HMRC need more
cash to catch minimum wage dodgers
THE Trades Union Congress
(TUC) has called for greater resources to be given to Her Majesty's
Revenue and Customs Service (HMRC) to clamp down on employers who
avoid paying staff the minimum wage, following the naming of shaming
of employers who have been fined for not paying their staff the
statutory minimum hourly rate of pay.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have
published a list of 25 employers, amongst many more nationally, who
have been fined for failing to pay staff the national minimum wage.
One of the employers who have not been named is a Premier League
football club, who had to pay arrears of £27,500 to over 3,000 of
their staff working in hospitality. In total more than £4.6 million
has been paid in arrears to those affected.
In the North West, 4 employers have been named and shamed for
failing to pay their staff properly, totalling nearly £10,000.
Christine Cadden and Nicola Banks of Renaissance hairdressers in
Heswall, Wirral neglected to pay £7310.65 to three workers whilst Mr
and Mrs Hampton of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Cheshire, neglected to pay
£2057.88 to 5 workers. They were joined by Dove Mill Retail Outlet,
Bolton (neglected to pay one worker £461.84) and HSS Hire Services,
Manchester (neglected to pay 15 workers £149) on today's list.
Reacting to the news, Lynn Collins, North West TUC Regional
Secretary said:- "It is shocking that so many employers –
including some who pay their star players millions of pounds a year; are cheating low-paid workers out of the minimum wage.
The penalties won by HMRC – which the government has rightly decided
should be even bigger – should be a clear deterrent to any bad boss
thinking about short changing their staff. We also need to see more
of these immoral companies named and shamed.
HMRC staff deserve credit for winning back millions of pounds for
cheated employees but they need greater resources to catch the many
minimum wage crooks still out there."
Accountancy is rolled out nationwide
BLUSOURCE Accountancy, part
of the Blusource Group, the leading supplier of strategic
recruitment and advisory solutions to the professional services,
commerce and industry markets has gone national with 2 new recruits.
Jess Lawes joins the team in the South East, and Rachel Mee joins
the North West team. Blusource now has seven offices throughout the
UK to service all accountancy practices in cities up and down the
country. Dan Rogers, partner for Blusource Accountancy, says:-
"It's great to now be fully operational at a national level. Our
fresh approach to the industry has been welcomed with open arms by
the Top 20 accountancy firms and serving them well in one region has
led us to deliver talent to them in their other regions and we thank
them for this wholeheartedly. But we are equally encouraged by the
number of independent firms within each region that also now
recognise us alongside other long established players."
For the past 18 months, whilst watching the economy improve and
anticipating the growth in the professional services arena,
Blusource has been actively growing its number of recruitment
consultants and its national network of offices. The
appointment of Jess and Rachel brings the number of new recruits to
the Blusource's team to 9 since the start of 2014. Chief executive
Andrew Springhall says:- "Weve worked hard over the last 18
months to reach this stage. We are 'obviously very pleased, but we
won’t be resting on our laurels. We will continue to ensure that
accountants out there know they can turn to Blusource to give them
the best advice on their careers, and to open new opportunities
without the exuberant sales pitch that comes from the traditional
recruiter. When professionals comes to Blusource they can count on
us to be life long career consultant, and this service is mirrored
across our Legal division where we offer exactly the same service to
lawyers and solicitors up and down the country."
THAT HIRING INTENTIONS ARE ON THE UP
THE pace of hiring in the
North West is gaining momentum, up on last quarter at +7%, and only
marginally below the national average of +8%, according to Manpower,
the global leader in contingent and permanent recruitment workforce
Job prospects for the region have improved for the first
time this year, fuelled by a number of companies moving their head
offices to the area and demand for both temporary and permanent
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from
2,101 UK employers. It asks whether employers intend to hire
additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the
It is the most comprehensive, forward looking
employment survey of its kind and is used as a key economic
statistic by both the Bank of England and the UK government.
national Seasonally Adjusted Net Employment Outlook of +8% indicates
that the jobs market is up on the second quarter of 2014 when the
Outlook was +7%.
Employers in the North West are looking to increase headcount, and
this uptick in the market is encouraging previously passive
candidates to enquire about the opportunities available.
"We're seeing a noticeable improvement in employment prospects
across the North West, after a positive but flat first half of the
year. There is still a high volume of applications for roles, but
the market is getting frothier and this has been felt by candidates.
We're now seeing candidates who aren't currently looking for a job
putting out feelers to see what's out there, which is a good sign of
improving confidence. Manchester in particular has benefitted from a number of
companies moving their head offices to the City and looking to
expand their workforces across a variety of skills. This is sending
out a strong message, particularly as the vast majority of roles are
permanent. But with an abundance of quality candidates, competition
is high. In Liverpool, it's more of a mixed picture: the number of
opportunities available is catching up with the number of job
seekers, but this is in part because many companies in this area
require specific skills which aren't available in the candidate
pool, creating a backlog of vacancies. We're seeing this dynamic
particularly in transport and distribution, where there's a
challenge to attract people with the niche skills required.
Similarly in Preston, despite strong demand for salespeople, there
is a lack of candidates in this area with proven skills, so those
who meet the brief can achieve competitive salaries." says Greg Hollis, Operations Manager
at Manpower UK.
Going into the ¾ of 2014, there is optimism across all
of the UK's regions with the exception of Northern Ireland (-5%). It
is the only region expecting to shed jobs in the next three months.
The South West tops the regional table, improving strongly to +15%,
while the East of England isn't far behind on +12%. The East
Midlands (+11%), the South East (+9%) and the West Midlands (+9%)
all exceed the national average, while Yorkshire and Humberside is
in line with the national picture at +8%. Below the national
average, but still showing positive hiring intentions are the North
East (+6%), Wales (+4%) and London (+1%).
Mark Cahill, ManpowerGroup UK
Managing Director said:- "From a national perspective, consistency has been the byword
for the UK's Employment Outlook over the last 18 months. While
job prospects have been strong, it's only now that we're seeing a
return to pre-recession hiring plans. What's more, we're seeing
broad based growth across permanent roles, the self employed and