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  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    20-08-2018, 01:29 PM
    Hi Gemma Beadle We've never had this scenario, but if we had an individual working past 11pm at night into the early hours of the morning for example, then the 10% shift premium would not apply, as they would be getting paid the respective overtime rate. Our policy is clear that 10% shift premium only applies to the hours of 8pm to 11pm. kind regards Marie :D
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  • Gemma Beadle's Avatar
    20-08-2018, 12:38 PM
    Thank you for replying Marie Thomas I really appreciate it. Do you apply the shift allowance to the overtime rates? I have not managed to get much on this so far but will absolutely share what I find out.
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  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    20-08-2018, 09:31 AM
    Thanks for feedback Viv Dennis
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  • Chris Newson's Avatar
    16-08-2018, 09:27 AM
    Thought I'd share my latest blog which offers some clarify around this question https://www.eef.org.uk/training/blogs/2018/aug/help-what-health-and-safety-training-does-my-company-need
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  • Viv Dennis's Avatar
    15-08-2018, 03:51 PM
    Hi Marie Thomas We use the mercer grading system and have to complete our job evaluation on a yearly basis. Every role in the Company is job graded. You can regrade following your bench marking exercise and if you're struggling to recruit e.g E and I Engineers. Thanks Viv
    5 replies | 205 view(s)
  • Tom Lawton's Avatar
    15-08-2018, 01:36 PM
    Hi @Ben Carpenter Merritt , Sorry for the late reply, we have offices across India and as a starting point I can share a guide with you on 'Doing business in India'. The guide aims to provide background information for setting up and running a business in India. We also have a India Advisory Services team based in the UK that are able to advise and support this process. Would it be useful for me to share this with you? If so, let me know the best email to send it across to. Thanks,
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  • Verity Davidge's Avatar
    15-08-2018, 12:29 PM
    Hi Gemma Beadle, You may be interested in EEF's shift patterns and premia report: https://www.eef.org.uk/resources-and-knowledge/research-and-intelligence/shift-patterns-and-premia-benchmark-report If you have any questions you can ask our Research team - their emails on the website!
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    14-08-2018, 09:52 AM
    Hi Marie Thomas Thank you for this. We will include this question in the Network newsletter tomorrow so others are made aware of it. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    14-08-2018, 09:32 AM
    Hi Daniel there are various skill ranges ranging from shopfloor - manufacturing electro-mechanical assembly skills, Line Leaders, quality assurance roles etc. We currently have a grading system on shopfloor of A to D for our Production Operatives but some employees can be performing more than one task overlapping grade structure, therefore we're considering skills matrix/reward system based on skills acquired rather than grading the complexity of one role. However in addition we want to build in assessment of attitude, general performance, flexibility etc too. thanks
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  • Fred Osborn's Avatar
    14-08-2018, 08:38 AM
    Hi Tim Morris, Fred Osborn of Xpand Logistics here. We are based in London and Manchester and are involved in the movement of goods to the US and Australia. I am happy to have a chat regarding your needs etc. and try to help? Please let me know when it would be best to catch up? Fred Osborn
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 04:08 PM
    Hi Marie Thomas Thank you for posting. We will include this in our newsletter this week to make others aware of it. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 04:06 PM
    Hi Marie Thomas Thank you for posting your question. We will make others aware of it and hope you'll get feedback soon. Could you expand on the types of skills you require as a business as this may help others match their skills matrixes to yours. Best regards, Daniel.
    5 replies | 205 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:59 PM
    Hi Jane High Then you may like to look at SpinningClock (http://www.spinningclock.com/) and Slinky Productions (www.slinkyproductions.co.uk). We have used their services before. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:51 PM
    Hi All Does anyone have any examples they could please share in respect of skills matrixes and linking in with grading/reward system as we are about to embark on reviewing our current systems and keen to know what fellow manufacturing organisations are using particular from an electro-mechanical assembly manufacturing environment basis and or for business support functions. Thanks for reading.
    5 replies | 205 view(s)
  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:45 PM
    Hi Verity Davidge what was the response to Heather's comments please as would be keen to hear particularly as we are reviewing our apprenticeship programme shortly. thanks Marie
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  • Jane High's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:42 PM
    we prefer to work on what we want and believe it is value for money rather than a budget
    3 replies | 87 view(s)
  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:40 PM
    Hi Jane High What is your budget for doing this? Depending on the complexity of the video costs can be anywhere between £3000-6000+. Best regards, Daniel.
    3 replies | 87 view(s)
  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:38 PM
    Interested to know what other manufacturing companies are doing that has proved successful in improving staff engagement/morale, in respect of employee engagement schemes/staff discount schemes in rural areas? Look forward to hearing from you. thanks
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  • Jane High's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:33 PM
    we want to re-do our film on our website to make it more of a story - we wondered if anyone in the network had a good experience with a manufacturing film (about 2 minutes long) and if so whom did they work with. I appreciate there are a plethera of film makers on the web, but how many of them are specific to manufacturing and would understand our potential marketplace. any suggetions gratefully received
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  • Marie Thomas's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 03:32 PM
    Hi Gemma Beadle We offer standard overtime rates i.e. 1/3, 1/2, double, however for the small number of employees who work a late shift of 2.30-11.00pm we offer 10% premium on hours of 8-11pm only. Would be interested to hear what research data you have gathered from other manufacturing companies. Thanks, Marie
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 10:54 AM
    Hi Tim Morris I have just emailed you some additional information regarding your question. The DIT have advised attending an export course by Strong & Herd in Worcester. There is a basic one or advanced https://hwchamber.co.uk/training/import-export-training/export-documentation-procedures Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 10:08 AM
    Hi Gemma Beadle Thank you for posting your question. We will make others aware of your question and hope to get a reply soon. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Gemma Beadle's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 09:53 AM
    We are currently reviewing our overtime policy and I was looking for some advice on what others pay for unsociable hours, for example paying overtime on basic pay and shift allowance combined or maybe a specific overtime rate for unsociable hours. Any insight or advice will be much appreciated. Thank you for your help.
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  • Amy Brunsdon's Avatar
    13-08-2018, 07:54 AM
    Hello Everyone, I know that many of you are extremely passionate about encouraging the next generation into the manufacturing industry and one of the most popular routes for doing this is through offering apprenticeships. I’ve heard from many of you that you struggle to find the young people with the right qualifications for these roles or even find young people that are interested. So I wanted to share this report I found published by the Sutton Trust, read more here. It highlights how two-thirds of secondary school teachers would not recommend apprenticeships to pupils with good...
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 01:39 PM
    Hi Tim Morris Thank you for the clarification. I have now contacted our experts internally who may be able to help. I will also make the DIT aware of this. Best regards, Daniel.
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  • Tim Morris's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 01:22 PM
    Hi Daniel, I am sorry but there is a misunderstanding. We ship to the U.S. now. The transport company has told us what to complete on paperwork, but we would like to understand the process fully and what options are available, rather than being guided by a single supplier. We are looking to understand the process better. Cheers, Tim
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 12:24 PM
    Hi @Tim Morris We have heard back from the DIT. The first step will require you to register on their US portal for America/Canada via this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UKEXPORT They are currently looking in Australia for you. Best regards, Daniel.
    6 replies | 281 view(s)
  • Ian Jones's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 09:55 AM
    As a Health and Safety Consultant for EEF;I see many companies where the only KPI's in place at Senior level are accident and incident KPI's. These are reactive and while they have some value in showing a trend, they do not provide information on how your management systems is being complied with What is your company tracking to provide more Pro active information to show if your business is in a good place? Examples might be:
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  • Daniel Kirmatzis's Avatar
    03-08-2018, 01:06 PM
    Hi Tim Morris Many thanks for posting your question. We will make sure others are aware and hope that you'll get answer to this soon. Best regards, Daniel.
    6 replies | 281 view(s)
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