Here you'll find news about Alexander Ash, our staff and anything that affects the way we go about helping our clients and candidates.
Wednesday 15th February 2012
Alexander Ash Consulting join APSCo
Alexander Ash Consulting are pleased to announce our affilication to APSCo. The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) is the professional body representing the interests of recruitment organisations engaged in the acquisition of professionals, on behalf of their clients, either on a permanent or flexible basis.
APSCo membership provides companies with a wealth of benefits and real competitive advantage. They are constantly enhancing and expanding the scope of their expert legal services, and as such Alexander Ash have now decided to enlist their guidance on negotiating the minefield of employment and recruitment legislation in order to better protect our clients and candidates alike.
This now entitles all of our clients and candidates to a greater legal offering, detailed description and explanation of personalised legal and contractual documentation, culminating in what we believe to be an improved level of client services, making any journey into employment through Alexander Ash a smooth and easy ride.
To read more about APSCo and their services, please visit:
"We are pleased to announce our affiliation with APSCo thus showing our continued commitment to stay abreast of new regulations and compliance measures to the benefit of both our clients and candidates" Ian Alexander (Director)
Saturday 15th October 2011
AWR (Agency Worker Regulations) Legislation 2011
AWR (Agency Workers Regulation) comes into force from 1st October 2011. Alexander Ash is committed to developing its processes to ensure the new regulations’ efficient implementation.
For a more detailed explanation and to find out how this could affect you, please read the APSCo Guide to Agency Workers Regulations 2011-2012:
Alternatively, feel free to contact Alexander Ash directly to discuss the new regulations, we are happy to provide further information on 0207 688 8440.
Thursday 19th May 2011
Alexander Ash, change and transformation specialists, launch new website
Alexander Ash Consulting, the change and transformation recruitment specialists for banking, technology and consultancy, are proud to launch their new website.
Since 2005, Alexander Ash have been successfully delivering recruitment services to both clients and candidates alike and our new website has been developed to continue servicing all professionals at the highest levels and includes a number of new features.
During several months of work, our new website has been redesigned and rebranded, with a view to making it more accessible, efficient and practical. We now provide some powerful features, including direct access to all our clients' latest job opportunities, a search engine built to give you quick and targeted answers that correspond precisely to your expectations and the latest news and information from the job markets.
Because we are not only job providers, you'll also find information on the website about our company and the specialist services we provide, our people and what we do, salary surveys to help you see where you are relative to the market, and testimonials from our prestigious clients.
Finally, we'll provide you with much practical advice: how to prepare and be a success at interviews, write a good CV and how to take advantage of some financial products to protect yourself and your business.
Whether you are seeking employment or looking for resource in the technology and consultancy sector, you'll find everything you need on our new site. Come visit us, send your CV or request a callback and one of our consultants will contact you to guide you through our recruitment process.
Thursday 7th April 2011
We're now on Facebook and Twitter
You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To stay in touch with our latest job roles and news from the market, join us now!
Saturday 12th March 2011
City job applications leap 35% year on year
The number of City staff applying for new jobs has leapt 35% in one year according to Alexander Ash Consulting, the leading financial change recruitment firm.
Alexander Ash says that they received more than 5500 applications from City staff looking to switch employers in February 2011, compared to 4075 in February 2010.
The figures also represent a 20% rise on the 4600 applications in January 2011.
Alexander Ash points out that an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with bonuses is prompting City staff to consider a change in jobs.
Ash Bhopal, Director at Alexander Ash Consulting, said, “With the vast majority of banking staff now aware of their bonus payment, this typically kicks off the annual City hiring season as investment bankers consider their salary expectations and career opportunities.”
“Whilst some City workers – many of whom are the rainmakers and star traders – will be enjoying very lucrative bonuses this year, the mood regarding bonuses for most City staff is far from content.”
Says Ash Bhopal, “Dissatisfaction about pay is inevitable amongst such a hyper-competitive cohort as investment bankers – they see bonuses as the way to keep score and they hate to lose.
Because of the banking crisis employers have not had to be so wary of staff defections over the last three years’ bonus rounds but this year it seems back to service as normal.
Let’s not overplay this – we are not seeing bank staff hand in their notice en-masse. But if a banker doesn’t get the bonus she or he had hoped for then they see it as sign that they are undervalued by the employer and they are starting to look at their options elsewhere.
Staff attrition is always a headache for City employers during the first quarter of the year, but we are hearing anecdotal evidence of some investment banking departments bracing themselves for staff turnover in excess of 20%. A large portion of new vacancies on offer will be to counteract this staff churn."
Areas in demand
Ash Bhopal says, “The growing turnover in derivatives is fuelling demand for experts in many classes of these products. Regulatory, financial and risk related change staff are in high demand as banks prepare for the implications of Basel III for their balance sheets."
He adds, “Banks are looking to maximise revenue opportunities and are investing in FX and commodities. Currencies and commodity prices have continued to remain highly volatile, which has meant an ongoing surge in business volumes for traders in these sectors."
Tuesday 1st February 2011
Refer a friend and receive the latest iPad 2!
Alexander Ash Consulting are always looking for companies or candidates that could benefit from our services. Do not hesitate to refer someone on our website. If we go on to place this individual, you will be rewarded with an iPad 2 or £250!
Alexander Ash are experiencing increased demand in 2011 and are happy to reward individuals for any referrals passed over, so please get in touch with one of our consultants should you have any further questions.
Saturday 15th January 2011
Alexander Ash Salary Survey 2011
Alexander Ash provides you its updated salary survey for 2011 in the financial, technology and consulting sector with predictions of continued growth.
Alexander Ash have seen the UK recruitment market improved significantly in 2010 as confidence returned to the market. Hiring volumes were far higher than in 2009 and competition for talent intensified during the year as employers sought to secure the best candidates.
As permanent hiring freezes from 2009 were lifted and businesses were given the budget clearance to hire, we saw a significant increase in recruitment activity during quarters one and two. Investment banking firms were particularly active in this period, with hiring in operations functions at levels last seen in 2007. Compliance was also a key recruitment focus for many financial services firms due to extensive FSA regulatory action and Bank of England transformation.
Job flows among commercial organisations increased month-on-month and we saw a significant increase in recruitment activity among FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 businesses. Encouragingly, many of the roles recruited for were growth-focused as employers looked to take advantage of improving market conditions to drive existing margins.
We saw an increase in candidates receiving multiple job offers and buy-backs from their existing employers – indicative of growing competition for the best people and a general talent shortage across the market as many professionals continued to favour the job stability of their existing roles.
Ian Alexander, Director at Alexander Ash Consulting, said, “We have seen from the recent salary survey for 2011 that increasing confidence is returning to the market. As new budgets are signed off, we expect headcount approvals to be granted and recruitment levels to rise. With market confidence also set to improve, more professionals will explore new opportunities – particularly once many receive their bonuses early in the year."
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