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Our founder, Jeanette Robinson, set up Cavill Robinson Finance Recruitment in 1992 to provide professional accountancy recruitment for Cambridge and its surrounding areas. Today we have an exceptional reputation for providing a thorough and first class service to our clients, which range across a broad spectrum of industries and organisations in the local region. We value the strong and in many cases long lasting relationships which we have built up and appreciate the business which our clients and candidates entrust us with. Please read our Recommendations Section to see what clients and candidates have to say about us and how we work.
I have known and worked with Jeanette on recruitment in a number of businesses for over 25 years. She is very thorough and professional in her approach and the team that work with her are friendly and helpful. Jeanette has an extensive knowledge of the recruitment industry and also the recruitment market in Cambridge, which is invaluable in finding the best candidate for the position."A Professional Approach" Colin Faiers : Head of Accounting and Finance - Sidney Sussex College
I have had the pleasure of working with Cavill Robinson on a number of occasions over the past few years and would have no hesitation in recommending them. They provide a very professional service. I am particularly impressed with their methods that ensure that they only put forward carefully selected candidates that meet the selection criteria. Their hands-on approach ensures that they fully understand both the candidates they are putting forward as well as our company, which includes understanding the culture of our organisation and appreciate that this is an important factor."They understand the culture of our organisation" James Martin: Head of Finance -The Technology Partnership
Savills use Cavill Robinson as their preferred agent for recruiting accounts staff because they have a proven record in matching candidates to both the role and the culture of the organisation in which the candidate is being placed."A proven track record" Andrew Tucker : Head of Finance - Savills
Having found the recruitment process more time consuming over the last few years and having had some rather bad experiences with agencies, Cavill Robinson are a refreshing change. They do more than just send CV's, as care is taken from every perspective to make sure they know in detail our requirement and from an applicant's view, what kind of employer we are. Recruitment is a two way process so it is important the "best fit" for both us and potential employees is the focus rather than just sending lots of potentially unsuitable CV's for us to review. Applicants are interviewed and screened prior to being recommended for interview with us thereby making sure we have a considered selection of suitable candidates resulting in our recruitment process being streamlined and efficient. Their approach is always very professional and I am happy to recommend their service to other organisations considering using an agency either now or at some stage in the future."A refreshing change" Sherry Woolsten: Director - The Payroll Services Company
Having dealt with a few employment agencies, I found Cavill Robinson to be by far the best. Jeanette was professional whilst being very warm and friendly, she had a genuine interest in me as a person as well as a client and I didn’t feel our initial meeting was so much an interview as a chat with a friend. I actually found my new role via the first application I made with Jeanette, she has the know how to present you, both skillset and background wise, in the best and most honest way to the potential employer, so if you’re looking for a new role definitely give Cavill Robinson a call.A Genuine interest in me as a person - Karen Summerbee
I’d like to commend the team at Cavill Robinson for the professional way they have dealt with all aspects of my temporary placements over the last two years. The placements I’ve had over that period have consistently met my requirements; from timespans and income, to ensuring that my levels of experience could be used by Cavill’s clients, making me feel that I made a worthwhile contribution in helping with their immediate needs."Placements met my requirements" Robert Sabak
Vital information for Trainee Accountants!
I have been recruiting this week for three trainee accountant posts for a reputable firm in the local area. Both they and myself have been despairing of the calibre of CV's which we have been seeing from graduates trying to get into accountancy, which is what is prompting me to write this blog. The standard of spelling and grammar on the CV's, we have been receiving is to put it bluntly, poor. There are a two key issues where this is concerned and they are: 1) If you want to be an accountant, attention to detail is all. If you can't pay attention to detail on your CV, then there is not much hope for you being given a trainee role by any employer in accountancy. 2) If you are going to communicate in business, then you need to make sure you can write clear English and both spelling and grammar ensure that this is the case I would urge you then, before you send your CV anywhere to check it, check it again and then get someone else to check it. Do not rely on the spellcheck or your computer for grammar help. I look forward to receiving some better quality CV's in the future. Have a good week. Jeanette
May/June UK Report on Jobs
Cavill Robinson are one of 400 agencies nationwide contributing to the Report on Jobs. Produced by the REC and KPMG, which gives a monthly update of the state of the jobs market. James Stewart, Vice Chair of KPMG comments on this month's job market as follows: Brexit uncertainty continues to dampen the jobs market as companies kept their recruitment decisions on hold in May. Permanent staff appointments fell at a slightly faster pace than in April, while subdued confidence ensured that growth in temporary billings hit a six-year low. “Of increasing concern is that uncertainty is feeding through to weaker growth in job vacancies, while the supply of candidates fell sharply as people are becoming more risk averse with regards to switching roles. Relatively muted trends for permanent staff vacancies were seen across the board, with retail, construction and executive/professional hit particularly badly. “We expect the labour market to remain in stalemate over the summer as the contest for a new Prime Minister kicks off. Companies are unlikely to make any dramatic investment decisions until a new leader is in place and have more insight on the future direction of Brexit.” Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: “The jobs market is still creating opportunities for those looking for work. With vacancies rising and starting salaries going up sharply, it is worth people talking to recruiters about that next step in their career. “Overall, though, the survey again shows what uncertainty does to hiring plans.." Jeanette Robinson, Cavill Robinson's Managing Director adds: "We must remember that this is a nationwide survey covering all aspects of recruitment. Our fee income this year has leapt by 61% so we are not seeing any Brexit slowdown in finance or in the local area. There are however severe shortages of quality candidates to fill vacancies. Often this is caused quite simply by companies paying below the market rate and not moving swiftly enough when they do see a good candidate. When we have vacancies paying a good salary and clients who move quickly, we usually fill the roles even in these difficult market conditions."
How jobs change through time
I spent last weekend in Shropshire on the border of Wales, where my great great great grandfather and his father came from. My mother has researched our family history and I was struck by the changing pattern of employment in our family reflecting the history of this country. My great great great great grandfather was an agricultural labourer working at a farm in Shropshire. His son was a miner. Presumably that meant more money but a shorter life. He moved firstly to Walsall and then to Hyde in Cheshire presumably for work and better prospects but we don't know how he moved that great distance. Did he walk or as it was the early years of the railways, did he have the money to travel by train? Either way, he was prepared to travel far further than a lot of people today to find work. My grandfather was a welder. This was the height of manufacturing in England and during the war he welded pieces for Spitfires. My mother remembers him working such long shifts during the war that he would fall asleep taking his socks off! My mother as the daughter of working class parents benefited from Balfour's Education Act, which for the first time gave free grammar school education to those who couldn't afford it, as did my father. My mother became a teacher, which was seen as a step up the social ladder for someone from her background. It was also one of the few opportunities open for bright girls like her at the time. The others were nursing, being a librarian or a secretary. Her daughter, me, now runs her own business, has foreign holidays and owns her own property and car. It made me wonder what my great great great great grandfather would say if he could compare his lifestyle with mine. It also made me wonder where we shall all be in four generations time. How jobs will have changed by then and whether we shall have continued our climb or be going backwards? It is certainly quite incredible to me that in a mere four generations, our family has prospered the way it has.. Part of it has been down to politicians with vision, who did the right thing to help the working class escape from their social situation and part of it has been down to individuals seizing those opportunites. I sincerely hope that today's politicians at some stage can offer a strong vision for the future so that ordinary people can continue to progress. Have a good week. Jeanette