 draw to their inevitable conclusion, Sally and everyone at Engage Executive Jobs wishes all our clients and candidates a very merry Christmas and look forward to working with everyone in what is going to be a very exciting and productive 2015.


  1. Employees sometimes do stupid stuff. At Christmas time and otherwise.
  2. Just deal with it.
  3. Resist the urge to worry too much about vicarious liability, discrimination and constructive dismissal.  Although it is probably a good idea not to put any mistletoe up in the office.
  4. Resist the urge to write any sort of policy.
  5. Resist the urge to put any sort of disclaimer about behaviour in any Christmas party related literature. If someone wants to punch Bob from Accounts on the dance floor after 12 pints of beer then they will do it anyway.  See points 1 and 2.
  6. Resist the urge to write special rules about absence from work after social events.  See point 2.
  7. Apply Christmas common sense.
  8. Avoid sprouts in an office environment at all times. This is especially important in small or poorly ventilated offices.
  9. Never, ever, buy Secret Santa presents from Ann Summers*.
  10. Enjoy yourself. Put a tree up. Eat some Quality Street.  Wear a Christmas jumper.  And if you feel yourself turning into the HR equivalent of Ebenezer Scrooge, then just watch this…..




Job vacancies outstrips candidates for first time since recession


The number of job vacancies has overtaken the number of job seekers for the first time since the recession, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.co.uk.

Competition for jobs passed a milestone in October 2014 as the number of jobseekers finally fell below the number of advertised vacancies – with 887,771 jobseekers compared to 936,596 advertised vacancies. This equals a ratio of just 0.95 jobseekers per vacancy, down from 1.02 in September. Year-on-year, competition for jobs has fallen from a ratio of 1.69.

Total advertised vacancies increased 25.1% year-on-year in October, hitting 936,596 available positions. This comprehensively beat the previous post-recession high of 906,191 set in September, representing a monthly increase of 3.4%.

Advertised salaries increased 4.3% year-on-year in October to £34,670, outstripping a low Consumer Prices Index inflation rate (1.3%) to provide the UK with its first taste of respectable real wage growth since before the recession. This is the third consecutive month in which annual salary growth has kept its leading margin on CPI; in real terms, advertised salaries have gone up by £997 over the year to October.

Sally BennettEngage Executive Jobs Executive Recruitment Director, Sally Bennett explains: “With job vacancies now outstripping jobseekers, using an experienced recruitment specialist has become even more paramount in assisting a company in the recruitment process.  Searching and selecting high calibre candidates in a candidate short market enables clients to spend their time doing what they do best; running their department to optimum levels of efficiency.  Meanwhile, we not only seek out the best potential candidates for our clients using a variety of methods including a specially adapted motivational tool to identify candidates’ key motivators, we can also advise on how to retain employees – be it through engagement, company benefits or bonus incentives, or clearly identified promotional career paths within the company.  All these aspects are becoming increasingly important to retain the best employees – after all, no one wants to spend time and money recruiting and training the best staff only to see them move on to a competitor in a couple of years.”

To speak to Sally about your requirements as a client or jobseeker, or to take advantage of our motivational tool call 01202 674488 or email sally@engageexecutivejobs.com

Financial and banking sector enters top 5 growth industries for first time this month


The finance and banking sector entered the top 5 growth industries for the first time this month, as searches for finance vacancies hit an all-time high for 2014.

Despite the fears surrounding the skills shortage, latest figures released show that jobs in the UK have increased across all industries in October compared to September 2014, reflecting the continuing decrease in the UK unemployment rate.

Compared to October 2013, the data revealed that the number of job vacancies  in Transportation has risen by 46%, Real Estate by 42%, Hospitality sees a 37% increase whilst Construction and Education have also experienced a healthy increase, clocking up a respective 35% and 32% rise on last year.

As well as recording great improvements in job vacancies, Education (+7%) and Real Estate (+5%) came out as top growth industries between September and October with Financial Services recording its first entry into the top 5 with 5%,  whilst Banking (+5%), Accounting (+5%) and Transportation (+4%) also saw a rise.