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Notice to our temps

Your time-sheets are the last thing you need to worry about at this time of year however, by now you should all have been notified the process for your time-sheets over the Christmas period.  Again, the details are as follows:

W/C 15/12/14 you need to have your time-sheet at the latest 11am on Monday 22/12/14.

W/C 22/12/14 we need your hours in by 12pm Tuesday 23rd. If you are working Christmas Eve, you need to include these hours on this time-sheet (in advance).

If you have followed the correct submission dates, all Candidates will be paid on Christmas Eve!

You will be paid again New Years Eve- 31st

ACS Office Christmas Hours

The office will close for Christmas Tuesday 23rd and reopen Monday 29th. We will then close again 30th and resume business on Friday 2nd. However, Steph and Gabriella will have access to emails, if you have any urgent enquires.


Merseyside claimant levels fall 4.45%

Claimant levels across Merseyside fell 4.45% last month, from 35,188 people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in July last year, to 33,619 last month.

All six Merseyside regions reported a drop in claimant levels, with Liverpool enjoying the biggest fall of 523, from 14,206 in July 2013.

Sefton enjoyed the second biggest drop of 369, from 5,220 claimants this time last year, followed by Wirral which was down by 298 from 5,510. Halton reported a 137 reduction, from 2,663, while Knowsley’s level fell by 125 from 3,760, and the St Helens level of 3,712 showed a drop of 117.

The fall in the number of claimants mirrored the national picture, revealed by the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today.

It said unemployment has continued to fall, while the number of people claiming JSA is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.

The UK jobless total was 2.08 million in the quarter to June, down by 132,000 on January to March and the lowest since the end of 2009, giving an unemployment rate of 6.4%.

The claimant count fell for the 21st month in a row in June, by 33,600 to 1.01 million, according to [...]

August 13th, 2014|Industry News, Latest News|

ACS charitiable work.

Not only do ACS help the general public with helping them secure positions in the legal world, we are also a charitable bunch.
December 27th, 2013|Latest News, Office Life|

ACS at Christmas & New Year

Over the Christmas period many recruitment agencies close. At ACS Recruitment we don’t stop searching for the right candidate/client. With over 30 years in business ACS understands that to every job seeker out there, finding a job is a stressful time at the best of times never mind it being Christmas as well!
December 23rd, 2013|Latest News|

UK jobless total falls to 2.49m

The number of unemployed in the UK fell by 18,000 in the June-August period to 2.49 million, official figures show.
The unemployment rate drops to 7.7% down from 7.8% the previous quarter.The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also show the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance last month fell by 41,700 to 1.35 million.

The ONS also reports that average earnings rose by 0.7% in the year to August, 0.5% down on July. The unemployment rate has become a key economic indicator for the Bank of England which, under its recently appointed new governor, Mark Carney, is targeting the unemployment rate. It says it will not consider raising interest rates from their record low of 0.5% until it falls to 7%. The number of people in work, both full-time and part-time, reached a record high of 29.87 million in the quarter, up 155,000.

The ONS looks at demand for full-time work and whether part-time workers would rather work longer hours. Its figures showed that almost 1.5 million people were part-time because they could not find full-time jobs, the highest figure since records began in 1992. Job vacancies also rose by 6,600 in the period to 541,000, the highest [...]

October 16th, 2013|Latest News|

Unemployment in the UK dropped to 7.7%

The rate of unemployment in the UK dropped to 7.7% between May and July from 7.8% in the previous three months.
The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said that interest rates are unlikely to be raised before the rate falls to 7%.

The number of people unemployed fell 24,000 in the period to 2.487 million.

The official figures also showed the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell 32,600 to 1.402 million, its lowest level since February 2009.

However, the number of people in part-time work rose to 1.45 million, the highest since records began in 1992 and double the number of five years ago.

Almost a third of men working part-time were doing so because they could not find full-time employment. The corresponding figure for women was 13.5%.
Information taken from BBC.

September 14th, 2013|Industry News, Latest News|

One in ten students would like to swap university!

One in ten students would like to swap university and eleven per cent where sorry with the course they had picked. Some students are pushed onto wrong courses by teachers and parents. The survey also found that the new ‘student life’ had made students regret their decision in university.

Students were more likely to be dissatisfied with their choice of course the longer they spent on it-13 per cent of second and fourth year undergraduates compared to nine per cent of first years.

With the sharp increase in tuition fees it is now crucial that students are provided with options to make sure they make the right choice.

Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in March showed that one in ten students- 7.4 per cent –drop out of university. This represents 27,230 students according to the latest available figures from 2010/11.

September 12th, 2013|Latest News|

5 questions you should be able to answer before your job interview.

As more and more graduates are leaving university employers expectations are also increasing to find their ideal candidate.

Before your next job interview you should know these 5 answers to commonly asked questions:
Question: Tell me about yourself.
Answer: Your answer should be well-rehearsed and approximately 2-3 minutes in length. Try to avoid the typical statements about your family and where you’re from, and focus more on your experiences and background that best relate to the job.

This is your first opportunity to develop a great first impression-think about key achievements.
Question: Why did you leave your last job?
Answer: Your answer should be honest and open- speak positively about your experience even if it wasn’t the best.

If you have been made redundant, discuss this with the reasoning behind the company restructure.
Question: What has been your biggest achievement in your career?
Answer: Think of an achievement that you had control or influence over. Preferably choose one that is work related that will relate to the job that you are applying for. Describe the process that you took to making the decision a success and outline how this choice impacted others and the impact it had on the company.
Question: What [...]

August 31st, 2013|Helpful Tips, Latest News|

5 Questions that you should ask during your interview.

At some part of your life everyone has to go through the stressing times of an interview. An interview is like a sales call, you are the product. You need to sell yourself in a way that, they need you for that position.

I have compiled a list of questions that we think you should ask during your interview.

Can you tell me more about how I would fit in with…? (insert the name of company)Employers want to know how much you want this job. Are you willing to spend time studying the company and position? If you are looking to secure that position then I highly recommend you doing so. This way this will enable you to ask further questions, to make them aware you have been researching. Make sure all your questions are relevant and fully researched correctly.
What is your vision for your company’s future, and how do you see me contributing to this?Employers love to talk about their company and their positive vision for the future. If they are passionate about their work, they will enjoy a discussion on their dreams-let them start to think about you helping to fulfil them. Asking these types of questions shows [...]

August 22nd, 2013|Helpful Tips, Latest News|

Interview Top Tips

Counting down the days till your interview can be the scariest times for anyone, especially if you haven’t had an interview for years. With all the legal changes recently and the fear of being made redundant hovering, being worried about your interview is one more thing you could do without.

I have compiled a list of top tips that may help you to de-stress.

Do your research.
You may not know everything about the company that you are applying for, but be sure that they will ask you ‘What do you know about our company’. Make sure you outline; what the company does where they currently stand and their mission. Also investigate developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
Practice your Answers.
Giving that there is no formality set for every job interview, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will pop up; What are your Strengths? What are your Weaknesses? Explain why you are the best candidate for this role?  Prepare your answers.
Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly [...]

August 13th, 2013|Helpful Tips, Latest News|