ema increasingly uses a range of on line tools for screening interviews and assessments as part of a recruitment process, however as the coronavirus takes hold and forces everyone to seek alternative ways of conducting their business – recruitment is no exception. With current day technical solutions recruitment activity can still be facilitated through a wide range of on line products for example Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Team amongst others and these are great tools - HR teams will be embracing technology to meet your recruitment requirements now and going forward - so here are the….
27 March - 2020
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20 March - 2020
Interviewing by Skype
ema increasingly use skype for screening interviews and assessments as part of a recruitment process, however as the coronavirus takes hold and forces everyone to seek alternative ways of conducting their business – recruitment is no exception. With current day technical solutions, recruitment activity can be facilitated through Skype – so here are the….
Set up Skype or the alternatives such as Zoom etc.
It sounds obvious but be sure to set up and share your contact prior to the scheduled interview. Go through an online tutorial if new to using Skype, Zoom or any other package.
12 March - 2020
The government have yet to provide detail on when this will be implemented but in summary:
Statutory sick pay will be paid to all those who choose to self-isolate, even if they don’t have symptoms. This is to support the government’s containment phase of the virus to dissuade employees from coming into work despite being ill.
Sick notes will soon be obtainable by contacting 111, instead of attending a doctor’s appointment.
Firms with fewer than 250 staff will be refunded for sick pay payments for two weeks for employee unwell with the Coronavirus.
Contributory employment Support Allowance benefit claimants will be able to claim sick pay on day one, not after a week. The aim of this incentive is support those on zero hours contracts or part of the ‘gig’ economy in getting access to benefits quicker if they are unwell.
18 March - 2020
Covid-19 – Working from Home
ema continues to monitor closely the situation and is following all relevant government and WHO advice to ensure that we are ready to adapt to the latest guidance. The ema team are now working from home as our first priority is the health and wellbeing of all our employees, their families, clients and stakeholders.
13 February - 2020
New statutory rates that will apply from April 2020 - what you need to know
National Minimum Wage (NMW) Rises:
NMW rates will increase on 1st April 2020 as follows:
The national living wage hourly rate for workers aged 25 and over, will increase from £8.21 to £8.72.
5 February - 2020
Calling for HR big data – 2020
Housing HR professionals have the opportunity to take part in the sector’s largest benchmarking exercise on pay and reward.
ema consultancy, which provides HR, governance and pay guidance to more than 200 providers each year, has run The Total Reward survey since 2014. It captures comprehensive trends in benefits, flexible working, pensions and anticipated pay increases. Last year more than 100 providers took part.
22 December - 2019
20 Thoughts for 2020
18 December - 2019
Trainee Board Members - All Locations
30 October - 2019
Ten case studies to capture board experiences
A new report has launched today, aimed at improving board diversity within the housing and not-for-profit sector.
ema consultancy, one of the sector’s longest-standing HR and recruitment specialists, has captured the stories of ten female board members, with a view to encouraging candidates from a variety of backgrounds to apply for governance roles.
15 November - 2019
Housing sector pay predictions for 2020/21
Pay in the housing sector is predicted to rise by an average of 2.5% in 2020/21, according to a survey of almost 60 housing organisations.
ema consultancy, one of the sector’s longest-standing recruitment, HR and governance specialists, has asked providers for their pay reward information each year, for the last three years. To recognise this anniversary, it is launching a pay and reward benefits club to help providers compare performance and insight.
1 October - 2019
ema consultancy appoints new management consultant
One of the housing sector’s longest-standing recruitment, pay and HR specialists has appointed a former housing director to its team, following a period of strong growth.
Susan Richardson joins the ema consultancy team as managing consultant after more than 13 years at Parkway Green and then Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. A Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, Susan most recently held the role of Executive Director before joining ema consultancy.
23 August - 2019
Merger staffing issues – What could possibly go wrong? And how to make sure that it doesn’t!
Anne Elliott, Managing Director at ema consultancy Limited…
It is widely acknowledged that mergers often fail because of the people and cultural issues. But are employers giving this enough thought soon enough?
A deeper analysis of the picture suggests that it is not generally the regulation, technical or financial issues that go wrong, it is the ‘people’ aspects. This can lead to poor staff morale and significantly affect working relationships.
Not getting the ‘people’ aspect right means that staff may not buy in to the change, possibly leading to the merger failing or the newly merged organisation having to battle in its early years against a background of residual staffing issues.
26 June - 2019
A Guide to Increasing Diversity in Housing
ema consultancy is delighted to launch our latest report today, looking into practical actions those working in and for the housing sector should take to improve board diversity.
Research by our team last year into housing board diversity showed that only 37% of board roles were held by women and only 32% had female chairs.
24 August - 2019
Why are men over represented as board chairs
Why are men over represented as housing association board Chairs?
EMA examined the boards of 80 randomly selected housing associations and found women make up 37% of Board Members and only 32% of board Chairs are women, and this drops to a measly 20% of Chairs of the audit committee. (This is one of the most important board roles, as this committee oversees the organisation’s financial reporting and controls.)
20 June - 2019
Can succession planning address the gender pay gap?
The CIPD recently reported that 52% of companies who filed their 2nd year gender pay data indicated that the pay gap has increased in favour of men, compared with 40% who have seen an increase in favour of women and the 8% who saw no change. Within housing the gender pay gap is circa 8% in favour of men, however very few organisations have filed for 2018/19 and it is too early to see if this has changed significantly, but at ema consultancy Limited we suspect not.
19 June - 2019
Feeling the benefit: survey shows how housing providers are attempting to win war on talent
Average pay in the housing sector rose by 2.3% in the period 2018/19 and health-benefit packages are on the rise, according to a new survey on pay and benefits.
The 2019 Total Reward Survey – carried out by ema consultancy Limited, a company that provides recruitment, training and governance services to more than 200 housing providers each year - aims to give an accurate picture of the benefits and pay packages on offer.
18 April - 2019
Employer branding in the housing sector
Employer branding is a major topic for many organisations these days, including housing providers.
With many sectors facing talent shortages, and often equivalent pay and benefits packages on offer, it’s more important than ever that employers can differentiate their brand to attract the best quality candidates.
HR expert Anne Elliott of ema consultancy Limited answers some frequently asked questions on how to build and maintain a strong employer brand.
5 April - 2019
Appraising your Board
We all know that the expectations placed on Boards has escalated hugely over the last decade. The Boards of today are almost unrecognisable from the Boards we knew then. Often now purely skills based, mostly paid, and – supporting this professionalism - robustly appraised…. or are they?
13 March - 2019
Call for housing sector HR to help benchmark benefits
Housing HR professionals are urged to take part in a sector-wide survey, designed to compare how providers are attracting and retaining talent.
The Total Reward survey - run by ema consultancy Limited, a company that provides recruitment, training and governance services to more than 200 housing providers each year - aims to give an accurate picture of the benefits and pay packages on offer.
7 March - 2019
Why attracting talent is a thorny issue
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, according to Romeo at least. But it seems a name or brand change does heavily impact on how candidates view potential employers.
Specialist recruiter and governance expert Anne Elliott of ema consultancy Limited has noted a significant shift in what attracts or repels someone from a role.
3 January - 2019
New Year, New Role, New You
As 2018 draws to a close many of us will personally be reflecting on the last year and considering what we achieved and what we could do better or more of in 2019. For many, this will include setting ourselves objectives to progress our career or stretch ourselves further.
3 January - 2019
Board New Year Health Check
As we enter 2019, we are presented with an opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the future. After what is likely to have been a short break from their Non-Executive responsibilities, no doubt your Board will be returning to their duties with a refreshed energy and a desire to contribute effectively in 2019.
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