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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Leisure News round-up – September 2014

So it’s been another busy month in leisure recruitment. Who said that September was a bit of a wind-down period? You were lying! It’s been a busy old month in the leisure industry in general, and we’ve been keeping our eyes and ears open for news items. Here are some we’ve spotted in the last couple of weeks…..

Twitter is now more popular than Facebook!

Well in recruiting anyway. According to a recent study, 28% of recruiters are now active on Twitter compared to 15% on Facebook, with Twitter job postings getting 2.5 times as many views as Facebook. While LinkedIn is popular for many job-seeking professionals, Twitter is doing well. Recruiters are recommended to spread their sociability wide to get the attention of as many candidates as possible. We agree! You can follow us on Twitter at

Sports Direct being sued by zero-hours contractors

Sports retail giant Sports Direct is finding itself the subject of legal action by workers who were excluded from an employee bonus scheme due to being on zero-hours contracts. While the ethics of zero-hour contracts and their suitability is still being debated at length, it is clear that employers need to be aware of the discrimination that zero-hour contracts can create, even if just to prevent themselves from being sued. The cost of this court action is yet to be announced but with 250 employees as the plaintiff, it could run into £millions.

Fitness First hire David Anderson as Chief Marketing Officer

Fitness First have hired ex-IHG manager David Anderson to lead them through the latest phase of the brand’s transformation. Fitness First have embarked on an ambitious journey which will roll out their new brand to 155 of their clubs globally, and will see a major expansion into Asia. We wish David all the best in his new role.












Fitness First use technology and boost membership

Another Fitness First story – this time the gym brand explain how they’ve used innovative technology to redefine the gym experience. I don’t know exactly what they’ve done but it seems to be working – lots of ex-members have come running back, and membership loss rates are down. Good news!

PayAsUGym launch UK fitness marketplace service

Entrepreneurs Jamie Ward and Neil Harmsworth have launched an online marketplace service for gym memberships – kind of like a ComparetheMarket for the fitness industry. It’s a fairly obvious concept, and one that’s already got more than a third of the UK gym market on board. Not one to be ignored maybe?

Lawyers rule on paying commission during a holiday

Another legal case that employers need to heed is this one which ruled that employees who earn a basic wage plus commission should be paid a commission equivalent during their paid holiday to compensate for reduced earnings. Worrying also for many employers is that this ruling allows for back-payments, maybe as far back as 1998, and could prove to be expensive for some. Not all bad news however, as some employees may find themselves in line for a bit of a windfall. We’ll be watching this one with interest.

Have any news items caught your eye this month?

Leisure Industry Week 2014 – 30th September to 2nd October

We are going to Leisure Industry Week 2014! Are you?

Leisure Industry Week

Leisure Industry Week is the UK’s largest leisure industry exhibition covering all aspects of leisure today. It is a three-day long show at the NEC Birmingham, and yes, we will be going to see what’s hot for this year and next.  You can find out more about it here

There will be over 300 leading leisure industry companies exhibiting, as well as seminars, live workouts with brand new fitness equipment, and networking opportunities. We are very much looking forward to meeting up with old friends, and making lots of new ones.

We are particularly excited about the STA Swim Zone, which is a specially erected pool with lifesaving and pool plant demonstrations. There will be sessions from STA’s Junior Lifeguard Academy too.

Speakers include former Olympian Sally Gunnell MBE, and Dani King, champion cyclist.

Register in advance and you will get free entry. If you leave it until last minute, there is a £30 entry fee, so don’t delay! The show is strictly for trade visitors only, so if you fancy going, get your employers to register you.

Leisure Industry Week is sure to be another busy three days of leisure news, chat, and networking. If you see us wandering about, please come and say hello.

Are you going?

National Fitness Day – 26th September 2014

National Fitness Day 2014

National Fitness Day is coming on the 26th September!

What is it all about? Watch this video for more information.

National Fitness Day is a day to celebrate physical activity in the UK.

What is going on?

  • Mass participation events in London, Bristol, and Birmingham
  • Hundreds of free ‘Power Half-Hour’ events throughout the UK

There are some resources on the National Fitness Day website, with more to be added over the next few days.

Are you planning on doing something for National Fitness Day?

Leisure Jobs round-up – September 2014

Want to work in leisure but don’t know what you want to do, or just want to have a nosy at what leisure jobs we have available right now? Well, here you are! This is our pick the of leisure jobs we currently have available. If you can’t find the leisure job you’re seeking, then give us a call on 01895 450640 or email us at as we often get jobs in that we don’t list on our website. We have a wide range of temp and permanent leisure jobs in all sectors in all areas of the UK, so get in touch today. Don’t delay and miss your perfect job!

Spa jobs

Spa Receptionist – Bedfordshire

We are looking for a well-presented and reliable candidate to work as front of house for an exclusive spa hotel in Bedfordshire. It is full-time on a shift-rota to include weekends. You need to be familiar with spa and beauty treatments as the job will involve answering telephone enquiries, making appointments, and up-selling. There is a basic salary of £14,000 – £15,000 with the opportunity to earn commission from retail sales. Previous experience is good but not essential. If you fancy this one, please give us a call and ask to speak to one of our spa and beauty team.

lifeguard jobs

Lifeguard – South East London

Lifeguard jobs are often accused of being low-paid, seasonal work but this one really can’t be. This is a permanent, well-paid position in a unique, exciting leisure facility in South East London. This job involves the usual lifeguard duties and also the opportunity to develop your leisure industry skills by taking on duty manager work too. NPLQ essential. How does £18,000 sound for a 35-hour week on a shift-rota? Tempted? Give us a call ASAP as this one will go quick!

Female Lifeguard – East London

A leisure centre in Newham is looking for female lifeguards to work during the centre’s female-only and general swimming sessions. NPLQ essential. 40 hours per week on a full-time permanent basis. £15k salary. If you’re a NPLQ qualified female lifeguard, we’d love to hear from you!

Crossfit instructor

Leisure Facility in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester

We are recruiting for two positions at a leisure facility in Wythenshawe. The first is a Fitness Instructor to work part-time on a temporary basis. Great opportunity which may lead to a permanent position on the team. REPS Level 2 or equivalent is essential. £7.50 per hour for 17.5 hours a week initially.

The other role is a Supervisor. You must be REPS Level 3 qualified for this one. Again, it may lead to a permanent position. £10 per hour initially. For either of these positions, please call or email as above.

Leisure sales jobs

Leisure Account Manager – South-West England

A global supplier of chemical products to the leisure industry is seeking an ambitious and experienced account manager to look after the South-West England area, focussing on the M4 corridor. Must have Pool Plant Operators Certificate and a passion for customer service. A basic salary of up to £28,000 plus a bonus plus a car!

If any of these jobs sound attractive to you, or you’d just like to learn more about 4Leisure Recruitment can help you find the perfect leisure job, then please get in touch with one of our specialist leisure recruitment team. 01895 450640

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