We recently ran our biggest ever survey exploring how people in the United Kingdom use their phones when searching for their next job role. More than 900 people from across the UK took part in the survey, which asked how frequently, where, when and why phones were used in job searches. It also asked participants questions about the limitations of job hunting on these devices. The survey revealed fascinating insights about candidates that companies – especially ones that are looking to recruit – will find invaluable. Read on to discover the full results of our investigation. **Full survey data from the survey can be found below the infographic. If you wish to use this data, please cite ‘Sellick Partnership’ and include a link to www.sellickpartnership.co.uk. About you How old are you? Answer choices Responses 16 – 17 0.22% 2 18 – 24 7.97% 74 25 – 34 32.62% 303 35 – 44 31.97% 297 45 – 54 17.55% 163 55 – 64 7.97% 74 65+ 1.72% 16 What is your gender? Answer choices Responses Male 24.97% 232 Female 73.41% 682 Non-binary 0.65% 6 Rather not say 0.97% 9 Where do you live? Answer choices Responses East Midlands 9.2% 85 East of England 7.4% 69 London 9.8% 91 North East 4.8% 45 North West 13.4% 124 Northern Ireland 1.8% 17 Scotland 6.4% 59 South East 13.7% 127 South West 10.4% 97 Wales 5.5% 51 West Midlands 9.5% 88 Yorkshire and the Humber 8.2% 76 Which of the following best describes your job sector? Answer choices Responses Unemployed 16.9% 157 Health & social 9.8% 91 Teaching / education 8.8% 82 Retail & sales 8.8% 82 Public sector 7.6% 71 IT 5.2% 48 Student 4.3% 40 Finance / banking 4.2% 39 Retired 3.9% 36 Building / manufacturing 3.3% 31 Hospitality / tourism / sport 3.3% 31 Property / construction 2.9% 27 Creative arts / culture 2.8% 26 Transport / logistics 2.7% 25 Business / management 1.8% 17 Marketing / advertising 1.7% 16 Engineering 1.7% 16 Legal 1.6% 15 Science / pharmaceuticals 1.5% 14 Media / publishing 1.4% 13 Voluntary work 1.3% 12 Recruitment / HR 1.2% 11 Energy / utilities 1.0% 9 Environment / agriculture 1.0% 9 Armed forces / emergency 0.7% 6 Security 0.3% 3 Telecommunication 0.2% 2 Mobile phones and you As a result of the introduction of mobile technology, would you say the way you search for jobs has changed? Answer choices Responses Yes 77% 718 No 23% 211 Have you ever searched for a job using your mobile phone? Answer choices Responses Yes 74.7% 694 No 25.3% 235 Have you searched for jobs while in any of the following places (tick all that apply)? Answer choices Responses Public transport 43.8% 407 At my current job 46% 427 Whilst in bed 61% 567 At the pub 8.5% 79 Watching television 67.4% 626 Other (please specify) 6.9% 64 What is the biggest benefit of using your mobile to search for a job? Answer choices Responses Accessibility (no longer chained to a desk) 24.2% 225 Convenience (can access it whenever, wherever) 63.5% 590 Privacy (no-one snooping over your shoulder) 6.0% 56 Freedom (avoid corporate firewalls and access restrictions) 3.2% 30 Other (please specify) 3.0% 28 When looking for a job, how much time each week would you typically spend searching on a mobile device? Answer choices Responses Under an hour 51.2% 476 1 - 3 hours 33.8% 314 3 - 5 hours 8.8% 82 5 + hours 6.1% 57 What time of the day are you most likely to use your mobile to search for a job? Answer choices Responses Early morning – breakfast 12.5% 116 On the morning commute 7.5% 70 Over lunch 12.5% 116 Mid afternoon 12.5% 116 On the commute home 3.9% 36 Early evening 24.7% 229 After dinner 14.6% 136 Late at night 11.8% 110 Would you consider applying - not just looking - for a job directly via your mobile phone? Answer choices Responses Yes 59.4% 552 No 23.9% 222 I don't know 16.7% 155 What do you consider the biggest limitations of job hunting on your mobile phone? Answer choices Responses The websites I use aren't optimised for mobile devices 29.8% 277 The size of the text 22.8% 212 Not having Wi-Fi 10.1% 94 Not being able to upload my CV 25.0% 232 Not being able to apply directly 12.3% 114 The future When are you looking to next move jobs? Answer choices Responses Currently looking 24.3% 226 In the next month 2.5% 23 In the next three months 6.4% 59 In the next year 13.6% 126 Next year 7.4% 69 I'm not planning on moving jobs 41.9% 389 Other (please specify) 4.0% 37 What is your first port of call when looking for a new job? Answer choices Responses Recruitment agency 14.3% 133 Online job board 52.9% 491 Professional network 7.6% 71 Social sites e.g. LinkedIn 10.1% 94 Newspapers 3.4% 32 Professional network / word of mouth 6.6% 61 Trade press 1.4% 13 Other (please specify) 3.7% 34 Can we help you? If you are interested in finding out more about our mobile phone survey, please email our marketing team on email@example.com. Alternatively you can find out about the recruitment services we provide by calling 0161 834 1642 or use our online contact form.
On Monday 29 October, 2018 the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced ‘austerity is coming to an end’ in a 72-minute-long speech that incorporated Universal Credit increases, a special tax for digital giants and equipment for schools. We take a look at the top five elements that businesses should take from this year’s budget. 1. IR35 to be rolled out to the private sector “Designed to ensure fairness”, IR35 is being rolled out to the private sector in a move that has worrying implications for the temporary sector. The update to the off-payroll working rules will see self-employed contractors, who work through their own company but are, in practice, employed by a third party, pay an increased amount of tax from 2020. According to HM Treasury, the taxpayer could be missing out on up to £1.2bn a year by 2023 due to people incorrectly paying tax as if they were self-employed. There are fears that this change, which initially will only be applicable to large and medium-sized businesses, could stifle economic growth and place a huge strain on the UK’s contract and interim workforce. 2. Apprentice training fees halved for SMEs Small business owners who offer apprenticeship training will welcome a reduction in the amount they have to contribute, down from 10 percent to 5 percent in training fees. This is part of a “£695 million package to support apprenticeships” and will come into effect for new starters from April 2019. 3. Entrepreneurs relief rules tightened Conditions under which entrepreneurs can apply for relief have been tightened, with the minimum qualifying period extended from 12 months to two years. Before the Budget was announced, there were concerns that the Chancellor was planning to scrap the relief entirely. In his speech, Hammond said: “Encouraging entrepreneur members must be at the heart of our dynamic economy, so I will retain entrepreneurs relief.” 4. £675 million for the future of British high streets A Future High Streets Fund has been promised by Hammond to help councils improve local high streets. Co-funded by the Government, the £675 million grant has been designated to help facilitate the redevelopment of high streets around the country in a move that will be well received by local business owners. In addition, from April 2019, small retail businesses will have their business rate bills cut by a third for two years, saving them an estimated £900 million. 5. Annual Investment Allowance to increase five-fold Businesses that are looking to invest and grow will benefit from a five-fold increase in the Annual Investment Allowance. The increase from £200,000 to £1 million will be available for two years, and businesses can apply from 1 January 2019. The lifting of the allowance cap was announced as part of a package aimed at boosting businesses in a bid to show the world that, “Britain is open for business”. Other measures included targeted relief for acquiring intellectual property-rich businesses and export help through direct lending. Finally, Hammond announced that employment is at a near record high and, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast, it is set to keep growing with 800,000 more jobs predicted by 2022. However, there was a noticeable absence of information on how companies will be supported in the development of these new roles, nor were any plans announced on how the government intends to help businesses recruit new talent when large numbers of the UK workforce inevitably leave after Brexit. To discuss what the Budget could mean for your business please feel free to get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can check out our Insights section for all our latest blogs, news and resources.
This year Sellick Partnership has put a lot more emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility and how we can help the local communities that we live and work in. Earlier this year a CSR Committee was formed which includes employees from various areas of the business. The Committee introduced a new scheme where each office was able to choose some local charities to support. One of the charities the Manchester office chose to support was Mustard Tree – a homeless charity tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty and homelessness. Homelessness is a massive issue in Manchester with numbers continuing to rise and the crisis set to become even worse. This is clearly visible in the city, and as I walk to work each morning the amount of people sleeping rough is appalling. I always wonder what I can do to help – I have been told that if you want to help then food and drink is the best thing to give rather than money, however even this kind act every now and again doesn’t feel enough. With Sellick Partnership supporting Mustard Tree it has become a lot easier for employees to help the homeless. There are lots of opportunities for us to get involved from helping people write CVs to volunteering at their soup kitchen. I decided to volunteer for the soup kitchen which is held every Friday evening from 5:30pm-9:00pm at their site in Ancoats. I really didn’t know what to expect and I must admit I was slightly nervous, however as soon as I arrived it was clear that this is such a friendly environment. It was a really rewarding experience, and I would not hesitate to volunteer again. In fact it is something I would like to do on a more regular basis. After we served the food, we were able to mingle and talk with the users of the charity. Most of the users were in groups and there is a real sense of community, with everyone helping each other in any way they can. I decided to speak to an elderly man who explained to me how lonely he was. Sometimes he can go days without speaking to anyone. We spoke about politics, history and songs he likes – he gave me some suggestions which I am yet to listen to! I also learned a lot from the regular volunteers at the charity. They have around 150 people each Friday night who come in to get a hot meal. We were told that as it was a nice evening weather wise, we might not get as many. Unfortunately this is due to people not wanting to leave their prime spot in the town centre where many who walk by will give them money. This is really concerning, as if they are able to come into Mustard Tree there are so many ways the charity is able to help them try to leave a life of poverty and street sleeping. This is why it’s really important to encourage anyone who does want to help the homeless to donate directly to the charity. My volunteering experience got me thinking about the value of volunteering, and why more people should try and volunteer at a charity. I know it can be difficult to find time as we have work and home commitments, but if you do ever have some free time there is nothing more rewarding you can do. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, acquire new skills and gain experience – it gives value not only to the people you are helping but to you as well. I have now put my name down to volunteer again, and whenever there is a space available I will definitely go back and help at the Mustard Tree soup kitchen. There are also many other ways of helping and you don’t always have to volunteer to make a difference. If you would like to donate to Mustard Tree please visit their website http://www.mustardtree.org.uk/please-donate/ you can donate money, food and even unwanted clothes. If you would like to find out more about what Sellick Partnership’s CSR activities are you can visit our CSR page https://www.sellickpartnership.co.uk/work-for-us/sp-benefits/sp-community-and-csr.
Today we welcome over 200 business professionals from across Greater Manchester to our tenth annual Manchester Professionals’ Cricket League (MPCL) Charity Awards Lunch, the culmination of our tenth year organising the MPCL. The MPCL is a cricket league and charity awards lunch that was born through my love of cricket, and an event that is really close to my heart. From the offset I knew I wanted to facilitate an event that promoted cricket as a sport, gave business professionals the opportunity to network in a friendly environment and raise money for two charities that I am incredibly passionate about, St Ann’s Hospice and Lord’s Taverners. Over the past ten years the event has grown massively, and today it is one of the highlights of my year. In this blog I look back at some of my favourite moments from the past ten years, and also some of the key benefits sporting events like this can have on your business. Five of my favourite moments over the past ten years The first year of the MPCL will always be a special one for me. I will always remember what it felt like to bring the idea I had to reality and to see so many businesses get involved. It has now continued to grow year-on-year and I am incredibly excited to see how much money we raise in our tenth year. A moment I will always remember is when Sellick Partnership were named Cup runners up in 2014! This has been our best performance since the league’s formation in 2008. The competition every year is so incredibly high so to get close to holding the Cup is a massive achievement for any organisation. Reaching a fundraising total of £80,000 was also a proud moment for me and the team. When I started the MPCL back in 2008 I had no idea it would grow so quickly and it has well surpassed my expectations. We have had so many inspirational speakers over the years, it is so hard top pick just one. A few of my favourites have to be Bill Beaumont in 2016 and Paul Allott who will be speaking for his second year in a row at this year’s event. This year is one I will always remember, simply for it being our tenth anniversary. Ten years is a very long time and it is an amazing achievement to have a charitable event that has not only lasted, but continues to grow each year. How the MPCL has helped over the past ten years The MPCL has provided a networking opportunity for over 50 businesses across Greater Manchester. Each year, some of Manchester’s most prominent businesses take part in the MPCL, offering a platform to network, share experiences and make new connections for everyone that gets involved. As a business leader myself I know the benefits of events like this and the opportunities they can create, and from speaking with the companies that have taken part over the years I know that the MPCL has opened many doors. The MPCL has raised more than £80,000 for charity since I founded it in 2008! This is an astonishing amount that has helped both of our charities – St Ann’s Hospice and Lord’s Taverners – a great deal. For example, St Ann’s Hospice have used the money to assist with the day-to-day running of the hospice which needs to raise £20,000 every day to keep their doors open. Lord’s Taverners have used some of the money to install sensory rooms, play spaces and also buy wheelchairs and mini buses to help young people get active and into sport. I firmly believe that our CSR efforts, which includes the MPCL, has greatly contributed to our excellent staff retention rates and the attraction of many of our current employees. People want to work for companies that care about the community and that put the needs of others high on their agenda. This is something that is of huge importance to me. As a business owner I want to be able to give back, and our MPCL and MPCL Charity Awards Lunch is just one of the ways we do this as a business. The MPCL has been great for the community in which we work. Charitable donations help better your community, and your customers and employees will notice if you are making a real effort to improve your surroundings. Your company's charitable donations could help improve schools or parks, help disadvantaged people or simply improve the areas in which you work. In our case, we help two well deserving charities continue their vital work. The MPCL also helps improve morale across our business and that of those that have taken part over the years. Events like the MPCL allow companies to take active interests in their own communities which often leads to a huge boost in employee morale. According to a 2016 Deloitte study, millennials are "twice as likely to rate their corporate culture as very positive" if their company participated in CSR activities that include corporate giving. Employees respect companies that care for their community and employees feel good about working for their employer. I am a firm believer that events like the MPCL have significant benefits for any organisation. I am delighted that the MPCL has been a huge success, and I am proud of the amount of money it has raised over the years. I am already looking forward to our 2019 event, and watching the MPCL continue to succeed long into the future. If you are interested in the MPCL and would like to discuss taking part next year please contact us by emailing email@example.com. Alternatively you can find out about our other sporting tournaments and CSR activities here.
We are absolutely thrilled to have been listed as one of just three UK based recruitment firms on the third annual Companies to Inspire Europe report. In this pioneering report, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) indentifies the 1000 most dynamic and fastest-growing, firms throughout Europe. 1000 Companies to Inspire is London Stock Exchange Group’s celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and Europe. As well as identifying 1,000 companies, the annual reports examine in detail the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the British and European economies. Only 160 UK based companies made the report with Romania and Hungary laying claim to the fastest-growing companies on average. When asked about the listing Managing Director Jo Sellick said; “we are delighted to be acknowledged in the third edition of the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe! It is an honour to be recognised as it displays our dedication to providing exceptional recruitment solutions to our clients and candidates. We are proud to be contributing to the European economy. What a fantastic achievement.” This is the third time we have been recognised by the London Stock Exchange having already been listed in the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report twice. You can find full details of this and our other awards and accreditations here. Alternatively you can view the full 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe report here.