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People First

People First

People First

Multisector recruiter providing a personal level of service across a wide range of sectors.

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Team China

Team China

Team China

Specialist recruiters for Chinese speakers, and recruitment solutions for Chinese businesses.

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Team Japan

Team Japan

Team Japan

Specialist recruiters for Japanese speakers, and recruitment solutions for Japanese businesses.

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Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Leading recruiter for permanent, interim and temporary roles in Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics

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Multilingual

Multilingual

Multilingual

Specialist recruiters for language speakers, and recruitment solutions for international businesses.

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Office Support

Office Support

Office Support

Your local recruiter for office jobs with local knowledge and high levels of personal service.

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News

People First overview 2016 - 08/02/2017

Despite Brexit plans, business remained buoyant in 2016 and we planned for future expansion!  Here is an overview of what happened at People First in 2016.

Offices

We continued to settle into our spacious new offices in Ironmonger Lane in the City and we relocated our Staines offices to Old Bridge House in May.

New joiners

Team China expanded in 2017:-

  • Yanli joined us in June
  • Rui joined us in July
  • James… Read more

    China – Flexible work and health benefits rank at the top of most desirable benefits - 08/02/2017

     

    ZW HR Consulting, a Chinese mid-senior level staffing solutions and talent management services provider has published a report on employees’ most desirable employee benefits in China which found that the majority of HR professionals stated that their employees would prefer health and insurance benefits, followed closely by flexible working arrangements and increased annual leave.

    The survey findings have been drawn from the views of HR professionals from more than 1,500 organizations in China.

    ZW… Read more

    Japan’s 0.5% wage increase last year the biggest since 2010 - 06/02/2017

     

    The wallets of Japan’s workers ended up a bit fatter last year, with total earnings rising the most since 2010.

    Total pay rose 0.5 percent from the previous year to an average ¥3.78 million ($33,673), while the number of hours worked dropped. Regular workers saw an increase in pay, while part-timers, who are an increasingly large sector of the workforce, saw their income decline 0.1 percent.

    The rise provided some good news for… Read more

    Japan urged to tap young workforce ahead of 2030: report - 06/02/2017

     

    Japan should tap the potential of young workers and encourage more people in their 30s and 40s to become chief executive officers, as part of a reform to revitalize the economy toward 2030, a government task force said Wednesday.

    Amid the graying of its society, Japan also needs to step up support for people with dementia and work to eradicate car accidents involving the elderly by making use of an automatic braking and… Read more

    Update on our sponsored orangutan - 01/02/2017

    We were delighted to receive this recent update on our sponsored orangutan, Gunung.  Last year, we heard that Gunung had graduated to forest school. The latest report advised us that he is going from strength to strength in his new environment!

    He can now confidently make a nest - a useful trait when you are sleeping in the forest every night! He has also calmed down a great… Read more

    EMPLOYERS – HOW TO HIRE SUCCESSFULLY IN 2017 - 01/02/2017

    The candidate skills shortage has been discussed at length in the recruitment press and generalist media and we have observed this first hand over the past year.  In order to ensure that you, as an employer, don’t miss out on the very best talent in 2017, here are some of the key things we recommend:

    • Speed up the recruitment process
    • Ensure agencies are given prompt and detailed feedback on candidates
    • Be flexible with your… Read more

      The UK employment market outlook for 2017 - 26/01/2017

      data collated by the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation)

      Overview

      Three quarters of employers (76%) state that UK economic conditions in 2017 will be more challenging than in 2016. But three quarters (74%) also think their business will perform better in 2017 than in 2016.One in three employers (34%) state that their organisation expects confidence in hiring and investment decisions to get better. This is down from 42% in the month before the referendum.… Read more

      REC: Skills shortages expected to affect hiring in 2017 - 26/01/2017

       

      Almost half of UK employers are expecting a shortage of suitable candidates when hiring for permanent positions in 2017, according the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook survey for December.

      Over the last six months employees have named engineering and technical jobs as most likely to face a skills shortage in prospective employees. The survey shows that health and social care and construction employers are expecting to struggle when filling vacancies.

      One in three… Read more

      WHAT CANDIDATES EXPECT WHEN APPLYING FOR JOBS - 26/01/2017

       

      According to a survey by Jobsite, feedback from candidates is as follows and severely impacts on their decision making when offered a job and/or recommending a company to others:

      • 49% rarely/never receive application feedback
      • 78% expect feedback within 7 days after an interview
      • 46% said that lack of feedback was the most frustrating part of job hunting
      • 30% do not apply for a job if there is a lack of information on a… Read more

        UK – Businesses optimistic despite harsher conditions in 2017 - 25/01/2017

         

        Employers in the UK remain optimistic despite 76% of them expecting economic conditions to be more challenging in 2017 compared to 2016, according to research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

        The research, which polled 601 employers, also showed that a softening in short-term hiring is also expected.

        “Employers know that choppy waters lie ahead but are confident they can tough it out,” REC Chief Executive Kevin Green said. “The jobs market has… Read more

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