2010 - A summary.

What the bloody hell was that all about?

Like most people in the UK, I have had an up and down year, by good fortune and perseverence (and some good luck) we have ended the year on a positive note.

I would like to extend my best wishes to anyone who has had the misfortune to lose their job during the past year. I know many people myself who have lost their jobs, retrained and have taken on a temporary role just to makes end meet. Some people that I have come into contact with have not had to have an interview in many years. This is a very tough time for all. Let's hope that 2011 brings you all a little more good fortune.

2010 marked my ten year anniversary with my Recruitment business Ba Recruitment and my first year in the UK JobBoard business.

With Ba Recruitment, we started the year on a note of optimism. I employed more staff thinking that we were immune to the economic cycle. The year started off positively and the permanent placements started to come in well. Around May / Ju…

Quick update

Wow, how time flies...:)
So, a quick update then.

Ba Recruitment - Going very strong, good level of repeat customers coming back to us recently. Fixed Fee Recruitment, is a great success; although I never realised how much "extra" work would be involved. I have taken heed of comments that I have enjoyed reading snippets from Greg Savage about not discounting your services - Right on Greg!

East Midlands Jobs - recently added the #JobMap element, getting some great feedback from clients and jobseekers alike. Category sponsorship now available, again great to give advetisers a little extra advertising boost :)

Just4Medical - This one keeps me amazed at the levels of user interactions, again have enhanced this site with #JobMap and category sponsorship.

Great British Jobs - I don't mean to big this one up sooo much but this is our new project and will be a little (read...a lot) different from many same ol, same ol jobsites. I am having to learn a lot of technical bits to al…

Ask The Recruitment Consultant

To enhance our jobseeker services we have introduced a special feature on our Facebook page called #AskTheRecruitmentConsultant
We will be actively monitoring our Facebook account for an hour each morning between 10.30am and 11.30am Monday, Wednesday and Fridays to answer your questions regarding the job market in the Derbyshire, East Midlands area.
We have a lot of resources that we can help with; companies currently recruiting, websites that may be of interest, CV assistance and interview help.
Ask away :)

National Minimum Wage to increase from 1st October 2010

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) was first introduced to give
Employers a minimum hourly rate which Employees should expect to

However, although initially applicable to only a few age and
job groups, this has developed to now include workers under the age of
18 (no longer of compulsory school age) and those undertaking

Rates (Current)

£5.80 the main rate for workers aged 22 and over
£4.83 the 18 – 21 rate
£3.57 the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
For those of compulsory school age, there is currently no specified NMW and some other employment rights are also different.

Rates (as of 1st October 2010)

£5.93 the rate for workers aged 21 and over
£4.92 the 18 – 21 rate
£3.64 the 16 – 17 rate
£2.50 the rate for apprenticeships who are either under 19 or in their first year of their apprenticeship

For more help and assistance get in touch here

Facebook and LinkedIn

To offer our clients, both jobseekers and employers better access to our services and opportunities we have enhanced our social media offerring to include a Facebook account and a LinkedIn account. Now you can access our services wherever you are browsing.  Our Twitter accounts are showing that more and more people are wishing to connect with us also. Currently on Twitter @JobRich 2557 followers, @BaRecruitment 323 followers, @JobsEastMids 1641 followers  and @UK_Medical_Jobs 736 followers. We have a number of other Twitter accounts with followers but these are for future projects with both Job Affair Ltd and Ba Recruitment. Watch this space.

Ba Recruitment and Fixed Fee Recruitment

Through our Recruitment agency (Ba Recruitment) we have decided to be innovative!

Our Employers are telling us that they want a great recruitment agency service but very few are willing to pay the costs involved, sometimes in the region of 30% of starting salary. (you can see why!)

So, with all the economic turmoil in the UK at present, we thought that we would jump the gun and offer more services to our Employers.

Introducing our Fixed Recruitment Fee model, incorporating our network of job sites.

Still lots to do but the end result will mean more informative job advertising for jobseekers, more filtering of CV's for our clients and more people getting the right type of job.

Just4Medical announces Medical Job Description page.

Medical Job Description page announced
Date: 05/28/2010

Just4Medical announces Medical Job Description page.

Derbyshire - May 2010

Leading online job advertiser Job Affair Ltd announces that its most recent jobsite development; Just4Medical has launched a Medical Job Description page on their site.

Commenting on the recent development Managing Director of Job Affair Ltd, Richard Johnson, explained “We are listening to our audience of medical professionals of both jobseekers, recruiters and employers and are introducing more user related content to assist all parties when looking for their next role. Jobseekers will be able to research medical jobs and employers will be able to use these resources for their job descriptions or as extra resource. This process will be ongoing as we are searching for the best and most relevant Medical Job Descriptions related to the UK market.
We currently advertise around 2,900 UK Medical related jobs, an increase of 45% compared to April 20…

Our accounts on Twitter

Bringing you up to date with regards to our Twitter exposure, we have drafted a short list of our Twitter accounts and their purpose; - Complete customer services for Ba Recruitment Ltd and Job Affair Ltd. Plus news, views and comments from JobRich followers 2,514
· - Job listings from Recruiters in the East Midlands area from, followers 1,538 · - Job listings for Medical Jobs in the United Kingdom from, followers 663 ·  – Job listings for Accounts and Administration jobs in Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire from  – followers 140 ·  - Job listings for our U.K. Accountancy jobsite (still in development) – followers 38

So, with a total of nearly 5,000 individual people following our jobs and comments, we would like to think that we are starting to have somethin…

Ba Recruitment - announces new "Jobs by Email" service

BaRecruitment announces "Jobs by Email" facility.

Derbyshire - May 2010

Leading regional Accountancy and Administration recruitment business Ba Recruitment Ltd announces the launch of a "Jobs by Email" facility to allow Candidates to automatically receive Email alerts on relevant jobs in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas.

Commenting on the recent development Managing Director of Ba Recruitment Ltd, Richard Johnson commented “We are very happy with our new offering and believe it will save a lot of time for both the active and passive Candidate. We have already received great feedback from local Candidates and Clients alike. We are constantly looking at ways of improving what we have to offer and this most recent service enhancement fits well with our job descriptions, local job listings, interview assistance and CV preparation.

About Ba Recruitment: Ba Recruitment is the leading Accountancy and Administration recruitment business covering the Derbyshire and…

Facebook page created

We are pleased to announce that our holding company; Job Affair Ltd has recently launched a Facebook Fanpage. We would love you to join! Have a look by clicking here. If you have any questions, please let us know.
On the Fanpage, you will find;
Regular company updates Streaming of our Just4Medical JobsAutomatic Twitter updates. Go direct to Twitterand much much more...For Customer Services on Twitter, please click on this link

New Facebook page created

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JobSeeker tips when working with your Recruitment Agency

As the Managing Director of a highly successful, regional recruitment agency, I am often asked about how many applications I receive and the quality of those applications. If the following can be taken on board by just a few, it will make the life of jobseekers easier when working with their local Recruitment agency.

•Research local Recruitment agencies websites. Type in the search “ Recruitment Agencies in[enter place name] You will first of all notice that there are a lot of aggregator sites, then jobboards, then Recruitment Agency directories and the like. Keep looking and the Recruitment Agencies will start appearing. (They don’t spend as much time and money on getting the main search engines to find them) Check the website. Do they have jobs? Do they have a testimonial page? (How often is it updated?) Is there a contact us page.
•Prepare you CV, (a whole other blog entry here!) there is no excuse nowadays not to have a well laid out informative and eye catching CV. Look on the in… New Location Search announced announces new location search facility.

Derbyshire - April 2010

Leading online job advertiser Job Affair Ltd announces that its most recent jobsite development; has launched a “Location” search facility on their site.

Commenting on the recent development Managing Director of Job Affair Ltd Richard Johnson said “From a standing start to a well performing jobsite in under 2 months is an extraordinary accomplishment, we currently have around 2,000 live UK based Healthcare and Medical jobs from some of the biggest names in Healthcare recruitment within the UK. We are also generating a surprisingly high number of applications for such a new venture. As more jobs are getting posted onto the site it is important for us to be able to enhance our jobseeker experience, this new search facility will assist all professional healthcare jobseekers to find their ideal job so much quicker and easier. Currently performing very well within the searches ar…

Recruitment UK Group formed

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3 Birthdays this year; 1, 10 and 45 - Hurray!

Imagine the scene, a crisp chilly spring morning on 17th March 2009. The banks have recently disclosed their nasty secrets and the country is bleeding jobs like back in the 70’s. There is a feeling of doom, gloom and total hesitation. A business limbo as I seem to remember.

I’d recently invested in new premises but I had to half my workforce, which left my very faithful part-time administrator and me. Luckily, I had treated my clients well over the last 10 years (Birthday No 3, April 19th 2000(another story)) and they, in turn, were being fantastic with me. I continued in business through 2009, mainly from the temporary market.

With ideas floating crazily around my mind and a little extra time on my hands I stumbled across Twitter.  I think it was Chris Moyles from Radio One that said that Stephen Fry was tweetting about his journey whilst in the Far East.. Sounded good to me!

I logged on. (Birthday No 2, 17th March 2009)

I picked the name @JobRich, I wanted something that would sum m…

A recent survey – Do Job Seekers want to see agency and employer jobs on East Midlands Jobs?

With my fledgling UK based Jobboard Empire being added to a few weeks ago with the successful launch of Just4Medical, I found myself looking back to my first venture, East Midlands Jobs. I had a few questions that I needed answering regarding the purpose of this Jobboard. Published in early 2008. I needed to know whether this Jobboard was fit for purpose.
Since its inception nearly two years ago I have been marketing the Jobboard as Employers Only and not allowing agencies to post their vacancies.
I’m glad to say that from the launch there has been many job postings on the site and from some high profile East Midlands based businesses, namely; Next, Punch Taverns, Harlon Laboratories to name a few, but not in the amount that I had been expecting.
Had I been wrong in wanting to create an Employers Only geographically specific Jobboard?
Well, with a fantastic source of information on my door-step, I asked my audience what they wanted.

Of the 541 registered* employers asked, 51% said tha…

What qualifies you to do that?

Last week marked an important step in my journey to create a viable business in the field of UK focused job boards, with the launching of the site being the first in a series of industry and UK geographically specific job boards.

So, what qualifies me to do this?

It’s a frightening question! I know, as it is usually the one I’m posing to the candidates that come and register with us at Ba Recruitment.

Well, I’ve been running my own recruitment business since 2000 and I need to ask the same question with this business, what qualifies me to do this?
I had been working in the accountancy field, mainly for hotels overseas for many years until I decided to change my “life options”. My son was born, (now nearly 13) I decided to give up work and look after him. I did this without too much hesitation, as I had never really enjoyed working in the corporate environment.
After about 3 years I started temping a few days a week to keep my brain up to speed (I have a great de…

An introduction

Hello and thank you for finding my blog here.
It's high time I started to document my education and learning and development within my businesses.
So, first of all an introduction. (

I am the Managing Director of Ba Recruitment, a Derbyshire based recruitment business for professional accounts and administration staff.
I am also the Managing Director of Job Affair Ltd, hosting a suite of UK based job boards.

The first trial for the jobboard business is ( this site was built with the idea of allowing employers only to post up their jobs in the local area. is the vehicle that I have created to set-up, develop and manage my portfolio of job related websites, examples of these working websites now include; an Employer only job advertising site and ( an exciting UK based job advertising platform for all m…