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Staff shortages are pushing up pay

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The UK labour market is tightening, with employers finding it harder to recruit staff, according to a survey of employment agencies.

The survey says that pay rates for both permanent and temporary staff are rising quickly due to a continuing fall in the number of job applicants.

Last year’s Brexit vote is also driving some EU nationals home, making it harder to fill a wide variety of jobs.

Official figures have shown employment levels in the UK at record highs.

The monthly survey of employment agencies was carried out by market research firm Markit for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

REC chief executive Kevin Green, said: “It’s clear that employers are having to work even harder to fill jobs as vacancies rise and candidate availability shrinks.

“The parts of the economy most reliant on European workers are under even more pressure as many EU workers return home.

“Employers are not just struggling to hire the brightest and the best but also people to fill roles such as chefs, drivers and warehouse workers,” he added.

‘Robust demand’

The survey, which has been going since 1997, looked at the experience in July of 400 UK recruitment and employment agencies.

It found that there was “robust demand” for staff with the number of applicants placed in permanent jobs, and also in temporary or contract jobs, growing at their fastest rates for more than two years.

Meanwhile, it said, the number of available candidates for both types of work fell markedly during the month.

The report’s suggestion that pay rates for permanent jobs are now rising as a result, and are at a 20-month high, will raise some eyebrows.

Official data from the Office for National Statistics has indicated that the growth of average weekly earnings across the UK has been slowing down.

Earnings are now only 1.8% higher than a year ago – the slowest rate of increase since late 2014 – which has contributed to a cut in real incomes because the rate of inflation has been higher.

Looking at its own survey results, the REC said some of its members had noted that employers were indeed offering higher pay rates to lure the right recruits.

“Permanent starting salaries rose across all monitored UK regions, with the steepest rate of inflation seen in the South of England,” the REC said.

“Temporary and contract staff hourly pay rates increased again in July.

“The rate of inflation softened slightly since June, but was still one of the strongest recorded for the past two years,” it added.

Is your company having problems recruiting staff? Let us help. Email with your equiry.





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Advertise your vacancies. Promote your brand

Harpur Centre

The 3rd Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship show will be taking place in just 8 weeks time on Saturday 9th September; Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre.

Calling all ‘Bedfordshire’ based recruiters, employers and training providers..

Over half of available stands have now been booked up and we’re delighted with the variety of employers, training providers and industry sectors already being represented. But there’s still space for you…We want our event to be jam packed with exciting companies, careers, training courses and apprenticeships. Call 01234 328646 for more information.

Job seekers who attend will be spoiled for choice. We’re delighted to announce a number of first time exhibitors including our main sponsor 1st Choice Recruitment, Hart Learning & Development, The Marbrook Centre, The Royal Navy and Christchurch Group.

We’re also happy to welcome back previous exhibitors Bedford College, The Job Hub, Care Solutions Group, HMP Bedford and Bedford NHS Trust.

Attendance at last September’s event was estimated to be 1,800+. From the 30+ exhibitors on the day, 87% said the day was a big success for them, 79% said they would recruit directly from attending the event!

Why our job shows are different to traditional events

  1. We hold our event on a Saturday so the ‘highly desirable’ and ‘already employed’ job seekers can attend
  2. It’s not just about the job show on the day. All of our stand options include recruitment advertising across our multi media recruitment advertising platform so you can start (and will) receive applications ahead of the day, adding great value.
  3. Our event marketing is tailored to our exhibitors and their recruitment needs. Multiple messages to targeted audiences; We don’t just advertise one message “about an event that’s taking place”

To book your stand call our events team on 01234 328646 or email

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Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship Show!

Its not too late

The most interactive way to fill your vacancies and promote your brand…

With Just 5 weeks until the next Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair, we’ve only got limited availablity in both zones now!

ZONE 1 – General vacancies

Under a marquee in Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre, there will be 29 employers advertising a range of vacancies across a number of different sectors. ONLY 4 STANDS LEFT!

ZONE 2 – Apprenticeships and Training

Located in the Harpur Suite, opposite the marquee, there will be 11 employers and training providers advertising a range of apprenticeships and courses across a number of different sectors. ONLY 1 STAND LEFT!

Results from the last Bedford Jobs Fair, held in September, reported a 79% recruitment success rate for exhibitors who attended!

Need more reasons to attend?

  • Job Advertising on Moo and our partner network and affiliate sites prior to the event
  • 58,000+ average Town Centre footfall on a Saturday
  • The event will be marketed to over 300,000 LOCAL People over an extensive 10 week campaign via Social Media and email marketing
  • Promoted in all High Schools and Acadamies
  • You’ll get the chance to chat to potential candidates and employees in a professional but relaxed environment
  • 3,500 + expected attendance
  • Attending job fairs is one of the best £ for £ exercises when recruiting

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity and book your stand today. Call or email one of our events team on 01234 328646 or email for prices and more info.

Here’s just a few companies who have already booked their stand…

WHSmiths – Evolve Recruitment – Bedford College – Bedford Estates

Fusion Lifestyle – Care Solutions – Bedford Borough Council

About The Job – Sporting Futures – Nova Training – Center Parcs

BlueBird Care – About The Job – Home Instead

DATE: 22nd April 2017 TIME: 1030am-1530pm LOCATION: Harpur Square, Bedford town centre


Holding the event on a Saturday means we’re giving the ‘highly desirable’ and ‘already employed’ an opportunity to meet with prospective employers just like YOU! This is something previous mid-week events haven’t been able to offer and it also gives you the opportunity to increase your employer branding at the same time.

Bookings for September’s fair can also be made now. Great early bird booking offers and deposit schemes available!

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Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair Exhibitor Line Up


Moo can confirm that the following employers and organisations will be exhibiting at the Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair tomorrow.

  • Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Center Parcs
  • Ace Security
  • Dial House Care
  • Barnfield College
  • RM Medics
  • Evolve Recruitment
  • Champneys Health Spa
  • Fusion Events
  • The Jobs Hub
  • Salvete Care
  • Bedford Borough Council
  • Cranfield University
  • AK Aviation
  • Amegreen
  • Hired and Happy
  • East Of England Ambulance Service
  • Bedfordshire Schools Training Group
  • Bedford College
  • Wren Kitchens
  • 3aaa
  • Banana Moon Day Nursery
  • Consensus
  • Verifile
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Babington College
  • YMCA Bedfordshire
  • Beford NHS Trust
  • Wyboston Lakes

The line up represents nearly all the current industry sectors in the local market so there’s sure to be something for everyone!

The event is taking place under a marquee in Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre. Doors open at 1030 and close at 4pm.

Which employer will you be popping in to meet with?

We look forward to seeing you there!

Official Sponsors of the Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair 2016

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Your perfect guide to attending The Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship fair:

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You’ll have the opportunity to meet with employers that you might not be able to access any other way.

So what can you do to compete with the crowds attending our job fair? These tips will help you get ready to attend and maximise your opportunities while you’re there.

  • Dress for Success. Attend the job fair dressed for success in professional interview attire, and carry a portfolio. However, do wear comfortable shoes, because you will be standing in line.
  • Practice a Pitch. Practice a quick pitch summarising your skills and experience so you’re ready to promote your candidacy to prospective employers.
  • Bring Supplies. Bring extra copies of your CV, pens, a notepad. You might also want to consider bringing “CV” cards as an efficient way to sum up your candidacy.
  • Check Out Companies.  Be prepared to talk to hiring managers by checking out the company’s web site, mission statement, open positions, and general information before you go. If you demonstrate knowledge about each company or manager you’re talking to, you’ll certainly stand out from the crowd.
  • Arrive Early. Keep in mind that lines can be long, so arrive early – before the fair officially opens.
  • Network. While you are waiting in line, talk to others. You never know who might be able to help with your job search. Along the same lines, remember to stay polite and professional. Even if you’re feeling discouraged in your job search, don’t vent to other fair-goers about your situation or about any specific companies. Stay positive and make the most of the opportunity!
  • Show Initiative. Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Demonstrate your interest in the company and their job opportunities.
  • Be Enthusiastic. Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means that employers want to see you smile!
  • Ask Questions. Have some questions ready for the company representatives. The more you engage them, the better impression you’ll make.
  • Collect Business Cards. Collect business cards, so you have the contact information for the people you have spoken with.
  • Take Notes. It’s hard to keep track when you’re meeting with multiple employers in a busy environment. Jot down notes on the back of the business cards you have collected or on your notepad, so you have a reminder of who you spoke to about what.
  • Say Thank You. Take the time to send a brief follow up ‘thank you note’ or email to the company representatives you met at the job fair. It’s a good way to reiterate your interest in the company and to remind company representatives that you’re a strong candidate.

Best of luck finding your dream job!

The MooJobs Team.

Bedford Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair, Saturday 10th September, Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre, 1030-4pm

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Recruitment Funnies For Those Monday Morning Blues

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There are so many crazy stories we have in our profession. After all, we deal with people as a profession, and everyone is different. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we love our job because we have a passion for helping people. Here are some real stories of situations that were less that optimal.

First Impression Redemption – A candidate shows up for a client interview in attire that is less than professional. Upon seeing the candidate for the first time, the client asks the candidate to wait for a few minutes. Furious upon the thought that we had sent them a bum candidate, the client calls us in a rage. After we are able to bring the phone call back to normal levels, we are able to convince the client to go ahead and talk to the candidate anyway, then yell at us after the interview if it was still warranted. Following the interview, the client calls, apologising for the previous call and ends up hiring the candidate. Sometimes we simply need to push past the first impression.

Interview with a side of fries – During a candidate’s phone interview, the candidate asked the hiring manager to “Hold on for second”. Then the hiring manager could hear the candidate order his lunch at the drive-thru window at McDonald’s. Clearly, the candidate was more interested in eating lunch than getting a new job. As you can guess, that candidate was not chosen as a finalist for the position.

Your own worst enemy is a good thing, right?? – Upon checking references on a candidate, a referral tells us (laughingly) that the candidate is his own worst enemy. Upon asking for clarification, the referral realises the mistake they had made and tries to backpedal. By that time, the damage had been done. The lesson to learn is to make sure that every reference you provide to a prospective employer will actually say nice things about you.

Over the river and through the woods…. – On a candidate’s way to an interview with a client, his car breaks down about 500 yards from the company building. The only problem is that the roads to get there are much farther than the most direct route…through the woods. So, the candidate jumps out of the car and proceeds to climb two fences and run through the woods (no trails) thinking that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. By the time the candidate arrived for the interview, his suit was covered in dirt, stickers, leaves, and sweat. Luckily, the interviewer had a sense of compassion (and humor) and accepted the candidate at face value. The company ended up hiring the candidate.

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