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Advice for Employers

Since 1998, Allen Associates has provided Temporary and Permanent Recruitment solutions for Employers throughout Oxfordshire, from the smallest to the largest and across the Marketing, Finance, PA/Administration and Human Resources sectors. We have now launched a new office in Chiswick Park, West London, to continue our success over the last 20 years, and are looking forward to building new relationships with Candidates and Clients.

A helping hand

We understand the time restraints facing Employers and HR professionals, so it is our job to make the process of recruiting the best local talent easier, efficient and successful.

Whether you are looking to hire someone now or further down the line, take a look at the resources available on this page for help and advice on various aspects of your Recruitment process. We’ll be updating this page on a regular basis, so make sure you check for updates from the Allen Associates team each time you visit our website.

Finding the right Candidate is never easy. You have searched through the CVs and cover letters, thrown in some curveball questions for the interviews, and decided upon the perfect addition to your team.

Guide to flexible recruiting ideas for startups and small businesses

Guide to flexible recruiting ideas for startups and small businesses

A recent study found that while the majority of Employers in the UK say that they offer a flexible working option for their workforce, the number who actually do is somewhat lower. The question is why is there a disconnect between the two?

6 Questions to Ask Your New Recruitment Agency

6 Questions to Ask Your New Recruitment Agency

It is getting harder to find great talent in Oxfordshire. That’s not to suggest that there is a talent deficit across the region, far from it. Rather, it’s having the wherewithal and access to the pool of talent that is available. 

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The Cost of a Bad Hire

The Cost of a Bad Hire

There is a wealth of research that has been conducted exploring the most effective ways to find, attract, develop and retain top performers. What the research makes clear is that hiring the right people is essential to enhance organisational performance.

Managing Millennials in the Workplace

Managing Millennials in the Workplace

The world of work is changing like never before, from technological advances that are making our everyday processes faster, smarter and more ef cient, to changing socio and economic dynamics that challenge the status quo and force us to reassess our approaches and mindsets. 

Creating a Smarter Hiring Strategy

Creating a Smarter Hiring Strategy

In today’s increasingly competitive jobs market, Employers are under increasing pressure to recruit faster, hire smarter and retain their best people longer. Finding the right people in the first place is becoming more difficult, especially in areas such as Oxfordshire.

6 Essential Steps for a Successful Recruiting Process

6 Essential Steps for a Successful Recruiting Process

A study conducted by Deloitte in 2014 concluded that “Today’s HR organisation is no longer judged by administrative efficiency – it is judged by its ability to acquire, develop, retain and help manage talent.” 

It seems like not a day goes by without the media ooding our news feeds with talk of gender equality. Sometimes, the stories we see about diversity are positive and encouraging, while at other times they have gone viral – for the wrong reasons.

Agency Worker Regulations (AWR)

I know we have already mentioned this, but I did want to reiterate that if the placement continues for a period of 12 weeks or more, it will be a legal requirement for us to obtain further information in order to comply with the Agency Worker Regulations, which came into effect as of October 2011. Find out more.

Workplace Pensions

Please also refer to the following link for details on the recent changes to workplace pensions, and how Allen Associates have prepared for this. Find out more.

“Allen Associates always provide excellent customer service. They take the time to understand exactly what type of person we are looking for, make sure they understand the culture of the business to get the right fit and only send through candidates that are suitable. They are always my agency of choice for HR employees.”

Amanda Pitson, HR Director - EMEA & Asia Pacific

“I’ve really appreciated the support on a recent recruitment. By taking the time to listen to not only what I did want but, probably most importantly, what I didn’t want, Constance was able to come up with a really creative solution to a recruitment challenge I was facing. Her ability to actively listen, be pragmatic as well as tenaciously holding onto the solution meant that she provided a genuinely added value service that worked in partnership with me is rare to find when using agencies. Thank you.”

Jodie Ashworth, Head of HR – Talent Management, The Orders of St John Care Trust

It is said that looking for a job is a job in itself, and it can certainly feel like that for many of the Candidates we support during their search. The pressure is very much on them, or is it?

London's Calling...

We have been successfully connecting the right people with the right businesses for over 20 years and are excited to open a brand-new office in the heart of Chiswick, London.

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