Modern Slavery Policy

Introduction

This statement is made as part of Premier Placement Services Ltd’s commitment to eliminating the exploitation of people under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act).  It summarises how Premier Placement Services Ltd operates, the policies and processes in place to minimise the possibility of any problems, any risks we have identified and how we monitor them, and how we train our staff. 

This statement is published in accordance with section 54 of the Act.  It was approved by the Managing Director on 4th January 2024.

Jonathan Harper
Managing Director

Our Business
Premier Placement Services Ltd is a limited company which specialises in recruiting and placing temporary and permanent workers in the recruitment sector.

Premier Placement Services Ltd is an independent business which operates in the United Kingdom only.

Who we work with
All of the hirers that we work with, and all of the work-seekers we provide, are known to and identified by our staff.  All of the temporary workers we supply are identified by our staff. Some of these work-seekers operate through their own limited companies.  We do not supply work-seekers to hiring companies through any intermediaries. 

The hiring companies that we work with are located in the UK.  The work-seekers/workers we supply live in UK.

Other relationships
As part of our business, we also work with the following organisations:

  • sector-specific trade unions
  • sector-specific professional and regulatory bodies
  • sector-specific industry bodies
  • the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (rec.uk.com) and the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (www.rec-irp.uk.com)
  • Our Policies

Premier Placement Services Ltd has a modern slavery policy.

In addition, Premier Placement Services Ltd has the following policies which incorporate ethical standards for our staff and our suppliers.

  • Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy
  • Whistle-blowing Policy
  • Grievance Policy and Procedure
  • Compliant Procedure
  • Ethical and Responsible Sourcing Policy

Policy development and review
Premier Placement Services Ltd’s policies are established by the Managing Director, based on advice from HR professionals, industry best practice and legal advice. We review our policies on a regular basis or as needed to adapt to changes.

Our Processes for Managing Risk
In order to assess the risk of modern slavery, we use the following processes with our suppliers:

  • When engaging with suppliers, we ask for evidence of their processes and policies, including commitments around modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, human rights, and whistle-blowing.
  • We conduct audits before entering into a commercial relationship with any business where there is the potential for risk. These audited businesses form the basis of our preferred supplier list.
  • We review the potential for risk at regular intervals, including the possibility of re-auditing a supplier or conducting spot checks.

After due consideration, we have not identified any significant risks of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking in our supply chain.  However, we continue to be alert to the potential for problems. 

Additionally, we have taken the following steps to minimise the possibility of any problems:

  • We reserve the right to conduct spot-checks of the businesses who supply us, in order to investigate any complaints.
  • We require the businesses we work with to abide by our code of supplier conduct / address modern slavery concerns in their policies / publish a modern slavery statement.
  • We collaborate with our suppliers in order to improve standards and transparency across our supply chain.

Our staff are encouraged to bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.

Our Performance
As part of monitoring the performance of Premier Placement Services Ltd, we track the following general key performance indicators: 

  • Training of all staff to be knowledgeable about the risks associated with modern slavery and the use of labour monitoring and payroll systems.
  • The monitoring of individual bank accounts and proof of bank accounts in the name.
  • The monitoring of Companies House PSC to ensure they are still active, and the key person is still current.
  • The monitoring of workers and colleagues right to work in the UK.
  • The monitoring of all workers identity documents and driving licence documents.
  • The monitoring of Working Time Directive for workers and colleagues.

Based on the potential risks we have identified, we have also established the following key performance indicators, which are regularly assessed by our Managing Director and Operations Director.

  • the amount of time spent on audits, re-audits, spot checks, and related due diligence.
  • the level of modern slavery training and awareness amongst our staff

We carefully consider our indicators in order to ensure that we do not put undue pressure on our suppliers that might increase the potential for risk.

Our Training
All of our staff receive training and support that is appropriate to their role.  In particular:

  • All of our staff receive awareness-raising information around issues involving modern slavery and human trafficking, so that they can bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.

As part of this, our staff are encouraged to discuss any concerns that they have. 

Training is refreshed regularly.

Premier Placement Services Ltd is not required to publish a modern slavery statement on an annual basis because it does not meet the requirements of the act.

This policy was adopted on 8th February 2022 after being agreed by the Managing Director. It is reviewed annually.

 

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Chloe Jackson, Recruitment Consultant

Chloe joined Premier Placement in 2022, following a previous role as a customer facing advisor. During her initial probationary period, her willingness to learn and absorb all things recruitment was very impressive, along with her ‘can do’ attitude. Chloe now works alongside experienced consultants within our industrial division and is developing into a team asset.

Chosen Value: Integrity
I would choose ‘integrity’ as it is important to show we can build trust with our clients and employees, creating lifelong relationships. It shows we possess attributes such as accountability, honesty, respect, and loyalty.

 

Daniel Ledwards, Industrial Consultant

Daniel joined Premier Placement Services in October 2018 as a Trainee Consultant.  After an initial 3-month probation, he impressed everyone with his enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism. This led him to be fast tracked into a career within the recruitment industry which he has excelled at ever since.

Chosen Value: Consistency
I like to think I’m consistently honest with both our temps and clients, consistently aiming to place the best quality temps within roles that match their skills and capabilities. I believe in our company mantra “You’re only as good as your last temp!”

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John Simpson, Driving & Logistics Consultant

John joined the Drivers and Logistics Division with a wealth of experience  spanning over 30 years within the transport and logistics sector. Holding a National CPC in Road Transport Management, IOSH and Nebosh health and safety qualifications, his range of skills was a perfect match for Premier Placement Services.

John has an excellent rapport with our drivers. John’s skills, experience and knowledge enables him to put forward the best candidate for the role, and has excellent knowledge of driver compliance training, audits, and the investigation of incidents and infringements.

Working within the fast-paced Drivers and Logistics Division, he is a very hands-on transport professional.  Ensuring compliance and best practice is always adhered to, has propelled Premier Placement’s Drivers and Logistics Division, into a leading supplier of quality drivers resulting in an excellent reputation with our ever-growing number of clients.

Chosen Value: Professionalism
I pride myself on the requirements and responsibilities that my role in recruitment asks of me. Professionalism is at the heart of what I do, from understanding the roles to be filled, to the necessary skills of the right driver, as well as an appreciation of the client’s ethos. Professionalism means to me ensuring the drivers we provide consistently deliver to our high standards of expectation, shift after shift.

Liz Harper, Accounts Administrator

Liz has been the face of Premier Placement Services since 2006 – providing front of house support for the team and visitors to the office. Liz works in a fast-paced environment fielding calls, meeting and greeting, preparing candidates for interviews and keeping client records updated.

Chosen Value: Consistency
“Working within the payroll department I ensure all workers’ details are correctly inputted into government and internal payroll systems.  Eye to detail and a zero tolerance on mistakes ensures people get paid correctly and on time.  I believe I consistently produce these results.”

Anna Hammersley, Accounts Payroll Clerk

Anna joined Premier Placement Services as a Payroll Clerk.  She is responsible for the payroll processing system, issuing pay and pay-related information to workers, collecting weekly timekeeping data, ensuring all weekly paid staff receive accurate and timely payments.

Anna has an excellent ‘can do’ attitude, an eye for detail and a bubbly personality to match making her the perfect Premier Placement fit.

Chosen Value: Integrity
I believe that being honest and having strong moral principles promotes open and honest relationships in business and life building foundations of trust.

Steven Bowler, Driving Consultant

Steven joined Premier Placement from after 24 years within mobile phone retail. The experience of having recruited staff throughout his career and looking after high-volume accounts for national companies, made his transferrable skills into the recruitment industry a total asset. Steven has a passion for customer excellence to succeed in a fast- paced industrial operation so he exceeds expectation.

Chosen Value: Consistency
‘Having run my own business for over 20 years, I would like to think I have carried forward the high standards that clients and candidates need from a company. I treat the business as if it was my own and always want what’s best for the business and like to think I represent the company in an approachable and professional manner.”

Simon Arnold, Driving & Logistics Division Manager

Simon has been with Premier Placement Services since 2016 and within this time has proved to be an integral part of the team by ensuring only the area’s best drivers are sourced and placed with our clients. Simon’s wealth of expertise within this sector, coupled with his “can do” attitude, which is key in this fast-moving recruitment sector, makes him a key asset to Premier Placement Services. Under Simon’s guidance, clients understand and acknowledge his value when it comes to placing fully compliant professional drivers within this heavily regulated industry.

Chosen Value: Integrity
Integrity is my pick as I think it is one of my greatest assets and it never fails. It is the most important ingredient for client relationships which I am passionate about and all my clients know what they get with me… trusted recruitment!

Craig Hammersley, Industrial Division Manager, Newcastle

Craig is a very experienced recruitment professional having worked in the recruitment industry with Premier Placement Services for more than 20 years. Matching the right candidate to the right job is his everyday obsession, something very few recruiters get consistently right.  Craig stated the importance of detailed interviewing, character assessment, skills testing and candidate referencing which makes clients and candidates choose Premier Placement Services over other agencies, time after time.

Chosen Value: Integrity
We pride ourselves on being honest and honourable, with everyone we do business with, leading to lasting relationships and unfaltering results. Building trust is a key component to lasting business relationships and is a major factor of continuing dialogue with clients who give us repeat business based on the integrity of who they are dealing with.

Tim Evans, Crewe Industrial Division Manager

Tim joined Premier Placement in 2003, having previously worked in a heavily regulated customer services managerial role, thus proving an instant hit with both clients and candidates alike.

Trained to the highest standards within recruitment practise, Tim is a valuable asset to the success of Premier Placement Services. Now managing our industrial division, he mentors new recruits, and his clients welcome his advice along with his intuitive recruitment solutions.

Chosen Value: Professionalism.
I have been here 2 decades and always work to get the best fit for both client, temp and Premier Placement Services.

Jo Jeneson, Accounts Manager

Jo joined Premier Placement Services in 2008, initially as a Commercial Consultant. She’s now moved behind the scenes into her current role where she is responsible for both the payroll and accounting functions of the business. By gaining a full understanding of all aspects of the business she is perfectly placed to ensure the clients’ accounting process runs as smoothly as their recruitment programme.

Chosen value: Integrity.
I pride myself on my honesty and truthfulness in my work process.  Working within our Accounts Department, it is imperative to be honest and transparent, whilst maintaining high standards and results. I feel honesty is crucial in both our business and personal life.

Russell Lunn, Sales Director

Russell joined Premier Placement in 2017, having been in the recruitment industry for several years.  Working previously in manufacturing, transport and distribution as a senior manager, part of his responsibility was to deal with staffing requirements and rely heavily on the services of a recruitment agency. Russell stated that he learned how recruitment should be done at Premier Placement Services, from ongoing compliance to placing only the right people into roles. Russell stated that customers have been with Premier Placement Services since it’s inception and that’s testament to the service offerings it provides. Now, meeting key decision makers within organisations as Operations Director, he is proud that the company’s core values lead to exceeding customers’ expectations.

Chosen Value: Integrity
All 3 core values are a must for what we are trying to achieve at PPS but if I had to pick one, integrity stands out for me. The reason for my choice is that I think if you are straight up, honest and honourable, then I feel customers first and foremost appreciate that integrity , then in turn they begin to gain trust which leads to longer term partnerships.

Building that rapport/relationship then cements you as the go-to company for recruitment and advice. Having Integrity is a key value that people respect and feel comfortable with.

Jonathon Harper

Just short of 30 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, Managing Director Jonathan puts customer service excellence at the heart of everything that Premier Placement Services does. Since founding the business in 1996, his ethos has always been to ‘place the right person for the job’ rather than just placing ‘anyone that happens to be available’. He firmly believes that this is the key to the success of the business. ‘We are only as good as our last placement’ are the words that Jonathan believes sets the company apart from others. His approach to providing unrivalled customer service, support, supplying the most talented candidates for each position and developing on-going relationships with both candidates and clients remain the core values to the business.

 

Chosen Value: Integrity
Integrity involves being honest and honourable, as well as treating people with respect. I believe if you naturally do this then it builds mutual trust and genuine, lasting relationships. This has been my experience with my team, two employees have been with me for 20 years, when other agencies have staff retention issues. Similarly, some of our clients have been with Premier Placement since our beginning, I think this demonstrates why integrity has been fundamental to our success.