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JF Recruitment August Newsletter

As Autumn closes in, the leaves on the trees will take on beautiful brown and red hues, colours that really stand out.

So we thought, what better time to talk about how you can make your business stand out?

Make your business stand out!

In the week commencing 6th June, there were a total of 1.69 million job adverts across the UK. At the same time, there are approximately 1.5 million fewer people seeking employment since the pandemic.

The pool of candidate availability is decreasing due to young people staying in education longer, and more people moving away from the UK.

The majority of people leaving the workplace are older workers, for a variety of reasons, including lifestyle changes, illness, or care responsibilities.

With the skills gap widening, and the labour market so tight, this has an impact on succession planning. Given that 50% more babies were born in 1964 than in 1977, we are facing the challenges of an aging workforce, and retirement age is also a factor that needs to be considered.

So, what can you do to make your business stand out?

  • Show off your corporate culture on social media. What is your company brand and culture saying to jobseekers? Interview your teams and share on your socials to say why your business is a great place to work.
  • Consider your flexibility and equality HR policies; think about how hybrid working and equality could offer you more flexibility.
  • Pay – with inflation and a tight labour market, you need to be aware of the mental health of your workforce especially if they may have financial worries. According to recent research 75% of staff are too embarrassed to talk about salary with their employers. So even if they are happy in their current role, they’ll consider moving for more money. Mental health concerns can also impact attendance and productivity.
  • Create clear career pathways within your organisation, and if you can’t offer promotion, consider professional development to keep your team engaged.
  • Ask your team! Don’t be afraid of opening a discussion in the workplace, ask them why they stay working and what else they would like the business to offer. You may be surprised by the feedback!

If you think your business needs support with any of the above, give us a call and if we can’t help we can recommend you to one of our fantastic consultancies we work alongside.

If you would like to discuss further, simply arrange a consultation


JFR Welcome Julie Roberts to the Team

To assist you in finding great talent we have hired Julie Roberts, who joins us as a recruitment coordinator. Julie will join our lovely resourcing team working alongside our fantastic Faye Smith.

You can read all about Julie and the rest of the team on our website by visiting


Accounts Assistant – £25k


  • Purchase and Sales Ledger
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Credit Control
  • Invoicing
  • Cash book and Cheques
  • Taking queries from clients and suppliers re invoices and payments
  • General office administration


  • The UK job market is showing no signs of slowing down according to Grapevine Leaders
  • Virgin Money gives staff £1k cost of living payment
  • The UK will host Eurovision 2023 – a hosting city is yet to be confirmed. (We hope Liverpool are bidding for the honour)
  • Ion Developments appointed by Wirral Council to bring 1400 new homes in a low-carbon urban village in Birkenhead

Just for LOLS

Jobs we’re glad aren’t a thing any more…

Whiffler – This word is so much fun to say I’m sad it’s not really a job anymore, but these people would lead a procession, kind of like a herald or usher.

Fun Fact

With so many strawberries being picked and eaten with the nice weather, this fact seemed apt. Did you know that all strawberries today derive from five plants brought to France from Chile in 1712.

Jo’s Top Tips

We briefly mentioned that 50% more babies were born in 1964 than in 1977. A lot of those born in and around 1964 have already left the workplace taking early retirement or have begun to plan their exit.

However, due to rising cost of living and with new flexible work models, hybrid/ home working and flexible hours that weren’t on offer prior to the pandemic, we have seen an increase in those over 50 beginning to consider re-joining the workplace.

If your business has flexible working practices, or would be willing to consider them, you could attract a wealth of skill and experience to your business by welcoming a retiree back to the workplace.