Hello and welcome to the fourth HR and recruitment insights of 2023!

Let’s delve into the latest updates that you should be aware of.

How to attract better talent in 2023

April 4

There is no denying that the recruitment space has changed, in particular the search parameter for talent. Candidates are still applying for roles, but the recent ‘apply anyways’ trend doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best candidate for the position.

There was once a time when attracting talent was confined to a defined location whereas recent years has seen that space open up to a whole region, country, or even globally.

Whilst many industries have experienced recruitment challenges over recent months, research by KPMG and REC indicate that candidate availability has risen for the first time since early 2021.

With that being said, how do you ensure that you stand out as an employer to attract better talent in 2023?

✅ Discover our seven top tips to help you attract better talent in 2023 in our latest blog post.

How to navigate the additional bank holiday this May

April 2

With the King’s Coronation on Saturday 6th May 2023 and the announcement of the extra bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023, it’s no surprise that many businesses have been considering how to navigate this to meet business needs.

If your business is yet to make a decision about the extra bank holiday and communicate this to your teams, below is some further information to consider.

Monday 8th May 2023

When it comes to the extra bank holiday on Monday 8th May, businesses should treat this the same as any other bank holiday.

However, when it comes to the automatic entitlement to this bank holiday it’s important to review the exact wording in your employees contracts.

Many employment contracts state the exact entitlement of public/ bank holidays an employee will receive per year. For instance, if an employee’s contract states a time off entitlement of “8 public/ bank holidays” per year, they do not have automatic entitlement to this bank holiday. Whereas if a contract states an entitlement of “all public/ bank holidays” the employee does have automatic entitlement to this extra day off.

It is up to you as the employer to decide if you will give this day as paid leave to those who do not meet the automatic entitlement.

If your business is remaining open on the 8th May, you should remind employees who wish to take the day off to follow the normal annual leave request process.

How does a HR system improve efficiency?


Implementing a HRIS (HR Information System) can be invaluable to businesses of all sizes to ease managing HR administration all in one easily accessible place.

A HRIS improves efficiency and saves time by allowing you to:

  • ✔️ Report on key HR metrics
  • ✔️ Manage holiday requests and keep track of annual leave entitlement
  • ✔️ Safely store employee documents in one place
  • ✔️ Have your employee handbook and HR policies in one easily accessible location
  • ✔️ Track and manage data
  • ✔️ Manage sickness and other absences
  • ✔️ Manage employee expenses

We can certainly see why the HRIS market has grown substantially over recent years!

We are proud HR software specialists who are able to support you and your organisation with the selection and implementation of a fit for purpose HR system.

If you are currently using pen and paper or spreadsheets to manage your people data or simply want to explore HR software features, click here for a free 14 day trial of Breathe.

Candidate availability has risen for the first time since the beginning of 2021

April 3

Candidate availability has risen for the first time since the beginning of 2021 according to the most recent UK Report on Jobs survey by KPMG and REC.

Whilst this should benefit recruitment efforts for businesses in the coming months, how could the ‘apply anyways’ trend negatively effect the hiring process?

✔️ Explore this People Management article to discover the impacts of the ‘apply anyways trend’ on recruitment here.

Here at Norton Loxley we are a full-service HR and recruitment consultancy with a modern, fresh and commercially focused approach to delivering outsourced HR and recruitment.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can find the perfect solution to drive your business or organisation forward.