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Fraud warning – Ghost workers

The Invoice Finance Sector has seen a significant increase in cases of ghost workers. This typically involves a fraudulent company approaching a legitimate recruitment company and requesting they put workers through the payroll that aren’t legitimate. What are ghost workers and how can they have an impact? It’s the Director’s and owner’s responsibility to ensure […]

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State of recruitment market

Introduction: Most sectors saw a quieter 2023 compared to the heady recruiting sprees post pandemic. Economic uncertainty hung in the air, the cost of borrowing increased significantly and labour shortages continued.  So, what will shape 2024 for the recruitment industry? Various factors such as technological advancements, economic shifts, and the aftermath of global events from […]

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5 Things to consider when placing contractors internationally:

1: Obtaining specialist advice on the country that you are wishing to place the worker: Every country has its own laws on residency and tax, so it’s recommended that you seek the advice of a specialist in the relevant country. There are many Umbrella companies that offer such specialist advice and tailored payroll services for […]

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The Hidden Costs of Recruitment Funding

Throughout our 9 years of operating in the recruitment funding world, we’ve had thousands of conversations with recruitment agencies and some of those have been partnered with competitors of ours. One thing that frequently comes up in conversation is hidden fees, or extra costs. Here’s a selection to be aware of: – Subscription / Platform […]

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What to do at renewal stage?

When approaching the end of your recruitment funding agreement, you may be unsure of what to do. It’s the perfect time to take a step back and assess how your funding partner has performed for you throughout the partnership. You may feel the solution you have in place is acceptable and renewing is the simplest […]

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Get ready for launch in 2024!

Starting a temporary recruitment agency in the UK in 2024 presents unique challenges, considering the dynamic nature of the job market and the specific trends within the temporary staffing sector. However, that shouldn’t put you off.  Being Captain of your own ship can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience.  At QUBA Solutions, on average, we […]

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2023 takeaways

For many, 2023 has been a challenging year in recruitment. There has been a downturn in placements, costs have increased, and insolvencies have been on the rise. But it’s not all doom and gloom, there’s been some positives to 2023 with newly formed businesses flourishing despite the economic knock backs as well as established agencies […]

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The end result of holding temps’ payroll; Conduct Reg Breach

We hear stories (fairly regularly unfortunately) about recruitment invoice financiers refusing to pay their agencies’ contractors / temps. This is obviously an awful situation to be in and very stressful for the agency with temporary workers relying on them to be paid. There is no legitimate reason why this should happen but, when it does, […]

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The importance of bad debt protection

What is bad debt protection? Bad debt protection is insurance against your end clients that covers your business if the client were to become insolvent. Why do I need it? It is crucial for you as an owner of a recruitment agency to have credit insurance in place with your end clients. If you don’t […]

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Could your supply chain cost your business a six figure tax bill?

Umbrella companies are used regularly by recruitment agencies across the UK to pay temporary workers. Unfortunately, very few business owners are aware of how this can potentially lead to corporate insolvency or even personal bankruptcy. Quite frighteningly, recruitment agencies can be hit with a huge bill from HMRC if an Umbrella company in their supply […]

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Why a recruitment funder should be a UK Finance member?

UK Finance is the collective voice for the banking and finance industry. It represents more than 300 firms across the industry, acting to enhance competitiveness, support customers and facilitate innovation. UK Finance has quickly become recognised as an authoritative, balanced, evidence-led industry body, representing their members who provide finance, banking, markets and payments-related services in […]

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Benefits of permanent recruitment funding

Why would a recruitment consultancy have their permanent invoices funded? It is a good question and one that we do get asked every now and again. There are several benefits to having your perm invoices funded, it won’t be needed by all recruitment businesses and it may be dependent on certain circumstances but it can […]

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Reporting requirements for employment intermediaries

What is an employment intermediaries report? As an agency, if you supply temporary workers to an end client and are not paying those workers on a PAYE basis, you will be required to submit an employment intermediaries report. This means that you have report on any worker who is paid through an umbrella company, CIS […]

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5 Steps To Setting Up Your Own Recruitment Agency

The first 5 steps to setting up a recruitment agency of your own.

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Traditional Invoice Finance Alternatives

How does traditional invoice finance work? If you use a bank for recruitment finance, they will typically advance anywhere between 70% to 90% of the invoice value. How does that work in practice? In simple terms, you will produce your own invoices and upload them to the bank’s invoice platform. The bank will advance the […]

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Why Security Checks are so Important

At the top of every successful company’s priority list is their customer’s success – really, at any customer focused, service-based business this should be the case. In order for this to be facilitated, security checks have to be in place. One of the most important aspects of security is ensuring that your customers are who […]

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Is it a risk to start a recruitment business in 2023?

Let’s start off by acknowledging that seemingly every year brings about new challenges, new dramas and new potential concerns and anxieties about the state of business and the state of the world! 2023 is no different. No pandemics or Brexits or new wars on the horizon [we hope], but instead the media is warning at […]

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Can’t Find the Right Talent? Go to them!

We know it in life, and we know it in business; “standing still” in never synonymous with growth, with progress, or with a healthy future. With recruitment the way that it currently is – more of a bunfight over the best talent than ever before, it is vital to find new ways to expand your […]

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What Are Your ‘Bad Clients’ COSTING You?

Running a successful business doesn’t just rely on your ability to win new work and new clients; it relies on dropping bad clients too. Letting go of work may sound counter intuitive, but it is so often a fundamental key to a business’ success. You wouldn’t believe how many customers we’ve seen running temp desks […]