Blog posts written during January 2017

What cost efficiency?

Thursday Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Administrator

According to the Oracle aka Google these days the average recruitment consultant earns around £22,000 to £28,000 per year. So in real terms, by the time the office has been rented, heated and lit, HMRC paid etc. a consultant costs around £36,000 per year and with 37 hour weeks and four weeks holiday that means each hour of their time costs around £20.

 

In very round terms every minute costs 30p. Ava advanced agency web system performs many of the time consuming messaging processes of notifying Customers and Employees (the temp staff themselves) about opportunities or vacancies bookings and lets them check their shifts directly by signing in online. The average length of a business phone call is apparently (according once again to Google) between one and a half and 3 minutes. That seems short to me,  but maybe this doesn’t count the wasted times where you didn’t get through! Let’s say you consultant makes 50 calls a day. Our messaging should eliminate half of these so saving about over an hour a day or £20. The same applies to composing emails so possibly another saving £20. An Ava licence costs less than £2 per day.

 

If you are interested in hearing more, call us on 01491 845 400

 

 

 

Ava Advanced Agency Web system and my Agency or Staff Bank web site

Wednesday Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Administrator

For both Staff Banks and Temp Agencies our software offers an unbeatable range of options to give small temporary staffing agencies facilities that would otherwise cost tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of pounds to develop for themselves and Large agencies including those with neutral vendor status a modern resilient web presence.

 

A temporary employment agency web site can be a simple and as inexpensive as a Facebook page. A Facebook page has the advantages of being completely free and the page is also secure. Of course it may contain advertising and that may be for your greatest competitor! That is clearly a disadvantage.

Small agencies Simple web site links

Keeping cost down is a major drive for start-ups. Temp vacancy agency web site can be simple and as inexpensive as a free Facebook page. A Facebook page is also secure (it has that padlock thingy and it URL starts https). Of course it also may contain advertising and unfortunately that may be for your greatest competitor! Still a Facebook page, our software, a free email account and an inexpensive tablet such as a Samsung E connected to broadband and a mobile phone would allow you to do most if not all the admin your shiny new agencies need for a few hundred pounds.

You may have your own web site in which case it may be insecure; if it you should spend the few pounds it takes to make it secure as this is now the standard). As with the Facebook option all you need to do is add a link or links to your Ava booking system (which we will call a portal to distinguish it from your web site).

 

Here is a diagram to show how it works:

 

Simple Links Between Portal And Web Sites

 


Simple web site links (secure web site)
If your web site is secure (has a certificate and it is https) then the Ava advanced agency web system can easily be configured to allow links from it back to your site and at a small additional costs: have logos and colours which will make it look like part of your site, we can even make it a URL which your company owns as part of your company.

 

So with a secure site the links can work both ways:

 

Simple Links Between Portal And Web Sites Secure


Large Agency group with multiple Agencies and multiple sales regions

Can Ava (Aaaws) work for us? The answer here is a resounding yes and they are user configurable so easily changed over time and there are a sophisticated range of staff allocation features which help this work effectively.
We have groups of different Agencies can this be accommodated? Once again yes (click on the graphic to see a larger version).

 

The Ava pedigree wins out for you. Click on the picture to see a larger version.
 
Links Between Portal And Web Sites 
If this interests you, please give us a call on 01491 845 400 so we can learn more about you needs and see how we can help you become more efficient and profitable.

 

 

 

Ultimate relaibility in a modern environment

Tuesday Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Administrator

 

Much of effort at Ava has gone into reliability and performance.  Over eight years the down time of our product on a customer by customer basis has been significantly less than 5 minutes per year.

 

When we decided to migrate our product from windows to the cloud, one of the advantages to our customers was a wide range of hosting options to suit pockets and business needs. We made the decision to do this properly: database cloud hosted, access via reponsive web pages, mobile apps using web services. Our customers would not need expensive on site servers, infrastructure and the maintenance contracts that go with them. These are now all done by the ultimate experts with true economies of scale: Microsoft or Microsoft Gold Partners.

 

To achieve reliability in a modern environment we are hosted (and maintained 24/7) at either Microsoft or Microsoft Gold partners and this means we can now offer the ultimate 100% in system availability with automatic instant fail over to a standby server hosted at a completely different UK site or simply extremely good availability and resilience at a market beating price. Because our system is hosted in the cloud, the costs and headaches of maintaining expensive and ultimately unreliable servers on your site is completely eliminated.

 

Over the years of supply to a wide range of Agencies and the NHS, our pedigree of product uptime has not been surpassed. We know how disruptive and expensive system wide failures of the core software running your temp staffing agency can be. In a worst case scenario companies experiencing such trauma have suffered severe or even terminal consequences to their trading.

 

The choice is yours. With state of the art web hosting your data can be both ultimately secure, fully compliant with all Information Commissioners Office regulations (the UK Government data watchdog) and have such features as doing your HRMC RTI returns with a couple of clicks. We have also improved the speed with which we can import your data to get you up and running quickly.

 

If you would like to learn more please call us on 01491 845 400

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