How do you take the next step in building your career in office support?


Building a career in office support can be challenging, as it’s often seen as a relatively flat career path with limited opportunities for advancement. However, with the right mindset and approach, there are plenty of ways to take the next step in your career and achieve your professional goals. Indeed, it’s not unusual for those […]

Recruitment Outlook Report – August 2022

F1rst Commercial Recruitment report on jobs for April 2021

As I am heading off to the House of Commons early next week to discuss the skills shortages faced by businesses and how these impact the UK economy, the latest Report on Jobs from the REC is particularly revealing. Talking with ministers about how to create a sustainable labour market is essential as part of […]

Recruitment Outlook Report – July 2022

F1rst Commercial Recruitment report on jobs for April 2021

Economic uncertainty is starting to impact recruitment data with the slowest increases in permanent placements for 17 months. Bear in mind this is on the back of unsustainable growth following the pandemic bounce back. As such, it’s not a bleak picture and the broadly positive trends we’ve seen continue, with good opportunities for candidates. As […]

Jobs Outlook Report – May 2022

F1rst Commercial Recruitment report on jobs for April 2021

The news on the ground remains that it is an excellent time to be looking for a job with vacancies continuing to rise month on month. It’s a tougher picture for employers. They need to work closely with expert recruitment businesses to find the right candidates in a time of record low unemployment and high […]

How to successfully apply for a job when you are overqualified

There are many reasons why you may wish to apply for a job where you are overqualified. However, usually it only applies to a small percentage of job seekers. At the moment, that minority has swelled, as workers who took early retirement during the pandemic are looking for ways back into the workplace, without the […]

Jobs Outlook Report – April 2022

F1rst Commercial Recruitment report on jobs for April 2021

As we near the halfway mark for the year, the overriding story of the 2022 jobs market is that it is tight. All data from the latest REC Report on Jobs underlines the same key headlines we’ve seen for months now. Against a backdrop of inflation rising 6.2% in the year to March 2022, different […]

Now is a great time to come back into the labour market from retirement

As I’ve mentioned several times and as touted and seen everywhere, there are notable candidate shortages at the moment. In short, there aren’t enough people to fill the job vacancies we have. There are many reasons why this is, but one which has largely been overlooked is quite unique. During the pandemic, larger numbers of […]