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Current Labour Market Conditions - March 2022 Update

Our March update on current UK labour market conditions is a bitesize edition of news and statistics. Read for some recommendations on how to find success despite all the setbacks that hiring is having at the moment.

Current Labour Market Conditions - February 2022 Update

In this February update we look at employer confidence, billings and appointments growing albeit slowly. 

Current Labour Market Conditions - January 2022 Update

A breakdown of recent labour market news including employer confidence and statistics on the UK workforce.

Current Labour Market Conditions – October 2021 Update

What is the current state of the labour market? What factors are affecting recruiters? What are the latest updates in recruitment? Read our summary of the REC’s latest press release.

Current Labour Market Conditions – September 2021 Update

Amongst the staff shortages and difficulties across the labour market, we are also getting good news with digital right to work checks being extended and hiring confidence increasing. Read our take on the latest updates from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Latest Employer Updates of the EU Settlement Scheme

The deadline for EU workers in the UK to apply for permanent residency is fast approaching, and studies are showing that an alarming amount of them aren’t aware of the situation. But with government guidance telling employers they can’t directly ask their workers if they have applied, what can organisations do to support their workers and ensure business stays operational after 30th June 2021?

April 2021 Recruitment Trends

It’s positive news as the recruitment industry is continuing to grow. However, this is all dependable on the continued relaxation of COVID rules and consumer and business confidence.

National Living Wage Review April 2021

In the lead up to the National Living Wage increase we conducted a survey of Northamptonshire businesses in the industrial, manufacturing and supply chain sectors.


The aim of the survey was to find out what the sentiments and plans regarding the NLW change were and we've been sharing the results with clients and non-clients who are interested in the information.


New Impact Recruitment Agency Opens, Offering Support To Peterborough’s Pandemic Impacted Workforce

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire - Impact Recruitment Services have opened a new branch in the historic city centre. From a year of restrictions to a year of opportunity, Impact Recruitment are now linking businesses and jobseekers together in Peterborough, wanting to offer support and opportunity to those affected by the pandemic.

Updates To The Furlough Scheme

A quick reminder of what the furlough scheme means for employers.

Overcoming challenges- a case study

Impact recruitment works with a wide variety of excellent companies on a range of recruitment needs. Our consultants pride themselves on building long-term relationships, focussing on really understanding the unique needs of our clients and providing innovative recruitment strategies tailored to those requirements.

To show how we could benefit your business, take a look at our case study to find out how we helped source the right people to match our client's requirements and overcome their recruitment challenge.

Covid-19 Statement

Find out more about how Impact Recruitment are navigating the Coronavirus situation and how we can help businesses and work-seekers at this difficult time. 

Q4 Demands – Are You Ready?

This has been a year of adapting and evolving due to the pandemic but how has that affected ecommerce supply chains and warehouse rentals? We look at what will happen as demand increases, the deeper into peak retail season we go.

Make a Living Making a Difference- Help Re-home the Homeless

“What have you done today to make you feel proud?”  

You won’t often find us quoting Heather Small but please, hear us out! Does your job make you happy and fulfilled? Do you have the desire to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society, literally change their lives and fulfil their potential? 

We have a unique opportunity for you to do just that. Make a living, making a difference- Help re-home the homeless.

How Northamptonshire Businesses are Handling COVID-19 Health and Safety

In early May 2020 as many businesses across Northamptonshire started to re-open, we asked as many as we could, what they were doing to keep workers safe upon their return.

Six weeks later we went back to them plus a few new ones, and compared how they were getting on.

This report is a snapshot of how the practices have developed over six weeks.

Keeping Workplaces Safe

We conducted a second poll of Northamptonshire businesses to find out what covid-19 related health and safety changes they have implemented and what has changed since our first poll back in May 2020.

Job Retention Scheme Extended

The UK government have released updated statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and news that the scheme will be extended until October 31st 2020. 

Staying Safe At Work

A follow-up on the measures businesses can be implementing to ensure their workplaces are as safe as possible for employees who are still working. We researched what safety measures had been implemented in more than 30 local businesses to see what is actually being done to keep employees safe. 

Keeping Our Keyworkers Safe At Work

Health and safety is of paramount importance in the workplace usually, but if you’re one of the many essential businesses that cannot close, or you don’t have the capabilities for your staff to work from home, here are some of the ways our clients are keeping their workers safe.

Right to Work Checks – What’s New?

In light of the national emergency, the government has temporarily amended the rules around checking right to work documentation through video calls.

Upgrading and Adapting

Here's a simple guide on how we've changed our registration process to make it more digital and safer for our candidates, employees and clients. 

Peterborough, Your Future Looks Bright This Summer

We love challenging ourselves to new and exciting endeavours and, as proud recruitment partners with URBN UK, this March we’re excited to announce our expansion with them into the Peterborough market.

Is Increasing the National Living Wage Enough?

With the April increase of the National Minimum Wage and National Living wage just around the corner,  we look at whether the minimum wage matches the current cost of living and whether it is fair to raise the wages of some, but not all, workers.

What does the EU Settlement Scheme mean for employers?

What does the EU Settlement Scheme mean for employers? Learn about it in our handy basic breakdown.

One buy-out, one team, one vision

This year has been one to remember for Impact Recruitment Services, largely driven by its change to the sole ownership of existing Director Paul Hooper, and his determination to deliver a new vision for success.  

Pitch Perfect Salaries

As we all continue driving forward against a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty, it’s good to take the time to review matters that are closer to home – the employment market and our workforces.

Founding director takes control following share buy out

Well known to many local businesses as a leading recruitment agency, Impact Recruitment are excited to announce a change in ownership. Founding director Paul Hooper has become the sole shareholder of the company after acquiring his fellow founding partner Neil Kitchener’s shareholding in the business. 

The Bad News in the Good News

As a leading independent recruitment agency, we continue to closely monitor the effects of an unusually low unemployment rate, particularly here in Northamptonshire where the level is even lower than the national average... However, what is seemingly a good news story on the surface could be masking potential problems.

Recruitment agencies are a waste of money – agree?

With employment at a 45-year low there are plenty of jobs to choose from, which is great news for employees but not so much for employers struggling to fill their vacancies. So, if you’re in agreement with the view that recruitment agencies are a waste of money maybe now is time to ask yourself if you can afford not to?

Impact Recruitment Salary Survey 2019

Salary surveys are a useful tool for businesses to stay competitive with the wages they are offering, as well as a good guide for employees so this year Impact invite Northamptonshire business to fill out our 2019 salary survey…  

Love is in the Air

We have several exciting projects in development at the moment, plus some lovely new members of staff starting this month, and we want to shout out about it! 

Brexit uncertainty brings unusual recruitment challenges

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit is undoubtedly having an impact on skills shortages, with almost two-thirds of employers believing they will suffer from a lack of workers with required skills, according to a survey of 1,355 employers by online jobs board Totaljobs. Further, according to the Office of National Statistics there are currently...

A new website to attract new candidates

Employment levels remain at the highest they have been for a long time and in many cases, there are more job vacancies than candidates to fill them. This is never truer than in Northamptonshire where employment is extremely buoyant. This is why Impact Recruitment Services, a leading recruitment agency in Northamptonshire, has just launched...

Branching out in Wellingborough

Impact Recruitment Services continue to grow and are delighted to announce the opening of their new Impact branch in Wellingborough...

Protect your workforce for Brexit

THE UK is recognised as one of the best jobs market in the world but access to candidates with the skills and talent to fill roles is a concern for the years ahead. Brexit will impact the number of EU workers coming here, with over half of all UK firms fearing that there will not …

Celebrating 15 years of Impact Recruitment Services – from the Euro to Brexit & lots in between!

On 1st July 2002 Impact Recruitment Services first opened our doors to business, and 15 years on we are still going from strength to strength. To set this timeframe in context, we started trading in the same year the Euro was introduced, another major event to happen in Europe. Some might argue that Impact Recruitment Services …

Brexit talks begin – what does this mean for UK employment?

The latest REC JOBS OUTLOOK REPORT shows that in the 3 months to May, a third of employers feel that UK economic conditions were improving and expected confidence in making hiring and investment decisions to improve. After dropping significantly following the EU referendum, confidence has now stabilised. However, confidence levels still remain far below those reported this …

More than half of employers anticipating candidate shortage

51 per cent of employers anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent jobs, according to the latest JobsOutlook report.  At a time when the UK awaits the full impact of Article 50 being triggered next week , and it is safe to say a wave of uncertainty prevails, the latest findings in the latest JobsOutlook …

Impact is shortlisted for 3 categories at Recruiter Awards 2017

Record levels of entries have been received this year for the Recruiter Awards 2017. Established in 2002, the prestigious Recruiter Awards gala is the UK’s largest event for the entire recruitment community, recognising outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters. The shortlist, announced in the last few days, is the very best from this year’s impressive selection …