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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
October Report on Jobs
The latest Report on Jobs from KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which Cavill Robinson contributes to, came through this week. James Stewart, Vice Chair for KPMG commented: "Brexit uncertainty continues to take its toll on the jobs market, evident by the quickest drop in permanent placements in over three years as employers delay hiring staff. Given the current climate, it’s not a surprise but is still a concern to see that the demand for staff increased at the slowest rate since 2012 – and that people are reluctant to seek new roles. On the plus side however, the latest decline in staff supply was the least marked for over two and a half years amid greater competition, softening the pressures on pay. “Looking ahead and with investment also contracting, businesses desperately need clarity on Brexit outcomes in order to re-build confidence in the jobs market and be able to make more informed decisions on their long-term hiring plans.” Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: “Today’s figures are a sobering reminder to politicians of all parties that national prosperity relies on businesses creating jobs and growing careers. Britain’s record on jobs is world-leading. It’s a key part of our economic success, with recruiters at the forefront of it. And there are still great opportunities out there for those looking for a new job and a boost in earnings.But all this rests on business confidence – the confidence to invest, to hire someone, to try something new – and it’s clear that things are getting harder. Permanent placements have now dropped for six months in a row and vacancy growth is slowing. While we continue to benefit from the flexibility of our jobs market as demand for temps holds steady, today’s survey emphasises the real world impacts of the political and economic uncertainty businesses are facing. “The first priority should be avoiding a damaging no-deal Brexit and giving some stability back to British businesses, so they can drive the prosperity of the whole country. " Jeanette Robinson, Managing Director of Cavill Robinson Financial Recruitment said: The Cambridge market is seeing some slowdown due to the current uncertainties around the political situation but the main issue for recruiters is people deciding not to change jobs as they view it as a risk in the current climate. This combined with an unemployment rate below the national one means that for those companies seeking new staff, it is still imperative to think carefully about salary levels to attract good candidates. Overall, we need the politicians both in Westminster and Brussels to come to an agreement on the way forward so that businesses can be clear of the way forward.
Are promises about The National Minimum Wage sustainable?
When the National Living Wage was originally introduced, it was not supposed to cripple businesses whilst at the same time ensuring that employees were paid fairly. We now have both Labour and the Conservatives promising significant increases. The Conservatives have pledged to raise the National Living Wage to £10.50 within the next five years and to reduce the age for those who receive it from 25 to 21. Labour meanwhile wants to increase it to £10 an hour and to include all workers under the age of 18. Whilst it is truly commendable that both sides want to end low wages, there is a third element in the equation and that is the companies who are expected to find this extra amount - and it will not just be the extra amount for the lowest paid. In order to keep a differential between workers, they will no doubt be faced with pressure to increase the wages of all employees. This is on top of all the other employment costs, which have been loaded on to them in recent years. These include the apprenticeship levy, previous increases in the National Living Wage and added pension costs. It seems that government and opposition alike have the impression that money grows on trees and all businesses have to do, is to reach up to the branches to pick some off and hand it out to deserving workers. Sadly, this is not the case and for many smaller enterprises or in those commercial areas where margins are small such as the retail sector, further large increases to staffing costs could be the straw which breaks the camel's back. Job losses could occur so that the books can be balanced and people could find themselves out of work, rather than feeling wealthier. In addition, the costs of paying people more will have to be passed on to the consumer resulting in inflation. Raising people's wages is a laudable ambition and an apparaent vote winner but politicians need to be careful that in zealously pursuing it, they don't actually achieve the opposite and put people out of work. Have a good week. Jeanette
Is the future a four day week?
There has recently been talk in the press of the Labour Party, backed by the Unions wanting people to only have to work a four day week and for companies to still pay them as if they were working for a five day week. It would be lovely to think that this could work and in some lines of work, with the efficiencies which technology can bring, it might do. If it could be made to work, it would allow people to balance their lives more, particularly if they are carers either of elderly parents or children. However I think in many cases there would be major hurdles to overcome. It would create recruitment issues in essential services where there is already a shortage of qualified staff, such as the NHS. In addition, firms would need to be sure that the same level of productivity was reached in four days as in five in order to be able to pay the same level of salary. This is not a straight forward issue at all and if it were to be introduced needs to be thought through carefully. I'm sure, though, that people thought the same when weekends were introduced and now we take them for granted. It will certainly be interesting to see whether it becomes a workable proposition at some stage in the future. Have a good week. Jeanette Robinson