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Datum RPO Blog

#PAP2020: The Last Hurdle to £20,000

Posted by Datum RPO on 16 Oct 2018
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It's been 10 months since the birth of our #PAP2020 2018 charity support year, where Datum RPO and its sister company, Omega Resource Group, are raising £20,000 for 20 charities in celebration of our 20th Year Anniversary in business... 

...and what an eventful 10 months it has been! 

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Staffline Group PLC Acquisition of Passionate About People Limited

Posted by Datum RPO on 01 Oct 2018
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Staffline Group Plc, the AIM listed Nottinghamshire based recruiter, has this morning announced they have acquired Passionate About People Group (PAP) and its subsidiaries, Omega Resource Group and Datum RPO.    

Staffline is the UK’s largest provider of blue-collar workers, finding work for up to 60,000 people every day at over 400 OnSite locations for the UK’s best-known brands.

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Crackdown on Modern Slavery: victims freed as construction raids continue to sweep the nation

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 26 Sep 2018
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Agents from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) staged two modern slavery construction raids last week.

In Coventry a 44-year-old Romanian man was rescued and two suspects are in custody helping with enquiries.

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Topics: Insider, Industry Legislation, Benefits of RPO

Passionate About People employee, Amie Daniels, accredited with Mental Health First Aider (MHFA)

Posted by Ben Paling on 21 Sep 2018
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In the UK, mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each year, the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. 

Broken down, that's £21.2 billion (61%) in reduced productivity, £10.6 billion (30%) in sickness absence and £3.1 billion (9%) in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons.

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Flying High: Datum RPO hot air balloon amongst the 170 that set new UK record at Longleat Safari Park

Posted by Ben Paling on 19 Sep 2018
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From Friday 14th - Sunday 16th September, Longleat Safari Park staged the UK's largest hot air balloon festival, with a record-high of 170 hot air balloons rising into the air, covering the Wiltshire sky with vibrant colours and obscurely-shaped inflatables (including Longleat's own lion, a wolf named Wes, a household battery and even an oversized Hunter wellie). 

The perfect early-morning autumnal weather helped pilots and their crews smash the previous record of 130, with Longleat writing history and being placed in the hot air balloon hall of fame.  

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Flying High: Datum employee, Hayley Clancy, raises £660 for #PAP2020 by falling 15,000ft out of a plane!

Posted by Ben Paling on 12 Sep 2018
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Throughout 2018, Datum RPO, along with its sister company, Omega Resource Group, are raising £20,000 for 20 charities, in celebration of the groups' 20th year anniversary under parent company, Passionate About People Ltd

Building on the £15,000 the group have raised presently, Datum RPO employee, Hayley Clancy, managed to raise an impressive £660 following her 15,000ft skydive on Sunday, 9th September. 

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Where's my money? Complaints about recruitment agencies up by 50% in 2018

Posted by Graeme Elkin on 03 Sep 2018
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According to a report conducted by the Employment Agencies Standards (EAS) Inspectorate, complaints about recruitment agencies increased by 50% in 2018, in comparison with the previous year. 

The labour-market focussed Government enforcement body received 1,261 complaints, compared to just 828 in 2017, with the majority of the complaints centred around the failure of recruitment agencies to pay their staff for all hours worked. Hospitality and healthcare sectors witnessed most complaints, totalling just under 25% of all complaints received.  

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Datum Download: Top 100 Underpaying Employers

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 23 Aug 2018
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On 6th July 2018, the government released a list of the UK’s ‘worst-paying’ companies throughout 2018. The original list, which included 239 employers throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, was created and published on the national government website to act as a public ‘name and shame’ list.

To put things into perspective, a total of 22,400 workers were identified as being underpaid by a total of £1.44m. The back-pay identified by HMRC was for more workers than in any previous single naming list, and has generated record fines of £1.97m.

So, building on the original list, Datum RPO have developed a detailed report listing the top 100 underpaying employers, with additional information including industry, location, etc.

This report also features an analysis of the 100 employers, with graphs representing the proportion of companies based on location and industry.

So, why have we created this report? At Datum RPO, we take compliance very seriously. We ensure that your contingent workers are paid fairly and mitigate against legal and financial risks.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

The detrimental effects of Brexit: 2018 sees the largest annual fall of EU nationals working in the UK

Posted by Graeme Elkin on 20 Aug 2018
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On 29th March 2019, the UK will leave the EU, with or without an agreement, due to Theresa May triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty back in March of last year. Since then, we've heard rumours, opinions, debates and recommendations, but ultimately, no one really knows what we're heading for on the 29th March, not even Theresa and her cabinet. 

This being said, what we do know are the statistics. Released just last week, the ONS (Office of National Statistics) shared its latest figures on EU nationals working in the UK (or lack of) in 2018. According to ONS, there were 86,000 fewer EU workers in the second quarter of 2018 than in the same period in 2017, the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.

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Visit us at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2018!

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 08 Aug 2018
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The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 40th year and is Europe’s largest ballooning event. During the fiesta, over 200 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at 6am and 6pm and light up the skies on Thursday and Saturday night with the famous nightglows. Fun activities on the ground will keep everyone entertained.

The event features four days of colourful hot-air balloon displays, attracting over half a million visitors to the scenic grounds of Ashton Court. Balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the City of Bristol, as well as taking part in various ballooning competitions including who can reach the furthest point in a set time and landing challenges.

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