ACAS has recently launched new guidance for employers on references. This is an area that can prove difficult for employers to manage. Recruiters are often asked for references about their internal staff and temporary workers – and also have the task of seeking references about candidates that they are seeking to supply or introduce to clients. The guidance tackles issues such as:

• Does an employment reference have to be provided?

• What can an employment reference include?

• Can an employer give a bad reference?

See the full guidance for further information

A Helping Hand For Phyllis Tuckwell

We Are A Collection Point: Do you have any old style £1 coins – we have a collection box at our offices (9A West Street – Next to Elphicks) if you would like to drop them in. It costs £25,000 a day to run the Hospice Care Service which provides fantastic support for patients and relatives @PTHospice.  Every £1 counts!

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is the only adult Hospice caring for terminally ill people and their families across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire, both at the Hospice and in the community. For many patients, when a cure is not possible, hospice care offers a more dignified and comfortable alternative to spending time in the impersonal and noisy environment of a hospital. Our care helps patients manage pain and improves the quality of life for both the patient and their family. Seeking care through our Hospice isn’t about giving up hope or hastening death, but rather a way to get the most appropriate care in the last phase of life…because every day is precious.


This has been well published in the National Press today.    The motivator for promoting this to employers is for them to recognise employees who regularly work beyond core hours to meet client deadlines and delivery high levels of customer service.  

Staff appointments continue to rise sharply in August

The REC published the September edition of the Jobs Report on the 8th September.   There are some interesting headlines in the report.   Notably, the data continues to show issues surrounding skills shortages and the demand for new employees outstripping candidate availability.   The number of people placed into permanent job roles continued to rise sharply in August, with the rate of growth easing only slightly from July’s recent record. Temp billings also rose markedly, with the rate of expansion unchanged from July’s 29-month high.