This week, Britain will decide whether we should stay in, or leave the European Union. In the final run-up to the vote, national polls have forecast a different outcome almost every week, making it difficult to predict what will happen on June 23. A recent survey conducted by Staffordshire and Cheshire-based recruitment agency Brampton Recruitment suggests almost 40 per cent of business owners across the two counties think existing jobs will be at risk if Britain was to leave the EU.

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As part of our dedication to recruitment in the local community, we have recently visited Werrington Primary School to provide the students with advice on different job roles in business. Senior Recruitment Consultant, Vikki Cave visited the school in June to discuss the personality traits most compatible with management, sales, customer service, engineering and accountancy roles.

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How will leaving the EU affect the financial job market?

With only a few weeks to go until the EU referendum, there is still a great deal of uncertainty on how Brexit could affect our job market. Here, Charlotte Walker, Branch Manager of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester recruitment specialist Brampton Recruitment, explains how the financial job market could be affected by examining a recent report by PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC).

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Recruiting in periods of high growth Managing change isn't an easy process for an SME, even if is created by a positive stimulus, like growth. Recruiting during this time is both necessary and tricky. Do you promote existing staff and hire younger people to replace them, or look for senior new recruits for manager positions?

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Richard Branson is renowned for offering his employees more flexibility, including the ability to dress down, work from home and take unpaid leave if they wish. However, Virgin Group recently hit the headlines for holding a corporate day where all employees were asked to behave in the way many traditional firms require. This included formal business wear, using titles when addressing their colleagues and refraining from making personal calls during working hours.

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Getting to grips with shared parental leave

In a hope to banish the outdated stereotype that women are more likely to take time off than men when a new baby joins the family, the UK government has recently changed the way parental leave works. Parents are now able to share the 52 weeks leave after having a baby or adopting. While new parents have praised the new system, trying to decipher what their employees are entitled to is causing UK employers a bit of a headache.

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