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Date Posted: 07/05/2019


As one of the leading independent recruiters across the South East, we pride ourselves on being updated, educated and informed.  This does not mean we have crystal ball, despite some previous news items, we look, listen and manage memberships to organisation and professional bodies, to ensure we can deliver a professional service whilst following UK legislation, being fully compliant and coupled with REC best practice.

The REC in association with Fragomen, Del Ray, Bersen & Loewy LLP part of Fragomen Global LLP have now given Rec members full guidance regarding the current and future employment analysis with regards to BREXIT.

For those employers working with us, we are able to provide a detailed analysis of your permanent and temporary staff supply plans,  whether there is a deal or with no deal, the options are now more clearer than ever.

Please call direct 0118 9588383 where we can  put your mind at ease.  Alternatively you can email our directors office at with any questions you have.





Date Posted: 01/04/2019

NLW rates increase with effect 1st April 2019

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the new increased rates of National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). The increases will affect 2.4 million workers. These new rates will be effective from 1 April 2019.

From April 2019, minimum pay rates will increase as below.

NLW (workers aged 25+) — from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour.

NMW rates:

workers aged 21–24 — from £7.38 to £7.70 per hour

workers aged 18–20 — from £5.90 to £6.15 per hour

workers aged 16–18 — from £4.20 to £4.35 per hour

apprentice rate — from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour.

A full-time worker aged 25 and over on the NLW will therefore receive an annual pay increase of £690.

At MAS all our workers enjoy the 25+ NLW rate as a minumum pay rate, not matter what age or gender.   



Date Posted: 22/03/2019


There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Schemeto continue living in the UK. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019.

source: UK Government website 13/03/2019 


After 29 March 2019 if there’s ‘no deal’

The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 brings across the powers from EU Directives. This means that workers in the UK will continue to be entitled to the rights they have under UK law, covering those aspects which come from EU law (including those listed above except where caveated below). Domestic legislation already exceeds EU-required levels of employment protections in a number of ways. The government will make small amendments to the language of workplace legislation to ensure the existing regulations reflect the UK is no longer an EU country. These amendments will not change existing policy. This will provide legal certainty, allowing for a smooth transition from the day of EU exit, and will ensure that employment rights remain unchanged, including the employment rights of those working in the UK on a temporary basis, except where set out below.

The UK government will continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure workers’ rights continue to operate across the UK.

In the following cases, withdrawal from the EU in a ‘no deal’ scenario has impacts on participation in agreed arrangements with the EU which benefit all EU countries:

  • Employer Insolvency: Currently, UK and EU employees working in the UK are protected under the Employment Rights Acts 1996 and Pension Schemes Act 1993(or the relevant legislation in Northern Ireland on employment rights and pension schemes) implementing the Insolvency Directive, with procedures in place for making claims in the case of employer insolvency. Similarly, UK employees working in an EU country are protected by the laws of that country that implement the directive.
  • European Works Councils: Currently EU law allows for workers to request, in certain circumstances, that their employer establishes a European Works Council to provide information and consult with employees on issues affecting employees across 2 or more European Economic Area states. These rules are set out in the European Works Council Directive (2009/38/EC). The statutory framework that applies to European Works Councils would require a reciprocal agreement from the EU for them to continue to function in their present form within the UK.


In a ‘no deal’ scenario, there are no expected financial implications or impacts for citizens or businesses operating in the UK (whether UK or EU-based) in regard to workplace rights. There are some implications in relation to European Works Councils and the insolvency of some employers, laid out below.



Date Posted: 21/01/2019

Minimum Pension Contributions increase 6th April

In accordance with the Pensions Regulator we will be increasing Employer and Worker pension contributions on 6th April this year.

This increase will mean that MAS will make a contribution of 3% to your NEST scheme whilst the worker will make an increased contribution of 5% as part of the Auto Enrollment pension services we provide.

If you need more details or wish to discuss your options you should contact NEST direct quoting your scheme number via the phone or their online service centre.


Date Posted: 11/01/2019

MAS Recruitment - Trademark

MAS Recruitment Ltd is now the proud owner of the intellectual property represented as MAS Recruitment.

To mark our 30th anniversary, we set about to protect our brand and the status of MAS Recruitment.  There are of course several impersonators on the www but now thankfully there is only one MAS Recruitment and there always will be.

If you have come across any firm or person claiming to be connected to or associated with us, or using the name MAS Recruitment or similar,  please email your findings to

In the meantime be rest assured, if you are reading this then you have reached the real MAS Recruitment and our reputation for sound and reliable recruitment services is at your finger tips.