How to get the best from your recruiter?

How to get the best from your recruiter

It struck me today from a response to a senior position the responses from candidates to approaches on LinkedIn and Job Boards.

Responses such as “you can submit my details” without any dialogue happening always surprises me! Have you seen the job specification? What do you know about the location, the client, and industry?

Did you know that under the Conduct Regulations we need to brief you fully before submitting you and need to know that you have the right to work in the UK, your availability, your salary expectations and when you are able to interview?

The list goes on and an understanding why you are in the market and what motivates you to make a move is also essential. With the volume of candidates we recruiters are in touch with, at any given time, does mean our time is very pressured, but relationships built at this stage followed by regular contact are great!

Working collaboratively will help your search and build a relationship with your consultant. Of course, there will always be consultants who do not return your calls or emails, and this will highlight those you should be working with and those that are less experienced.

Solid Brexit Advice

Always keen to stay in touch with fellow businesses, I attend networking events and one of those is with Essendon Networking.   Roger Eddowes who runs Essendon Networking of Essendon Accountancy Practice based just outside of Milton Keynes has written some solid advice for businesses whilst we go through the Brexit negotiations:

Avatar is still getting confusion from EU citizens over the Settlement and Pre-Settlement status so if you are not sure below is the latest from the Governments website:


If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying – for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

Sign up for email updates about the scheme.

When you can apply

The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

You will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.


It’s free to apply to the scheme.

IR35 – April 2020

REC figures on the Economy!

In my profession it is important to be knowledgeable about employment law and the Conduct Regulations.  This week I attended a training session held by the REC on IR35 and the introduction to the Private Sector in the proposed month of April 2020.

Do you have contractors working for you?  If so and you are a company with over 50 employees, a turnover of over £10.2m and a balance sheet total of not more than £5.1m this new legislation will affect you!

It is suggested that if you have contractors after April 6th 2020, to end their contract and payroll payments before that date, say 3rd/4th April 2020 to make it simple if you are going to renew their contract and continue with their services.  You then need to make a decision on whether your contractors are in IR35 or outside of IR35? #rec or #ir35.

Using CEST in not a reliable way to determine status and has been challenged in the Courts, so best to contact an Umbrella company recommended by the REC to audit your situation.

To Be or Not To Be IR35?

I always enjoy the REC’s (Recruitment Employment Confederation’s) webinars and this week was no exception on the IR35 legislation that has been run out to the Public sector and the results, now pending the Private Sector.

Speakers on the webinar were:

Karen O’Reilly – Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the REC.
Philip Campbell – Senior Policy Adviser for the REC.
Andy Chamberlain – Deputy Director of Policy for IPSE.
Mark Beal-Preston – MD for First Freelance.

The REC is representing industry to the highest levels of Government to give us the heads-up on policy developments and our focus at present is on

Immigration and Skills, Industry Regulations, Inclusion – helping people to get back into work and progression, Procurement, Taxation and The Future of Jobs.

A hot topic discussed was extending public sector reform to the private sector with IR35!

– Transfer the responsibility for determining whether a worker would have been regarded as an employee if engaged directly, to the engager, ie. end-client
– The client or agency paying the PSC, would be responsible for deducting the income tax and NICs, and paying them to HMRC
– The liability for paying employer NICs would transfer from the PSC to the end client or fee- payer/agency.

It was interesting to hear that there was an overwhelming concern from agencies on being liable as a PSC and that everybody felt the end client should be responsible for paying the tax and NI of any due to HMRC.

The likely timeline now for the change into the private sector is 6th April 2019, but could be 2020.  The latter was felt was the best as this would give the opportunity to iron-out any complications and clarify guidance on the HMRC compliance test as many of their test cases are being lost in court!  Also, with the unknown effects of Brexit on our industry, it would be better to wait and see those results first before any more impact?

Current results in the public sector are that 3 out of 10 contractors ended their contract before the new rules came into effect and that over a 1/3 moved to an Umbrella Company, 23% showed no change, 17% found new contracts where IR35 did not apply and 4% stopped working altogether.

Advice for the contractors was to make sure their Umbrella companies were compliant!

Overall feeling from the poll is that recruiter’s costs would increase due to the needs for greater resources to support the proposed legislation due to increased Accountancy fees, IT systems to support it, staff costs to manage it, training costs and system CRM costs.

I suspect that too much risk put on the agencies, will result in less contractors in the market? Less contractors in an ever diminishing labour market, especially with Brexit, could equal a difficult time for business? Keep in touch with Avatar for further developments.

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