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Spring Issue

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Welcome to the Spring issue of our Newsletter

It’s finally time to spring forward, which means lighter nights and hopefully warmer days to come.

In this issue, you can find:

  • Latest ONS Labour Market Statistics – April 2024
  • ALP Labour Supply Update – March 2024
  • StrongerTogether Webinar
  • Our Workers Said: 2023 Satisfaction Survey Results
  • Upcoming Health & Safety Training Course Dates
  • Peel Ports: ESG Award Winners
  • Ashley Kate Employment Law Event
  • Another year, another success: Our Annual Easter Appeal
  • Harriett & Ria’s Skydive: Raising money for charity

Latest Labour Market Statistics

The recent report from the Office of National Statistics reveals fluctuations in the UK’s economy and labour market. While payrolled employees rose annually, there was a slight decline in March 2024. Unemployment and economic inactivity rates increased, alongside a rise in the Claimant Count. Vacancies continued a downward trend, though still above pre-pandemic levels. Earnings experienced growth, adjusted for inflation. Additionally, labour disputes led to approximately 106,000 lost working days in February 2024, primarily in the health and social work sector.

Here are some important statistics from the April overview, see below and read the full report here

  • Payroll Payroll


    The number of payrolled employees is now well above pre-pandemic levels at 30.3 million

  • Employment Rate Employment Rate

    Employment Rate

    The employment rate is down on the quarter and down on the year, and is still below pre-pandemic rates at 74.5%

  • Unemployment Rate Unemployment Rate

    Unemployment Rate

    The unemployment rate is up on the quarter and up on the year, and above pre-pandemic rates at 4.2%

  • Economic Inactivity Economic Inactivity

    Economic Inactivity

    The economic inactivity rate is up on the quarter and up on the year, and still above pre-pandemic rates 22.2%

  • Vacancies Vacancies


    Vacancies decreased on the quarter but are above pre-pandemic levels at 916,000

  • Real Earnings Real Earnings

    Real Earnings

    In recent periods, annual growth in both real total (including bonuses) and regular (excluding bonuses) earnings has risen on the year to 1.6% with bonuses and 1.9 without bonuses

ALP Labour Supply Update - March 2024

ALP Labour Supply Update - March 2024

The Association for Labour Providers Labour Supply Update for March 2024 presents several key points from various economic and social sectors:

  1. Budget Measures: The Chancellor announced cuts in National Insurance Contributions (NIC), expanded childcare support, and support for self-employed workers.
  2. Economic Outlook: Forecasts predict moderate rises in unemployment, sluggish GDP growth, and potential interest rate cuts by the Bank of England.
  3. Workplace Dynamics: Studies indicate a preference for flexible work among workers over 50, with childcare considerations significantly influencing job decisions.
  4. Policy Focus: Recommendations include addressing ill health’s impact on labour participation, improving workplace culture for autistic individuals, and refining immigration policies.
  5. Immigration: Changes to the Immigration Salary List (ISL) and statistics show increased visa grants and settlement through the EU Settlement Scheme.
  6. Migrant Settlement: Challenges in non-EU migrant settlement include rising application costs and the prevalence of pre-settled status among EU citizens.

Overall, the update provides insights into economic forecasts, workforce dynamics, policy recommendations, and immigration trends, offering a comprehensive view of the current landscape affecting labour supply in the UK.

StrongerTogether Webinar

StrongerTogether Webinar

Modern Slavery and the UK Apparel and General Merchandise Sectors – What you need to know

Wednesday 24 April 2024 | 10am – 11am

Join StrongerTogether’s webinar to hear insights from industry experts on the risks in the sectors, the actions taken, and the support available to help develop capacity and give you the tools to mitigate the risks in your operations and supply chains.

This webinar is relevant to UK apparel, general merchandise and manufacturing businesses, labour providers in these businesses, HR, Operations and Human Rights leads and more – all are welcome.

Our Workers Said: 2023 Satisfaction Survey Results

Feedback is a crucial aspect of our commitment to continuous improvement and ensuring the well-being of our workers. By actively analysing feedback, we gain valuable insights into areas where we excel, areas needing improvement, and the overall satisfaction levels of our workers. We’ve reviewed the feedback gathered throughout 2023 and have collated a summary. This highlights areas where our practices have been effective and beneficial but also pinpoints areas where enhancements can be made to further elevate the experience of our workers.

  • How would you rate your overall working conditions? How would you rate your overall working conditions?

    How would you rate your overall working conditions?

    91% of our respondents were happy with their working conditions. There does show some minor room for improvement however it's a great start with an average score of 4/5.

  • How would you rate your relationship with your Stafforce contact? How would you rate your relationship with your Stafforce contact?

    How would you rate your relationship with your Stafforce contact?

    90% of our respondents rated their relationship with their Stafforce contact highly and it shows with an average of 4.20/5. Again, there is slight room for improvement and we will endeavour to ensure this.

  • How happy are you working with Stafforce? How happy are you working with Stafforce?

    How happy are you working with Stafforce?

    90% of our respondents rated that they are happy partnering with us to help them with their employment. We are really pleased to see this and look forward to continuing to pair them with businesses like yours.

Upcoming Health & Safety Training Courses

Upcoming Health & Safety Training Courses

Our Health & Safety training division Stafforce Training ranked 4.8/5 on TrustPilot, has announced various upcoming course dates. See below a brief description of what the courses cover:

  • Managing Safely Course: Focuses on risk assessment, health and safety responsibilities for managers, incident investigation, and performance measurement.
  • First Aid Courses (3-day & 1-day): Cover duties of a first aider, managing various casualties including those unresponsive, choking, in shock, with injuries, or in cardiac arrest. The 3-day course is more comprehensive, while the 1-day Emergency First Aid (EFA) course prioritises handling emergencies.
  • Mental Health First Aid Course: Provides knowledge on recognising mental health conditions, supporting individuals, initiating conversations, guiding towards professional help, managing stress and substance abuse, creating action plans, and fostering a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

If you’re interested in signing up any of your team to attend these course dates, contact or schedule a call below.

Peel Ports: ESG Award Winners

Peel Ports: ESG Award Winners

Throughout our partnership with Peel Ports, we’ve supplied Port Operatives across various locations, aligning with their core mission of promoting safety and health and striving for zero workplace accidents. Peel Ports invests heavily in training and upholds stringent safety standards.

Recently, Peel Ports hosted their annual ESG conference, acknowledging exceptional contributions to ESG and EHS goals, with awards given to individuals who demonstrated outstanding dedication.

Congratulations to Ben Johnson, Terminal Manager at Peel Ports Logistics, for his exceptional commitment to managing EHS-related matters.

Kudos to the Royal Seaforth Grain Terminal; Neil, Lindsey and the team for their consistent emphasis on communication and unwavering dedication to safety.

We also acknowledge the Long Products Review Projects Team led by James and the exemplary cross-functional collaboration.

Well done to Peel Ports for their dedication to maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

(In the photograph is Claudio Veritiero on the left, Lindsey Armstrong in the middle & Neil Ashworth on the right)

Upcoming Employment Law Event

Upcoming Employment Law Event

One of our partner brands, Ashley Kate HR & Finance, expert recruiters in placing HR & Finance professionals, regularly hosts Employment Law Updates with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Their next Employment Law Event will be hosted on Wednesday 15th May between 8:30am – 10:00am.

The session will focus on the following pertinent topics:

  • The General Election
  • New April 2024 Family Friendly Rights
  • Immigration Round-Up
  • Case Law Developments and a look ahead.

There are still seats to reserve, so please feel free to share this event with your HR team. They may find it useful to attend.

Another year, another success: Our Annual Easter Appeal

Another year, another success: Our Annual Easter Appeal

Spreading Easter cheer!

Every year we launch our ‘Be a Good Egg’ Easter Appeal. This initiative aims to give something back to our local communities in partnership with you and our candidates.

Our dedicated team members, spanning across our branches throughout the country, may have reached out to you, encouraging contributions of chocolate eggs and Easter arts & crafts. The response from you was overwhelming, showcasing generosity and community spirit.

This year we donated to:

Blackburn & Darwen Youth ZoneSt Andrew’s Hospice GrimsbyAlder Hey Children’s CharityHull University Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustMagic Moments, Hope Charity, Demelza CharityThe Salvation ArmyCash for KidsYork and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Children’s Ward, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation TrustJames Rennie School and West Lothian Foodbank.

We offer a special shout-out to BBF LimitedAssociated British PortsPeel Ports GroupJacksonsTayto Group Limited, YNAP, Morrisons & McCain FoodsYoung’s Seafood and MAN v FAT for your support. The overwhelming generosity displayed by our Stafforce colleagues and yourselves has undoubtedly contributed to the success of this campaign.

As we celebrate this year’s success, we look forward to continuing our impact in the future. Thanks to all who supported us; your contributions genuinely matter.

Ria & Harriett's Skydives: Raising money for charity

Ria & Harriett's Skydives: Raising money for charity

Our Recruitment Consultant Harriett Petty, based at our Lincoln branch recently completed a skydive, jumping out of a plane 15,000 feet in the air, while it was a chilling -16 degrees! She has raised an amazing £2,970 from JustGiving and cash donations. The purpose of this inspirational jump was to raise the money for her stepdad’s funeral who sadly passed away this year. We’re proud of her, it’s not for everyone free falling at 120mph!

Our Client Relationship Manager Ria Fletcher is also participating in a skydive on 3rd May, raising money for Cancer Research UK. Ria’s background in the army means she is familiar with jumping from planes, however as she says ‘you never get used to the feeling’. We are wishing her the best weather and luck for the day. She has already raised an amazing £1,247 however every penny counts.

If you’d like to donate, click the link below:

We hope you have had a great start to the year and had fantastic Christmas & New Year celebrations.

Thank you for taking the time to read our quarterly newsletter and continuing your partnership with us!

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