Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire

Welcome to Ascendant Recruitment... deliberately different

If you’re looking for a high quality recruitment service that is friendly, professional and reliable, then you’ve come to the right place!

When it comes to choosing a recruitment agency, you will want to work with a company who:

  • Has your best interests at heart
  • Takes the time to understand your needs and works tirelessly on your behalf 
  • Returns your calls and always keeps you updated

At Ascendant Recruitment, we use our insight and expertise to provide a service that is deliberately different.

Since we started in 2003, we’ve established a reputation as a leading independent recruitment agency for Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas. During this time we've:

  • Helped over 300 local employers find talented new employees
  • Placed over 2,000 people into permanent jobs
  • Placed over 5,000 people into temporary roles
  • Maintained a 90% client retention rate

We're also proud of the fact that over 96% of the candidates we place into permanent roles pass their probationary period.

We have 5 specialist recruitment divisions: Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accountancy and Logistics.

Our offices are in Milton Keynes and Northampton and we recruit within the surrounding areas.

So whether you’re a job seeker looking for an exciting new opportunity or an employer looking for new talent for your team, please get in touch!

 

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Interim Payroll Manager
32,000 - 36,000 per annum

A well known Central Milton Keynes based client is looking to recruit an experienced Payroll Manager on an interim basis for 12 months. The salary for this role is negotiable dependant upon experience but will range between £32,000 - £36,000 per annum. Role Overview: To look after the running of high volume of multiple payrolls per week. To take over the pension compliance and the AOE as well as answering queries from the team. To manage the payroll team, running multiple payrolls on a weekly, fort-nightly, four-weekly and monthly basis. To Juggle an extensive timetable, complete and check on a day to day basis. Experience: Good Excel knowledge Must have experience with multiple payrolls or have worked in a payroll bureau setting previously. Proven experience in managing a medium sized team. The ability to work in a fast paced environment. A respect for confidentiality Excellent IT skills Preferably you will have worked on Sage line 50. Payroll Administrators Day to Day Roles (You will be overseeing and supporting): End to end payroll processing for staff across UK Process holiday, sick and maternity/paternity/shared payments Process and check starters and leavers payments Calculate overtime, shift/ on call payments and pay increases where applicable Communicate with branches across the UK to answer queries and ensure data is received on time. Answering staff queries, from all company owned branches, relating to pay Issuing P45’s and other tax forms Complying with relevant legislation and regulations; (e.g. RTI, PAYE, Pension Auto-enrolment etc.) Production and distribution of payslips Process all Attachment of Earnings; deductions, payments and correspondence. Filing and general office housekeeping/administrative duties for the Payroll department Managing incoming and out going post including franking. Process payment of Pension and monitoring of Auto Enrolment Produce reports monthly and when required for reconciliation and MI Process FPS and EPS Submissions to HMRC Assist with Statutory Year End Reporting and processing Other duties as required Please apply today! Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to get back to you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible and if you are shortlisted we will aim to call you within two working days. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent. Typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck!

Executive PA
£11 - £11

Are you an Executive PA? Are you available immediately? Our Client, a large corporate company, are seeking an experience Executive PA to assist them over the next four weeks. The role will require you to report to Executive Directors, manage their diaries and aid them in their roles. The ideal candidate will have; Proven Executive PA experience A real desire to go above and beyond Outstanding attention to detail The ability to work in a fast paced environment This role will require someone who is available to start work immediately! If you are an Executive PA, with a proven track record, then we want to hear from you! Due to the high number of quality roles we are working upon, we may not be able to call you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible, and if you are shortlisted by our client we will call you within 48 hours. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent, typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck!

Customer Service Executive
£8 - £8

Are you available immediately? Do you have a passion for delivering excellent customer service? Do you want to work for a well known brand? Our client, a well known brand within the automotive industry are seeking experienced customer service executives to join their busy team. This is a temporary role and an excellent opportunity to prove yourself within a very well known brand! Working in a busy team you will be responsible for supporting the company’s client and customer base with their day to day enquiries. Empathy, excellent listening skills and a calm and friendly approach are essential to fulfil this role. A strong customer- service background is required along with evidence of experience in resolving customer's concerns in a caring and understanding manner. Duties will include: Customer services Account Management Updating databases Dealing with enquiries Please apply today! Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to get back to you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible and if you are shortlisted we will aim to call you within two working days. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent. Typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck! As a result of the volume of applicants we receive we will be unable to respond to each of you. We will endeavour to respond to successful applicants (to this role) within 24 hours of your application. To keep up to date with all of our vacancies please follow us on twitter, like us on face book and register with us on our own website.

Legal Secretary
£8 - £9

Our Client, a well known law firm, are seeking an experienced Legal Secretary to join their busy team. This is a varied role and will require somebody who has had experience reporting into several fee earners. This particular law firm are looking for somebody with the following; excellent attention to detail digital dictation experience the ability to audio type an organised approach to work If you are an experience legal secretary and are looking for work in the proximity of either Milton Keynes or Bedfordshire, we would like to hear from you! Due to the high number of quality roles we are working upon, we may not be able to call you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible, and if you are shortlisted by our client we will call you within 48 hours. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent, typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck!

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Why are more employers hiring through the temporary-to-permanent route?

Most employers are no strangers to using temporary staff and know that they can be an invaluable resource for their business if used effectively, saving money and greatly increasing their ability to deal with the peaks and troughs of the economy. Traditionally, companies have used temps for project work and covering periods of staff absence. However, an increasing number of employers are now choosing to go down the temp-to-perm route for every single new recruit. There is some speculation within the industry that with the uncertainty following Brexit, even more companies will choose to recruit all members of staff in this way, until the post-Brexit landscape becomes clearer.

How does temp-to-perm work?

In most cases, the temporary worker undertakes a role for an agreed period of time (typically 12 weeks) with a view to being taken on as a permanent member of staff at the end of this period, assuming both parties are still happy. If the person or role is not working out for any reason during the initial period, either party can terminate the contract at any time, allowing the employer to quickly find someone else who is more suitable if necessary.

Why go temp-to-perm?

Many employers favour the temp-to-perm route rather than going straight to permanent employment because they benefit from the following: Fast turnaround times: Recruitment agencies who specialise in temporary staff will use their extensive network of candidates to supply reliable people who have the necessary skills and experience and can typically start immediately. Try before you buy: The temp-to-perm route is an extremely reliable form of recruitment insofar as it allows you to observe how someone performs in a role before you commit to offering them a permanent opportunity. If, for any reason, the person selected isn't working out, you can take action quickly to replace them with someone more suitable. Peace of mind: You will often find that a temporary worker has already completed other assignments for their recruitment agency and comes highly recommended.

What potential pitfalls are there of going down the temp-to-perm route?

There can potentially be some downsides to choosing the temp-to-perm route, if not handled correctly: Disruption: Hiring a poor temporary worker can cause disruption to the workplace, waste time and reduce productivity if you don't bring in someone who is going to be suitable for the long term. Smaller talent pool: The reality is that people rarely leave permanent employment for a temp-to-perm opportunity as they would consider this to be a risky move. People in permanent employment also tend to be on a longer notice period and will not be able to help with your immediate requirements. Lower levels of motivation: If the temporary employee is uncertain about the likelihood of their role becoming permanent, there is a risk they will be less motivated and could still be on the lookout for other permanent opportunities. On the flipside of this, you could find they are MORE motivated - after all, they know that if they prove to you how good they are they will be rewarded with a permanent job when the temporary contract has come to an end! The good news is, these pitfalls can be easily avoided by putting the following steps into practice: Be thorough: If you want your temporary employee to become a permanent member of staff, it's worth taking the time to recruit them with the same level of care you would when recruiting a permanent member of staff. Take the time to interview them thoroughly and make sure you use an agency who will provide you with references. Be clear with your expectations: Make sure your temp is aware from the very beginning what is expected of them and what they need to achieve in order to make this position permanent. This will give them a focus and you a way to evaluate their performance. Make them feel welcome: It might sound obvious but if your ultimate aim is to make the position permanent, you must do everything you can to ensure your temp wants to continue to work for your company once the temporary period has expired. By making sure their experience of working with your company is positive from day one, you should find that your talented temp will want to stay as much as you want them to.

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Six tell-tale signs you could be about to lose your best employee

How many employees in your office are currently unhappy or planning to leave? If you believe the answer to be none, it could be time to take a closer look! Earlier this year the Job Exodus Trends Survey reported that almost half of UK workers will look for a new job at some point this year and there are various other reports that have been published with similar findings. Last year a study from the AAT found that the average worker will work for at least 6 different companies during their lifetime, highlighting that that the average tenure of a job is shorter than it was in previous generations and a 'job for life' is a thing of the past. While you're unlikely to know with absolute certainty that your employee is searching for a new opportunity, here are six common tell-tale signs to watch out for: 1. They stop trying: Is your previously upbeat, proactive member of staff suddenly displaying more of an attitude? Have their productivity levels dropped and the standards of their work slipped? Are they less than willing to take on new projects where they would have once relished the opportunity of a new challenge? If the answer is yes to any of these then they may well have lost the passion for their job and be looking elsewhere. 2. Their pattern of behaviour changes: Has your once-conscientious team member become indifferent to their work? Are they arriving late and leaving early? If they suddenly start booking odd days of annual leave at short notice or taking their lunch break at unusual hours, it could be a sign they have interviews lined up or are registering with recruitment agencies. 3. They start dressing more smartly: If you notice that one of your employees suddenly has occasional days when they dress much more formally than usual, it could be an indicator that they are attending interviews, especially if combined with extended disappearances and doctor's appointments! 4. They constantly check their phone: If your team member is frequently checking their phone and regularly rushes outside to make and take calls, this is another tell-tale sign they could be looking for another job. 5. They start complaining lots: If you start to notice regular complaints from one of your members of staff which would previously have been out of character, it's worth trying to get to the bottom of this straight away. This could be one of the first indicators they are ready to make a move to another company. 6. They go through a major life change: Whether it's marriage, divorce, a bereavement of a loved one, children starting school, reaching a milestone age or anything else, a major life change could also lead on to a decision to change jobs or even move to a different career path. As managers we must support our employees through these times and also be aware of the changes these events may bring. These are six common indicators that an employee could be looking for a new role. However, it's worth being open minded that there could be other reasons for each of these factors. As a manager it is crucial to take the time to build relationships with your team members to understand their motivations and earn their trust so they feel they can approach you if something is bothering them.

Building a pipeline of talent

There are lots of methods you can use to help improve your staff retention rates and keep your superstars for as long as possible. You can read one of my blogs on employee motivation here. That said, however well you look after your staff, at some point you will inevitably need to replace someone, sometimes for unforeseen reasons. This is why it is important to have a succession plan in place to minimise disruption and to help build your team of the future. You can read my blog on succession planning here. In many cases, when someone moves on it can be an opportunity to find someone even better and boost the productivity and the future prospects of your business.

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