October 2020 : Recruitment Update

By working with Oxford based companies and performing monthly surveys, we’re able to thoroughly understand the trends and changes of the Oxfordshire recruitment market. We hope you find this information useful, please find our Recruitment Market Update for October below. October Recruitment Update Our main findings suggest that: – We have seen an interesting shift […]

September 2020 : Recruitment Update

By working with Oxford based companies and performing monthly surveys, we’re able to thoroughly understand the trends and changes of the Oxfordshire recruitment market. We hope you find this information useful, please find our Recruitment Market Update for July below. September Recruitment Update Our main findings suggest that: – Permanent and contract recruitment continues steadily […]

August 2020 : Recruitment Update

By working with Oxford based companies and performing monthly surveys, we’re able to thoroughly understand the trends and changes of the Oxfordshire recruitment market. We hope you find this information useful, please find our Recruitment Market Update for July below. Take a look at our infographic now Our main findings suggest that: – Companies looking […]

Top tips for virtual onboarding from companies who have done it.

Sometimes we have to work things out from scratch for ourselves, using trial and error until we get it right. But you only get one chance at making an excellent first impression and onboarding your new starter!  We have been working with local businesses who have successfully onboarded new starters during the lockdown period, to […]

Virtual Onboarding – Should we expect for it continue post-COVID lockdown?

  Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, as a country, we have been tirelessly searching for new ways to do… well everything in both our professional and personal lives. From hosting video calls and online quizzes with family and friends, to creating make-shift desks to get through the working week, everybody has adapted to the lockdown limitations. […]

Top tips for virtual interviewing from companies that have actually done it.

  Are you considering incorporating virtual interview techniques into your recruitment process for the first time? Or perhaps you interview online already but would like to improve? As a recruitment agency, we’re well accustomed to receiving feedback about interviews. Feedback from clients about their candidates for us to pass on, but also feedback from our […]

Virtual Interviewing – A pandemic fad, or should we expect to see it become part of the “new normal”?

Virtual interviews are not new to us. Before the lockdown period, they were less common, but as companies have chosen to continue their recruitment throughout the pandemic, in many cases, they have been the only option available to companies looking to continue growing their teams.  We have been working with local companies to understand their […]

July 2020 : Recruitment Update

We believe that it’s important to be informed about the decisions, actions and processes being put into place and used by local businesses and professionals. By being informed, we are better able to advise our clients and local professionals to make informed decisions too. We hope you find this information useful, please find our Recruitment […]

June 2020 : Recruitment Update

By working with our clients, local businesses and candidates over the last couple of months, we have been gathering information to understand how, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and now the easing of lockdown measures, the Oxfordshire recruitment market has changed. Take a look at our infographic now Our main findings suggest that: – […]

Working in a post-COVID 19 lockdown reality

The world is changing. After this period of lockdown, there will undoubtedly be another period with just as much uncertainty and turmoil in both our professional and personal capacities as our society battles to find a ‘new normal’.  Although at the time of writing, the government advice is still to work from home where possible, […]

Mental wellness in the workplace post-COVID-19 lockdown

Mental health and the workplace has been on the agenda for a while now, with people becoming more aware of charities such as MIND and recognising the importance of well-being and prominence of mental illness in our modern-day society.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the best companies have been paying close attention to the mental wellness […]

Returning to the Office post-COVID-19 lockdown

For those companies who have/want to reintegrate their staff back to the office either fully or in part, the planning started weeks ago. Companies of all sizes are affected and there are lots of elements to consider around social distancing, protecting employees and limiting exposure. From speaking to our client companies, plans are being developed […]

Working from home post-COVID-19 lockdown

Obviously, one of the  biggest changes to working life over the last few months has been the shift to working from home.  For many years, flexible and remote working options have been increasingly popular, although before the lockdown, far from commonplace in the UK. In the past few weeks, those opposing this option and businesses […]

Corriculo Labour Exchange Programme

20 May 2020 Success! We found a match! Thank you to all who came forward with resource. We’re pleased to announce we have matched up our first request! An excellent, local company looking for a Frontend Developer resource to help with their website build has managed to find the perfect fit in the form of […]

Events

We support, sponsor and organise a number of meetup and networking events across the Oxfordshire area. Our aim is to support the local Developer and professional networks to ensure a space dedicated to furthering knowledge and meeting like-minded people. Find out more about each of these events and the upcoming dates: .NET Oxford – For […]

May 2020 : Recruitment Update

Over the past couple of months we have been working with our clients, local businesses and candidates to understand how, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Oxfordshire recruitment market is changing, and how companies plan to continue hiring over the next few months. Take a look at our infographic now Our main findings suggest […]

Importance of Flexible Interview and Onboarding Process

In the race to secure the best talent, it’s always been vitally important to make sure that your interview and onboarding processes are as flexible as possible. Good candidates usually have a number of options and naturally, they will follow the path of least resistance. This is particularly true when roles are closely matched in […]

March 2020 : Recruitment Update

Over the past week we have been asking questions of our clients and local companies to understand how, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Oxfordshire recruitment market is changing, and how companies plan to continue hiring over the next few months. Take a look at our infographic now Our main findings suggest that: – […]

Benefits of Hiring Contractors

Contract resource to deliver a specific project is nothing new. It does however get far more popular as the market downturns. Why? It can be cheaper Depending on the IR35 status of the contractor, they can save money on all benefits areas including holiday, sick leave and pension contributions. The client pays for the work […]

IR35 Delayed until April 2021: What does this mean for companies?

Just one week ago Rishi Sunak delivered his first budget. It was something of an emergency budget with a significant number of provisions related to COVID-19. Hidden in the supporting Budget documents there was a single paragraph confirming that the private section IR35 reforms would be going ahead as planned. Fast forward a week and […]

Why do so many people change jobs in January?

January and February are traditionally very busy times for job seekers, hiring managers and recruiters alike but why do so many people change jobs in January? There are of course many reasons why people change roles but there are several reasons why they do so en masse.   There is a myth that the job […]

How will the IR35 changes affect small businesses?

If you’re currently hiring people on a contract basis then there are some tax changes HMRC are pushing through that will potentially affect you from April 2020. Here’s our guide to what’s changing, why and how it will affect you. What is IR35? IR35 is a piece of legislation that governs how contractor tax should […]

How will the IR35 changes affect private sector employers?

If you’re currently hiring people on a contract basis then there are some tax changes HMRC are pushing through that will potentially affect you from April 2020. Here’s our guide to what’s changing, why and how it will affect you. What is IR35? IR35 is a piece of legislation that governs how contractor tax should […]

Corriculo Launches Online Timesheet Portal

This month Corriculo has launched an online timesheet portal for both clients and candidates. Office Manager Victoria Harlock explains why it has been implemented: “We’re always looking at how we can improve the contracting experience for our candidates and clients. Setting up the online timesheet portal has been something we have wanted to do for a […]

The Budget, IR35 and you

Update July 2019: To find out the latest information about IR35 and how it effects you, see our other blog posts. When the changes to IR35 came into effect for public sector workers last year, many in the industry thought it was only a matter of time before private sector workers were also affected. This […]

Why trust is key when working with Recruitment Consultants

  The jobseeker/Recruitment Consultant relationship is often overlooked which could be a big career mistake. A Recruitment Consultant that you have a good relationship with will be your biggest advocate to future employers.     So, how do you get the most out of the relationship?     You need to attract each other’s attention. […]

Will any recruitment innovations ever actually become mainstream?

    Today is Back to the Future day and there’s been a lot of talk about which things that featured in the films have actually come into fruition and which haven’t. Hands up who has a hoverboard or self-lacing shoelaces? No-one. Oh well. Here at Corriculo we regularly attend recruitment expos and there are […]

The Oxford hiring market report: Counter offers are creating havoc

  It’s fair to say that here at Corriculo we talk to a lot of hiring and HR managers. As well as recruiting for their IT vacancies, we like to find out what their challenges are. The number one complaint they have in the Oxford area is a lack of candidates being exacerbated by a […]

Why it’s not just candidates who should be honest during an interview

Imagine you have just interviewed the perfect candidate for your role. They tick every one of your boxes and then some! You make them an offer and they accept. As a hiring manager this is exactly how you want the recruitment process to work. Sadly, this can be where it all goes wrong. Once the […]

Why a recent article telling candidates to lie in interviews is wrong and could hurt your career

  It is rare that I will blog off the back of, and to disagree with, a specific article but I came across this one and I had to respond to it. It offers the advice of Peter Harris who is the Editor in Chief of a Canadian job board (which also has UK job […]

Why offering flexible working makes sense for employers and employees alike

When I joined the team here at Corriculo I opted to work both part-time and with some home working; I am writing the blog from my home right now. For me it made sense; saving on childcare costs, petrol costs and spending more time with my kids. Wednesday mornings at home are also my most […]

Things to consider before making a counter offer

  When a valued employee hands in their notice your first thought may we be “what am I going to do now?” Finding a replacement costs time and money and then there is the cost of on-boarding. It is much easier to just keep the person that you have in place so should you make […]

How social media is changing job hunting

For most, social media channels play a huge part in our day to day lives. In both our professional and personal lives our interactions with those closest to us are shaped by social media. Whether it being LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or various other channels, social media has wormed its way into the recruitment process just […]

Why it is so important to give feedback after interviews

    A common frustration that we hear from candidates is that they haven’t had feedback, either after sending their CV or having had an interview. Sometimes this is the fault of the recruiter not relaying feedback to the candidate, but all too often the hiring manager causes the problem. Over the years I have […]

Why are agencies still posting fake ads and is it ever OK?

Someone tweeted this article about fake job postings this morning. It is an old article but makes a very good point – fake adverts are bad recruitment practice and just waste everyone’s time. There are some agencies who are notorious for doing this but we won’t of course name names. There’s no hope you will […]

Why it’s so important to offer good talent the right salary

  There is a “war for talent” right now which makes your recruitment processes more important than ever. There is a surprisingly common mistake that hiring managers are making. Wondering what it is? Well imagine this situation; You receive an outstanding candidate’s CV for a job offering £35-40k. They are currently on a salary of […]