Archives for category: Job recruitment in the UK

These days, it has become an official norm, regardless of one’s capabilities, to encourage and drive all personal attempts to succeed in life, regardless of the field or industry involved, to dream big!

Have a top job, work for the “big boys”, have a big house, a big car, a “trophy wife”, friends in the right places, homes abroad, luxury holidays, pedigree dog, etc.

So it seems only reasonable that when you don’t succeed first you will have to try again and again as long as it takes until you get things right.

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There are also those people who operate in a rather apologetic, dismissive and patronizing way towards the ignorance, mediocrity, lack of talented of under skilled individuals… from birth.

Too often, I have seen overzealous parents talking to their long time academic under performing child, careful not to hurt any feelings or affect one’s life aspirations or even risk causing trauma on a long term basis?!

Very few people take self development seriously though. Sometimes I wonder why should people strive at all to be the best they can? At times, being the best version of yourself or more than others can only really land you in trouble, as everybody else will feel inferior and threatened by the level your performance.

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For example, often in offices where the manager is under educated and unqualified he or she will make life miserable to the best educated person under his or her power, while  supporting and promoting another mediocre just like him or herself, regardless of how that will inevitably affect the rest of the organization’s ultimate goals.

I have also witnessed extremely talented, very skilled and intelligent applicants being rejected at interviews simply because the panel did know if the person would fit in with the rest of the less capable co-workers, if the applicant would integrate well, even the recruiting manager felt threatened by the applicant who was just keen on impressing the panel despite being clueless about the background details of that company’s real working culture.

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Since the day I first used the services of employment support agencies it always confused me the real purpose of their existence.

The demographics present there seem to be always the same. Those needing the service are working class, migrants and ethnic minorities from UK. Those who work in the premises are alike too. Obviously the middle and upper classes are absent for they seem to hoard the useful contacts that everybody is lacking of!

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Every time one goes there it is always the same drill and no progress achieved at all! They never want users who expect to be spoonfed, instead they encourage them to optimise the resources available in order to find employment… so that in the end, they can take credit for the job seeker’s individual efforts!

In the most deprived and grotty areas of the country such agencies only survive thanks to the European Social Fund more than any Council or Central Government grants. I feel quite curious to see how they will cope after Brexit as I suspect that they have no “legs to stand on”…

Someone 'signing on'

For the vast majority of those working inside such agencies, it’s just another way of making a living and the users are governmental statistics who fuel their survival by simply being out of work!

The disturbing part is that most of the time they don’t know what they are doing and seem like they are the ones who need help!

It is a mystery how they are placed there in the first place to advise, assist and motivate the unemployed because these “professionals” can’t even count, spell or articulate a sentence correctly. They have no formal qualifications or specific skills to work in this field.

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Tragic is the fact that thousands of desperate job seekers use these pathetic agencies and rely on their services to improve their life prospects and somehow build a future.

Nobody should be robbed of hope but there is no point in being hopeful when you are in the wrong place dealing with the wrong “professionals”.


Employers in the UK should not be surprised or shocked by nationally grown graduates who can’t read, spell or count properly.
Every single one of these employers should stop complaining for the system (to which they belong) created this whole mess!

After all, British jobs are meant to be for British people at any cost, isn’t it?
Especially since the beginning of the recession, all foreigners are seen as a threat!
“All these bloody foreigners are invading the country! “
That is the common notion out there. The foreign labour force is increasingly becoming the scapegoat. How many times have I heard that behind my back?
The fact is that the native population is only getting older and not breeding fast enough. There is a demographic need for the incoming foreign bred workforce.

In the meanwhile, the UK’s educational standards have deeply plummeted (look at the OECD annual reports), currently parents do not criticise their children’s own poor results as this will dent their self esteem as well as personal confidence, while teachers are told to put their student’s learning achievement levels down in order to attain the school’s annual targets.
To a selected few, sending in the children to study in the USA academia is already the new social status symbol.

Altogether, the nation remains completed deluded and lagging far behind the most developed countries in the world. Somehow this country has managed to create a two-tier job market system whereby in the inner circle lie the hidden vacancies (to the rest of the common public) only shared amongst the close knit networks, relying not on meritocracy but instead on personal recommendations, family connections and social status.

This is ruthlessly effective in limiting the general public’s access to real options and practical opportunities that could otherwise become openly available out there.
The people who are indeed recruited are not necessarily the human capital that the companies and organisations could need, use or value in the future.
In the end, their evident lack of skills as well as talent are clearly reflected in their pitiful performance and consequently UK PLC is in sharp decline.
At the same time, for many professionals out there personal image, ego and self-confidence (or arrogance) mean absolutely everything. Talk about living in denial !?

This is not the portrait of an advanced knowledge based society that nurtures talent, skills, technical ability or knowledge at all.
In fact, it only breads mediocrity, egomaniac warlords and deluded professionals who drag the whole economy down!

Simultaneously, the rest of the less connected and less privileged members of society fill endless application forms, send emails, cover letters and ring companies hoping that somewhere an employer may value an individual with genuine ability, skills, qualifications and raw talent…but still getting no results.

This is why Cameron formally stated that a vast contingent of multi-lingual, highly skilled and qualified workforce formed mostly by BME people and foreign labour force are currently seen around London and the rest of the country wasting their human capital by performing low paid jobs (that British people rejected in the first place) in precarious and degrading conditions (contemporary slavery rings a bell?) after being consistently denied a chance of proving themselves or even holding a professional job at the level of their personal qualifications.
Instead, all these individuals could be contributing positively towards the growth of the national economy and feeding the national progress!!

In the end, this affects the overall wellbeing of the nation’s economy and the rest of society as well as generating a lack of social cohesion, overall integration and stability in the social fabric.

There are no coincidences here… these unfortunate individuals have been pushed towards this form of underemployment not because of a lack of personal initiative or effort but due to a general lack of transparent recruitment processes, lack of real and visible options as well as available opportunities.
These members of society are simply not “in the know” as they are pushed to the brink by various external forces, yet somehow they must survive and pay the bills

This brings us to the issue of equal opportunities in society.
Equal opportunity policies should be measured in terms of practical results deriving from transparent recruitment, corporate professional progress and retention of staff… not just following empty formal procedures as the internal policies currently in place are not even practiced and lip service can only take you so far!
What is the national average recruitment rate of BME individuals in the UK PLC? Maybe 5 – 8%? Or has it actually gone down recently?!

Employers in the UK should think twice before making an executive decision and reconsider where and how they recruit the workforce.
Their existent “pool of human resources” is increasingly getting smaller, saturated and all mighty mediocre!

This also carries other serious consequences…social mobility does not happen in this country.
In fact the, UK has got the worse record in the western world for the general lack of social mobility and things have been operating like this for centuries.

Education, education, education in this context does not guarantee a general amelioration in one’s quality of life but it sure does fulfil a personal need.
For example, most BME graduates in the UK leave university without having any real and practical preparation whatsoever to face the professional world. Their lack of professional progression also leaves much to be desired as well.

One could say that the current “status quo” is a product of a centuries old tradition.
An imperial golden time when a few highly powerful and privileged (business owning) families ruled the majority of resources in the world and of course that practice also affected everything else.