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TIGER STRIPE 2013

A happy New Year from all of us at Tiger
Welcome to the fifth edition of Tiger Stripe

Things have started with a bang in 2013 – we have already received a high number of enquiries from Candidates looking for new jobs,  our Temporary Division has been inundated with new requirements and the Permanent Team is beginning to get busier again after a couple of quiet weeks in the lead up to Christmas.

The majority of Clients we have spoken to so far this year are feeling more positive about their recruitment needs in 2013 compared to this time last year. This, it seems, has also been reflected in the wider press.

As always, I hope you find this newsletter informative. You’ll find an up-to-date salary survey including our thoughts for the year ahead, which will hopefully assist you with your hiring. Please also read on to get the latest news at Tiger, a piece written by our Temporary Division on “AWR, 12 months on”, information about the charity we are supporting in 2013 and details on how to receive a 10% discount on your next permanent hire.

Wishing you all the best for the year ahead and feel free to email me directly with any questions or queries at david.morel@tiger-recruitment.co.uk.

 

News on the Block

 

As many of you are probably aware now, our lovely Jenny Milsom has left for sunnier pastures in Sydney, Australia. We are still in constant contact with Jenny and wish her the very best in her new endeavours. 

On a positive note, we have gained three fabulous new Consultants. Camilla Sheldon joined Rebecca on the Temporary Team back in July and has taken to her new role with a go-getter attitude.

Flora Farquharson and Lucy Slater have also recently joined Tiger and are Consultants on the Permanent Division working closely with David and Clare. All three of our new consultants have proved to be valuable additions to the Tiger team. 

On the marketing front, we are in the process of rebranding our Client brochures and updating the Tiger website. The website was initially constructed around six years ago and was ahead of its time back then, but we feel a revamp will make it more functional and better reflect the Tiger that we are today. We are currently attracting over 17,000 visitors to the website each month, almost doubling the traffic we received in 2011.

Around two years ago we created a social media following on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn  and Google+. Over the past year there has been a big increase in traffic on these pages. It’s not only been useful for us to get the Tiger name out there, but it’s also been a great marketing tool for advertising new roles and for the Temporary Division to keep in daily contact with their Candidates about availability and new opportunities.

Tiger Recruitment has received more press coverage in 2012 than ever before. We contributed to articles throughout the year ranging from advice on the current market in MailOnline to the current calibre of Candidates searching for jobs in Recruiter Magazine. The increase in Tiger’s involvement in the press is another indication of the company’s recognition as a leading player in the secretarial market, and the value Tiger attaches to this to ensure we are attracting the most talented Candidates and diverse Client base in the market.

Tiger’s development in these areas also coincides with our increasing foot hold in the international PA recruitment market. We are currently working on positions in Dubai, Switzerland and Barbados, with an increase in requests from Candidates also seeking to relocate. Tiger will be looking to further expand its international business even further in 2013 and particularly in the UAE where we are seeing a resurgence in the number of opportunities coming on to our books.

Closer to home, Tiger became a preferred supplier to a number of new Clients in 2012, from large multinationals to SMEs. We have also seen an increase in the number of PAs we are placing in Private Households and in 2013 will be looking to expand this part of our business by recruiting for other Private Household positions beyond the Private PAs, Chauffeurs and Chefs we are currently asked to recruit for.

Born Free

Finally on the news front, every year Tiger Recruitment fundraises for a specific charity or 

foundation. Tiger has been inspired in 2013 to fundraise for Born Free, and specifically to fundraise for Tiger Conservation

In addition, Tiger Recruitment has decided to adopt a rescued Tiger, Roque, who now resides in a sanctuary in India. Roque was rescued by Born Free in 1998. By adopting Roque, funds will go towards his lifetime care and medical expenses. The Tiger team will be organising events throughout the year, both in-house as well as events that hopefully both our Clients and Candidates will be able to participate in. 

Please keep your eyes and ears open for further information about this.

AWR - 12 months on

This time last year, the temporary team were implementing changes as a result of the Agency Workers Regulations which came into force on 1st October 2011. These regulations stemmed from the EU Temporary Workers Directive 2008 which gives agency workers the right to the same pay and other working conditions enjoyed by a hirer’s own workers. Agency workers are entitled to equal treatment once they have completed 12 weeks’ of service in the same role with the same hirer. 

Questions were raised as to the potential impact to the temporary recruitment market and how companies would respond to this. We have noticed the following: 

  • Impact has been negligible.
     
  • Demand for temporary staff has increased. (It was expected by many that the opposite would happen.)  This increase is a result of a decrease in permanent hiring in 2012 and the AWR  having no real impact on the hiring of temporary workers.
     
  • Clients that are engaging short-term temporary cover have not come close to approaching the 12 week qualifying period. 
     
  • Clients that are engaging long-term temporary workers have tended to employ Candidates on comparable rates to permanent employees from the start of the assignment.
     
  • Temporary to permanent placements have been offered before the 12 week qualifying period.

Initial concerns that some companies may attempt to ‘avoid’ AWR impact by finishing up temporary workers at the 12 month mark are unsubstantiated.  Impact has been minimal as a consequence and we are looking forward to continued growth in the temporary team over the next 12 months. 

Salary survey – the nuts and bolts

Please find below a table indicating the roles we recruited for in 2012 and the respective salary levels paid to all successful Candidates placed by Tiger according to broad industry sectors. I suspect many of you have received a number of salary surveys over the last month and, to this end, we have kept things simple and, in addition to the figures below, I have jotted down the most pertinent and useful points/trends as I understand them. Please feel free to contact me (David Morel) should you seek further clarification.

A Table showing the range of salaries paid to candidates placed by Tiger Recruitment in 2012.

 

Professional Services

Creative

Not For Profit

Private Household

Receptionist

£20,000 -
£25,000

£18,000 -
£22,000

£20,000 -
£22,000

 

Senior Receptionist

£26,000 -
£32,000

£23,000 -
£27,000

£23,000 -
£28,000

 

Junior Administrator

£22,000 -
£26,000

£20,000 -
£24,000

£20,000 -
£23,000

 

Senior Administrator

£25,000 -
£32,000

£23,000 -
£28,000

£22,000 -
£30,000

 

Marketing Assistant

£24,000 -
£30,000

£19,000 -
£26,000

£19,000 -
£24,000

 

Team
PA/Secretary

£26,000 -
£36,000

£24,000 -
£32,000

£25,000 -
£30,000


 

Personal Assistant

£34,000 -
£43,000

£28,000 -
£35,000

£30,000 -
£35,000

£35,000 -
£45,000

Executive Assistant

£40,000 -
£65,000

£35,000 -
£45,000

£35,000 -
£40,000

£38,000 -
£60,000

Business Assistant

£45,000 -
£70,000

£40,000 -
£45,000

£38,000 -
£45,000

 

Office
Manager

£35,000 -
£55,000

£28,000 -
£40,000

£32,000 -
£37,000

 

Accounts Assistant

£24,000 -
£28,000

£20,000 -
£25,000

£20,000 -
£24,000

  

Data

In the aim of simplicity, we have compartmentalised our Clients into four different categories. The result is that a couple of our salary bands are broad in range depending on the size of company and their specific industry. 

Tiger Recruitment specialises primarily in the secretarial sector and we recruit into a wide range of industries such as Finance, Executive Search, Luxury Goods, Property, Legal, Insurance, Private Household, Architecture and Design, Engineering, Education, Travel, PR, Media, Advertising, Branding and Communications, Marketing, Hotels, Management Consultancy, NFP, Music and Theatre. 

Salary and market predictions for 2013

  • Our survey shows that salary levels for certain positions fell in 2012. I am confident that these have reached rock bottom.
     
  • 2013 will remain a Client market, but there will always be demand for good quality Candidates. As a result, and based on the last quarter of 2012, Clients should aim to offer successful Candidates an increase on current salary of between 5-10%.
     
  • Quality Candidate flow was slow for much of 2012 due to adverse market conditions and the effects of The Jubilee and The Olympics. The result was that Candidates remained in jobs they wanted to leave. The increased optimism of employers and job seekers is part of the reason we are seeing such a big increase in quality Candidates coming back on to the market in 2013.
     
  • I expect the 2013 permanent recruitment market to improve on 2012 and return to 2011 levels. It will be at least a further 12 months until it returns to 2009/2010 and pre 2007 levels.
     
  • Based on the last two quarters of 2012 and the start to 2013, I expect the temp market to continue to flourish.
     
  • Based on 2012, a higher than usual proportion of employers will continue to hire on a temp-to- perm basis. However, with a greater influx of quality Candidates and increased optimism in the market, I expect this to drop throughout the year and for Clients to rely on the agency’s refund guarantee instead and hire permanently from the outset. 
     

Seven interesting facts

  • Starting salaries for entry level support positions have risen from £18k+ to £20k+ across the board.
     
  • The top end of the PA salary range has dropped to £43k for professional services and £38k for creative. 
     
  • We have seen a substantial number of new Candidates come on to the market already in 2013, more than this time last year and the previous year.
     
  • The temporary secretarial recruitment market has been the busiest it has been since 2007.
     
  • The permanent market was the slowest it has been since 2001 between the start of May 2012  and the end of August 2012. It has since picked up, but not yet back to 2009 levels.
     
  • Tiger registered 1618 Candidates seeking permanent work in 2012. 650 were also looking for temporary work. 
     
  • Out of the 1618 new permanent Candidates that joined Tiger in 2012, 819 were graduates.

January/February 2013 promotion – 

A WINTER WARMER!

10% discount when you brief Tiger on a new permanent position between 22nd January and 28th February 2013 inclusive. *

 *This promotion doesn’t cover business we have already been instructed on and represents a reduction in our fees from 20% to 18% on permanent business only.




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