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  • Cycle to Work Scheme

    Jan

    Cycle to Work Scheme

    Posted by HJUK

    Tax Free Bikes for Employees via the Goverment Funded Cycle to Work Scheme Did you know you can get a free bike, tax free to cycle to work? To promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution, the 1999 Finance Act introduced an annual tax exemption, which allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. This has many incentives for both employer and employee. Employers may reap the benefits of a healthier workforce, reduce their carbon footprint and save on NI contributions, whilst employees can get tax benefits, save money on…
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  • New Years Resolution For Job Hunters

    Jan

    New Years Resolution For Job Hunters

    Posted by HJUK

    5 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR JOB HUNTERS  New Year is always a good time to take stock revise and make new plans for the year ahead. If yours involved finding a new job or changing career, read on for our top tips on how to get organised! 1.Polish Up Your Personal Brand Review how you are currently presenting yourself to others, ask friends colleagues etc about what your strengths are as well as writing down what you think are your positive qualities. Then think about what employers are looking for and tailor your strengths to it. This will all help…
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  • Tax Free Bikes for Employees via the Goverment Funded Cycle to Work Scheme

    Sep

    Tax Free Bikes for Employees via the Goverment Funded Cycle to Work Scheme

    Posted by HJUK

    Did you know you can get a free bike, tax free to cycle to work? To promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution, the 1999 Finance Act introduced an annual tax exemption, which allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. This has many incentives for both employer and employee. Employers may reap the benefits of a healthier workforce, reduce their carbon footprint and save on NI contributions, whilst employees can get tax benefits, save money on travelling costs and a way to get fit at the same time. This…
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  • Apprentice Levy to go ahead next year, confirms Government

    Aug

    Apprentice Levy to go ahead next year, confirms Government

    Posted by HJUK

    On 12th August 2016, the Government announced it is sticking to plans for a levy on employers to help fund apprenticeships (Apprenticeship Levy). This comes despite business groups calling for the charge to be delayed due to the economic uncertainty fuelled by the Brexit vote. Jill Whittaker, Managing Director of Hit Training, commenting on the announcement says “After months of speculation around whether the Apprenticeship Levy would go ahead, we can now finally put this to bed.... What this means is that the time to start planning is now.” In a recent blog post, Hit Training has asked for a…
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  • Congratulations to Alexis Conran! Celebrity Masterchef 2016 Winner!

    Aug

    Congratulations to Alexis Conran! Celebrity Masterchef 2016 Winner!

    Posted by HJUK

    Hospitality Jobs UK would like to congratulate Alexis Conran on winning Celebrity Masterchef 2016!  The Real Hustle presenter beat Jimmy Osmond and Louise Minchin in the final last Friday evening to claim the title. The three contestants all created and produced very impressive dishes throughout the final, but it was obvious from the start that Alexis was on a slightly higher level with his Greek heritage and eye for presentation showing through. The final saw all three contestants take on the Chef's Table challenge, hosted by Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar. Alexis took charge of the main courses with his…
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  • Celebrity Masterchef 2016  Semi Finals Week

    Jul

    Celebrity Masterchef 2016 Semi Finals Week

    Posted by HJUK

    We’ve all been following Celebrity Masterchef at Hospitality Jobs UK and now the heats are over we are looking forward to semi finals week! The nine contestants left (Alexis Conran, Audley Harrison, Cherry Healey, Jimmy Osmond, Louise Minchin, Neil Back, Rev Richard Coles, Sid Own and Tommy Cannon) face their toughest challenge yet on Thursday 21st July – cooking together the first time in a freezing field. They will be split into two teams to cater for 70 guests attending a historic re-enactment event and must design and create four mouthwatering dishes each (meat, fish, vegetarian and dessert). Then its…
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  • How will Brexit affect the Hospitality Industry?

    Jul

    How will Brexit affect the Hospitality Industry?

    Posted by HJUK

    On 23rd June 2016, the UK voted in a historic decision to leave the EU. This had initial political and financial repercussions for the UK, as the markets and value of the pound fell immediately, Prime Minister David Cameron resigned as well as other major political developments coming in from both sides. Whichever way they voted, many people are left wondering what will happen next, especially in the Hospitality Industry which is one of the largest sectors to employ EU workers within the UK, and serve tourism. The industry press have been reporting on this for some time and the…
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  • Apprenticeship Levy  What Hospitality Businesses Need to Know

    Jun

    Apprenticeship Levy What Hospitality Businesses Need to Know

    Posted by HJUK

    The Government is changing the way apprenticeships are funded in England from April 2017, by introducing a new Apprenticeship Levy. Employers who have a pay bill of over £3m annum will be required to make a mandatory payment of 0.5% towards apprenticeships through the PAYE system. Then training is paid for and organised through their digital services account on the government website. The levy is also deductable for Corporation Tax purposes. The reaction from businesses has been mixed, some loving the idea believing it will help improve workforce skills and some loathing the imposition of a mandatory payment. Also it…
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  • EXTENDED QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOURS A SENSIBLE MOVE, SAYS ALMR

    Jun

    EXTENDED QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOURS A SENSIBLE MOVE, SAYS ALMR

    Posted by HJUK

    The ALMR has welcomed confirmation that pubs will be permitted to extend their hours in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “This move is a sensible one by the Government and will allow pubs and bars to join the celebrations. UK pubs are important social hubs and will be the perfect place to enjoy celebrations at the heart of communities. “Pubs have already shown that they are the perfect place to enjoy national celebrations and the 2014 World Cup showed that venues are capable of opening later without problems. “This pragmatic approach will also…
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  • Personal Online Reputation Management Tips for Job Search

    Apr

    Personal Online Reputation Management Tips for Job Search

    Posted by HJUK

    Personal Online Reputation Management involves paying attention to what is associated with your name in search engines and social media, then doing your best to positively impact what is visible. Our previous article Why your online reputation could cost your job search, discusses pitfalls to look out for with bad online reputation when looking for a job. However, once you have cleaned up your social media profiles, what do you do with them then to maximise your chances of being found, when the potential employer starts to research you online? Read on for our top tips on how to maximise…
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  • Why your online reputation could cost your job search

    Apr

    Why your online reputation could cost your job search

    Posted by HJUK

    Watch out! Your Facebook & Twitter postings might win over your friends, but they could also cost you a job..! When it comes to finding a new job in the hospitality industry, your online presence may be of more significance than you think. Managing your online reputation may sound challenging but we have put together a few common sense tips on how you can minimise harm to your image. Remember that, no matter how strong your CV is, if an employer finds your online presence inappropriate/offensive – you could be jeopardising your chances of landing the role or even getting…
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  • ALMR Report finds WiFi and Instagram-ready food wins over tech-savvy diners

    Apr

    ALMR Report finds WiFi and Instagram-ready food wins over tech-savvy diners

    Posted by HJUK

    Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), writes her third guest blog for us about the rise of diners using technology and social media in food outlets as part of their dining experience. Read her previous guest post about Ending Inflexible Taxes in the Hospitality Industry. Technology such as Wi-Fi is a concerning factor for the majority of consumers when picking a food outlet, according to a recent report. Future Shock, published by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) in partnership with CGA, found that over half of customers believe technology improves their social experience…
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  • How to Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search

    Mar

    How to Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search

    Posted by HJUK

    There are two good reasons why you should optimise your LinkedIn profile when you are actively searching for new hospitality jobs. Firstly, potential recruiters and recruitment agencies will search for you to find ideal candidates for a position. Secondly, your potential employer will want to look at your online profiles find out more about your career, to aid them in deciding whether to hire you or not.   We have put together our top 5 tips on how to optimised your LinkedIn profile for a job search, appearing the very best you possibly can to potential employers and recruitment agencies.…
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  • Hospitality Sector needs to see the end of inflexible taxes

    Mar

    Hospitality Sector needs to see the end of inflexible taxes

    Posted by HJUK

    Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), writes a second guest blog for us about the impact of taxes in the Hospitality Industry. Read her previous guest post about Apprenticeship Levy and the National Living wage here. "They say that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. We know too well the impact of an ever increasing tax burden on the life blood of our sector. Pubs, bars and restaurants pay over a third of their turnover in taxes - funding vital local public services – and this is in large part due…
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  • Job Interview Tips Part 2 - During the Interview

    Feb

    Job Interview Tips Part 2 - During the Interview

    Posted by HJUK

    Welcome to Part 2 of our job interview tips series. Now you are feeling ready after using Part 1 - How to Prepare for an Interview - the day has finally arrived! We have put together our top 5 tips on how to act during the interview process that will put you in the best possible position to be offered the job. 1          Get off to a good start and be aware of your body language Look poised and confident as you enter the room, smile and shake hands firmly. Try to always maintain eye contact throughout and smile at the…
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  • Job Interview Tips Part 1 - How to Prepare

    Feb

    Job Interview Tips Part 1 - How to Prepare

    Posted by HJUK

    GREAT NEWS! You’ve applied for a job and you received an interview confirmation; It is so exciting, yet, completely normal to feel nervous as well. As long as you are organised and prepared, you will get the better of your nerves and give yourself the best opportunity and chance of getting the job. We have put together our top 5 tips on getting ready for the interview process that will help you feel in control on the day... 1          Plan your route It’s an obvious one but if you are going to travel by bus or train plan your route in…
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  • Universal Credit Launches in Spring 2016 - What does this mean for the Hospitality Sector?

    Jan

    Universal Credit Launches in Spring 2016 - What does this mean for the Hospitality Sector?

    Posted by HJUK

    In Spring 2016, the UK Government plans to fully roll out the biggest overhaul on the benefits system since the 1940s, via a new scheme called Universal Credit. The Government has been staggering its implementation across job centres and local authorities across the country and plans to have the scheme fully rolled out by May 2016. Better for claimants Under the scheme, claimants will received a new single-payment that replaces 6 of the current working-age benefits (jobseekers allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit). Payments will be paid into the individual’s…
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  • The ALMR

    Jan

    The ALMR

    Posted by HJUK

    The ALMR is the unrivalled network of entrepreneurial retailers and industry suppliers, championing companies that own and operate pubs, bars and casual dining restaurants in the UK.  Our membership comprises 200 retailers representing 22,000 outlets making ALMR the largest representative body for operators in licensed hospitality. Our aims are to promote the reputation and economic benefits of retail hospitality, to protect the commercial interests of our members and to prevent the imposition of unnecessary costs or restrictive legislation. Find out more at www.almr.org.uk
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  • Are you ready for the Living Wage?

    Dec

    Are you ready for the Living Wage?

    Posted by HJUK

    Under plans unveiled in this year’s Summer Budget, from April 2016 all UK businesses will have to pay staff over 25 a National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour, rising to £9 per hour by 2020. This could have a significant impact on Hospitality, so what does it mean for the industry as a whole and is your business prepared for the changes? The impact of Living Wage on the Hospitality Industry The British Hospitality Association (BHA) are warning of potential job losses in smaller businesses. “There are adjustments made to corporate tax and employment allowances, but these do not…
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  • The Athena Mentoring Story: Women Leaders in the pub industry

    Dec

    The Athena Mentoring Story: Women Leaders in the pub industry

    Posted by HJUK

    Athena Mentoring is designed to nurture talented, driven and ambitious young women in the UK pub trade, assisting them in driving their careers forward. We talk to Emma Causer, its founder, about her motivations for setting up the organisation and her hopes for both the organisation's future and that of women's careers in the pub industry. "The idea for Athena was borne out of my passion for the pub industry, an incredible place to work: It’s an industry where I have spent my career; firstly as an operator and now as a supplier. When I look at this sector, I…
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  • Apprenticeship Levy and the new National living Wage

    Dec

    Apprenticeship Levy and the new National living Wage

    Posted by HJUK

    Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), writes about the Debate around the Apprenticeship Levy and the new National Living Wage which has dominated the headlines somewhat over recent weeks. "With the sector lamenting the knock-on effect these two measures will have, one would be forgiven for thinking that employment within the licensed hospitality sector is somewhat moribund. It’s true that a labour intensive sector such as ours will feel the pinch of employee legislation, but we should not forget to mention all that is good about working in pubs and bars. Licensed hospitality is a great…
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