As we fast approach 29th March 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union, "Brexit" dominates our news headlines daily but it can be extremely hard to keep up with, let alone understand what is happening and what to expect. As an international recruitment agency, we place many British Grooms in jobs within the EU, and many EU citizens into jobs within the UK, so... what about information for Employers and Grooms in the equine industry?Continue reading
Understanding payslips is easier than you might think. From the 6th April 2019, it is an employee's statutory right to receive a payslip, so it's important that everyone understands them! Unless you are genned up on the ins and outs of gross salary, income tax, allowances, Workplace Pensions and National Insurance it may look like a confusing bunch of numbers, especially if you're a worker receiving payslips for the first time. In this article we give you a basic guide to payslips, from who should be given payslips and why, through to understanding the various codes and figures.Continue reading
According to BBC news, all of today's (Thursday 7th February 2019) British horse racing meetings have been cancelled due to an outbreak of equine flu.Continue reading
Since April 2017, it's compulsory that all eligible employees receive a Workplace Pension as part of their employment contract, and this applies to grooms working in the equine industry. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding Workplace Pensions, who is eligible for one and who should be paying into one. So, what is a workplace pension? What does this mean? Who should expect to receive one? We have put together a simple guide to answer 10 common questions regarding Workplace Pensions in the equine industryContinue reading
So often these days you hear of employers looking for grooms, and saying there are no ‘good grooms’ anymore, or that a ‘good groom’ is hard to find, or that grooms are getting lazier. So it begs the questions; IS it because they are lazy? Are the next generation of grooms coming through miss-educated or misinformed about what’s its really like to work in the equestrian industry? Do they have unrealistic expectations? Do employers have unrealistic expectations? Is the equestrian industry or job as a groom getting tougher? Guest blogger and professional groom Kate Harley gives her perspective.Continue reading
Most young people entering the equine industry as a career pathway dream of grooming at the Olympia Horse Show or exercise riding international sport horses or something similar, but due to lack of any real structured planning and implementation of said plan, many give up on their dreams or leave on the reality sooner or later. Equine career planning is the key to achieving dreams, trust us! What gets written down, reviewed and even measured, gets done! Here's how it couldn't be simpler in 4 simple steps...Continue reading
One of the most disheartening things is to spend your hard earned money on gorgeous new pair of yard boots for work and riding, only to find that your full-on work schedule has all but annihilated them a few weeks later! This week we are delighted to introduce guest blogger Eada Hudes, to give some invaluable tips on getting the absolute best out of what is arguably one of the most valuable work tools an equestrian person owns - as the song goes "These boots were made for walking" (and riding, and wading through mud, and walking the course...)Continue reading
New Year seems like a natural time to press the “refresh” button on our personal and professional lives, or even just a chance to take stock and stay as and where we are, but in a better way. We have all heard the cliché (which is a cliché for good reason), "Today is the first day of the rest of your life". I read with interest that about 70% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 8% will be kept beyond February/March! It’s not surprising to learn that the top resolutions will include things like losing weight, quitting smoking, managing debt etc. but, also importantly, resolutions focussing on careers and job choices are right up there too.Continue reading
Ever wonder how to get started in dressage to music? I took part in an Equivisions Dressage to Music clinic at Bishop Burton College and afterwards couldn't wait to get out out competing! But if you can't find a dressage to music clinic near you or you're unable to get your horse there, it's quite possible to devise your own music and floor plan at home. If you're curious to get into dressage to music, it's well worth having a go!Continue reading
For the vast majority of ‘normal’ people, Christmas means a nice relaxing few days off, spending time with family and lounging around over a long boozy lunch. For the vast majority of employers and grooms working with horses at Christmas, it just means business as usual. In hunting and racing yards Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year, as boxing day meets are one of the most popular days out for owners. Though it may be hard to fully convince yourself that shovelling poo is the first most ideal thing you would like to do on Christmas Day, there are plenty of ways to keep the festive spirit alive and still enjoy Christmas. Here are our top suggestions for how to survive the holiday season.Continue reading
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- Brexit – Information for Employers and Grooms in the Equine Industry
- A Basic Guide to Payslips
- Equine flu outbreak sees race meets cancelled
- What is a Workplace Pension?
- Is the Equestrian Industry Getting Tougher? A Groom’s Perspective
- Equine career planning in 4 simple steps
- Maintaining Yard Boots – How To Ensure Your Boots Last Longer!
- New Years Resolutions for Equestrian Jobseekers
- Get into Dressage to Music
- Tips for Grooms Working with Horses at Christmas
- 15 Christmas Gift Ideas for Horse Lovers
- A Job Seekers Guide to Reference Checks
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