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Encore Tackles the Cost of Living Crisis Head On

Leading Midlands recruitment agency, Encore Personnel is ensuring it does all it can to support its staff throughout the impending cost of living crisis.

Leicester-headquartered Encore, celebrating 20 years in business this year, is proud to be providing its staff with everything from money-saving top tips to free sanitary products.

Cindy Gunn, HR Director at Encore Personnel, said: “We recognize that this is a very challenging time for everyone, which is why we have started our staff-focused cost-of-living initiative, taking care of the small stuff, but hopefully making a big difference.

“Encore hopes to take some home-life pressure away from our employees by offering simple, easy-to-digest information that guides them through a challenging time of economic and financial uncertainty. We support our team and ensure they feel valued and cared for.

“We have ensured that all information provided to our employees is in one place, with additional helpful links and campaigns we hope they take full advantage of. At a time of such national financial uncertainty, we hope to take away some of the pressures our staff are facing and support their needs, taking some of the weight off their shoulders.”

With 38% of employers fearing the cost of living crisis and its impending impact on staff retention, Encore is proud of its 88% staff retention rate – proving it will go the extra mile to support its workforce.

Encore, which has recently been acquired by Gi Group, one of the world’s largest multinational staffing companies, has issued specific Employee Booklets, tailored to both temporary staff and full-time employees, outlining money-saving tips, government schemes, family trips out and vital helplines. To support the proactive tips and tricks on offer, Encore is further supporting their employees by allowing access to £100 worth of individuals’ paychecks before payday, aiming to keep cost build-ups at bay.

With the annual rate of inflation at 10%, the UK Government recently announced that energy bills will be frozen at £2,500 under the energy price guarantee as fears spiralled that an average household’s annual total could reach a staggering £5,000 by next year. In addition, the UK Government is offering a £400 one-off payment to all households.

Going the extra mile, the Encore team are offering Essentials Baskets with everything from deodorant, shaving foam and razors to feminine hygiene products. The baskets are positioned at all 11 branches across the Midlands, ensuring items are available to all employees.

Cindy Gunn added: “So far, we have seen great success across all our company projects, individuals have been very receptive to the help on offer. We are currently focusing on ensuring all our employees are aware of the support that is on offer and that they take full advantage.

“We recognise that these coming months pose challenges for our employees, which is why we want to make a difference and offer some extra support. Not only have our team supported Encore’s initiatives, but they have also added to the items available – donating their own extra items.”

Mental health wellbeing is at the forefront of Encore’s initiative, predominantly through its mental wellbeing platform Encore in Mind, which was established by Cindy Gunn and her team.

Managing Director at Encore Personnel, Pete Taylor said: “We believe it is important our employees feel supported and cared for, especially in these unprecedented times. Our online services provide employees with instant advice and guidance on how they can save their cash and Encore in Mind is there to offer a tailored mental health platform.

“Our team are ensuring Encore in Mind is regularly updated with important advice and guidance blogs to ensure our team never feel alone.”

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ENDS For more information, contact Emily Winsor-Russell at Eden PR [email protected] or call 0115 958 8850. Notes to Editors @EncorePersonel Encore Personnel is a multi-award-winning recruitment agency that has been recognised for its outstanding customer service and ambitious growth. Established in 2001 and employing more than 200 staff, the business has grown to become a £94m turnover agency, providing temporary and permanent jobs to the industrial, driving, energy, engineering, manufacturing, managed services, and professional services sectors. As a responsible and ethical supplier, Encore is a SEDEX member, GLAA licensed and REC audited and accredited, and is a member of the FTA, EUA and MAA. MD Pete Taylor sits on the REC executive committee and Members Council of the ALP. In addition, the business is also a supporting partner in the Stronger Together programme; a multi stakeholder initiative to reduce modern day slavery – particularly hidden forced labour. At the end of 2022 Encore was acquired by Milan Headquartered, Gi Group Holding, the 5th largest recruitment and HR Services company in Europe and the 16th largest worldwide. Gi Group Holding provide a full and comprehensive suite of recruitment and HR solutions to more than 20,000 companies worldwide, generating revenues of €3.2 billion. Encore prides itself on dual value propositions of ‘your business, your culture, our priority’ and ‘your future, your wellbeing, our priority.’ It places its success on following its key values including avoiding negativity, creating loyalty and communicating with a refreshing openness. The company values align perfectly with the team at Gi Group Holding, who are uniquely committed to the creation of social and economic value for both employers and candidates alike, placing the needs of employees, candidates and companies at the forefront of their work.

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