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Anti Slavery Day 18th October 2021

Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem. It was created by the Anti-Slavery Day Act, a Private Members Bill introduced Anthony Steen CBE, now Chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation.

Each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.

The Human Trafficking Foundation hosts Anti-Slavery Day Awards to recognise journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters who have exposed issues of modern slavery, and to celebrate organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery. Find out more by visiting

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Furlough Scheme ends

Furlough is ending… so what now?

The Furlough scheme has undoubtedly been a lifeline for companies and employees during the Covid pandemic and has helped protect millions of jobs when companies were forced to shut, and companies took a financial hit.

With Furlough now in its final week and the scheme coming to an end on 30th of September and surprisingly still over a million employees still on furlough, most companies would have made a decision as to if they are bringing employees back into work or making redundancies.

I do hope most of these employees will be bought back into work, but it is fair to say there will be a lot of redundancies taking place, so where does that leave you if you are left facing redundancy.

I am facing redundancy, what should my next steps be?

If you are facing redundancy, it is important that you look at what you can apply for that will help financially during these times, we know it may not be as much as you were earning being employed but every little helps during this difficult time.

After losing your job, the main benefit, you would be entitled to job seekers allowance and it is important you apply for this straight away as it can often take a couple of weeks to process your application.

Job seekers allowance also know as JSA entitles that person to a sum that currently stands at £59.20 per week and £74.70 per week for anyone aged over 25.

This is normally paid on a fortnightly basis, and you may need to attend jobcentre appointments as part of the process.

You may also be entitled to additional benefits such as help with housing costs so it is worth checking out what you may be entitled to, we have included some sites below which may help.

Benefit Calculator –

Citizen’s advice can also assist with money related matters and can offer free advice and guides.

There is some positive news on the horizon…

The job market is booming right now, and companies are crying out for staff so even though you may feel you are facing a difficult time following redundancy, it is a great time to be job hunting with so many companies hiring.

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Video Recruitment – Exciting Announcement

Direct Response are EXCITED to announce that we are launching a new video recruitment software service as part of our commitment to providing the best recruitment solutions for our candidates and clients.

☑️ Personalised and Engaging job adverts through video.
☑️ Personable Touch – CVs are great for listing a candidate’s skill set and experience but sometimes its more about the person than what’s written on paper which is why our Video CV tool is a great way for clients to really get to know candidates better.
☑️ Live 2-way interviews – We can record 2 way interviews with candidates which we can record, save and clients can view.
☑️ Solo, One-Way Interviews – Solos are a great way to get to know the candidates in the first initial stages of your recruitment process. Clients will be able to add questions to a pre-recorded first stage interview that candidates can complete in their own time which is then submitted back to the client.
☑️ Boosting your company brand.

Want to find out more then give us a call on 01225 776500.

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Choosing the right agency

Choosing the right agency

Most employers do not have the time or resources to find the right employee for a certain jobs within their company, they resort to a recruitment agency.

Go online and check out your local agencies. Look at their reviews and once you decided who to register with make an appointment.

Give as much information as possible upfront about the kind of role you are looking for. Expect to be asked about the type of organisation you want to work for. How far you are willing to travel and your salary expectations.

Make sure your CV is accurate and up to date. This will save you a lot of time in the end. Your recruitment consultant can give you advise on how to improve your CV, based on what they know their clients are looking for.

Be proactive! Keep in regular contact with your agency to stay at the top of their mind.

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Looking after your Mental Health


In the UK each year 1 to 4 people are affected with Mental health. With the country slowly easing its way back to some sort of normality, taking time to prioritise your mental health is as important as ever.

Work can make us feel good about ourselves and give us a sense of purpose, but for some it can also have a negative effect on mental health. To cope with the stresses of work and overcome what life can throw at us, it is important we stay on top of our mental health.

Five ways to boost your mental health at work:


It is important to remember that you can talk about your feelings at work. This can help you maintain your mental health and deal with times when you feel stressed or troubled.


Taking regular exercise can really help boost your self-esteem, not to mention help you concentrate, sleep and feel better. Experts say that we should aim to do 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week.


What we eat and drink can affect how we feel both immediately and in the longer term. It is important to bear in mind that a good diet that benefits your physical health is also good for your mental health.


Enjoying yourself is an excellent way to combat stress. At work, you may have a hobby that you would like to share or join in with colleagues. For example, a work running club or crafting group can be a great way to share a skill with others and enjoy yourself.


Maintaining relationships and collaborating in a supportive team is important for mental health at work. If working relationships break down it can lead to tension. Seeking out a friend or trusted work colleague with whom you can share your feelings can help you work through any challenges you experience in your workplace.

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Exciting News

Direct Response have some exciting news…. We are going paperless!

Here at Direct response, we want to ensure we are keeping ahead with technology and also supporting the environment by reducing are paper usage. We want to ensure our candidates also have a smooth and easy registration process which is why we are launching a new online registration form.

You will be able to access the registration form from either your laptop, tablet or phone and will electronically complete and fill in our registration form for both temporary and permanent work.

As a responsible recruiter we would still require you to meet with us face to face to check right to work documents, however with our new registration process we will ensure a quick and easy process.

If you are actively looking for work and would like to register, then please give us a call and we would be delighted to assist you in your job hunt!

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Agency Worker Regulations

What are Agency Regulations  How Can They Help You?

All recruitment agencies must abide to two key regulations, these being the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and  Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003. The agency regulations were put in place to ensure the rights of agency workers and to prevent agencies from exploiting their workers in the jobs they carry out

 Important Agency Regulation – Candidates Cannot be Charged  

The following points are included in the Employment Agencies act but here is a summary of some of what these agency regulations are and how they help. As an agency it is illegal to charge job seekers for being a candidate.

 Important Agency Regulation – Written Contract 

When it comes to an agency hiring a worker, the worker must be provided with a Key Information Document. This document includes important details such as pay, holiday leave, legally required deductions (such as Statutory deductions (Tax and National insurance) and also whether they are under contract for services or a contract of employment. This is just a verification for the Agency and worker to make the engagement official and have all the important details noted on a Key Information Document which helps both parties.

Important Agency Regulation- Worker’s Suitability

Agencies are legally obligated to assess the suitability of a candidate for a particular job role. This benefits job seekers as agencies should never expect you to do a job that you are not suitable for.

Important Agency Regulation – Workers Must Be Paid 

The Agency shall pay the Agency worker for all hours worked regardless of whether the Agency has received payment from the client for those hours.