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Get out and vote!

Baldrick: “Lord Nelson’s got a vote”

Blackadder: “No Baldrick, Lord Nelson has a boat”

Blackadder has to be my favourite sit com of all time.  Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses come mighty close but Blackadder just shades it for me. Apart from the general hilarity of it all, I love the historical basis of each series. I’ve heard some say that Blackadder Goes Fourth does more to bring the true facts of WW1 to the generations that followed than many factual documentaries.

But back to the election in Dunny on the Wold. If you remember the episode, Dunny on The Wold was a ‘rotten borough’ with a population of 3 rather mangy cows, a dachshund named Colin and a small hen in its late forties. The plot in this episode highlighted the corruption and lack of true democratic process during the Regency era.

So why am I reminiscing (and smiling) about this slice of comedy gold? Well, in a small way it makes a big point about the value of every single vote (and in the case of Dunny on the Wold, it literally was a single vote!).  Our right to vote is something I feel very passionate about. You may have seen our series of blogs about the big referendum. Should we stay? Should we go? This piece isn’t about which way to vote. It’s simply about the act of voting.

My biggest concern here is that the decision is very likely to be based on the views of those who don’t vote as much as it will be on those who do. And that seems to be a failure somewhere in our system.

I’ll let you into a secret. I didn’t vote in the recent Mayoral and IPC elections. It had been a long day (a long week!). We had a few bits to do that evening. I didn’t particularly care for any of the candidates for Mayor and, frankly, I’d never heard of any of the IPC candidates. So we gave it a miss. It wasn’t until the polls had closed and it was too late that I felt terrible about this. Essentially I’d let the ‘stuff’ that fills our lives these days get in the way and take precedent over exercising my democratic right. I still feel bad.

The upcoming poll is a big deal and I wonder how many will feel like I did a few weeks ago? How many people will be getting on with other ‘stuff’ rather than going down to the local polling station?  I’m especially worried about the younger generations who, we’re told, are much less likely to go out and vote. If that turns out to be true, it’s bad news. If they don’t vote in this referendum, when will they vote?

The constant scare mongering and name calling that seems to be part and parcel of the political landscape in the UK doesn’t help when we’re trying to engage people to take and interest and register their vote. Likewise, a process that now seems archaic where an individual needs to physically go to a venue and write a cross on a piece of paper must have a bearing on the turn out. What if it’s raining?

But we are where we are so my plea to everybody is simply this, get out and vote!

New HR Job – Regional HR Advisor, Watford


HR Job Title: Regional HR Advisor

Location: Watford area (2 days in the office with travel to other sites across the South-East during the rest of the week)

Contract type: Permanent – Full-time

Salary: £30-32k + £5k car allowance or company car

Start: ASAP but will wait for the right person

Feedback: we provide feedback every Wednesday afternoon and Friday mornings if you want to discuss your application or the role. We would urge you to submit your CV before calling.

CareerGift: all applicants will receive 6 months free access – a link will be forwarded to you when you submit your details


This is a great business to work for…

The role is working on an important contract for a fantastic client of ours and would suit someone who has strong generalist HR experience. You can be either CIPD qualified or working towards qualification. The role may suit someone who is already working as a HR Advisor or you could be someone who is looking to take the next step within their career. They will consider good potential!

What will be keeping you busy?

You will be responsible for providing expert knowledge and skills in people management and development to influence and support the achievement of business strategy, goals and plans within a key business area.

You will be expected to implement and provide advice on policies, procedures and practices to ensure employees are properly recruited, supported and developed.


  • Delivering an efficient operational HR service to your assigned business unit. Setting high standards of service.
  • Understanding the business objectives and requirements for assigned Business Units
  • Providing HR guidance to managers in all aspects of Human Resources
  • Providing pragmatic solutions to issues balancing the needs of the business whilst being consistent with company policy
  • Providing employee relations advice and support to help resolve grievance, disciplinary, absence & performance management issues.
  • Providing recruitment guidance to managers, including involvement in all aspects of the recruitment process e.g. placing advertisement, candidate tracking etc
  • Ensuring Company HR policies are promoted effectively, in particular diversity
  • Working with the HR Team to develop and deliver HR initiatives to support the overall business strategy
  • Providing management information, including absence, diversity, and turnover data to Senior HR Manager as required
  • Being pro-active in communicating key HR activities and processes to all mangers and staff, including running briefing sessions
  • As a key member of the HR team provide support for HR projects as required
  • Manage exit interviews and monitor turnover trends
  • Escalate matters to the Senior HR Manager as required


What are the key measures of success for this role?

You will be regarded as a credible and professional HR expert, who is responsive and always delivers in a positive, timely and effective way. You will be able to demonstrate success through:

  • Contributions that support the business in meeting or exceeding its goals
  • Improving skill level of managers in managing HR practices and issues


Can you demonstrate the following?

  • Proven experience in a demanding HR generalist role
  • In-depth knowledge of employment law and employee relations
  • Able to establish good working relationships and credibility with business managers
  • Strong customer and delivery focus; personal drive and commitment to delivery of results
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and influencing skills
  • Thorough and logical organisation and planning skills
  • Good level of IT skills
  • Is able to work well in a team and can adopt effective influencing styles
  • Ideally CIPD qualified or working towards accreditation
  • Experience in Construction or similar industry area


HR job – HR Advisor – great boss

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HR job – HR Advisor – great boss

Location: North London (with some travel)

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £30,000 + bonus + flexible benefits package                                           

Why would you want to apply?

If further developing your experience in a fast moving industry sounds like a great fit for your next role, then read on.  You would be working in a commercial division of a corporate business.  The HR agenda is predominantly driven by a Senior HR & L&D Manager who is great to work for.  They will ensure you are developed, engaged and accountable and not micromanaged.  So if you have some great ER experience but are really ready to fledge and use some underutilised generalist knowledge this could be just what you need.

The Role:

Based in North London you will have accountability for the following:

Employee Relations: effectively handling a full range of issues, including note taking through to supporting the manager on escalated cases.  These will include, redundancy, grievance, disciplinary, sickness absence and performance issues.

Employment Law & Legislation: ensure employment policies and procedures are updated in line with best practice and changes in law and subsequently communicated to the business.

Recruitment & Selection: responsibility for supporting the managers with recruitment across seventeen commercial sites, from placing ads on job boards to filtering applications and feeding back.

Supporting the new starter process

Visiting branches to support on HR issues or run HR clinics (this could mean UK wide travel from time to time).

Human Resource Administration: ensuring the HR administration function delivers a professional and efficient service to management and staff, supporting the part-time HR Administrator where needed.

This is covering the basics but the right candidate will get the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of HR including L&D and other projects.


What are we looking for in an application?

CIPD qualification is a good to have but is not essential for this role.  It is more important that someone has hands on experience of working in a fast paced business (possibly retail or similar) and has three years or so of employee relations experience: confident, progressive with great attention to detail are the essential attributes we are looking for.


What else can we tell you?

Lots, click to apply, if you have time include a cover letter letting us know why this role would suit.


HR Job – Head of HR with a great business – 6 months contract


HR Job Title – Head of HR with a great business – 6 months contract

Location – Milton Keynes

Contract type- Fixed Term Contract

Duration – at least 6 months

Salary – Circa £55-70k depending upon experience

Start – ASAP, ideally they would like you to start before the 13th July but they may wait for a superstar!

CareerGift: all applicants will receive 6 months free access to CareerGift as a thank you for applying


What can we tell you about this fantastic business?

Lots, but we don’t want to ruin the surprise just yet, we would rather tell you who they are when we speak to you. We tend to work with businesses that we would want to work for ourselves and this client is no different, they are a great organisation to work for!

Here are 10 reasons why you should apply to this role…

  • You will get to work with people that are good natured, creative and collegiate. If you are able to work with professionalism and good humour, you will fit right in.
  • This role is both varied and interesting and will require expertise across the full spectrum of HR.
  • You will be focusing on the positive elements of HR that centre around getting the best out of the organisation through effective talent and development initiatives – you will get to focus on the good stuff!
  • This is a business with a relaxed working environment where you will be trusted and supported to do what you are good at. It is forward thinking and the senior team will always listen to new ideas.
  • This business already has great HR practices in place. You will not need to reinvent the wheel here but there will be some interesting and chunky projects for you to get your teeth into.
  • You will have buy-in and support from the top. There is a positive view of HR and what it can do to help the business in achieving its goals.
  • This is a business that has been in serious growth mode since it’s inception. A lot of this growth has come through acquisition and HR often plays a big part in unifying the different businesses that join the organisation. They want someone to help them to continue to drive a strong talent management strategy that will help them attract, develop and retain the best talent going across their brands.
  • You will get to work in a fast-paced culture. You won’t have to hang about to get stuff done. Whilst you will only be there for 6 months, you will walk away having achieved a great deal and really adding to your CV.
  • You will have a great team working for you. It is not huge but is very close-knit and those working in HR here are great at what they do and can be trusted to deliver a great service. They are not a team that needs micro-management. You will be there to provide a positive coaching management style.
  • You will not be bored! You will be busy! If you are someone that enjoys rolling their sleeves up one minute to get involved with tactical activities, to the next when you will be challenging the leadership team on HR strategy then this could be the perfect role for you. It will be both varied and interesting.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a bright and established HR professional that is up to date on trends in HR and will be able to ensure that this business keeps ahead of the game with their HR projects. This is a generalist role and whilst the business already has some good HR practices in place you may be able to make recommendations. A new pair of eyes is never a bad thing. This is a business that will listen to your ideas.

There is a requirement for someone with a good understanding of L&D, broader talent activities and also strong experience of delivering top notch communications.

To this end, you must be an excellent communicator and be able to articulate the commercial benefits and return on investment of any new HR activities. You will be adept at creating effective written communications for a variety of audiences at all levels.

You will have good line management experience and will be able to support your reports effectively whilst the current jobholder takes on a new assignment. You will have excellent stakeholder engagement skills and will be someone that is able challenge the status quo whilst also taking people with you.

We are not hung up on industry experience but it would help if you have worked in a proactive, commercial organisation ideally within a multi-site environment. You might have worked in retail, hospitality or other multisite businesses. The key here is that you will be commercial in your approach and will really know what good looks like when it comes to HR.

HR Job – Talent Manager

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HR Job – Talent Manager

Location: Bedfordshire

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £40,000 – £45,000 + bonus, pension etc                                            

Why would you want to apply?

This business is growing both in the UK and internationally, not only that it has been winning awards for quality and innovation.  We are pretty sure that most dynamic HR professionals would want to work for such a strong brand.

The Role:

You will support the Director of Talent & Acquisition in creating a high performance working environment across the business, developing talented people to meet the brand’s future aspirations.

You will assist and support in creating and sustaining competitive world class talent management frameworks and developing a culture that enables more people to be developed from within the business to the highest levels.

You will manage the talent plans across the business and work on development interventions to develop individuals, support the growth agenda in providing talent pipeline and develop the future skills needed in the organisation.

Working with key leaders and heads of department, building strong relationships to enable you to support them with effective manpower planning, and the effective delivery of the talent plan.

Analysing past data and insight and industry trends to enable you to advise on the future strategy for talent.

You will also take ownership of the talent systems which will include the training and coaching of others to use it.

What are we looking for in an application?

Ideally you will be CIPD qualified or equivalent, you will have a commercial background ideally in multi-site customer facing environments.  You will have had responsibility for talent and development coupled with fantastic project management skills and abilities.  You will be the type of person who likes to be challenged, you will be engaging, a true self-starter who is able to influence at all levels.

You will need to have a passion for learning with excellent training, presentation and facilitation skills.  If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.