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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Don’t get caught out by recruitment scams

A recent episode of Rip off Britain got us talking in the office about employment scams. The episode, in particular, involved a scam where a course was sold to a man who wanted to be qualified to take on a position on an off-shore oil rig.

The ‘sellers’ of the course – a ‘recruitment agency’ had in fact over charged by hundreds of pounds and then promptly disappeared by the end of it and were of no help in sourcing work for him.

You can watch the full episode at 

Recruitment scams

Like ‘modelling job’ scams, where hopefuls are asked to pay out hundreds of pounds for a portfolio of photographs, only to never get a single modelling job, we recommend you stay away from any sort of job that asks for up-front payments. If these recruiters were sure you’d secure work with them, they’d be the ones paying for your portfolio or essential training.

Beware the ‘recruiters’ too which promise to refund your expenses once they’ve found you a job. What incentive do they have to find you work if it means not only would they need to pay you for the job but also refund your expenses? Think about not only what’s in for you, but also what’s in it for them before you start down a path with any recruiter.

These aren’t the only way in which a recruiter (fake or otherwise) can make money from you to your detriment.

Beware umbrella payment companies

A recent complication in the world of recruitment is the reform of the IR35 regulations. These reforms have seen an upsurge in Umbrella payment companies. There has been much concern in the media about what some of these companies actually do

Some firms were reported to be offering payment via contractor loan schemes and suggesting this would reduce taxable income. However, the government clearly explains how this method of payment can result in penalties, interest and additional taxes.

Umbrella payment companies are not illegal, and not immoral in themselves. However, we often find that people blindly trust an umbrella payment company without questioning some of the deductions they make. While pay rates for temporary staff may tend to be more attractive on the face of it, the take-home pay can often be less than they would expect, and even less than if they were on a PAYE scheme.

For information about off-payroll working rules, the government provides some guidance here

Whilst some Umbrella companies are fully compliant with regulations, many charge workers for their payroll services.

How then is it possible to avoid some of the scammers that are out there in the world of recruitment, temporary work and umbrella companies?

  • Stick to well-known and respected well-established recruitment agencies.
  • If you use an Umbrella company ensure it is fully compliant and ASK what those deductions are on your payslip.
  • If you are offered a course with a job at the end of it, check the ‘recruitment’ company out; if someone offers you something that appears to be too good to be true, chances are it may well be.

There are also schemes called PAYE Umbrella which gives the impression that people are being paid PAYE but actually it’s just a version of an Umbrella scheme being sold under a different name.

Protect yourself by arming yourself with knowledge.

We are always available for help and guidance in your leisure job seeking. Your consultant can answer all your questions about your pay. Not sure if a company is reputable? Then stick with us!




Recruiting temporary staff for Christmas

Temporary and seasonal leisure staff

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas yet? Not for us. This time of year brings increased demand for good people in many sectors, retail, beauty, catering and hospitality. Christmas brings the annual surge in spending across the high street and in the leisure industry. Anyone who’s visited a gym in January can’t deny that even gym membership is seasonal!

Unless your name is Santa Claus and you have an abundance of little helpers ready to work extra hours, you may need to hire some temporary Christmas staff. Many industries hire temporary workers in the run-up to the festive season and there are plenty of people who are happy just to work during this period for one reason or another.

Christmas temps

If you want to recruit temporary staff for Christmas, here’s what you need to do

  • It is important to remember that temporary staff have legal rights the same as permanent employees. You the employer have legal obligations to your temporary workers. Employment legislation such as minimum wage needs to be adhered to. You can get more advice on these aspects of employment law at
  • Seasonal workers can be a positive influence on your company. Most enjoy working during busy, festive periods and their enthusiasm can be of great benefit both to your customers and to your permanent employees. Marginalising temporary employees by treating them as if they are not a legitimate part of the team can be a missed opportunity to inject some welcome festive cheer into your business.
  • Look at your temporary staff as on audition for a permanent role. Having the chance to try someone out on a temporary basis can be a great way of finding a superstar. Give your temp workers a chance to shine and you could uncover a real gem. Learn more about our Temp2Perm solutions
  • Depending on what they are going to be doing, temporary team members may need as much onboarding as a permanent employee. You can’t expect a new employee, whether temp or permanent, to know instantly how you do things, especially in a customer-facing role. While temps always have a welcome breadth of experience to draw on and are good at adapting to new environments, if you need things done a specific way then you need to invest some time showing them the ropes. Temp workers are good, but they’re not psychic!

We have many years’ experience in supporting beauty, spa, retail and leisure businesses by finding, placing and retaining quality temporary and permanent staff in leisure jobs. If you know that your business is about to enter a busy and profitable period and you are in need of some of Santa’s little helpers to help support this, then get in touch.

We can help you by supplying……

  • Beauty retail staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Health and fitness professionals
  • Catering and hospitality staff
  • Leisure sales staff

busy Christmas shopping period

Some of Our Clients