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Is your business serious about attracting and retaining skilled workers?

PUBLISHED: 16:15 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:21 31 May 2016

The team at HR consultancy and specialist finance recruiter Seymour John

The team at HR consultancy and specialist finance recruiter Seymour John


HR consultancy and specialist finance recruiter Seymour John, look at the requirements for achieving strong staff retention

Job satisfaction levels in the UK have fallen to their lowest levels in over two years and job-seeking intentions have risen to almost a quarter of employees according to the latest figures*. Whilst economic uncertainty across the globe certainly plays a part, businesses need to re-think their approach to employee career management, to ensure they engage and retain staff.

23% of employees believe their organisation’s performance management processes are unfair

27% are dissatisfied with the opportunity to develop their skills in their job

36% of employees say they are unlikely to fulfil their career aspirations in their current organisation

CIPD/Halogen survey*

*CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook report, which surveyed over 2,000 UK employees in February and March 2016

With their extensive expertise, broad network and strong regional presence, specialist recruiter and HR Consultancy, Seymour John, has formed integral partnerships to address these business-critical issues. Working across the South West, South Wales and the Midlands, Seymour John recognises the synergies evident between HR consultancy, recruitment, talent development and employee engagement, utilising clear insight and honest advice to discover and nurture potential within their clients’ organisations.

The HR consultancy team, led by Kate Hardcastle, support clients with strategic HR and business improvement services, specialising in culture, change management, organisational design, reward and recognition, employee engagement and talent development. The team are subject matter experts from a diverse range of sectors and HR environments, driven by delivering appropriate and successful outcomes.

Having worked for 14 years within corporate, SME and consultancy roles, often with specialist requirements and changing environments, Kate is well placed to help individuals, leaders and businesses perform to their potential.

James Fleming, Group HR Partnering Manager at NFU Mutual said ‘Seymour John offers a whole lot more than an HR Consultancy service. In the last six months they have become a trusted and respected partner for our HR Department, bringing insight, dynamism, focus and a fresh approach to our HR Team. Leading into 2017 we plan to collaborate with them on a variety of projects, to include resourcing excellence, policy review and a cultural audit. In addition, Seymour John will work with us to lead organisational change activity that will ensure the continued success of our business’.

Despite talent acquisition being recognised as a priority, employers could still do better at empathising with individuals’ personal development needs, aspirations and work–life balance. Seymour John is helping many clients adapt to this new candidate-driven landscape through cultural audits, talent development programmes and internal knowledge transfer.

Kate Hardcastle, Associate Director at Seymour John commented that the team are “continually assessing, tailoring and improving their techniques to talent acquisition and management. It is vital that our clients mirror this approach in the current market to maintain their competitive edge.”

In Gloucestershire and the surrounding area, Associate Director Emma Hughes and Consultant, Louisa Seymour have built a strong reputation for delivering on mid-senior level finance appointments across a range of sectors, including industry, financial services and not-for-profit. With a combined experience of over twenty years, they have been instrumental in providing tailored solutions, both on an interim and permanent basis.

Emma’s consultative approach and service through proper engagement has always been held in high regard by her clients, with one Finance Director of a FTSE 250 company stating “I have been in the position of recruiting some 125 people in various accountancy positions. As you can imagine I have a wide breadth of experience in dealing with recruitment specialists, I have to say without reservation that Emma is the best I have ever dealt with.”

Seymour John was established in 2012 by Emlyn John and Mark Seymour. The firm have doubled their headcount during this time, recruiting six additional consultants into the business over the last 12 months. In the next financial year they are aiming to reach over £3 million turnover, with plans to grow the team by a further 50% across the group.

To find out how Seymour John could help your business, contact Kate Hardcastle at kate@seymourjohn.com / 07720 826414 / 01684 856839 or Emma Hughes at emma@seymourjohn.com / 07872 142465


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