Stay Home, Stay Safe

We hope that you and your family are in good health at this unprecedented time. We wanted to make you aware that Prime Appointments are working hard to protect as many of our temporary workers as possible who meet the current government criteria for furlough leave. Please read the guidance in the link

What is the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

The Chancellor has introduced a “Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme”, this is to protect temporary workers who meet specific government criteria and have faced lay off as a result of the virus. The Scheme allows an employer who pays staff through the PAYE system to retrospectively claim a grant from HMRC to cover up to 80% of average pay, capped at £2,500 per staff member per calendar month. Prime Appointments will pay 80% of your average pay.   

In order to claim from the scheme, Prime Appointments must first identify which temporary workers can be furloughed. Qualifying temporary workers furlough leave will last initially for 3 weeks from the date they last worked for our client, the duration will remain under constant review dependent on Government advice.

What is furlough leave?

Furlough leave covers temporary workers who meet the government criteria and remain under contract on payroll, but are not working because the employer (the client you worked for) does not have work for you to do as a result of the virus. We are paying temporary workers who meet the government criteria 80% of their average pay, up to a maximum cap of £2,500 per calendar month.

What happens now?

The advice from the Government and our governing body the REC is changeable, making it difficult to provide certainty for our temporary workers. We will email temporary workers who have met the government criteria to advise that they have been ‘furloughed’.

How are we supporting our candidates?

Permanent Candidates

Business as usual here, keeping calm and carrying on! We are busy scheduling interviews with clients using skype and other remote tech so please continue to apply for our vacancies in the usual way. 

Temporary Candidates

We are working with our clients to ensure that like us they are following strict hygiene standards at all times, with hand sanitiser stations, disinfectant sprays and alcohol wipes at work stations, reminding staff to wash their hands regularly.   

What happens if I need to self isolate?

If you need to self isolate due to you or a family member having symptoms you must call us 01376 502999 or email your consultant to advise on the first day that you do not report for work.

We will advise your placement supervisor so that they can take additional precautionary measures if needed.

As the situation evolves, we continue to follow advice from the UK Government:

Our team are on hand to answer any questions you may have by telephone on: 01376 502999 or by email on: [email protected] 


Top tips to ace your home interview

1. Look at the camera, not the screen. Looking directly at the video camera is the only way to maintain direct eye contact with your interviewer.

2. Dress the part. Treat your Skype interview like an in-person interview and dress professionally from head to toe.

3. Prepare your surroundings. Pick a quiet place to interview.

4. Close other programs on your computer. Make sure all other windows on your computer are closed (especially if they make noise).

5. Use notes. Have a cheat sheet in front of you.

6. Avoid interruptions!

7. Watch your body language. Be sure to have good posture and relax.

For more tips on interviewing read our blog

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