COVID-19 has been an unprecedented situation, the likes of which the modern world has never seen before.
We understand this pandemic has had a major impact on everyone and will continue to do so in the future. It has impacted us as individuals and how we interact with one another and made us truly appreciate the human bonds that are at the core of everything we do. It has transformed business processes and cultures in the space of weeks and will no doubt create new working landscapes moving forward.
We have compiled some resources to help support you in any way possible throughout this time.
If you would like to talk about the current job market, please get in touch with our team on +44 207625 3300 or email email@example.com and we will be happy to share our insights.
Thank You Key WorkersOn behalf of Australasian Recruitment Company we would like to say a big thank you to all the key workers who put themselves on the frontline for all of us. We are all doing our part to stay alert and stay safe, but it is our key workers who were busy day and night helping to care for us, feed us and continue necessary transport and deliveries.
- Action on Addiction
- Diabetes UK
- Cultural Sanctuaries (Environment)
- Run the River (Education)
- Cancer Research UK
- Alone in London (London youth homelessness – organised by our friends at Gala on the Green)
- Mana Aroha (a London-based charity helping strengthen Maori and Pacific Island communities)
COVID-19 Gov.UK Resources
Mental health and wellbeing
Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Mental health help lines
Free skill building
Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills
Find coronavirus financial support for your business
Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business
Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
Affordable tips setting up remotely – for your quick start temporary role in London
When I first moved from Auckland to London in 2016, I had a suitcase, a backpack and only my iPhone tying me to the digital world. For most people travelling, a smartphone will be more than enough to get you to your airport gate, help you ask ‘what sort of meat is this’ at the local supermarket and help you navigate back to your hostel from the fun, yet dodgy part of town where you found yourself in the wee hours.
Arriving at my new job, I was given a computer, a desk and all the stationery and support I needed from my new team in London. This was in 2016, and we are now living in a very different world during/after COVID-19. This got me thinking, what can you do to best help yourself secure a new job in London remotely and get started?
Recruitment Company – and not just Australasian!
How times have changed! Over the last 17 years, we have placed thousands of temporary, contract, temp to perm and permanent staff of all nationalities at London’s premier organisations with office support roles. Our name has endured, but the multitude of nationalities (including Brits who have embraced the gig economy, and those who have been willing to make themselves immediately available, and to be genuinely open for temporary work) has exploded.
This is particularly relevant as we look at what is unfolding in 2020. Thousands of candidate’s CVs will be a mess – this year and next. They are likely to be “jumpy” to say the least. Our message is two-fold:
- We are here to help as we have always been, regardless of nationality.
- Employers will forgive jumpy CVs while uncertainty reigns. They will know redundancies happen; they may well have been made redundant themselves.
Is it the Right Time to Move to London Yet?
For everyone across the world, COVID-19 has put a pause on most plans for 2020, including those who had hopes and dreams of moving overseas to begin their exciting new life in London. For those stuck in their home countries with plans to relocate to London on hold, how do they know when the right time is to make the move?
Hello Euro Summer 2020 Travel Begins Again and the London Job Market Starts Moving
On 3 July 2020 it was officially announced by the UK Government here that ‘Travel Corridors’ have been opened.
What does this mean? Those returning to/visiting England from countries on the Travel Corridors List will no longer be required to self-isolate on arrival as of the 10 July 2020 and the advisory of ‘all but essential’ international travel will be removed for exempt destinations. Always check the Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice for more information.
What Does This Mean for the London Job Market?
Australasian Recruitment Company’s Payroll Service
Here at Australasian (remote) HQ we are seeing a cautious but steady increase in recruitment activity and some of our clients are beginning to hire again. In addition to this, we have also seen a rise in the demand for our payroll services. Australasian Recruitment Company have been providing a payroll service for years, but due to companies now being short staffed and needing to find time-efficient business solutions, many are seeing the benefits in outsourcing their payroll.
If your internal team are stretched, or as a business owner you are looking for a simple and more cost-effective solution for payrolling staff members, then reach out to Australasian Recruitment Company today and we can take care of that for you. Our business operations team have over 15 years of payroll experience and can relieve you of the entire payroll process, as well as navigate the upcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on your behalf.
From London to New Zealand…and Back Again During COVID-19
As things start to calm, we reflect on the many ways we were affected and one of those being some were stuck unintentionally on the other side of the world.
One of the Australasian Recruitment team members Wade recalls and summarises the perils of travelling from London to New Zealand…and back again when the COVID-19 pandemic hit globally causing cancelled flights and turning a 2 week visit home into an 11 week lockdown.
Trading Up Down Under – What 5 Things Can We Look Forward to in 2021?
Wednesday 17th June marked an auspicious day for the future of UK, Australian and NZ relations – the day when free trade negotiations between the three countries (and beyond) were officially launched.
These discussions are also likely to pave the way for the UK to be included in the wider Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade agreement covering other countries including Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and Vietnam.
So what are the implications for relations going forward between the UK, Australia and New Zealand?
Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
On the 1st of March the UK government released the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and this was when we all learnt the word “furlough” for the first time, a word that has now become a household term. Many employers around the country have made use of the scheme as a way to alleviate the high costs of wages during these uncertain economic times and to do everything they can to avoid making staff redundant, a decision no employer ever wants to make.
The scheme has now been extended again, but with some important changes this time, so we have summarized some points below and also include a key dates infographic provided by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Visa and Sponsorship Information During COVID-19
One of the many things that spent time in confusion during the escalation of COVID-19 was people’s rights to work in the UK. Perhaps you were already in the UK and your visa was due to expire, or you were trying to get to the UK. Even employers who were planning to sponsor migrant workers were left with little information until the Home Office made its announcements, as helplines were closed down due to the pandemic.
Working from Home During COVID-19 – Update
Now we are a few weeks into our new remote working lifestyles we can use a bit of retrospective wisdom and reflect. In our latest blog “Working From Home – The New Normal” we discuss navigating through what didn’t work, arriving at what does work and thinking about what’s next on the horizon.
COVID-19 Through the Eyes of a Parent Working From Home
I believe it was shortly after the historic pasta and toilet paper riots when working parents around the UK suddenly had their two worlds collide. Almost overnight lockdown forced us all to work full time jobs from home while at the same time, nurseries and schools around the country closed down one by one.
How long until we reach prosperity again?
Since the Great Depression came to an end in March 1933, there have been twelve recessions (around one every seven years) and their average length has been eleven months. The Great Recession (1929 – 1933) lasted for three years and seven months, whilst the Great Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008-2009 lasted for 18 months.
COVID-19 commenced in March 2020, so the good news at least is that we already have 3 months out of the way!
Furlough life. The good, the bad and the ugly.
In the UK, businesses have been fortunate enough to be offered the support of interest free business loans, and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employees, with the hope and view to avoid having to make difficult and drastic decisions in response to real time market changes. Although furlough is not an ideal situation for the employer or the employee, it can be taken in light of different aspects.
We gathered some feedback on how furlough has affected various workers in London; a usually busy and bustling city. When no longer working and the city is in lockdown, what do you do?
Deciphering the Government’s advice for a safe office environment during COVID-19
Australasian Recruitment Company has been working alongside many of our clients to assist in ensuring that the workplace is safe for the return of our temporary workers.
Here are the key takeaways from the government’s advice:
Should I stay or should I go?
If your employer asks that you return to work next week or next month, “should I stay at home or should I go in?” is probably the first question which will come to mind.
This is hardly surprising given the Government’s conflicting advice on the subject. A huge 27 million people tuned into Boris Johnson’s address and judging by what our candidates are telling us, they were left with more questions than answers.
Are we being “actively encouraged to go to work” or is it “if anybody can work from home, they should”? Should we “stay at home” or “stay alert”?
The transition of working life post COVID-19
COVID-19 has changed the way we do, well everything in life. I don’t think you would be alone in wondering how you will adjust to ‘normal’ life post COVID-19, including going back to the office after a few months of working from home.
Like many other Londoners you probably live an extremely busy life normally and that has all somewhat come to a screeching halt (maybe it was a blessing in disguise for you if you’re looking at the silver lining). The problem is that now your body and brain are used to no commute, the gym is at your house and your socialising is all done from your phone at home. It will be hard to convert back to ‘normal’ life, there is no doubt about it.
How to successfully conduct virtual recruitment and on-boarding during COVID-19
COVID-19 is changing the way we do things in everyday life, especially in business and some still need to continue with recruitment despite the current climate. Virtual recruitment for now is the only solution in this case and it can be a daunting thought bringing someone on board that you have never met in person.
However, virtual recruitment and on-boarding is not a completely new process for many businesses and may even pave the way for the future.
How to continue your career development during COVID-19
COVID-19 has caused somewhat of a freeze frame for many countries around the world and this has drastically affected life plans, including career progression. Many are facing holds on promotions and offers or unemployment. However, even though the job market is somewhat non-existent at this current point in time, it does not mean you cannot work on your career progression preparing for when things begin to have movement once again.
Wellbeing during COVID-19 and your new daily routine
The world is facing a global pandemic like nothing we have ever seen before, it puts our health, finances and homes at risk. Not to mention that during what might be one of the most concerning periods you have had to endure, you are stuck at home and have little to no social contact with your support network.
This is a time where those not so much affected by mental health before are also feeling the strain. That is why we have put together some tips on how you can look after your wellbeing during COVID-19.