With over 28 years' experience of delivering a wide variety of specialist IT resources, ECS has an unrivalled level of knowledge and expertise. ECS helps clients to find the right solution that meets their recruitment demands, adding immediate value and improving quality and service. Our five proven, bespoke products deliver a range of solutions for your specific resource requirements.
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The candidate provided by ECS was an excellent fit for our client. He more than matched the required skill set, which exceeded our client’s expectations on numerous visits to the client site. The client originally requested the candidate to scope the work required and was so impressed with his skills that they requested him to complete the project. He regularly participated in conference calls on our behalf and kept us fully up-to-date with the progress of the project. All the paperwork provided (during scope and sign off) was of a very high standard and was extremely detailed. I wouldn’t hesitate in using ESC, and the candidate provided, again.
Paul is an experienced first class resource management partner whose dynamic approach ensure he takes the time out to understand the needs of the business. Paul is extremely personable who holds high values which reflect in the flexible way he approaches his work. Paul operates with a high degree of integrity and constantly strives to go the 'extra mile' ensuring he does everything possible to stay ahead in a very competitive and challenging market place. Having worked with Paul on a number of key recruitment assignments over the past 10+ years I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul or The ECS Group to other organisations.
I would also like to say a big thank you, for all your great help and support throughout my duration with Computacenter at Barclays. You have always made yourself available (or called back very promptly), been incredibly cheerful and helpful and extremely efficient in every respect. It has been a pleasure to work with you, I would highly recommend you and ECS (including Kyle, who has also been great) to anyone looking for a contract role!
We have been working with ECS for several years and their service has always been excellent. Their understanding of the business needs and culture of our organisation enables them to provide us with high calibre applicants. I know when I interview a ECS candidate they have already been vetted as a suitable fit within our company. They have always been professional, honest and reliable and I would not hesitate in recommending ECS to anyone, working with Natalie, Gemma and the team is a pleasure.
Over the past two years I have worked with ECS on desktop deployments at Turning Point and the University of East Anglia, I have found the pre and post sales service to be highly efficient and have never felt “out of the loop” or “in the dark”, the individuals placed on site have always worked effectively as an extension of DTP and I would have no issues in placing them in any one of my customers.
Chris I would like to say where the relationship is between Ricoh and ECS. In the last 12 months the relationship has really blossomed and we at Ricoh have seen what a valued and strategic relationship can look like with a resourcing partner who really knows their stuff, took time to know us and now work side by side with our SME and sales teams. We are seeing significant growth in business because of it, so long may it last, my thanks to you and your staff for the service we are getting.
Natalie has helped place me at various contracts throughout my career in IT. Natalie will often send an email or call me to see how things are going on with my current work assignments whether placed through her or other agencies. Natalie is approachable, friendly and always willing to help. ECS/Natalie are one of a few agencies I always pass onto my colleagues when they are looking for work....keep it up!
Thank you so much. I am so please I cannot put my feelings into words! Thank you for all your support, I have worked with a number of agencies over the years, both personally and through business, and you have been absolutely fantastic throughout.
David is a rare find in the current recruitment agent market. Prepared to actually talk to you on the phone and keep you updated as to what is happening with your applications. I have badgered David to bits over a recent application, which resulted in a successful offer in place thanks to his help, and he has never once gotten tired of these constant questions, or "are we nearly there yet" annoyances! I would go back to David in a flash should I find myself on the market again (though hopefully not for a few years yet!!), or to help me recruit where necessary, and I believe anybody should consider using David to find them staff, or as an agent to find them work...
I learned quickly that I could rely on my contact (Marko) to respond quickly and efficiently to queries and keep me up to speed on progress. Marko went over the top in making sure I had clear and relevant information at each stage and provided a number of useful hints and tips in relation to key events, for example interview technique. As it turned out my application turned into an offer which I have since accepted. Experience tells me many will appear to have your best interests at heart when you look for employment, few however really care about the end result for you and my feeling is that ECS have this front and centre at all times. It’s been a great experience throughout and I would certainly use them again in future should the need arise.
I choose to work for ECS due to their openness and professional approach. ECS are always gunning for what’s best for me; negotiating the best rate and sorting out any issues that I may have before they actually become problems. I can always talk to someone and I don’t feel like I am always having to fight my corner or justify myself. As a professional, I need to concentrate on getting to the client and doing a fantastic job. ECS sort out the logistics, leaving me free to concentrate on what I have to do and at the end of it all, I am happy to say that I am representing ECS! I DO recommend ECS to others all the time! Faye is a consummate professional. She never sounds like she’s out of ideas, is phased or in any way put out. She is always willing to hear me out, talk through ideas and represent me to clients in the best possible light. Leave it up to Faye to sort out any issues that may rear their ugly head. She is my knightess in shining armour!
I would just like to acknowledge how grateful I am for all the dedication, support and professionalism you have not only shown to me but guided my process with over the past few weeks. From the initial call to every stage of the process of my three interviews, contracts, salary (to name but a few) you have been jovial, polite and relentless in your pursuit of me obtaining a fantastic role in a company I could not be more than happy in. ECS staff (major thank you to Matt Bryson) have also always been happy, polite and quick to remedy any situation. To be honest I don't have a lot of good things to say about most recruitment agencies (along with a lot of other people) but wholeheartedly would recommend your agency for an award if I could. Perhaps your agency could teach other agencies to lose the stigma of consultants and move with the times, interests, politeness, professionalism and happiness to work with, that you, Matt & ECS staff do. A massive thank you and much appreciation for helping me to turn my life around.
The ECS Group offers huge opportunities for you to develop your career within a team rich in experience and driven to succeed. ECS is a youthful, fast-paced environment - the aim is to work hard and enjoy ourselves! We have created an exciting working environment and a way of conducting business that enables personal ambitions to be followed and which actively encourages a forward thinking approach.
Changes by HMRC in April moved responsibility for compliance with the intermediaries legislation, known as IR35, from the individual contractor to a public body. HMRC hopes the changes will deliver an increase in tax generated of £400m, by targeting 20,000 public sector contractors who are now being taxed as employees (without receiving the accompanying benefits including sick pay and holiday allowances). Before April the onus on deciding whether a contractor lay within IR35 was on the individual contractor. Now, within the public sector, the responsibility is with the hiring company. This is making many employers much more cautious about employing contractors, in some cases no longer using them at all. Furthermore, new research has found that up approximately 70% of IT contractors have seen a decrease in income since the changes came into force, with some seeing a reduction of almost 30%. Finally, this is resulting in IT contractors leaving the sector in droves, which will ultimately result in brain drain, concerns over the delivery of projects, and fees rising for those contractors who choose to stay put. #ITContractor #Tax #IR35 #ITRecruitment #ITResourceRead More
Your company might be the “best thing since sliced bread”, but if you don’t focus on your employer brand, attracting high-quality executive talent might still prove challenging. Strong employer branding is becoming crucial in order to attract the best candidates. If their working style differs from your company culture, they may be reluctant to join you. If your company culture is completely unknown, this will be particularly true. Furthermore, today’s job seekers are looking for more than just a massive salary and bonus packages – however, this is excellent news if you are a smaller company. You may not have an enormous budget, but if you have a strong, appealing employer brand this can help you to win the top talent. When communicating your job vacancies, always ensure your company values, culture and lifestyle benefits are clearly visible. Doing this allows candidates to have a full understanding of what to expect if they were to join you. At the same time, you don’t want to set unrealistic expectations of yourself as an employer and the overall company – this can lead to the candidate feeling misled. So point out any challenges, in order that potential employees can prepare themselves. Moreover, if your employees feel misled and confused, this will not help your brand either. People talk – and you want your staff to talk about your organisation in a positive way, to increase the possibility of referral hires. If you don’t have a reputation as an impressive employer, the word can spread quickly, making candidates hesitant to apply for roles. According to recent research by Glassdoor, 69% of candidates would not accept a job with a company that has a poor reputation, even if this meant staying unemployed. Overall, a positive employer brand can save you both time and money, and show the “human side” of your company. Carl Bagshaw, Director, The ECS Group For more help with IT recruitment and resourcing, contact the team at The ECS Group [email protected] or 01676 545 100. #ITContractor #ITRecruitment #ITResource #EmployerBranding #BoostRecruitmentRead More
1. Fast progression The ECS leadership are strong believers in progression and making sure their employees are fulfilling their potential. Which means you never feel stagnant in your career and are always aware of the next career move ahead of you. All that is left is for you to put in the work and move up the ladder. 2. ECS Socials ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ We definitely don't want to be dull, so we work hard and play hard! As a company, we go for the usual after-work drinks a few times a month. We also have an annual Christmas party and regular fun social nights. 3. Work-life balance A healthy work-life balance is important and at ECS you don’t have to take your work home with you. Once you leave work, you can focus on your personal life and there is a great deal of flexibility in respect of holidays. We understand that there is life outside work and also, that sometimes the unexpected happens - we try to be an understanding and accommodating workplace. 4. No micro-management Everyone is trusted to get on with their jobs without management or team leaders breathing down their neck. No-one likes a boss who excessively scrutinises work and constantly checks up. Not only is micromanaging behaviour annoying, it can stunt your professional growth, so we don’t simply do it. 5. Team moral Good morale means employees are productive, collaborate better, miss fewer workdays, and feel more satisfied with work. Why wouldn’t we want this?! Of course we do, so we do everything we can to ensure morale is kept high. 6. Supportive team and management Regular team meetings, an open door policy with the directors and individual development meetings take place to ensure you are fully supported. If you need advice you are free to ask any member of the team, with the guarantee that you will get the help and answers you need. Competition is important for individual motivation, but teamwork is essential for a positive working environment. 7. Impressive clients ECS have worked extremely hard to secure well-known clients - making your job more enjoyable and a little bit easier. Roles with successful companies excite your candidates and supports the recruitment process. 8. Streamlined systems With our market-leading CRM and streamlined processes you have a platform that will allow you to be entrepreneurial and realise your true potential. 9. Variety of responsibilities Working for ECS allows you to have a varied role which increases your knowledge and skills. Having a variety of duties might mean you face challenges and problems, which we think it provides the best opportunities for people to grow, develop and reap the rewards. 10. Solid banter We cannot be accused of taking ourselves too seriously! This contributes to the relaxed, calm and trusting office culture we have. Because of this, we are able to have a laugh and our days go quicker. Everyone is like family here. #ITContractor #ITRecruitment #ITResource #WorkForUsRead More
Uncertainty over Britain’s Brexit deal appears to be beneficial for contractors. According to Contractor UK, it is believed that while the precise results of Article 50 being triggered remain unknown, contractors represent a “lower risk option” than full-timers. From a hiring perspective, the current uncertainty is likely to be less damaging to contractors than permanent employees who employers are likely to be reticent to commit to. A study found contractors in IT sector are to be on a higher rate after the EU referendum than before it, and to decreasingly be suffering rate cuts (about 19% of them last June, down to 17% recently). Although the uptick was only marginal — 20.5% of contractors upped their rates following the EU compared with 19.4% before it, the same trends have been found in Financial Services too. The demand for contractors in financial services remains resilient despite the pain felt in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, when the number of contracts reduced. In the IT sector business transformation projects related to Brexit will be of limited duration and require highly specialised skills, making them ideal for contractors and highly sort after. At Ship Shape we provide payroll for thousands of workers each week and count major blue chip end-hires and agencies amongst our clients. Ship Shape Accounting (ICAEW) are contractor accounting specialists and can help contractors legitimately save money with fees starting from only £79 pm. We also offer IR35 contract reviews and indemnity insurance. Call 020 7706 5250 for more information or a free initial consultation. #ITContractor #ITRecruitment #ITResource #BrexitRead More
With HMRC’s changes to IR35 Legislation in the Public Sector coming into force next month, many who are caught by this are moving from their own Limited Company to an Umbrella Company. Umbrella Companies handle their PAYE & NI deductions and remove the administration of contracting. With this comes the resurgence of companies calling themselves an umbrella company but in reality being anything but. Any genuine Umbrella Company operates full PAYE on your income and in some circumstances, allows business expenses for tax relief. A Google search will turn up multiple claims from ‘Umbrella Companies’ of take home pay in the region of 80-95%. This sounds fantastic at first glance, but unfortunately what sounds too good to be true usually is just that. Firstly, PAYE can never provide a blanket take home percentage. Many proudly display that they are “HMRC Approved” or “HMRC Registered”. To debug this myth, HMRC will never endorse any payroll scheme. Any HMRC registration number will most likely be a DOTAS (Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Scheme) registration. This means the scheme will be registered with HMRC and be awaiting investigation. This of course makes it far easier for HMRC to track and target users of these schemes when they do investigate. Hallmarks of such models are a low salary – between £8,000-£12,000 per year – with the remainder paid as a “loan” from a company or trust. In reality the loan is never repaid and is no different from taxable income. With minimal tax being paid on the salary (maybe £10 per week) and nothing on the loans, this means that on an 85% retention, the 15% left is the operator’s fee. This equates to over £1,000 per month for someone on £350 per day! HMRC regularly challenge these schemes and have a win rate at around 80%. They will aggressively pursue any workers using such schemes and punishments are not just for unpaid tax but interest & fines as well. They may also contact mortgage providers & push for criminal convictions. Information from HMRC on this can be found here. In a single year of using one of these schemes, a contractor on a £350 per day rate could potentially be looking at a bill of around £40,000 – that’s before any fines or interest are applied. Combine this with the high cost of legal representation and any knock on effects, as such we would strongly advise anyone considering such a scheme to think very carefully before committing. Most UK recruitment businesses will not engage with a provider who has neither undergone rigorous compliance checks or can confirm that all income is subject to UK PAYE and NIC. Promoters of such schemes are also likely to be caught up in the liability chain from April which places further risk on recruitment businesses who, however passively, engage with such models. PAYE Umbrella companies offer genuine employment, including the benefits of being an employee like Sick and Holiday Pay and management of your ongoing contracts. You are also safe in the knowledge that your tax affairs are handled accurately and efficiently, so HMRC will not come knocking one day in the future. For further information please feel free to contact NASA on (0117) 929 7683. #ITContractor #Tax #IR35 #UmbrellaCompany #ITRecruitment #ITResourceRead More
Traditional permanent recruitment focuses on live roles. While ECS provides this standard service, we go further: establishing strong relationships with candidates and contractors, and building loyalty. By understanding the motivation behind a candidate's search for a new role, and through getting to know our contractors well, we are able to provide each of them with a unique, personalised and fulfilling experience.
ECS provides a wide range of specialist IT reourcing services to IT solutions companies and end clients. These services come within five tailored packages: Consulting, Accredited, Skills Benches, Project Services and Talent Pool. ECS helps ciets to find the right solution that meets their recruitment demands, adding immdiate value and improving quality and service.