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Date Posted: 20/06/2018

Half of UK employers cant find skilled workers they need says REC

Despite the improvement in confidence in the UK economy this month, half (50%) of UK employers expressed concerns over the sufficient availability of candidates for permanent hire – up 8 points than in the same period last year, reported in this month’s Jobs Outlook report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

The sectors that were of particular concern to hirers were roles in the public service areas of health and social care and education. Those who recruit temporary workers, also shared this growing concern with two thirds (66%) of employers also worried about the availability of candidates – this was up from 32% in the same period last year.

The proportion of employers who believe economic conditions in the UK are getting better has continued to remain positive for the second consecutive rolling quarter. 32% of employers – up 2 points from last month are feeling more confident in the future prospects of the UK economy. Confident employers want to grow, but are held back from the lack of candidate availability.

REC director of policy, Tom Hadley, said, “It is great to see that employers are feeling more confident in making hiring decisions within their businesses. However there is a growing concern with the lack of candidates available for key roles, this is one of the biggest challenges facing the UK jobs market.

“With skills needs and candidate expectations continuing to evolve, employers are having to innovate to attract the right people, particularly when competition between businesses for candidates is intensifying. The government can help by ensuring the future UK workplace has the skills needed and put in place a balanced and evidence-based immigration system post-Brexit.

“It is encouraging to see employers continue to feel more optimistic about the UK economy which has translates in to having a positive impact on hiring intentions for both permanent and temporary staff. We want the UK jobs market to remain a success story but we must act now to address looming challenges that will impact on both demand and supply of staff.”



Date Posted: 31/05/2018

The Cathedrals Express 60103 also known as the Flying Scotsman passing Reading

60103 Flying Scotsman has been described as the most famous steam locomotive in the world.

Built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley, it was employed on long-distance express trains on the LNER and its successors, British Railways Eastern and North-Eastern Regions, notably on the London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman train service after which it was named.

The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.

Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2,076,000 miles (3,341,000 km), Flying Scotsman gained considerable fame in preservation under the ownership of Alan Pegler, William McAlpine, Tony Marchington and finally the National Railway Museum (NRM). As well as hauling enthusiast specials in the United Kingdom, the locomotive toured extensively in the United States and Canada (from 1969 to 1973) and Australia (from 1988 to 1989).

To find out more about Flying Scotsman trips with The Cathedrals Express,

To find out more about the Flying Scotsman, go to

Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.




Date Posted: 22/03/2018

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To obtain your registration appointment, please submit your CV and contact details via the job application page or contact page on this website. One of our consultants will contact you and confirm your appointment time.  You will need to bring your photographic ID, Confirmation of your work status, National Insurance Number, Referee contact details, Original licences or certificates, Bank details etc.

We look forward to meeting you but please make sure you don't waste your time by coming to the office without an appointment.

Please call MAS in advance if you need to change your appointment or need any assistamce during your visit.

In the meantime, keep in touch by telephone once your details have been submitted for consideration.


Date Posted: 15/02/2018

Did we have a crystal ball , whats the lottery numbers this week?

MAS published this article on 11th June 1999. 

Industry growth reaches £26 billion. 

More professional recruiters in Berkshire.

Flexible work - contract and self employed!

Next week the lottery numbers will be.........


Date Posted: 15/02/2018

Great News for your pocket!

From the 1st of April this year Temporary workers will be paid at least £7.83 per hour, a rise of 33p or +4% inrease to NLW if you prefer to calculate it that way. Unlike other suppliers of temporary staff, we pay all our workers the same rate even if they are under 25 years old!  We don’t discriminate on age (young or old ) and we certainly don’t discriminate on sex, religion or race, so come and work for the agency that cares for its workers regardless of their background.

Even more great news in addition to a significant pay rise - pension contributions paid on behalf of Agency workers will rise from 2% to 5% !! More than twice what it is now !!

"We welcome the rise in living standards brought about by the changes in the National Living Wage and hope that by going beyond the rate of inflation, workers will feel the benefit directly in their pockets."