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Apprenticeship wage 2017

Apprenticeship wage 2017

Who is the apprenticeship wage for? The minimum apprenticeship wage in 2017 is £3.50 per hour. The new minimum wage will apply from April 2017 and is 10p higher than 2016’s wage for apprentices. This wage is for all apprentices under 19 years old, or over the age of 19 and in the first year […]

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A guide to zero hour contracts for small businesses

A guide to zero hour contracts for small businesses

Employing on zero hours contracts might benefit your business if you require a lot of flexibility. These kinds of contracts aren’t always suitable, but are popular in industries where customer numbers can vary a lot from week to week The benefits of zero hour contracts for employers Putting staff on a zero hours contract means […]

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What is a DBS Check?

What is a DBS Check?

An essential for certain jobs, the DBS Check is a responsibility that cannot be ignored. If you work in HR, making sure that these checks are valid and up to date may be a significant part of your job. If you are applying for a job, you might be asked to provide a DBS check […]

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8 reasons why having an onboarding process could save your business

8 reasons why having an onboarding process could save your business

So, you’ve hired someone new. Now, you have the complicated task of helping them to adjust to the business and all of the people in it. This is called ‘onboarding’, and having a strong onboarding process could make all the difference to the success or failure of your business. What exactly does onboarding involve? Onboarding […]

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Skills Assessment Test Worksheet

Skills Assessment Test Worksheet

Following on from our blog post about Skills Assessment Tests, here is an example of one.  By providing a selection of tests, you can build a broader picture of the applicant and potentially narrow down your pool of potential interviewees. In an Excel spreadsheet, how would you calculate the total number of festival attendees automatically? […]

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Skills Assessment Tests

Skills Assessment Tests

Recruitment tests, including pre-employment skills assessments and aptitude tests, help to ensure that the person you’re hiring has the required knowledge and ability. Skills assessment tests act as a screening method, much like an applicant’s CV. They are not intended to be the only determining factor, but can help you to remove from your shortlist […]

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Paranoid about a member of staff quitting?

Paranoid about a member of staff quitting?

Are you worried about your employees handing in their notice of resignation? A 2011 study by the Office for National Statistics found that 57% of people choose to leave their jobs. The remaining 43% are those that have to leave for another reason, such as redundancy or dismissal. With the majority of people leaving their […]

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Probation periods for new employees

Probation periods for new employees

Most companies add a probation period to their contracts of employment, but as an employer do you know what rights you have with regard to probation periods? We’ve outlined the key information you need to understand to manage employees through their probation and how Staff Squared can help. What are probation periods? A probation period […]

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What identification do I need new employees to provide me with?

What identification do I need new employees to provide me with?

Companies in the UK have a legal obligation to ensure that the employees that they hire are eligible to work in the UK. Any company that doesn’t perform the necessary checks could face a fine, so it’s important to get this right – especially as the fine is up to £10,000 per illegal worker! So, […]

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Free employee onboarding checklist

Free employee onboarding checklist

If you’re  here for the free on-boarding check list, scroll down to get to the download link at the end of the article Having a pre-defined employee onboarding process isn’t just useful for you the employer, it will make life easier for the new starter too. They’re going to feel completely disorientated when they first […]

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