Doing what we can for local business

scratch & save campaign

With the ever-present shadow of Brexit still looming, we have launched our autumn campaign to help local and regional businesses grow their workforce, despite the uncertain environment we live in, writes Kylee Russon, head of Star Employment Services.

Over the last three years we have seen many companies opting to delay recruitment of new staff. Recruitment agencies like ours, which enjoy strong relationships with local and regional employers, are still being asked to source new recruits, but the terms of contracts and salaries are in a state of flux.

We have decided to do what we can to support those businesses in our area who want to grow, but aren’t sure how much they can invest on finding the right person.

Our innovative marketing campaign includes a series of scratch cards that are available by registering on our website. Recipients will be sent a card – all of which contain a prize saving money on a recruitment package. They are valued at anywhere between £50 and £475, the higher being the amount of a Star fixed price package which includes the role appearing on national jobs boards such as Indeed, CV Library, and Total Jobs, as well as the Star’s own online jobs platform.

The job ad will also feature in the newspaper, and clients will be given a dedicated resourcer for their campaign.

There’s such massive uncertainty around Brexit and we’ve recognised the fact that not everybody wants to spend £3,000 on a recruitment campaign.

So we’re doing something positive to help local businesses and local people do what they need to do to prosper.

For more information on the campaign, which is running until 31st December, visit

Ways of keeping new staff engaged

Ways of keeping new staff engaged

Kylee Russon, Head of Star Employment Services recruitment agency, writes: All too often at the moment we are dealing with recurring situations where newly employed staff accept a role, but leave a week later when something ‘better’ arises.

This has a profoundly negative impact on everyone – the employee, the employer, and the wider team in the workplace. It increases admin and spend, creates uncertainty, and can impact on general business performance. But what can be done to address it?

Increasing loyalty from the very beginning of someone’s appointment is key to ensuring that money spent on the recruitment process is not lost. It is currently a candidate-driven marketplace, and an employer needs to do everything possible to retain their new appointment.

Things to bear in mind

• What sort of package are you offering? If it’s a short-term, temporary contract, what else are you going to give your new employee to make sure they stay for the duration?

• Holidays, days off in lieu, flexible working arrangements are all highly valued by workers and will make your company stand out against others.

• A subsidised in-house café, free coffee on tap, fruit for breakfast, or other simple ‘freebies’ can all make the difference between someone deciding to stay with your firm or not.

• Long-term job prospects, training schemes, generous pensions are again something to bear in mind. What are you offering your staff?

• Company bonus schemes are not as prevalent as they once were but small gestures like gifts for staff children at Christmas can again make a big difference to staff loyalty.

• Is your brand one that employees are proud to be associated with? Do you have a good social media presence? Are you talked about positively? Does your marketing and PR prove effective at selling your message? Employees are more likely to stay if you are considered a ‘good’ brand to work with.

Finally, when launching into any recruitment drive, make sure you work with an agency that cares. 

A good recruitment agency will maintain regular contact with prospective employers and employees to keep everyone up to date with developments, progress, and expectations. 
Building strong relationships, and making people feel valued, is critical to building and maintaining loyalty in the workplace.

Talk to a recruitment professional and find out what Star Employment Services can do for you, call us on 01902 319 856.              

How to choose the best recruitment agency for your needs

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Operations manager Kylee Russon writes: Whether you are leading a large company and need to recruit staff quickly, or a one-man operation deliberating the pros and cons of taking on an employee, there are many things to consider.

But the first thing you should do is involve an experienced HR professional in any recruitment process because it’s key to making sure you adhere to the law.

Avoid problems down the line by ensuring everything is done correctly from the start.

Recruitment agencies understand employment law and can manage as much or as little of the process as a business requires.

Choosing the best recruitment agency for your needs

If you are time-poor, worried about getting it wrong, or just don’t know where to start, get in touch with a reputable recruitment agency today.

Like anything, it is important to shop around when choosing which agency to work with. Larger organisations may offer a broader range of services, but a smaller agency specialising in a specific sector could benefit your particular needs more.

Recruitment firms operating on a national level may have a wider reach to fill a job role, but they do not know the demographic of your area as well as a local organisation does.

A recruitment consultant will be able to help you explore your options in regards to hiring permanent staff, temporary workers, part-time employees, or executive level board members.

A few things to remember

• A recruitment agency will ensure that the employer and employee are looked after properly

• If you are hiring someone on a temporary to permanent basis the agency will be able to guide you with regards to holiday pay, sick leave entitlement and applicable hourly rates

• You may have collected quotes from a number of agencies but don’t automatically assume the cheapest quote is the best. Higher prices can reflect an agency that looks after their clients and temporary workers in a better manner.

Talk to an experienced recruitment professional and find out what Star Employment Services can do for you, call us today on 01902 319 856.              

Star Employment Services on show at festival expo

Star Employment Services on show at festival expo

The Star Employment Services team were out in force to engage with businesses at a leading local showcase exhibition.

Recruitment sales executive Gemma Merrick and resourcer Rebekah Rowley attended the Black Country Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Expo. The event attracted more than 200 visitors to GTG in Willenhall.

They handed out brochures and promotional material to promote the Star Employment Services current recruitment offer.

The expo showcased more than 50 chamber members and formed part of the second Black Country Business Festival. There was plenty of networking going on as businesses made new contacts at the four-hour event.

‘Laurel and Hardy’ turned up to promote the Funny Things Comedy Festival being run by exhibitors Creative Black Country from October 26 to November 2.

They also had caricaturist Pen Jones on hand to sketch those attending and invited people to submit jokes.

The expo had a special area to encourage firms to get involved in bidding for work on the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The festival ends on Friday (24) with the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley hosting the closing celebration from 12 noon.