Gender Pay Gap Guidance

Have you seen the latest Gender Pay Gap guidance from the Government Equalities Office?  


As the 4th of April approaches, Private sector employers with more than 250 employees are getting ready to publish gender pay gap data (public and voluntary sector organisations have until 30 March). Ahead of this deadline, the government have released two new pieces of guidance  which have been issued to help employers identify and address potential causes of gender pay gap in their organisation.

Victoria Atkins, minister for women, in a recent news article from, said that the current gender pay gap was at its “lowest level on record”, but that alone is “not good enough if we want to achieve real gender equality in the workplace”.

“Last year, 100 per cent of companies in scope reported their pay gap data, but they now need to take steps to put an end to this inequality,” Atkins said. She called for more employers to understand the causes of their organisation’s gender pay gap and create action plans that would “close those gaps for good”.

New research commissioned by the GEO has found that more companies have prioritised reducing their gender pay gap since the introduction of gender pay gap legislation in 2017. 69% of employers now view closing the GPG as a high or medium priority, an increase of 8% on last year.


Eight ways to understand your gender pay gap

This publication contains eight key questions to help employers identify potential causes of their gender pay gap.  View it here.

Evidence based actions for employers

This is a four-step guide to help employers develop an effective gender pay gap action plan. View it here.


If you need advice on Gender Pay Gap issues, Pursuit Resources Group work alongside KLC Employment Law Consultants to offer our clients advice and guidance on Employment Law. If you would like us to put you in touch with KLC please do not hesitate to ask. 

Have you reserved your place at our Employment Law Update Seminar, with Guest Speaker Cas Carrington, on 21st March?


Government consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

Bringing you the latest Employment Law news and updates from KLC Employment Law Consultants! 

Government consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

The consultation, issued on January 25th 2019 seeks views on proposals to extend the current provisions.

Under the current provisions (contained in the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999) a woman being made redundant during her maternity leave is entitled to be offered alternative work where there is a suitable vacancy. The Government’s proposal is to extend this same right to a woman from the point she informs her employer (in writing) that she is pregnant until six months after she returns from maternity leave.

The consultation also asks whether this right should be extended to other employees who enjoy similar rights, i.e. those taking shared parental leave and adoption leave, and whether there are any further steps the Government should consider to improve the advice and guidance available to employees and employers about the employment rights of pregnant women and new mothers.

The consultation closes on 5 April 2019… so don’t expect any speedy response!

Are you an HR Professional in the Essex Area? We are holding an Employment Law Seminar on Thursday 21st March 2019 at The Lion Inn, Boreham. Cas Carrington from KLC Employment Law Consultants is our Guest Speaker. Our annual Seminar’s are hugely popular with our clients and places are extremely limited. If you would like to register your interest for the event please register your interest for a place online now – simply click here! 

The Transparent Recruitment Experience

The way in which a recruitment agency works is one of the most important USP’s to their clients. As an established agency based in Essex we have come to really understand the needs of our clients and the local market. In doing so believe that the way in which we work helps set us aside from our competitors.

1. Initial Meeting

We will have an initial meeting to meet you and discover the business in more detail. We will discuss your role and requirements, costs and timescales.

In a candidate driven market, getting the right information on a role has never been more important. In order for us to ensure we create strong job specifications we need to know all our roles inside and out. And with that – we need to know our clients inside and out. That is why it is important to us to ensure we meet all our clients and get under the skin of their business. We like to ask questions and try and think outside the box to get our clients to open up.

2. We advertise your role on the top UK job boards as well as across our social media channels. Alongside our extensive database of candidates looking for work, we have access to specialist head-hunting systems and all our consultants are proficient on LinkedIn.

2. Advertising

Example social media post

3. Candidate Sourcing, Qualification and Interview Coordination

We will proactively resource and shortlist suitable CV’s following qualifying interviews conducted by one of our consultants to ensure the best match. All candidates, where possible, are met face-to-face by our consultants prior to interview.

Following feedback on the CV’s, we will co-ordinate suitable dates and times for interviews.

Once an offer is made, we will secure your chosen candidates acceptance and contract. We will remain in communication with them throughout the process until the day they start to ensure a smooth process.

4. Negotiations and Offers

Contract of Employment

5. Support and Guidence

We continue of offer support and guidance where needed, even when the successful candidate starts.We will communication with our candidates for the first 3 months of their employment, unless otherwise advised by our clients.

At Pursuit Resources Group, we pride ourselves on going that extra mile.

The relationships we make with our clients and candidates are second to none. Since establishing Pursuit in 2002, Lorraine has supported many professionals through their career development and finding new roles – not just the once, but again and again. She also has made some very strong relationships with many HR professionals  and senior management in the area – again, some have used pursuit for over 10 years! This is testament to the way in which we work, our process’ and our ability to find fantastic candidates for our clients.

If you would like to discuss how we can help your organisation recruit quality candidates in Essex and beyond please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Employment Law Update

Pursuit Resources Group work closely with KLC Employment Law Consultants to provide clients with access to Employment Law advisory services as part of our added value. They regularly update us with important Employment Law updates. We, in turn, like to pass onto our clients and other Human Resources professionals within our network. We have put together some updates from their latest newsletter.

Did you know we have launching our next Employment Law Update Seminar with Cas Carrington on Thursday 21st March 2019. Our annual Seminar’s are hugely popular with our clients and places are extremely limited. If you would like to register your interest for the event please visit our website.

Employment Law Code of practice on dealing with workplace sexual harassment

In December the Government stated its intention to introduce a new statutory code of practice on dealing with workplace sexual harassment, which would include what actions employers need to take to prevent it and how staff can report it.

The code, which will be developed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was among a package of 12 measures designed to tackle sexual harassment at work.  They included consultations on:

  • Strengthening the law with regard to non-disclosure agreements
  • introducing a new legal duty for employers to prevent sexual harassment (including from third parties)
  • protecting interns and volunteers from all forms of discrimination
  • extending the three-month time limit for bringing a discrimination claim.

The Good Work Plan

In December the Government also published their long awaited response to the Taylor Report.  The Good Work Plan sets out a number of proposals (none of them earth-shattering) in response to the Taylor review, including:

  • Extending the right to a written statement of terms and conditions of employment to workers as well as employees and making this something employers must give on the first day of work.
  • Changing the rules on continuity of employment so that a break of over four weeks (rather than the current one week) is required to break continuity.
  • Abolishing the Swedish derogation which currently gives employers the ability to pay agency workers less than their own employees in certain circumstances.
  • Introducing a right for workers to request a more predictable and stable working pattern.
  • Increasing the penalty for an employer’s aggravating conduct from £5,000 to £20,000. This penalty may be levied where an employer loses an ET claim, but is hardly ever applied.
  • A ban on employers making deductions from workers’ tips.

The Government has said it will “bring forward detailed proposals” on clarifying employment status so that the frameworks for the purposes of employment rights and tax are aligned.  Apparently independent research has been commissioned on this so nothing detailed is expected soon.   The Government has already issued three statutory instruments to begin to implement these plans although most of the changes don’t take effect until April 2020 so we’ll remind you closer to the time.


Join us for our next Employment Law Update Seminar with Cas Carrington on Thursday 21st March 2019. Our annual Seminar’s are hugely popular with our clients and places are extremely limited.

This Week’s Top Jobs!

Our best buys for Christmas Jumper Day

This Week’s Top 5 Jobs!

We have decided to shake up our Top Job list and trial publishing it on a Tuesday or Wednesday going forward!

So with this in mind – take a look below at the team’s top jobs! You can apply online via the link on the jobs – if you know someone who would be perfect for the role and you are registered with us – you can take part in our recommend a friend scheme so be sure to spread the word! We hope you are having a great week!

Order Processor– Witham – £15-21k – ASAP start

Ask for Sarah!

Are you a people-person with strong customer service skills? Are you organised, with experience working in a busy administrative department? We have a great role for you!

Pursuit Resources are currently recruiting for an Order Processor for our client, a successful, well-established and growing manufacturing company based in the Essex area.

Product Manager – Accessories – Harlow – £25-35,000

Ask for Courtney or Sam

Do you have experience in Buying, or Account Management within retail? Are you comfortable negotiating prices, or dealing with suppliers overseas? Are you looking to work for a dynamic, exciting and successful company? We have an amazing role for you!

Pursuit Resources are currently recruiting for a Product Manager for our client, a UK industry-leading, extremely successful and rapidly growing company, for an opportunity at their Harlow offices.

Junior Digital Account Manager – Feering – £17-25,000

Ask for Sam or Courtney

Are you ambitious and driven with a passion for marketing? Do you have experience within an agency/account management role? We have a great opportunity for you!

Pursuit Resources are currently recruiting for a Junior Digital Account Manager for our client, an award-winning, reputable and rapidly growing agency based in the Essex area.

Stock Controller – Witham – £27,000

Ask for Courtney.

Pursuit Resources are currently recruiting for an organised, driven Stock Controller for our client, a rapidly growing, successful eCommerce company based in the Essex area.

Customer Services Executive – Witham – up to £28,000

Ask for Sarah

Are you an experienced Customer Services professional looking for their next career move? 

Don’t forget to follow us on Social Media so you see all the jobs as they go live! Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – @Pursuitgroup and LinkedIn

This Week’s Top Jobs

As we say goodbye to November we look back at an extraordinary month here at Pursuit! Not only did we welcome new faces into the team, we also have had a great surge of new roles across many industries and disciplines. With this in mind – we bring you the last Top Jobs of the Week for November starting with a role working for us!

If you don’t see what you are looking for below please take a look at our full listing of live roles here.

Know someone who may be interested in our roles? We have a recommend a friend scheme! As a thank you we will gift you £25 vouchers of your choice should we successfully place your recommendation in a new position! Contact us!

Trainee Recruitment Consultant– Braintree – £16-18K depending on Experience – ASAP start

Ask for Samantha!

Are you looking to start a career within recruitment? Do you have a strong background in customer services? Natural flair for Sales but wanting to build lasting relationships with your skills rather than short term gains?

We are looking for new talent to join the team to hit the ground running with enthusiasm and drive. You will have previous experience in a customer service role – ideally within a fast paced environment. You will have confident computer skills – ideally with a strong knowledge of social media. Experience of using LinkedIn an advantage. Whilst recruitment is considered to be a sales role, the ability to build lasting relationships and give great customer service is essential. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to get into a fast paced, established recruitment agency. Email your CV today!

Buyer / Construction Industry – Braintree – £30-40,000

Are you an experienced buyer with previous experience within the Construction Industry? Do you want to work for a well established, reputable construction contractor in the local area?

HR Adviser – Colchester – Salary Negotiable

Are you an experienced HR Adviser? Are you able to provide generalist HR advice to the business and coordinate recruitment? Do you have a degree in HR and/or training towards your CIPD qualification / CIPD qualified?

Group Resource Executive – Chelmsford – £18-22,000

Ask for Courtney

Are you highly organised, driven and ambitious? Do you have previous administration experience – ideally with a background in recruiting and or facilities? Are you looking to join a dynamic environment supporting a wider team? We have an amazing job opportunity for you! Pursuit Resources are currently recruiting for a Group Resources Executive for our client, an industry-leading, highly successful award-winning company, based in the Chelmsford area.

Digital Sales Manager – Witham – £30-35,000

Are you highly driven, sales-focused, with experience working with online channels? Are you looking for a role that offers ownership, autonomy and a great team environment? Do you have at least 3 years experience with online channels such as Amazon / Ebay? Get in touch!

Don’t forget to follow us on Social Media so you see all the jobs as they go live! Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – @Pursuitgroup and LinkedIn


Exciting Team Announcement

We would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome back to the Pursuit Team Samantha Chambers and Victoria Watkins! Samantha and Victoria are not new faces to the Pursuit family! Both have previously worked with Lorraine as recruitment consultants in the past and have found their way back!  We thought we would take this opportunity to introduce them to you properly.


Samantha Chambers – Permanent Division Manager

Samantha Chambers

Bringing nearly 15 years of experience with her, Samantha has returned to us as Pursuit’s Permanent Division Manager. This is an exciting time for Pursuit and the team as we start to wrap up a successful 2018!

Following a successful career within the insurance and FMCG industries, Samantha entered the world of recruitment in 2004 when she walked through the Pursuit doors to register as a candidate. Lorraine (Pursuit’s Managing Director) knows a great candidate when she meets one – and as a recruitment agency owner – she owes it to her clients to employ the best! So Samantha was offered a position to work for Pursuit and the rest is history!

Within 3 years it was clear she was a natural in the industry. She soon worked her way up to becoming a Senior Recruitment Consultant and to this day, was one of Pursuit’s most successful employees! In 2007, Samantha made the difficult decision to take a career break to focus on her family, and said “Goodbye… for now” to Lorraine and the team.

It wasn’t long before Samantha was back in the recruitment game. In 2008 she began to build on her previous experience within the industry. Samantha’s recruitment experience has predominantly been based within Essex and beyond. She has had previous exposure working for both Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank within graduate recruitment and training. She has extensive expertise in recruiting for the local area and beyond – including working on international roles!

Working her way up, in her previous role, Samantha was a Commercial Sales Manager. New business and client relationship management have always been the most rewarding part of her career – and really the reason that lead her back to Pursuit!

When interviewed for this blog, Samantha told us that her main drive for returning to Pursuit was Lorraine’s passion for delivering the very best service to clients. She went on to tell us that Lorraine’s energy, drive and passion to continually drive Pursuit forward aligned perfectly with her future career aspirations. It really was an easy choice to make – and an opportunity she didn’t want to miss!


Victoria Watkins – Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager Pursuit

After graduating from her Marketing Management degree, Victoria took up a role in the City recruiting IT for investment banks and later joined Pursuit in 2010. After 18 successful months as a recruitment consultant for Pursuit, Victoria took the decision to pursue her dream in marketing at a local creative agency.

Victoria has a Marketing Management degree and a strong creative background. Her strengths lie within both the strategy and delivery of campaigns – as well as fantastic relationship management skills.

Victoria had a very positive career with her previous employer in the creative marketing industry, quickly rising up to becoming one of their Account Directors. After 5 amazing years with the company, following the birth of her second Child, she took the (very difficult) decision to take a career break to be a full-time mum.

Always one to keep busy, after a few months, Victoria couldn’t quite stay away and decided to freelance as a marketing consultant to her previous agency’s sister company until the birth of her third child in February this year. She had the bug again and it wasn’t long before she decided she wanted back in the game!

Victoria and Lorraine remained good friends since she left Pursuit and on hearing her news of wanting to return to work – it wasn’t long before Victoria accepted a position to come back into the fold as Pursuit’s Marketing Manager. Working with Lorraine, Pursuit has already seen some exciting new changes when it comes to marketing. We have launched new social media channels and have a fantastic plan for 2019 to continue to provide the very best service to our clients and candidates, as well as for our team!

We are currently looking to expand our team here at Pursuit, therefore if you – or anyone you know – would be interested in discussing any of our current positions, we would love to hear from you! You can contact us through our website or contact Samantha on 01245 362500.