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Post Brexit – Advice for employers and job seekers

Our industry body, the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) has a Brexit hub with helpful information for employers and job seekers.

The good news is that there will be no immediate change to:

  • Right to work checks
  • Immigration
  • GDPR Guide for candidates
  • Employment legislation based on European law e.g. holiday pay rights

Following the UK leaving the EU at 11pm on Friday 31 January 2020, the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and EU (Withdrawal) Act 2020 contain provisions that do not allow changes until the implementation period is complete. However, the UK will not be allowed to take part in EU institutions, governance structures and decisions etc. 

What is the implementation or transition period?

From 11pm on Friday 31 January 2020 to 11pm on 31 December 2020. During this time, the UK and the EU can negotiate on the new terms of their future relationship and until the transition ends, most things will stay the same including:

  • Freedom of movement (the right to live and work in the EU and vice versa)
  • UK-EU trade
  • Travelling to and from the EU 

Could there still be a no deal? 

Yes. The UK and EU reached an agreement for the UK to leave the EU but the future relationship is subject to negotiation between the UK and the other EU member states. There are currently 11 months left to reach an agreement so if no deal is agreed, contingency plans may have to be implemented. If so, the government would likely default to the World Trade Organisation terms. 

We will keep you posted on any major updates over the course of 2020 and share useful information so we can all prepare, whatever the outcome. Atwood Tate has access to the REC’s Legal Helpline and we undergo relevant training to ensure we’re compliant.

Helpful resources for businesses:

Checklist for Businesses if we have a No-Deal Brexit

Government’s advice

Helpful resources for Candidates:

If you are an EU national and you want to continue living in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen

If you are an UK Citizen in the EU: https://www.gov.uk/uk-nationals-living-eu

General info: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

The key message still is:

Don’t worry if you’re already working here in the UK, you will be able to stay!

The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021. If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. You’ll be given either:

  • settled status
  • pre-settled status

Which status you get depends on how long you’ve been living in the UK when you apply and your rights will be different depending on which status you get.

If you do have questions, please do get in touch with us and we can clarify on some of this advice and hopefully point you in the right direction!

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Bite Sized Series: Exciting Editorial

Is it difficult to get an editorial role in publishing?

Some Editorial positions are notoriously competitive (particularly in trade publishing). But there are so many different types of editorial jobs, from editorial assistant, desk editor, project editor to commissioning editors, etc… and so many different types of publishing sectors, there must be an Editorial role waiting for you! Do not forget about educational, scientific or professional publishing, as these are very dynamic and rewarding areas of publishing. How do you learn about these? Research and networking! Talk to publishing professionals, attend events to get to know different markets, get in touch with your recruiter. Keep an open mind when looking for an editorial role as the right opportunity might be at a publisher you’ve never heard of before!

What skills do I need to work in an editorial role?

It really depends on the editorial role you are trying to get. If you are intending to go towards commissioning, a commercial mind set and networking skills are essential, as well as a strong relationship building aptitude. If you are considering project editing, then project management and organisation would come in handy. Generally a good attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills and the will to learn are valued in an editorial role. Soft skills are all the rage, and a positive, flexible and a proactive approach to work will get you places!

Can I change publishing sector later in my career?

Of course you can! The first job you get doesn’t determine the rest of your career. But try to explore a few routes at the beginning of your career maybe to find that special publishing industry you love. Or be prepared to be flexible if you are considering moving publishing sectors when you have already gained solid experience. You will have developed transferrable skills and valuable experience. But for more senior roles, publishers usually require established knowledge of their sector/type of list, so you might have to take a step down in order to break into a new sector.

So just to sum up:

  • Be curious and do keep an open mind when it comes to editorial roles and publishing sectors
  • Do your research and speak to people! It’s the best way to discover what a particular editorial position involves or learn more about different publishing sectors
  • Work on your soft skills (we have a blog on this)! You will develop many as you gain experience, but a friendly and positive attitude is your best bet to start.
  • Be flexible if you are trying to move into a new sector of publishing.

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Bite Sized Series: Marvellous Marketing

What do marketers in Publishing do?

Marketers are responsible for promoting a publisher or client’s products or services in order to reach their target audience. Marketing can be either traditional (e.g. print advertisements, brochures, flyers) or digital (e.g. social media, email campaigns, websites, SEO, digital advertising). The main goal of marketing is to generate sales. Nearly all marketing roles that we recruit for do have a strong digital element, so it is important to keep these skills up to date.

How easy is it to transfer your marketing skills into a role in publishing?

The skills and knowledge that you develop in marketing are highly transferable, especially if you have particular expertise or a specialism that is in demand. Marketers often need to have strong copywriting skills and a keen eye for detail, as well as excellent communication and relationship building skills. An up-to-date knowledge of the sector you’d like to work in as well as an understanding of the company and its target market, will strengthen your application.

What marketing roles do we work on?

We work on marketing roles in book, journal, magazine publishing and events across all sectors and related industries.  Content marketing is also a growing area. No matter the sector, marketing is a highly creative role and publishers are always looking for imaginative strategies and innovative ways to engage audiences. As there are so many marketing roles, there are many opportunities for career progression. If you’re interested in a marketing role or would like to find out more, we would love to hear from you!

So just to sum up:

  • Marketers are responsible for promoting a publisher or client’s products or services in order to reach their target audience and generate sales.
  • The skills and knowledge that you develop in marketing are highly transferable, especially if you have particular expertise or a specialism that is in demand.
  • Marketing is a creative role so it’s important that you market yourself as well as your product. Be authentic and think about your personal brand!
  • PLANNING! Get a marketing plan at least 3-6 months ahead of publication date!

-Advice from our Publishing Recruitment Consultant, Catherine Roney

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