Month: September 2015

“We Are NOT Pier Recruitment Agency Ltd”

Wales Online, Local Press, Recruitment Press and the Tabloids have recently highlighted adverts used by a Company called “Pier Recruitment Agency Limited” on their social media accounts which caused controversy in the Industry that many people felt to be tasteless and unprofessional.

Unfortunately for us our recruitment business has similar name (Pier Consulting ltd) and already we have had a number of calls from concerned clients, candidates and the media mistaking us for the company in the news.

We would like to clarify that Pier Consulting Limited has no connections at all to Pier Recruitment Agency Limited.

We adhere to all legislative requirements and pride ourselves on our reputation and expertise gathered over 50 years of combined experience operating for 10 years in the Construction Recruitment Market supporting our valued clients and Workers.

We are a member of the national professional body for recruiters in the UK, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, and adhere to their code of conduct which sets the highest standards for ethical behaviour in recruitment.

Recruitment is a people business, trust is paramount to our success. 

We really hope jobseekers and employers in Building, Housing, Construction, M&E Building Services and Engineering Industries don’t confuse us with the company whose adverts have come in for considerable criticism.

National Minimum Wage Increase 1st October

The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice – you must be at least school leaving age to get it.

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
2015 (from 1 October) £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
2014 (current rate) £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

*This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

The rates are usually updated every October, so the current rates apply from October 2014.

National living wage

From April 2016, the national living wage will be £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and older. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.

Employer checks

It’s a criminal offence for employers not to pay someone the National Minimum Wage or to falsify payment records.

Employers who discover they’ve paid a worker below the minimum wage must pay any arrears immediately. Use the National Minimum Wage calculator to work out arrears.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers have the right to carry out checks at any time and ask to see payment records. They can also investigate employers, following a worker’s complaint to them.

If HMRC finds that an employer hasn’t been paying the correct rates, any arrears have to be paid back immediately. There will also be a penalty and offenders might be named by the government.

It’s the employer’s responsibility to keep records proving that they are paying the minimum wage – most employers use their payroll records as proof. All records have to be kept for 3 years.

You will be able to read all the information on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) here  and the forthcoming National Living Wage (NLW) here