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Minimum wage increase 2019

On the 1st of April, the National Living Wage (NLW) and Minimum Wage are set to increase again, with the NLW increasing by nearly 5%. The rates, which are reviewed yearly by the government, are advised by the independent body Low Pay Commission and rise to match inflation.

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What it’s like to work in a call centre

Everyone you speak to will have a different opinion of what working in a call centre is like, but believe it or not the negative stereotypes aren’t always true. Working in a call centre can be rewarding and fun and provide you with the skills to kick start your career.

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Driver training programme now open

Specialist recruitment and training provider, Bluestones Staffing NI has launched a programme to provide training to people wanting to launch a successful career in logistics and distribution and help combat the current LGV driver shortage in Northern Ireland.

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Bluestones Staffing celebrates first anniversary

Specialist staffing and training provider, Bluestones Staffing is celebrating its first anniversary throughout the whole of February. 

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Bluestones Staffing welcomes new consultant

We’re very pleased to announce Christina Wroot has joined the Bluestones Staffing team. Christina has joined us at a time of business growth and will be running our industrial desk in her role as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant. 

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Bluestones Staffing partner with Henderson Foodservice

Specialist training and staffing provider Bluestones Staffing NI has partnered with a leading food service provider and The Grocer Employer of the Year to offer people throughout the Newtownabbey, Larne and Greater Belfast area with industry-recognised qualifications and employment opportunities.

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Seasonal Opening Hours

Here at Bluestones Staffing, we understand that just because it’s the Christmas period our candidates and clients don’t stop and neither do we. So, over the seasonal break, we are fully contactable – either via email or on our main office number 028 95 219313.

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Don’t be scared: Why newly trained staff are great

We know it can be scary to employ newly trained staff or qualified workers – are they up to the job? Do they have enough experience? But trust us, it doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience. The positives of bringing a newly trained or qualified candidate into your team far outweigh the negatives.

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Why it’s great to live and work in Northern Ireland

Obviously, we’re biased, but we think it’s great to live and work in Northern Ireland. Not only are the people brilliant (again, we’re biased!), but the job opportunities in the country are booming and it’s the “happiest place” to live in the UK.

This is why we think Northern Ireland is the best place to work and live.

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Benefits of working with small agencies

There are over 100 recruitment agencies in Northern Ireland, so for a company looking to pick an agency to help them with their staffing needs, it can be difficult to choose between the many options available. Is it better to go with a large-scale company or a boutique agency? Having worked in large and small companies, Bluestones Staffing Directors, Debbie McDermott and Kieran Allmark know that both small and large agencies have their advantages. “In our experience, clients often seek a mixture of smaller and larger agency suppliers for their business.” Debbie says, “This means that they can benefit from the strengths of both models, and ultimately it is up to the agency supplier to source the best candidates for them.” Just like David v Goliath though, sometimes small triumphs and comes out on top for clients.

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Bluestones Staffing and Lemis + partner

Specialist recruitment and training provider, Bluestones Staffing NI has launched a programme to help the unemployed back into work and combat the logistics driver shortage in Northern Ireland.

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Why should you attend a recruitment open day?

What’s the point in attending a recruitment open day, anyway? There are so many reasons why attending a recruitment open day is beneficial and could be the key to starting your new career.

People may see recruitment open days as a tool companies use to get as many applicants for a job as possible, but they are so much more than that and can be a positive experience for both the company and prospective candidates.

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Bluestones Staffing launches Warehouse Operative training programme

Bluestones Staffing has launched its unique 4-week training and employment programme in conjunction with The Department for the Economy.

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Exciting Training and Employment Programme now open

Bluestones Staffing NI has partnered with The Department for the Economy to provide specialised training designed to equip unemployed people with the skills needed to compete for new job opportunities.

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Top CV writing tips

When you come to write your CV or update an old one, it can be overwhelming. What should I include? How should I lay it out? What should I leave out? It doesn’t have to hard task though, there are some simple CV writing tips can you follow to ensure you are application ready.

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Celebrating the launch of Bluestones Staffing NI

Do you want to treat yourself to afternoon tea? How about wine and dine a loved one? You might get a chance to with our competition!

To celebrate the launch of Bluestones Staffing NI, we’re giving you the chance to WIN* a £50 gift card to spend as you please at La Mon Hotel and Country Club.

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EU suggests UK driving licences won’t be recognised after Brexit

Yesterday morning (Thursday 23rd February), the European Commission released a presentation that included the suggestion that after Brexit, UK driving licences won’t be recognised in the EU. This would also include the end of mutual recognition of vehicle registration documents and certificate of professional competence for drivers.

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Changes to fines for commercial drivers

From the 5th March 2018, the rules around fining drivers for committing driving hours offences are changing. When the new rules come into effect, if you’re caught you could be fined up to £300 and can also be prosecuted or have your vehicle immobilised. It won’t just apply to offences committed that day, but anytime the rules are broken in the last 28 days, meaning the fines can be huge.

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Bluestones Staffing NI launches

A former recruiter and retail manager have joined forces to launch a specialist recruitment and training company based in Belfast.

Directors and co-founders Debbie McDermott and Kieran Allmark launched Bluestones Staffing NI to provide everyone from job seekers to local businesses and blue-chip companies with unique training and outsourced staffing solutions. The business specialises in providing bespoke, tailored staffing provision to the logistics, retail and manufacturing sectors and is now Northern Ireland’s first specialist retail staffing and training provider.

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