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The High Performance Contradiction

On October 7, 2015, Posted by , In Blog,Recommended Reading,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

It’s a strange facet of human nature that often the better someone appears to do, the easier they make it look and the less their efforts are valued. Perhaps it’s because it is harder to quantify skill, knowledge and background preparation or that we to value the hours put in…

Restrictive Covenants

On September 11, 2015, Posted by , In Blog, By , With No Comments

Frequently we see employment contracts with long restrictive covenants that are very general about not working for “competitors” or approaching clients with either no geographic region or specifying the whole country. Typically courts view this kind of generalisation as a restricting the individual’s ability to earn a living, a “restriction…

Recruitment Infographic

On December 23, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,News, By , With No Comments

Mercury search take great pride in finding the perfect job for the perfect candidate. We are leading print  & packaging recruitment specialists in the UK and we have been running since 2000. Being one of the leading UK recruitment companies, in recent years we have expanded our coverage internationally. Whilst…

How to design a more effective job advert

Designing an Effective Job Advert Information provided by recruitment specialists, Mercury Search & Selection Think of it from the candidate’s viewpoint Advertising is by its nature a passive way of attracting candidates. You rely on attracting a candidate’s attention so it is essential that you think about your ad from…

Surviving the recession with your career intact

On May 15, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Candidates, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Whilst we are yet to meet the technical requirements of a recession (2 consecutive quarters of negative growth) there is no doubt that the economic, and therefore career, outlook is bleak. There have been redundancies across most sectors of the packaging industry and these look set to continue.  Employees at…

Lies on CVs, Damn Lies

On March 16, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Candidates,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

The Lies on CV It seems not a year goes by without a media storm about lies on CVs and job applications. High profile cases such as those seen on TVs The Apprentice do little to help. The public is at once outraged and seemingly accepting the “everyone is at…

Packaging Industry risks sabotaging future with redundancies

When times are tough redundancies may be necessary but the packaging industry faces very specific challenges, which mean perhaps redundancy should be a last resort. The first quarter of 2011 saw recruitment reach levels not seen since 2007 and the 2nd quarter is following a similar pattern.  However there are…

Recruitment issues in packaging. – Overview

On August 16, 2013, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

Recruitment Issues The boundaries of what constitutes the packaging industry can be difficult to pin down with significant overlap with print and engineering sectors. However whichever way you look at it it’s a big sector. Some estimates place Packaging as the 9th largest manufacturing industry in the UK, turning over…

How much is Sick Note Culture costing you?

On July 23, 2013, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

The cost of Sick Note Culture… It could be as much as several weeks for pay per employee or 6% of your payroll costs! These are dramatic numbers and set against this background, the Government is about to launch a review into sickness absence with a focus on getting people…

Beware False Economy

On February 17, 2011, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

  The scale of the packaging industry drives many towards preferred supplier lists (PSL’s) and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) where an external supplier effective manages recruitment via a PSL.  Without this the size of the organisations can lead to a fragmented approach and spiralling costs.  Whilst it is clear that…