Charity donation for our Christmas game winner!

At the end of last year, we launched a Christmas game to spread a little end-of-year fun for our hard-working clients and candidates. We offered a charity donation to the highest score. We’re very happy to say that we’ve been in touch with the winner and have made a £250 donation to his chosen charity. Mark Howell chose the very worthy Motor Neurone Disease Association.

I would be very pleased to see your generous donation go to the MND Association, the charity responsible for research into Motor Neurone Disease. This is a terribly cruel disease and there have been some high profile cases recently, but there is no cure and the treatment remains very ineffective. This money would help fund vital research so medicine that can cure, reverse or improve the lives of sufferers can be discovered.

You can find out more about the MND Association on their website or by following them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin or Youtube.

 

Whitehall ranks in ‘Best Small Companies to Work for 2020’

We’re very pleased to announce that we have placed in the ‘Best Small Companies to Work for’ by the Sunday Times for the fourth consecutive year. This follows our recent award of  3 stars ‘Extraordinary’ for workplace engagement in the Best Companies employee survey.

The report highlights areas of Whitehall life that our employees value including personal growth, wellbeing and giving something back.

“Their success is down to the hard work and dedication of their employees and their unshakeable belief in their values. It’s a fun, vibrant and dynamic workplace with something always taking place be it a competitive incentive, fundraising events or them just having fun and team building.” – Best Companies

We are extremely proud of this result and to have maintained a high level of employee engagement. We fully recognise that Whitehall will only achieve its ambitious goals through a rewarding and enjoyable workplace.

Official meeting with Will Quince ahead of IR35 reforms

Will Quince, MP for Colchester and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions visited our offices last week to discuss the impending IR35 reforms and the implications for UK contractors, agencies and businesses alike.

The IR35 law is part of the Finance Act and was first introduced in April 2000 with the purpose of stopping “disguised employees” from avoiding paying tax and National Insurance. A reform that shifts the liability to the clients in the private sector is planned to come into place in April this year causing concerns for medium and large businesses across the UK. These organisations will be responsible for determining whether a contractor is inside or outside IR35 and therefore also liable for any penalties for an incorrect determination.

“Challenging peoples’ very livelihoods, stifling entrepreneurship and innovation, disincentivising the use of UK experts and encouraging the offshoring of roles that could be performed by UK talent cannot be the objectives of this reform. We’re advocating for a delay on April 6th 2020, so that the time required to arrive at reforms which will achieve the required objectives can be implemented based upon confidence, accuracy and fairness.” – Ricky Knight, Sales Director, Whitehall Resources

Mr Quince has listened to our concerns and will be raising them with Chancellor Of The Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Chief Secretary of the Treasury Stephen Barclay, ahead of the reforms.

Whitehall listed as a Top 100 business in Essex

We’re very pleased to announce we have placed in the annual ‘Essex Limited’ list, a report of the biggest and best-performing businesses based in the county.

The study reviews turnover and profit of small, medium and large enterprises across all industries. Whitehall is the highest-ranking recruitment company on the list.

“Our third consecutive place in Essex’s Top 100 is a confirmation that Whitehall continues to be an industry-leading business. We are the SAP, Oracle and IT recruitment partner of choice in the UK and we continue to expand and reinforce our presence in international markets through our offices in Germany and Dubai. We are looking forward to further growth and expansion in 2020.” – Tremayne Hall, Managing Director, Whitehall Resources

The report is compiled and published by Grant Thornton and Birketts and is the very welcome result of our outstanding client and candidate services.

“Double digit growth in turnover and profit continue to highlight the resilience, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit of Essex Limited’s constituent companies.” – Essex Limited 2019

Wellbeing workshops for a healthier life

As part of our wellbeing program, we invited Certified International Health Coach Michelle Flynn to deliver a series of workshops to all our teams last Friday.

There were three workshops throughout the day, where we learned about the six principles of a healthy and happy life, 10 ways to build resilience with actionable habits and how to cope with the stress of daily-life through building healthy habits and focusing on self-care, as well as breathing and calming techniques.

We’d like to thank Coach Michelle Flynn for the excellent delivery, and we are looking forward to turning knowledge into action!

Whitehall’s highlights 2019

This has been another great year for Whitehall Resources with many company, team and personal records broken. We’re bigger and better than ever and that is only set to improve in 2020.

Take a look at a few highlights of the year…

We placed in top UK and international rankings

  • Recruiter Fast50 – the UK’s fastest growing recruitment agencies
  • 55th in The Sunday Times International Track 200 – the top UK companies with the fastest-growing international sales
  • 24th in The Sunday Times Best 100 Small Companies to Work For – following a nationwide anonymous survey of employees
  • Shortlisted for International Recruitment Company of the Year
  • Top 25 UK SME Culture Leader 2019

Whitehall UAE

After successfully setting up our Frankfurt office, we were very pleased to open our second international office in Dubai.

We loved meeting with candidates and clients

We attended a number of SAP, Oracle and IT events, visited lots of clients worldwide and enjoyed meeting with contractors at our annual Whitehall get-together in London.

Our charity events

As well as setting up a charity committee we ran the following fundraising events, raising more than we have in any previous year.

Dogs at Work for National Animal Welfare Trust
Midnight Walk for St Helena
Halloween event for Mind (Colchester)
Collection for Foodbank Colchester

Our sponsored teams

We continue to be proud sponsors of the Colchester Rugby Football Club, and expanded our community work through new sponsorship opportunities supporting the Essex Rebels Basketball Teams and St Joseph’s College in Ipswich.

Whitehall events

We had lots of fun with our colleagues at our Summer and Christmas parties,  Lunch Clubs, team events and more!

We certainly had a very busy year and we are  really looking forward to the next one.

Happy New Year!

Celebrating excellence at the Whitehall Employee Awards

The Whitehall Employee Awards provide us with a chance to recognise the most outstanding team members, those who shined throughout the year through their hard work and commitment to our mission.

With a strong team of success-driven Whitehallians both in our sales and operations teams, this year’s awards were the most exciting we’ve ever had. It’s always a very difficult task choosing a single winner for any of the awards, but, there has to be one! They are…

Rookie of the Year

Kim Hopwood, Consultant, UK SAP Contract Team

Sales Person of the Year

Ross Waugh, Managing Consultant, UK SAP Contract Team

Leadership Award

Luke Percival, Business Manager, UK SAP Contract

Contract Consultant of the Year

Danny Hill, Managing Consultant, UK SAP Contract Team

Permanent Consultant
of the Year

Tom Thackrah, Principal Consultant, UK IT Permanent Team

Most Improved Sales Person
of the Year

Ella Wolff, Senior Consultant, UK SAP Contract Team

Most Improved Support Person
of the Year

Jordan Taylor, HR Assistant

Support Person
of the Year

Dan Appleby, IT Support Engineer

Developing Leader Award

Emily Brett, Team Lead, Key Accounts Contract Team

Employee of the Year

Ellie Fletcher, HR Manager

People’s Choice Award

Oliver Westrup, Creative Marketing Executive

Passion Award

Chris Watkins, Learning & Development Assistant

Team of the Year

UK IT Permanent Team

Whitehall rated ‘Extraordinary’ for workplace engagement

We are delighted to have received the highest possible rating of three stars ‘Extraordinary’ by Best Companies, an accreditation that is awarded only to organisations with the highest level of workplace engagement. We are particularly proud of having met and maintained this standard for the fourth year in a row, a great achievement for any fast-growing company.

The Best Companies survey is an annual survey open to UK companies. Employees complete an anonymous survey to gauge their feelings on the company, the leadership team, their manager, wellbeing, personal development and more.

We are very pleased with the results, but there are always areas we can improve on. We will be focussing on these in the year ahead because the more engaged our teams are, the better service we can give our candidates and clients.

The accreditation adds to a number of recent awards this year including 5th Best Small Company to Work For in the East of England, Recruiter’s Top 50 fastest-growing recruitment companies and 55th in the Sunday Times International Track 200 for UK companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

Expert speaker: Digital transformation and the future of SAP

As part of our continual efforts to live to our company values, we invest a lot of time and effort into ‘Expert’. We have an in-house learning and development team who make sure our teams operate efficiently, are achieving solid personal development and are constantly improving and progressing. In support of this work, we invited Alisdair Bach from One Eighty Advisory to present to our leadership team and senior consultants. We had the pleasure of listening to an industry expert describe the past, present and future of SAP, covering everything from the fourth industrial revolution, SAP Cloud Platform, machine learning, the challenges from hyperscalers, and of course, S/4HANA. It was a fascinating and informative presentation – we’d like to thank Alisdair for his time, insight, sharing of expertise and unique perspective.

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Shortlisted for International Recruitment Company of the Year

We are very pleased that we have been shortlisted for the TIARAs 2019 under the category “International Recruitment Company of the Year”, an award that recognises companies with sustainable growth in international sales, profit, headcount and customer base. The TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards (TIARAs) are the new face of the annual Recruitment International awards following its merge with TALiNT Partners.

In the last couple years we’ve taken big steps to push our international presence forward. Our international growth was highlighted recently by ranking 55th on The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, and at the start of 2019 we opened our Dubai office as well as adding executive search to our Middle East offering.

The finalists will be judged by a panel of over 30 chairmen, senior talent leaders and advisers from organisations such as Deloitte, Ericsson and APSCO. The winners will be announced on the 15th October.