Prospectus IT Recruitment

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Prospectus IT Recruitment's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Prospectus IT Recruitment is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.prospectus.co.uk

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Trust in the ability to ensure the safety
of patient or client data is paramount,
and to this end, we employ a medical
specialist as our clinical safety officer.
They work directly with NHS England
and NHS Digital to ensure we exceed
their patient safety standards.
With the software and platform
being continually updated, it has also
become applicable to a wide range
of sectors beyond healthcare. The
expansion into the legal market and
the wider business world has propelled
our growth further.
Adapting to our growth
As a leader in the sector, we have been
able to recruit the best in their field to
help develop and grow the company.
We have specialist sales teams for
healthcare and legal markets, and
we continue to expand into other
businesses such as accountancy,
engineering, conveyancing
andeducation.
Our rapid expansion and shift from
selling to individual GP practices to
CCGs with hundreds of practices has
presented us with new challenges.
By expanding our sales and technical
engineer teams, we have been able
to rapidly deploy the software. In its
latest version, our software can be
downloaded and installed directly
from our website and used securely
anywhere, on any device, allowing
even more flexibility for the user.
Our state of the art software has
enabled us to be one of the few
companies in a crowded marketplace
who can demonstrate double-figure
growth year on year. I am, however,
even more excited about the next five
years with the release of new software
which will continue to consolidate
our position in the healthcare market
and develop our growth in other
markets. We already have great
strategic relationships with other
international companies that will
further our national and international
expansion. I believe that we can
realistically achieve 75 per cent market
share of primary care. With increased
use of cloud technology and artificial
intelligence, which is in line with NHS
Digital Strategy, we are confident
we can continue to move forward,
streamlining and improving the way
the healthcare system operates.
Lexacom is used
extensively in the
business and legal sectors
With the
software and
platform being
continually
updated, it
has also
become
applicable to a
wide range of
sectors
beyond
healthcare
33PROSPECTUS IT RECRUITMENT |
BUSINESS SERVICES
Managing Director ElkieHolland
Terminal House, the home
of Prospectus IT Recruitment
In 1989, at the age of 25, Prospectus’ Managing Director,
Elkie Holland, featured in Hilary Burden’s
Making it To the
Top
alongside Terence Trent D’Arby, Annabel Croft and
Ian Hislop. She was recognised in the
Who’s Who
of Britain’s
Business Elite in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Elkie tells
The
Parliamentary Review
that staying active in managing a business
has positioned her well to understand clients’ recruitment
issues – this experience, she says, informs the work Prospectus
do every day.
Prospectus started in March 1988 as a recruitment consultancy specialising in
a niche area of IT – namely PICK, which later became known as MultiValue.
Prospectus and I have built up a reputation for delivering quality with our own
brand of honesty. As our tag line says: “We tell it like it is …”
The importance of reviewing our process and systems is accentuated as we
operate in such a niche industry. We recognise how fundamental people are in our
operations and, as such, we prioritise their wellbeing in all that we do. We act as a
close-knit team who prioritise our service for clients and candidates alike.
Unicorn Training Ltd
We actively encourage our clients to take on apprentices. The niche sector I
work in is demographically top heavy, so we set up Unicorn Training to create a
special module to join onto the standard IT software developer apprenticeship.
FACTS ABOUT
PROSPECTUS IT RECRUITMENT
»Managing Director:
ElkieHolland
»Founded in 1988
»Located in Shepperton, Surrey
»Services: IT recruitment service
Prospectus IT
Recruitment
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Thiswillhelp them integrate at our
client sites faster and become more
useful, thus helping their career and
also the client’s business. We are
working with a recognised national
apprenticeship provider to deliver this
to our clients.
We believe that apprenticeships are
a great way to connect companies
with ambitious young people who
are eager to build their careers.
Young people bring an energy and
excitement to employers that’s hard to
replicate, and apprenticeships provide
structure and support to transform
them into skilled professionals.
Apprenticeships are one of the best
ways to get into many industries
like IT, construction and healthcare,
combining earning a salary and
getting real-world experience while
avoiding the debt of a degree.
For employers, apprenticeships are a
chance to solidify and standardise new
starters’ training. The training cost can
be covered by money they’ve paid into
the apprenticeship levy, which makes
apprenticeships good value for money.
Many apprenticeship training providers
are specialists at recruiting for their
training programmes, allowing
companies to spend less time finding
and acquiring new talent.
Brooks Employment
Management Ltd
We pride ourselves on being a business
with our eyes open to change and
have endeavoured to ease the business
issues for contractors and clients alike
following the IR35 legislation changes,
partnering with industry experts to
ensure the supply chain has solutions
to as many of the problems as possible.
Where work falls inside IR35, clients
need to insist on PAYE, so I created a
service that is ready to accept workers
who need this solution. This is back
office Professional Passport approved.
We have managed to reduce the cost
for contractors who need to go down
this route. Our costings are £15 per
week, which is a major reduction from
the current standard offering.
Each day there are new and mixed
messages coming from our industry
and I am sure other industries face
the same. Agencies are having to
sign up to contracts of supply that
are now starting to straddle periods
of legislative change and risk being
exposed to additional costs if they
make a mistake. We are currently
erring on the side of caution and only
signing until the end of February 2020
unless a contractor feels they fall inside
IR35 and will go through an off-payroll
PAYE provider.
HMRC have made strong statements to
suggest that they expect similar results
to those experienced two years ago
when the IR35 reform was rolled out
into the public sector. The difference
this time around, however, is that
the private sector can actually make a
decision whether to undertake a fight
to defend their working arrangements
or to concede that the long-term view
of HMRC will eventually succeed and
workers will be taxed as employees
long term.
Where clients undertake the
assessment of IR35 status and can
MultiValue/PICK – no
SQL for business
We believe that
apprenticeships
are a great way
to connect
companies
with ambitious
young people
who are eager
to build their
careers
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
34 | PROSPECTUS IT RECRUITMENT
Thiswillhelp them integrate at our
client sites faster and become more
useful, thus helping their career and
also the client’s business. We are
working with a recognised national
apprenticeship provider to deliver this
to our clients.
We believe that apprenticeships are
a great way to connect companies
with ambitious young people who
are eager to build their careers.
Young people bring an energy and
excitement to employers that’s hard to
replicate, and apprenticeships provide
structure and support to transform
them into skilled professionals.
Apprenticeships are one of the best
ways to get into many industries
like IT, construction and healthcare,
combining earning a salary and
getting real-world experience while
avoiding the debt of a degree.
For employers, apprenticeships are a
chance to solidify and standardise new
starters’ training. The training cost can
be covered by money they’ve paid into
the apprenticeship levy, which makes
apprenticeships good value for money.
Many apprenticeship training providers
are specialists at recruiting for their
training programmes, allowing
companies to spend less time finding
and acquiring new talent.
Brooks Employment
Management Ltd
We pride ourselves on being a business
with our eyes open to change and
have endeavoured to ease the business
issues for contractors and clients alike
following the IR35 legislation changes,
partnering with industry experts to
ensure the supply chain has solutions
to as many of the problems as possible.
Where work falls inside IR35, clients
need to insist on PAYE, so I created a
service that is ready to accept workers
who need this solution. This is back
office Professional Passport approved.
We have managed to reduce the cost
for contractors who need to go down
this route. Our costings are £15 per
week, which is a major reduction from
the current standard offering.
Each day there are new and mixed
messages coming from our industry
and I am sure other industries face
the same. Agencies are having to
sign up to contracts of supply that
are now starting to straddle periods
of legislative change and risk being
exposed to additional costs if they
make a mistake. We are currently
erring on the side of caution and only
signing until the end of February 2020
unless a contractor feels they fall inside
IR35 and will go through an off-payroll
PAYE provider.
HMRC have made strong statements to
suggest that they expect similar results
to those experienced two years ago
when the IR35 reform was rolled out
into the public sector. The difference
this time around, however, is that
the private sector can actually make a
decision whether to undertake a fight
to defend their working arrangements
or to concede that the long-term view
of HMRC will eventually succeed and
workers will be taxed as employees
long term.
Where clients undertake the
assessment of IR35 status and can
MultiValue/PICK – no
SQL for business
We believe that
apprenticeships
are a great way
to connect
companies
with ambitious
young people
who are eager
to build their
careers
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BUSINESS SERVICES
show the assignment as being outside
IR35 by using the government CEST
tool, the business can continue to
operate contractors through limited
companies. However, the time incurred
in enhancing the knowledge of these
structures seriously impedes the
recruitment agencies’ day-to-day tasks.
Staff are needing to be educated in
tax and employment law when the
true role should be that of recruiting
the best people for the role and
working with clients to understand
theirrequirements.
Important to be flexible
Over the years people have been
misled in thinking that having
your own company is all about the
tax benefits, but in truth the UK
marketplace has needed flexibility.
Contractors, especially in a niche, often
have to work away from home to
fill short-term skills gaps. Developing
businesses that are trying to ensure the
UK stays ahead in the market need to
have flexibility in the skills they can call
upon, and the contractor market has
provided those skills.
Contractors work away from home,
sometimes provide their own
equipment and upskill at their own
cost, and yet are seen in some areas
to be tax dodging. While there
needs to be better understanding
of arrangements and clarity in the
employment law that surrounds this
type of work, the current approach
hasn’t taken into consideration the
true working of the marketplace and
legitimate businesscosts.
Industry experts and accountants
cannot agree on the best way to
assess a worker for IR35 purposes,
and the HMRC tool CEST has come
under heavy criticism, so how is any
business supposed to guide and lead a
compliant method in providing labour
tothe marketplace?
Settled in the end
I fully expect things to settle shortly
after the changes and substantial
numbers of workers will continue to
operate in a flexible way with umbrella
companies providing continuous
employment opportunities.
However, the worker will suffer
financially unless the end client increases
the rates of pay. The macroeconomic
results will see prices in the high street
increase and consumer spending drop
as both cost of production increases
and spending power reduces by drops
in take-homepay.
I look forward to seeing what the
history books say about the last three
years and those at the top involved
in the referendum. It is the indecision
that has affected things most of all.
Prospectus will continue to look ahead
and be creative in ways to help clients.
We will continue to adapt and stay at
the forefront of business as we have
done for the last 30-odd years.
We pride
ourselves on
being a
business with
our eyes open
to change
»AWARDS
Personal
»Winner of Woman of the Year 2013 (Sussex) Category Woman’s
Success Story
»Finalist in
Cosmopolitan
Achievement Awards 1991
»Finalist in
Cosmopolitan
Women of Tomorrow 1990
»Finalist in
Cosmopolitan
Women of Tomorrow 1988
Prospectus IT Recruitment
»Winner of 2019 Zumasys MultiValue Champion
»Winner of 2015 Corporate Vision Recruitment Awards –Sustained
Excellence in IT Recruitment, UK 2015
»Finalist in the National Online Recruitment Awards (in 2013 and 2012)
Acorn Oak Properties
»Finalist in Landlord & Lettings Awards 2016/17
»
Who’s Who
of Britain’s Business Elite Years: 2012, 2011, 2010 and
2008
MyWorkSearch
»Winner of the LinkedIn European Business StartUp Award 2010
»Winner of the Microsoft BizSpark Award 2010
»Finalist in the National Online Recruitment Awards 2010
»Gold award winner at the National e-Learning Awards 2010

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This article was sponsored by Prospectus IT Recruitment. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development