IR35 Information Event – 7th November 2019

We are pleased to announce that we are hosting a must attend IR35 Information Event on the 7th of November 2019 at 4pm at the Stevenage Football Club, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

What is IR35? What is changing? How does it affect your business? How will this affect you and your PSC? Why do you need to prepare now?

If you are an employer or you currently work on a contract basis then this is an essential event for you to attend. This event will explain the changes to IR35 legislation in the private sector, how it will affect you and your business as well as the steps that you need to take now in order to be ready for April 2020.

Our specialist speakers are experts in the tax and legal space, Lewina Farrell, the Head of Legal Services at REC (The Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and Chris Humphreys, Head of Tax at BHP, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.

They will help you with the following:

  • Explain the changes to the IR35 legislation
  • The implications of the legislation
  • How this will affect employers, agencies and PSC/Ltd company contractors
  • Planning for April 6th 2020
  • Offer information as to the steps to take
  • Get you to think about contractual arrangements
  • What conversations you should be having with your accountants, advisers and/or agencies.

A little bit about our speakers:


Lewina Farrell Head of Legal at REC

Lewina Farrell- Head of Legal at REC

Lewina Farrell qualified as a solicitor in 2004. She joined REC in 2008 and is now Head of Legal Services. She advises businesses on employment and commercial law with a focus on IR35 and data protection.


Chris Humpreys - Head of Tax

Chris Humphreys – Partner and Head of Tax at BHP

Chris is an experienced Tax Practitioner who prides himself on looking at tax issues with a commercial eye and is able to explain them in a way that takes the jargon out of complex tax legislation. Chris has over 25 years’ experience, dealing with a wide variety of owner managed businesses, growing companies and family businesses, and advising on their taxation issues. Chris specialises in Corporate and Personal Tax.



16.00 – Welcome by CK Operations Director Liam O’Connell

16.10 – Lewina Farrell

17.10 – Chris Humphreys

17.40 – Q&A

17.50 – Networking and refreshments.

Don’t miss out on this free event!


Register for the event here



7th November 2019


Stevenage Football Club
The Lamex Stadium
Broadhall Way



Plenty of parking is available at the football club and as well as only 5 minutes by taxi from the train station.

Refreshments will be available on the day.

This event is free.


Find out more about IR35 here:

IR35 – Businesses

IR35 – Contractors


Any questions regarding the event please get in touch with Lauren de Frece: /01246 457705


Author: Lauren de Frece

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Information for Contractors

What’s changing, and when? In October 2018 the government confirmed that it would be extending the off-payroll rules to the private sector.  As of 6 April 2020, the responsibility for IR35 assessment will shift from the intermediary (usually the contractor’s own personal services company), to the client. The draft legislation was published on 11 July.

For full article click here

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8 Ways to Keep Millennials Happy and Engaged at Work

With millennials currently representing 35% of the total UK workforce, their influence is quickly defining the workplace culture. Their aspirational nature and knowledge of current technologies make them a vital part of any company. As millennials slowly outnumber Generation X and the retiring Baby Boomers, their presence will only become even more indispensable to all organisations in the future.

However, millennials, also known as Generation Y, are no longer afraid of changing jobs. In fact, it is estimated that 60% of millennials are currently open to the idea of new job opportunities, and more than half don’t believe that they will be working for their current company in the next two years.

With the average millennial costing £30,000 to replace, high millennial turnover can become a costly affair.

So how can you stop your millennials getting itchy feet and leaving, when you desperately need them to stay?

Here are eight proven techniques for keeping millenials happy and engaged at work, based on figures from the latest market reports.

Set out clear career paths

According to the Millennials at Work report, over half of millennials believe that career progression is the most important aspect of a job.

Millennials are ambitious and want to succeed. The reality is that those who feel ‘stuck’ in a job are likely to go looking elsewhere. After all, one of the top three reasons millennials quit their job is to pursue a role which offers more career opportunities.

The companies who succeed in retaining their millennials tend to have a training and progression plan in place, with clear goals for staff to meet to get promoted. In a recent survey by Robert Walters, 69% cited that a clear path for progression and training in a company was critical to keeping them motivated at a job. 

Offer better training and development programs

Following on from the point above, millennials want to constantly improve and do better. They love success and need the tools to help them get there. Offering your staff adequate training opportunities will not only benefit your business, but will also make staff feel like you care and that they are improving and developing within their current roles.

Ways to keep millenials happy at work

Offer competitive salaries

Progression and promotion need to be met with salaries that reflect success. The ambitious millennial generation ranks pay more highly than past generations, with 25% claiming they would change job if they got offered a higher salary.

The internet and sites like Glassdoor have made salary information much more transparent, and your employees can now compare their salary with your competitors’ as well as the marketplace going rate. Offering less than other companies may mean you lose valuable members of staff to your competitors.

Give your employees recognition

Ambitious millennials want their hard work to be recognised and appreciated. Having regular appraisals and offering feedback is a great way to keep them engaged and help them progress and achieve their set goals.

Give them accountability

Millennials have grown up being told that they can achieve anything they want to achieve. They thrive on being given more responsibility and delivering results. Companies who succeed at retaining their millennial staff don’t take this characteristic for granted, and instead focus on giving them as much accountability as they wish for.

Be flexible

Companies are increasingly offering their staff flexi-time and the opportunity to work from home, in order to please their younger workforce. If your company tends to be quite rigid when it comes to work-life balance, staff could potentially be tempted by alternative jobs offers. In fact, a work-life balance is one of the top requirements millennials look for when choosing a job.  

Offering employees flexi-time means they can work their 37.5 hours when they feel most motivated, and in turn will help them attain a better work-life balance. Flexi-time can also benefit employers, as rested and less stressed employees tend to be the most productive ones. However, saying that, this style is not always possible for all working environments.

Create a nice work culture

Good workplace culture is key when millennials are evaluating whether they are happy at work, or not. To understand what job perks employees value the most, take a look at our article The best job perks to attract candidates

Welcome feedback and take it on board

Conducting employee engagement surveys every six months gives staff the opportunity to anonymously flag up any issues and to give recommendations.  Take this information on board, and make sure the employees feel listened to. This, as we have seen, is especially important for millennials.

And finally, when millennial staff do leave, don’t forget to conduct an exit interview and ask them the reasons for leaving and how their experience could have been improved. This may be the answer to improving your retention rate.

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Congratulations to the winners of our Advanced Engineering Show competition

We had a fantastic time at the Advanced Engineering UK Show last week, it was great to catch up with some familiar faces and meet some new faces.

We met many engineers who work in the science sectors as well as exsisting clients who were also exhibiting at the show.

We ran a prize draw competition each day to win a bottle of Moet Champagne, this was a success and we had two very pleased winners.

Congratulations to Amy Smith who is a materials engineering student at the University of Birmingham and to Chris Pedlingham who is the Engineering Manager at China Composites Ltd. They both won a bottle of Champagne after they won the prize draw on each day show.

Day 2 Winner of AEUK18

Day 2 winner of AEUK18

1st day winner of AEUK18

Day 1 winner of AEUK18

If you met us at the show and would like to see a range of our latest jobs, take a look here.

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Advanced Engineering 2018 – Tickets

We are pleased to be exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show 2018, the largest annual event in the UK engineering calendar.

It’s set to be a great event as Advanced Engineering is celebrating it’s 10th edition this year. The event hosts multiple show zones including Aero Engineering; Automotive Engineering; Composites Engineering; Connected Manufacturing; Performance Metals Engineering; and new for 2018 UK Contract Manufacturing.

We expect there to be:

  • 15,000 in attendance over two days
  • 650+ exhibiting suppliers and partners
  • 200+ presentations and case studies from OEMs, industry experts and government
  • Innovative and exciting feature exhibits showing the latest technologies in action

We will be exhibiting at stand number K101 in the Composites Zone, we would love to see you there. If you would like to make an appointment to see us, get in touch with Emily Mills here.

If you would like a free ticket to the show register here and use code: 127652

The event will take place on the 31 October – 1 November, 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham.

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CK Group at New Scientist Live

We were delighted to be the Official Recruitment Sponsors at New Scientist Live at the ExCeL in London in September.

What an event it was, from the Mars Rover, the Slime Olympics to Tim Peake’s talk, it was incredible.  Thank you to everyone who came to the New Scientist Jobs and CK Group Careers Hub.

We were overwhelmed with how many people wanted careers advice, many of whom are aspiring scientists as well as people working in the industry already.

Many people wanted advice as to the best route into industry, what to do after their education and quite a lot brought their own CV’s to the careers hub for improvement tips.

It was great to meet so many people who wanted to pursue a career in STEM. Here are a few photos from our stand:

If you are still looking for careers advice, we have teamed up with New Scientist Jobs to provide essential career advice tips, take a look at our latest article here.

We also have a whole host of careers, job hunting and work place advice articles and videos in our Career Zone, take a look at these here.

If you are searching for a new role, take a look at our latest jobs here and if you would like to make the job applying process a little bit quicker, join CK Plus here.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Careers Hub and we hope to see you next year.


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CK Group is the Official Recruitment Partner for New Scientist Live 2018

The CK Group is delighted to be the Official Recruitment Partner for New Scientist Live 2018.

Known as the world’s greatest science event, New Scientist Live is an award-winning, mind-blowing festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. It will be held at the ExCel, London between 20-23 September 2018.

This event offers “140 speakers and 100 exhibitors in one venue to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances”. There will be talks from world acclaimed researchers and explorers in the fields of science and engineering such as Tim Peake, Henry Marsh and Hannah Fry.

Don’t miss the New Scientist Jobs exhibition partnered by the CK Group where we will be running CV clinics, interview advice workshops and a drop in service for those in need of career or job hunting advice.

It could be that you are thinking about a complete change of occupation, perhaps you would like to move up the career ladder or maybe you are embarking on your first role after studying. Whatever your quandary, we will be there to talk through your options and guide you to your next exciting career move. Join us at stand 950.

The New Scientist expects nearly 40, 000 people to attend so make sure you book your tickets now. As the Official Recruitment Partner we can offer a discount code of 10%. If you would like this code email:

Find out more about the event or buy your tickets here.



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CK relocate to the UK’s premier science park

We are delighted to announce that our team previously based in Durham City has relocated to NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham.

This is a fantastic move as NETPark is one of the UK’s premier science, engineering and technology parks for the commercialisation of cutting edge R&D from major international organisations, universities and SME’s.

As a leading specialist in scientific, clinical and technical recruitment, we are not only keen to stay at the forefront of new advancements within science but we are also committed to helping organisations in this sector succeed, so NETPark is particularly significant for us.

Graeme Pallas, Manager of the North East team said, “We are delighted to be joining some of the most innovative and scientifically advanced organisations in the world at NETPark and at the same time to be providing a fantastic new working environment for our staff. This comes at a great time for the CK Group as we continue to expand our reach across the region and the UK and within our temporary and permanent staffing operations. We have had a warm welcome from the NETPark team and other tenants and we look forward to future collaborations.”

We are now located at Discovery Centre 2 within the park and our new address is: CK Group, Discovery Centre, NETPark, Sedgefield, Durham, TS21 3FH.

Find out more about us here.

If you would like to speak to us about our move, contact Graeme Pallas on 0191 384 8905 or email him here.

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Engineers, IT and tech experts – the most in demand workers in the UK

The engineering, IT and technology sectors are at present the fastest growing sectors in the UK . Because of increased competition, companies in these fields are finding themselves forced to innovate to stay ahead of the game. Consequently many are expanding and having to recruit faster than ever.

This is good news for professionals in these fields, as engineers, IT and tech experts are now the most in demand workers in the UK.

In this article we explore the sudden need for engineers to replace the ageing engineering workforce and investigate how the disruptive tech market is forcing companies in this space to invest in additional specialist tech experts.


The engineering industry

Engineering plays an essential role in the UK’s economy, and in 2017 generated around 26% of the country’s GDP. However, despite the industry as a whole booming economically, it is also facing an engineering skills shortage.

In December we wrote an article discussing the current problems associated with the industry’s ageing workforce, where the average engineer in Britain is 54 years old. As a result, with an average national retirement age of 65, 50% of the entire engineering workforce could be set to retire by 2020. As a result the sector is facing a massive skills gap that is needing to be filled urgently.

To make matters worse, on top of this there has been a shortage in engineering graduates over the past 10 to 15 years, meaning companies can’t replace engineers leaving the industry quick enough, widening the gap. According to Engineer UK approximately 182,000 additional engineer graduates are needed per year until 2022.

Sir James Dyson has decided to tackle the skills shortage himself and is launching his own private university, the Dyson Institute of Technology, to ensure he is training up enough graduates to take over jobs at Dyson.

Additionally, not only is there a lack of engineers to fill current vacant roles, there are also many new engineering projects in progress which will create further demand over the next few years.

One area that is notably thriving is infrastructure engineering. British infrastructure projects are estimated to create a demand for 150,000 engineers by 2020 thanks to high-profile projects like HS2 and Hinkley Point C.

The Aerospace industry is also an area of fast growth and is expected to create 100,000 new jobs in the next 15 years.


The IT and technology industry

An industry that is growing at an even faster pace than engineering is the IT and technology industry. Since 2011, £28 billion has been invested in this sector and, as a result, the digital economy is growing approximately 32% faster than the economy as a whole.

This influx in investment has enabled a great deal of technological change and advance over the last few years and made the UK the European hub for tech companies. Subsequently companies such as Google and Facebook are now setting up their new headquarters in London.

Furthermore, on average one tech startup is born every hour in Britain, ready to disrupt the market. The nature of the disruptive tech market is pressuring tech businesses to keep innovating to avoid becoming obsolete overnight. For example, the rise of Artificial Intelligence is predicted to completely change the tech industry in the next decade. Other big growth areas are Business Intelligence and Data Science. And to keep up, companies are recruiting more and more tech experts.

It is predicted that there will be a rise in demand for cloud specialists, app developers and algorithm experts. Another prediction is that there will be an increase in demand in cyber security professionals, with the rise of Cyber-crime creating 3,500 additional jobs over the next two years.

All in all, if you are an engineer in IT or tech then this is a great time to be looking for a  new job. Alternatively, if you are looking for career change, looking for jobs in these sectors could be fruitful.

If you need any help and advice regarding moving jobs or changing career paths then contact CK Technical, the UK’s leading technical recruitment company.

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