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Category Archives: Spa & Beauty News

Spa & Beauty Industry News from 4Leisure Recruitment

Professional Beauty London 2017

On 27th Feb, 4Leisure Recruitment Director Jean Wing Hing and Spa and Beauty Recruiter Ali McAlister attended Professional Beauty London, possibly the biggest spa and beauty trade show in the UK.

Jean was there to talk on the education forum and share his experience as a spa and beauty industry recruitment specialist. Did you get to hear him?

Jean Wing Hing of 4 Leisure Recruitment at Professional Beauty London 2017

The main take-aways from the talk were……

  • Getting new entrants into the world of spa and beauty who can do the basics well is becoming more of a focus. Employers are keen to recruit spa and beauty school graduates who have a solid skillset in the basics – the rest can be learnt as you go along.
  • There is concern however that this ‘ongoing training’ is being disproportionately carried out by the larger spa and beauty companies who have the resources to do so.
  • More role models are needed for spa and beauty students to help them engage and choose better career pathways. The different opportunities available to graduates beyond the basics needs much more promotion.
  • There are more people trying to train in celebrity make-up courses than jobs available in this sub-sector. The gap between what people want to study and what skills the industry is currently demanding needs to close.

After a great debate from all the panel and the audience, Jean then moved on to the College Zone, where he was the very last speaker right at the heart of the show. He filled the 15 minute slot with his wisdom on opportunities for students and graduates in the spa and beauty sector.

Did you go to Professional Beauty?

Nail Salons busted in government’s illegal workers crackdown

The news we heard about the nail salons that have been targeted as part of the government’s Operation Magnify reminded us of all of our responsibilities as employers. If you didn’t read the story you can read more here…….

Nail Salons raided in immigration operation

Operation Magnify launched by the government last year was established to target those industries that may be employing or exploiting immigrant workers: catering, construction and social care have also been targeted.

The government explains……….

Illegal working undermines legitimate employers, harms the reputation of the industry, drives down wages and denies employment to hard-working UK citizens and people who are working in the UK legally.’

Over 280 salons had been visited by immigration officers investigating illegal working. The immediate results were that nearly 100 illegal workers were arrested nationwide. Worryingly, over a dozen of those arrested have been passed to a service for those who have been identified as possible victims of slavery.

The industry had perhaps suspected the very same for some time but this has compounded any suspicions and reminded us not only of the legal responsibilities we all have as employers but also of the moral and ethical duties we owe our clients.

How many of you have heard clients talk about visiting salons where they felt uncomfortable? The very essence of the industry is to provide a service to clients that enhances their life and essentially makes them want to return. The health and safety needs of the clients and employees always needs to be uppermost in all our minds in every type of business.

Whilst some may well feel that the industry needed to be tidied, the net result may be that some independent business feel the pinch. The wage potential of properly qualified technicians may well improve but the net result is always likely to be an increase in cost to the customer.

Those found to be employing an illegal worker are liable to a £20,000 fine per worker if they fail to prove they carried out ‘right to work checks’. It is not worth a risk to any business to skip these legalities, it also is not providing the appropriate levels of service that all our clients expect and deserve. If you are unsure what those checks are then all the information can be found here

If you are concerned about any of these employment issues then there is plenty more guidance and support available should you wish to use them.

ACAS also has a multitude of help guides for employers to help with all stages of employment and to help provide a better working environment for all staff and to protect employers from making errors

IMATS London 2016 – see you there!

This week, Ali and Hayley-Jo will be attending IMATS London. Will we see you there?

IMATS London 2016

IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show) London is a trade exhibition for the make-up industry’s biggest names where they will share their skills, secrets and stories. Now in its 15th year IMATS brings together film, fashion, TV and theater artists with budding make-up artists.

There will be make-up classes and live demos at the show, and top make-up brands will sell the latest and greatest products.

Cutting-edge beauty artist Alex Box will unveil her latest project at IMATS London. The former Illamasqua creative director’s work has appeared inVogue and Won the faces of Lady Gaga and Kate Moss and on the catwalks for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel. She’ll do a make-up demo and spend one-on-one time with attendees.

Love make-up shopping? You’re in luck: International brands including Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Bobbi Brown Pro and Make Up For Ever Paris will unveil new products and offer old favorites.

In the Battle of the Brushes student make-up competitions, international make-up students will race to create winning looks. This year’s beauty competition is themed Carnival/Circus; the character competition is themed Four Decades of Star Wars. And the Make-up Museum will showcase creations from well-loved films and TV shows.

IMATS London 2016 looks to be another fantastic event and Ali and Hayley-Jo are very much looking forward to seeing what’s new in the world of make-up, and meeting lots of new make-up professionals. If you see them, please do go and say hello.

Ali McAlister

Ali of 4Leisure Recruitment

Ali is our spa and beauty Business Development Consultant. She has 22 year’s experience in the spa and beauty industry and specialises in networking, recruitment opportunities, consultancy, and training and education


Hayley Jo of 4 Leisure Recruitment

Hayley-Jo joins us from a wonderful background within the beauty and entertainment industries having worked for several national and global companies, including 4 magical years with Disney Cruise Line, and also managing premium beauty counters within department stores. Hayley-Jo is new to 4Leisure Recruitment, so be nice!

IMATS London runs from 3rd to 5th June at the Olympia National in West Kensington. You can find out more information at  

Announcing – partnering with The Massage Company

We are proud to announce our successful partnership with The Massage Company.

The Massage Company has been formed by two spa industry leaders, Charlie Thompson and Elliot Walker, and their first site – in Camberley, Surrey – is having its grand opening this week. As official recruiters to The Massage Company, representatives from 4Leisure Recruitment will be attending. We are happy to say that we have been able to completely staff the Camberley centre in time! Great work by the spa recruitment team in supporting this amazing new concept start-up.

The Massage Company plan on rolling the business out as a franchise, and have set their sights on having 30 sites within five years. We will watch their development with interest, and wish them all the best for the future.

“There’s nothing more we like than supporting a start-up. TMC looks like an exciting proposition with big plans and we’re really happy to be working with them. It’s great to work with people who have a very clear people strategy, who provide us with everything we need to do a great job for them. Look forward to the grand opening!” ~ Jean Wing Hing, Director

You can find out more about The Massage Company at

This article below has appeared in the April edition of Professional Beauty magazine

The Massage Company and 4 Leisure Recruitment in Professional Beauty Magazine

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Massage Therapists needed

Professional Beauty 2016

Last weekend, I hopped over to London Excel to attend Professional Beauty 2016, a two-day expo of spa and beauty businesses. It’s one of Europe’s leading events for beauty and spa professionals, attracting over 30,000 visitors and seeing exhibits from over 800 beauty and spa brands.

I was invited to sit on the panel at a talk called “How our company is developing. What we feel Colleges should focus on to meet the ever changing and diverse needs of the Beauty industry?” with other spa industry professionals such as Ceri Silk from Saks Hair & Beauty, and Helena Field from the Mandarin Oriental spa in London, as part of a morning of talks about education within the spa and beauty sector. As usual, it was very helpful and provided a fantastic insight into the challenges of providing relevant and industry-specific skills to budding and developing spa therapists.

So what were the findings from the talk? Well, there was a strong emphasis from the panel that there is a lack of commercial skills being trained in colleges, which is an issue we’ve discussed previously. However, frontline educators are aware of this but haven’t got the funding or the time to deliver those skills. Resources are often stretched thin and demands of employers are growing.

I suggested that there was a shift towards “total wellness” by the larger spa operators and getting the basics right without the need for the peripheral treatments. However, smaller spas and salons are looking for better value for money with the increase in Living Wage. They want more skills and experience for the money, so we’re advising therapists to perfect the core skills first to make sure they have a decent understanding of what’s required in each role, and then bolt on usable job-specific qualifications to add value.

The general consensus was that there is too much in the way of celebrity endorsed trends such as media make-up qualifications which lead people into qualifying with no jobs available to them. It’s important that the education sector train people to do that jobs that are available and that are in demand to make them more employable, and more useful to the spa and beauty sector.

It was an honour to once again help the development of the workforce to meet the demands of the spa and beauty industry and its employers. I hope that our insight into the gaps in skills supply that spa and beauty employers are experiencing will help inform spa and beauty teaching policy in a meaningful way.

Written by Jean Wing Hing

Jean Wing Hing of 4Leisure Recruitment

Rising Star – from spa and beauty training to spa and beauty jobs

Have you heard of our Rising Star programme?

Our Rising Spa programme has been designed by a team of industry experts to bridge to gap between spa and beauty training, and spa and beauty jobs.

New therapists, while well qualified and talented, often face barriers when it comes to making the move into the spa and beauty industry. The programme is designed to give rising stars a head start on their spa and beauty career path.

As specialist spa and beauty recruiters, we work with a range of businesses and recognised brands, who work with us to help develop the spa and beauty therapists of the future.

How does it work?

For newly-qualified therapists, we provide advice and training through workshops and seminars, and provide temporary and contract placements in spas and salons throughout the UK. We provide industry-specific training in areas such as retail sales, complaint handling, general conduct, and preparation for work.

We keep our therapists updated on new training and development opportunities and provide ongoing support.

Spa and beauty jobs

Ultimately, the aim is to help give therapists the skills they need to make the move from beauty student to beauty professional. We equip our therapists with the skills and attitude that beauty and spa employers seek, and work with employers to tailor the Rising Star Programme to adapt to the changing demands of the spa and beauty industry.

We then help graduates to find their perfect spa and beauty job, and employers to find their ideal therapists.

For more information about the Rising Star Programme and how you can be involved either as a therapist or an employer…..

Call us on 01895 450640

Or e-mail

Rising Star programme from 4Leisure Recruitment

Spa and beauty jobs are one of our many leisure industry specialities, which also includes fitness jobs, lifeguard jobs, and leisure executive positions. Our collective years of experience both as leisure professionals ourselves and as recruiters has shown us that often the leap from leisure student to leisure professional can be daunting and frustrating.

Although courses equip students with the skills they need to carry out a leisure role, sometimes they don’t teach skills which employers are looking for, such as customer service, or general work skills. A spa therapist may leave college being able to administer a very good massage yet unable to upsell or be unfamiliar with the rigours of a working day. Rising Stars is a bridging programme which fills in the gaps.

Our Rising Stars programme aims to be the benchmark in helping to produce spa therapists who are not only super-talented but super-employable and a fantastic asset to their employers, and to the spa and beauty industry in the future.

Careers evening with Isis Beauty Academy

4Leisure Recruitment are pleased to announce that we will be visiting staff and students of Isis Beauty Academy next week for a careers evening. The exclusive event will enable us to talk to students about the opportunities within the spa and beauty sector, and find some fantastic future talent for our clients’ spas and salons.

All Isis Beauty Academy students and graduates are welcome to attend. Please call Isis Beauty Academy on 01932 23 23 22 to confirm your attendance. Places are limited.

Our spa and beauty industry specialists will be there from 5:30pm to meet and advise students and graduates on suitable jobs, and to find the career path that’s right for them. We will also be providing information about our Rising Star Programme, which has been designed to help aspiring beauty professionals bridge the gap between education and employment through a series of training opportunities, work experience, and ongoing support.

We are proud to work with Isis Beauty Academy, one of the leading providers of education and training in the Spa and Beauty sector. They offer a huge range of courses in many different disciplines including facials and skin care, tanning, and electrolysis. For more information please visit Isis Beauty Academy

You can follow on social media using #YourFutureInYourHands.

Follow Isis Beauty Academy on Twitter @IsisBeautyAcd

Careers evening

Isis Beauty Academy, 14 Church Street, Walton-on-Thames

27th August – 5:30pm

Tweet us @4LeisureSpa if you’re planning on coming along.

Isis Beauty Academy

Cucumbers – why we love them!

The humble cucumber is a fantastic fruit – yes, it is really a fruit and not a vegetable!

Beauty therapists know the benefits of using cucumbers, and they have been used to reduce eye puffiness for many years.

National cucumber day

Here are some more facts about a much under-rated fruit

  • There are many different varieties of cucumber, including slicing, pickling, and burplees.
  • They were originally grown in southern Asia, but now are grown the world over.
  • Cucumbers are not all green – you can also get them in yellow. Some varieties are spherical rather than elongated.

But why are they good for your eyes?

  • First of all, cucumbers contain ascorbic acid which reduces water retention, reducing swelling
  • Because they have a high water content, cucumbers are fantastic moisturisers
  • They contain antioxidants, which makes it a great anti-aging product
  • Cucumbers have a lightening effect, reducing dark circles
  • They can be cooled, making them soothing to your skin

On top of all that, they contain less chemicals, and are cheaper than a man-made beauty product. Cucumbers are a low-cost resource for your beauty spa or salon.

Need convincing? Read this from The Huffington Post and make cucumbers your best beauty buy!

The Pink Ribbonwalk 2015

With the revelation that our own Ali is taking part in one of the Pink Ribbonwalks on July 4th, we’re taking a closer look at what looks to be a huge, fundraising event for a fabulous charity.

The Pink Ribbonwalks are organised by Breast Cancer Care. They are a series of 5 mile, 10 mile, or 20 mile guided walks in six locations around the UK. They are designed to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Everyone taking part has to pay a fee, and seek to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. All money will go direct to Breast Cancer Care, who provide support and information to those experiencing breast cancer.

Pink Ribbonwalk balloons

(c) Breast Cancer Care

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK. Although it can be found in men, the majority of cases are found in women, and it can take different forms, affecting individuals in many different ways. Around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, with a significant number of these being in women over the age of 50. The risk of developing breast cancer in a lifetime is 1 in 8 for women.

Family history is not important in breast cancer, contrary to popular belief, and cancer can affect anyone no matter breast size. It’s a disease which many women are familiar with as too many of us will know someone who has survived it, is fighting it right now, or will even get it ourselves.

Ali, our Business Development Exec, is walking 20 miles through London at night on July 4th. This is expected to take between five and eight hours. Ali is aiming for six.

Ali says “I decided this year to go for something completely different. I have done the running, dancing, and cake baking so I am looking forward to walking around our beautiful city at night, to making new friends, and to raise money for something that is very close to my heart.”

“I have met some many wonderful women who have had breast cancer: some of them have fought it and unfortunately some did not beat it. It will be challenging to get through the night and always emotional to think of my close loved ones who did not make it.”

If walking isn’t your thing but you want to be involved, Breast Cancer Care are currently seeking volunteers to act as route marshalls, and various other essential roles.

Are you a qualified and insured massage therapist? They need you!

Volunteer massage therapists are needed to help soothe the inevitable aches and pains that long walks create. We are helping Breast Cancer Care to find an army of massage professionals who are able to give their time and skills, helping participants in raising as much money as possible. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with us on 01895 450640 and we can put you in touch with the Pink Ribbonwalk team.

For more information, please visit

You can sponsor Ali at

Breast Cancer Care – Pink Ribbonwalk from Breast Cancer Care on Vimeo.

Qualified beauty therapist? We need you!

Spa and beauty jobsDo you have qualifications in beauty or spa therapy?

We are currently seeking therapists for work around the UK, particularly in the South-East for various roles, both permanent and temporary.

We offer a competitive rate, and work with some of the best spas, hotels, and salons in the UK.

If you’re looking for something to fit in with your commitments, want to expand your work experience, or just earn good money, then please get in touch with us to find out more.

How to contact us……

Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm, we are in the office – you can call us on 01895 450640

If you prefer email, please use – if you have a current CV, please feel free to attach it, or you can simply request more information, or a call back from us.

Please browse through our Spa and Beauty jobs while you’re here but bear in mind that due to the urgent nature of some roles, we don’t put all jobs on the website. The best thing to do is to contact us and let us know you’re interested.

Don’t delay – get in touch today!

Some of Our Clients