First Call Teacher Recruitment Agency

First Call Teacher Recruitment Agency

If you are looking for a teaching jobs North East based specialist recruitment agency First Call Teachers may be a really good place to start.  With a wide range of roles available for supply teachers across all sectors of primary and secondary education and many permanent roles on offer as well, no matter what kind of teaching job you may be looking for within the North East you can be sure that First Call Teachers will be likely to be able to help you find something suitable.

Whether you are new to teaching, looking for a more flexible work routine, want to reduce your hours or are looking for something a bit more permanent First Call Teacher have all the expert skills required to make sure that your teaching career takes the direction you want it to, with a great team of supportive and committed staff, excellent working links with many different schools within the area and a simple and straight forward application service no matter what type of role you are looking for within the classroom you can be certain that they will do everything they can to make sure you find it.

At First Call Teachers they pride themselves on being able to offer high quality teaching jobs for staff to schools at short notice when they really need it. Being able to provide cover for sickness or other unexpected absences is a challenge that many schools regularly face and along with the daily running of the schools is a task many schools have limited time to carry out so many of them rely on good quality agencies to help them reduce staff shortages. First Call Teachers recognise this and aim to ensure every school is satisfied with the supply teachers they have available every time they need them so they can continue to build excellent working relationships with schools across the North East.

They offer a range of benefits to schools and teachers alike, not only do they match great candidates with the roles they are searching for and provide schools with a service they can rely on they also help to reduce the administration time required during the requirement process as they hold all the relevant details and documents required, they also find suitable vacancies a lot faster than you might expect as they have many established working relationships with schools who always let them know immediately of any roles they may need cover for.

Good communication is essential to make sure thing run smoothly and at First Call Teachers they have the experience and procedures required to make sure that important details aren’t overlooked and that everyone is always well informed at every stage, and if for any reason things happen to change or a role doesn’t work out First Call Teachers are flexible enough to try and find a way around things. With a dedicated team of fully trained and experienced staff on hand to offer advice or answer any questions you may have at any stage no matter whether you are a teacher looking for work or from a school requiring staff you can be certain that they will make sure that the whole process is completed as quickly as possible without compromising on the quality of service you receive.

So for a great range of teaching jobs why not take a look at what is on offer at First Call Teachers? With an excellent choice of roles for supply teachers, SENs, teaching assistants across primary and secondary schools within the North East and many permanent roles on offer as well you could find that you are working in a role that you really enjoy and adding valuable experience to your CV in no time at all.  Or if you are a school that needs a little extra help finding high quality and dependable staff you may want to see what they can do to help you to find suitable teaching staff at short notice to help keep your school running without a hitch. .

By working with First Call Teachers not only will you have the advantage of working with an ethical, progressive supply agency who put ‘Quality Education’ at the centre of everything we do!

First Call Teachers are specialists in offering teaching jobs, they supply teachers and support staff, who are highly motivated and a day to day, long term or permanent job in a school. For further information, call them today on 0191 280 5849 or visit their website to review their current vacancies and teaching jobs in and across the North East.

Crawford Falconer Takes Up Post as UK’s Trade Negotiator

Crawford Falconer Takes Up Post as UK’s Trade Negotiator
The man in charge of negotiating the UK’s trade deals once Brexit is finalised, starts his job this week. Crawford Falconer will take up the post of chief trade negotiation adviser at the Department for International Trade.

Leaving the single market would mean the UK would have to establish new bilateral trade agreements, but cannot formally do so until after Brexit. However, one economist suggested Mr Falconer would already be “building bridges” with the European Commission. The UK faces a huge challenge in resetting its trading relationship with the EU and other countries when Brexit takes effect.

Trade pacts that have been negotiated by the EU with the rest of the world will no longer apply to the UK, while Britain will also need to define new trading relationships with the EU itself.

Membership of the EU has meant the UK does not have a large bank of trade negotiators with recent experience.

Prof Alan Winters, from the University of Sussex’s UK Trade Policy Observatory, said Mr Falconer’s experience and contacts at the WTO would mean the groundwork for separating UK trade policy from Brussels would be made easier.

“He knows quite a lot of the main players at the WTO and can build bridges at the European Council, which is good as there is work to be done right now,” he said. “There is work he can do, such as discussions on whether the UK uses replicas or changes trade agreements that we have with nations by way of membership with the EU.”

One suggestion has been that initially trade agreements could be adopted by the UK in their current form – replicating them – at the point of Brexit, to be altered subsequently as new deals are agreed.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said of the new appointee: “Crawford Falconer brings a wealth of international trade expertise to our international economic department, ensuring that as we leave the EU, the UK will be at the forefront of global free trade and driving the case for international openness.” Mr Falconer will lead trade policy and negotiation teams at the DIT. His appointment was first announced in June.

UK Jobless Rate Down to 4.4%

UK Jobless Rate Down to 4.4%
Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down from 4.5% to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975.

Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year earlier. But with the rate of inflation running at 2.6%, real earnings fell by 0.5%.

The number of people employed on zero hours contracts as their main job fell 20,000 compared to a year earlier.

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

If you are looking for a new role in middle management and have been finding it difficult to find vacancies that are relevant to your skills and experience maybe you should consider getting in touch with a specialist recruitment agency, as they already have links with many businesses and organisations they will often get information about new job openings as soon as they become available.

Not only will using an executive recruitment agency to help you find your next middle management position make you far more likely to find suitable posts, you will also be able to get any help or advice that you may need to make sure that you are getting the positions that you deserve and receive all the information and guidance that you may need when starting out on a new role so your career can really start taking the right direction.

No matter why you are looking for a new job or what industry you work within as recruitment agency’s get information about a wide range of available jobs you can be sure that they will be likely to find you a role that matches your existing skill set and experience so you can keep adding relevant new skills to your CV. With a range of temporary and permanent contracts often available you will also find that a recruitment agency is going to be likely to be able to find you flexible employment that fits in with your lifestyle, which is ideal if you have other responsibilities.

Whether you just fancy a change, are just starting out or are returning to work after a break a good recruitment agency will be able to help you get the roles that will help you to take your career further, with many short term contracts coming up with an immediate start to provide cover sometimes these can be an ideal way to add important experience to your CV across a range of different settings.

So if you are looking for a position within middle management and would like a bit of help finding suitable work why not consider signing up with a recruitment agency? With so many vacancies being listed with them as soon as they become available you are sure to find a really good role much more quickly than using other more traditional methods.

Finding the Right Business Insurance

Finding the Right Business Insurance

Many businesses could get far better rates and cover for their business insurance than they currently have but the time required to undertake the research and find the best deal is something that they don’t always have, if this sounds like your business then one solution could be using the services of a professional insurance brokers to help you make sure you have the best levels of cover for the lowest possible price.

Weir Insurance have over forty years-experience offering insurance and brokering services to their customers in and around Newcastle both commercial and residential and are able to offer expert help and advice regarding most types of insurance including business insurance, household insurance, vehicle insurance and property insurance, with specialist advice and policies available regarding issues such as professional indemnity insurance, landlord insurance and public liability insurance you can be certain that they will be able to make sure that you and your business has all the cover that you require, even if you have a unique business or something that is complicated or hard to insure they will do everything they can to make sure that you have the correct level cover for the best possible price.

If you are just starting out or moving into an new branch of your industry Weir Insurance will be able to advise you of any insurance policies that are legal requirements and also what over types of cover that are available that may be beneficial for your company to hold, or if you have a more established business they will be happy to take a look at your existing policies to see if they can improve the cover you have or see if they can save you money when the time comes to renew your business insurance.

One of the main advantages of using the services of a reliable insurance brokers such as Weir Insurance is they will have many good working links within the industry and a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can use to help you make sure that you have the best cover available, that you aren’t paying for any unnecessary extras or have to face any surprise fees or extortionate excess charges if you do ever need to make a claim.

So if you want to save time and get the best possible value for your money but still be sure that your business insurance provides all the cover you require why not get in touch with Weir Insurance? Offering a friendly, reliable service that is flexible enough to fit around your businesses needs and very reasonable rate you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed.

Contact Weir Insurance Brokers
For further information please call one of our experienced insurance team today on 01670 365533 or visit the Weir Insurance brokers website. We have been helping our clients’ with their insurance needs since 1972. We talk to you about your requirements, work with you to figure out what cover you need (and what cover you don’t) and then use our relationship with dozens of insurers to find the best solution for you.

Scottish Parliament Targeted in Cyber Attack

Scottish Parliament Targeted in Cyber Attack
The Scottish Parliament has been targeted by a “brute force” cyber attack, officials have said. Chief executive Sir Paul Grice said the attack, from “external sources”, was similar to that which affected Westminster in June. He confirmed the attack in a message to MSPs and staff with parliamentary email addresses, urging them to be vigilant.

Mr Grice said “robust cyber security measures” identified the attack early, and systems “remain fully operational”.

Scottish NHS boards were also affected by a cyber-attack in May, leading to several discussions of cyber security at Holyrood.

Parliamentary corporate body member David Stewart told MSPs in June that an independent review of “cyber security maturity” had been carried out, and had “offered assurance that sufficient and effective arrangements are in place to manage cyber threats and risks”. He added that parliament regularly takes advice from the police, the security services and the national cyber security centre.

A “brute force” attack involves hackers repeatedly trying to access systems using a range of different passwords, in the hope of effectively guessing the correct password through trial and error.

Mr Grice’s email urged MSPs and staff to make sure their passwords were as secure as possible, saying that the parliament’s IT team would “force a change to weak passwords as an additional security measure”.

He wrote: “The parliament’s monitoring systems have identified that we are currently the subject of a brute force cyber attack from external sources. This attack appears to be targeting parliamentary IT accounts in a similar way to that which affected the Westminster parliament in June. Symptoms of the attack include account lockouts or failed logins. The parliament’s robust cyber security measures identified this attack at an early stage and the additional security measures which we have in readiness for such situations have already been invoked. Our IT systems remain fully operational.”

Unite Claims RBS Plans 900 Job Cuts

Unite Claims RBS Plans 900 Job Cuts
The Unite union has said Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is planning 900 technology job cuts at its London office by 2020 to reduce costs. It alleged that RBS intends to cut 40% of its permanent IT staff, or 650 jobs, as well as 230 contractors.

The bank said no individual job was at risk and no figures had been finalised. An RBS spokesperson said: “We have not consulted on any headcount reduction, instead sharing a direction of travel with Unite which is subject to change.”

Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer, said: “Royal Bank of Scotland is continuing with its savage jobs culling program with today’s announcement of a 40% in IT staff, totalling nearly 900 staff. The decade of slashing jobs has done nothing to boost morale, increase consumer confidence or improve the bank’s performance.”

RBS, which is 73% owned by the government, has been restructuring ever since it was bailed out in the financial crisis. Its global workforce has shrunk from 226,000 in 2007 to about 77,000. It has not made a full-year profit in a decade. In May, it announced it was shedding nearly 250 IT posts as part of an overhaul of its back-office operations.

In London in 2016, RBS employed 2,200 full-time and contract IT staff. By 2020, Unite claims, there will be just 950 full-time staff.

RBS said in a statement: “Inevitably as RBS becomes a simpler, smaller bank focused on the UK and Ireland, our technology function will undergo reorganisation and will reduce over time. “Our proposed plans are designed to reduce the number of contractors we employ and strengthen our permanent workforce and while we are downsizing in London, we are reinvesting in other UK hubs.”

RBS has a bad track record with IT, suffering problems as recently as April. On the day it announced its first quarterly profit since 2015, its subsidiary NatWest was beset by complaints about glitches in its online banking system.

In June 2015, hundreds of thousands of payments failed to reach the accounts of RBS customers. In 2012, more than six million customers had their wages, payments and other transactions disrupted when a software update was corrupted. The bank was fined £56m by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Mr MacGregor said: “Unite is angry that the massive scale of IT job losses will sap morale, productivity and faith in the company. RBS’s fixation with cutting employee numbers, restructuring and offshoring work that could reasonably be done by displaced staff within the RBS IT community is unacceptable,”

Conservatory Roof Blinds: Just What Your Conservatory Needs!

Conservatory Roof Blinds: Just What Your Conservatory Needs!
Summer is in full swing, and across much of the UK we have enjoyed consistently warm, balmy weather that reminds us of our favourite holiday destinations. Indeed, if you live in a home with a conservatory, you may very well feel like you’re on holiday every time you step into your conservatory during late spring and summer. There truly is nothing like a well-appointed conservatory to provide the calming influence that comes with being able to view nature on all sides.

The fact remains, though, that with temperatures reaching above 25 degrees in the early to mid-afternoon in some areas, the conservatory can seem uncomfortably close to nature if steps have not already been taken to ensure that strong sunlight can be filtered or blocked out entirely as needed. With a high-quality set of conservatory roof blinds, you can make your conservatory more attractive, more comfortable, more private and more energy efficient.

If you have not already undertaken to have blinds added to your conservatory roof, it may seem difficult to know what to expect during the ordering and installation process. Three things you should ask any prospective vendor before entering into a contract are:

Does your company offer bespoke blinds for conservatory roofs?

Will the installation process take away from the attractiveness of the conservatory in any way or void the warranty for any reason?

Does your company guarantee both the product and service?

When you find a company that can answer all three questions to your satisfaction, you will know that your conservatory is in good hands and that you will be able to rest easy knowing that you have indeed invested in a valuable improvement to your home.

The inStyle Blinds and Shutters Company has been manufacturing bespoke blinds for homes across the UK for over 30 years. Our price match offer, lifetime guarantee, local production, green manufacturing practices, price match offer and lifetime guarantee ensure that you will have the best possible customer experience and, once the installation is complete, you will fall in love with your conservatory all over again.

Our price match offer, lifetime guarantee, local production, green manufacturing practices, price match offer and lifetime guarantee ensure that you will have the best possible customer experience and, once the installation is complete, you will fall in love with your conservatory all over again. For more information or to book your free appointment, call us today on 01642 762497 or visit www.instyle-blinds.com

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position
If you are looking for a new role in middle management and have been finding it difficult to find vacancies that are relevant to your skills and experience maybe you should consider getting in touch with a specialist senior management recruitment agency, as they already have links with many businesses and organisations they will often get information about new job openings as soon as they become available.

Not only will using an help you find your next middle management position make you far more likely to find suitable posts, you will also be able to get any help or advice that you may need to make sure that you are getting the positions that you deserve and receive all the information and guidance that you may need when starting out on a new role so your career can really start taking the right direction.

No matter why you are looking for a new job or what industry you work within as recruitment agency’s get information about a wide range of available jobs you can be sure that they will be likely to find you a role that matches your existing skill set and experience so you can keep adding relevant new skills to your CV. With a range of temporary and permanent contracts often available you will also find that a recruitment agency is going to be likely to be able to find you flexible employment that fits in with your lifestyle, which is ideal if you have other responsibilities.

Whether you just fancy a change, are just starting out or are returning to work after a break a good recruitment agency will be able to help you get the roles that will help you to take your career further, with many short term contracts coming up with an immediate start to provide cover sometimes these can be an ideal way to add important experience to your CV across a range of different settings.

So if you are looking for a position within middle management and would like a bit of help finding suitable work why not consider signing up with a recruitment agency? With so many vacancies being listed with them as soon as they become available you are sure to find a really good role much more quickly than using other more traditional methods.

Amazon’s UK Tax Bill Dropped by 50%

Amazon’s UK Tax Bill Dropped by 50%
Amazon has seen a 50% fall in the amount of UK corporation tax it paid last year, while recording a 54% increase in turnover for the same period. This snippet of news raised eyebrows this morning when it was revealed. So what’s going on?

The answer is simple on the face of it. Taxes are paid on profit not turnover. It paid lower taxes because it made lower profits. Last year it made £48m in profit – this year it made only £24m so it paid £7m tax compared to £15m. What is more interesting is WHY its profits were lower.

Part of the reason is the way it pays its staff. Amazon UK Services is the division which runs the fulfilment centres which process, package and post deliveries to UK customers. It employs about 16,000 of the 24,000 people Amazon have in the UK. Each full-time employee gets given at least £1,000 worth of shares every year. They can’t cash them in immediately – they have to hold them for a period of between one and three years.

If Amazon’s share price goes up in that time, those shares are worth more. Amazon’s share price has indeed gone up over the past couple of years – a lot. In fact, in the past two years the share price has nearly doubled, so £1,000 in shares granted in August 2015 are now worth nearly £2,000. Staff compensation goes up, compensation is an expense, expenses can be deducted from revenue – so profits are lower and so are the taxes on those profits.

But surely this extra income for the staff is taxed? Probably not.

HMRC rules allow employees to receive £3,600 worth of shares from their employer tax free every year. Most of these awards are below that threshold.

The employee wins through a tax-free windfall, Amazon wins because it hasn’t got to pay any cash out, which leaves HMRC as the big loser. This is not just allowed by UK tax law – it is required by it. So, weirdly, the more valuable Amazon becomes, the less tax this particular bit of its business pays.

There is heightened sensitivity around the tax affairs of technology giants such as Amazon, Google and Apple. The challenge of adapting a tax code written for a bygone era to work effectively on technology multinationals who have socked billions away in low tax jurisdictions remains. But the practice of giving staff shares is widespread, generally seen as a good way to promote loyalty and engagement – and is 100% legal.