Hotseat: Caroline Humphrey on her career in recruitment

Caroline is part of our Procurement & Supply Chain team, recruiting within the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors across the East Midlands. Caroline has been with us for 3 months now and Caroline’s previous experience is predominantly within sales including roles such as International Sales Coordinator for a giftware company in London, outbound sales for Laithwaite’s wine in Sydney and a Sales Representative for Thomas Cook.

What does Black Friday 2016 mean for UK retailers?

This year the 25th November marks the 6th Black Friday in the UK, which began back in 2010 with Amazon.co.uk being the first company offering discounts in Britain.

The emergence of Black Friday and then Cyber Monday (falling 3 days after) in the UK have massively impacted on the dynamics of consumer shopping trends around the Christmas season.

Manchester – The UK’s No.1 city

Manchester has recently risen in the rankings and landed itself in 43rd place out of the best cities to live and work worldwide. 

Manchester and London were the only UK cities to make it into the 2016 The Global Liveability Survey, in which Manchester retains its title as the UK’s best city, beating London which remains in 53rd place out of 140 cities.

How Interim managers will reduce business pressures after Brexit?

After last week’s news that the UK would be leaving the European Union, it appears we have entered a period of uncertainty whilst the future for businesses across the UK remains unclear.

Companies may choose to put recruitment efforts on hold until we know more about what ‘Brexit’ will mean for our businesses. One thing that is for certain for many businesses is that they will have to make changes in the near future - changes which are likely to require specialist skills to take a business in new directions.

Why do recruitment clients ask for poor service?

I have worked as a professional recruiter for almost 12 years and it still amazes me that some clients insist on receiving poor service from recruiters – in fact they request it!
Picture this…

A client (let’s call him John from ABC Limited) needs a new manager to join his team. This need is pretty urgent as it is due to the previous incumbent resigning and now working his month’s notice. So what does John do? Now, if he is new to recruitment he may Google agencies within his sector. If not, then he may look up his recruiter contacts he has dealt with over the years. Either way, he will have an overwhelming urge to contact lots of recruiters and brief them on his requirement.

What is it like to work as a contractor?

Our team have seen an increase in the number of candidates seeking contract and interim assignments in recent years, but what is it really like to work as a contractor?

The role of an NED

Following on from our recent blog outlining how an NED can benefit your business, we thought it would be helpful to outline what the most common key responsibilities are for NED s in our experience.

4 reasons why you should hire a contractor

Companies are increasingly relying on contract or interim employees during periods of change or in situations where hiring a permanent employee is not suitable. Here are some scenarios where a business may wish to consider a contractor and why:

New year, new career

Are you dreading the return to your job in the New Year?

Take the next step in your career, be proactive and positive in your job search and you’ll find that perfect role in no time. Follow our tips for navigating the process successfully:

Cast UK hosts Think Logistics meeting to help build the talent pathway

The Cast UK team has joined forces with partners involved with Think Logistics to help encourage school leavers and graduates to consider a career in logistics.