July 2013 | Issue 35
PSS-Europe Services

Project Management Services
Tom Lewington
MB: 07789 994994
       LL: 01635 800102

E-Mail Project Services

Luke Samaras
MB: 07769 572799
       LL: 0844 8260496

E-Mail current requirement job descriptions to recruitment

We pride ourselves on our ability to offer our clients a bespoke recruitment service.

The small print T&C

Current Opportunities

Private Banking HNW Relationship Managers
London & Europe
£80-100K + banking benefits

Key skills: HNWI, UHNWI, HNW, Private Banking, Relationship Manager, Sales, High Net Worth, Portfolio, Wealth Management

PHP OO Senior Web/Software Developer
Reading, Berkshire
£30K - £40K per annum
Key Skills:   PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Java, Apache, Linux, MVC, JavaScript, JQuery, OOP, OOD, Agile, Developer, Software Engineer, Programmer, Internet, Web, SaaS

IS Service Desk Support / Helpdesk 1st & 2nd Line ITIL
West End, London
Fixed term contract for initial 2 months
£22,935pa pro rata

IT Infrastructure Support Engineer - Windows 2003/2008, Exchange, VMware, vSphere, Citrix VDI
Central London - West End, W1

Systems Engineer VMware, Exchange, Windows Server, SAN, NAS
Winchester, Hampshire
£30-35Kpa + Benefits

Banner - Ellucian Support Analysts x 3
Contract and permanent -
Salary Negotiable DOE

Industry Comment

4 Reasons your job's not fun anymore
What happened? You used to love to go to work, in fact people said you had so much fun at work; you’d probably work for nothing. But somewhere along the line, you lost that spark. Where did it go? Even more importantly, can you get it back?
Don’t worry. This is actually a very common mid-career “crisis” for a lot of people, although it has been especially aggravated by today’s difficult, depressing, do more with less, downsized environment. But if you are finding that work is no longer interesting and has become a chore, it’s time to take stock and re-evaluate where you are.
The reasons your job has lost your excitement usually fall into one of these categories

1. You are bored, unfulfilled or no longer challenged by your job.
2. You feel overworked and underappreciated.
3. Someone is making the environment less pleasant (your boss, a co-worker)
4. It has nothing to do with work but something outside is affecting your attitude... Read Full Article


Amazing employee motivation ideas you should try in 2013

2013 is the time to change things up with your employees, try something new, and get creative. If you're not leading the way in the changing workplace, you might be able to feel the dust whipping by your cheeks as you get left behind. Employers and managers have been using the same old horrible motivation techniques for decades to try to make their workforce more productive, but the world has changed and it's time to modernize your workplace.
... Read Full Article


RTI Relaxation Extended
The temporary relaxation of the RTI reporting requirements for small employers has been extended to 5 April 2014. It was due to apply only until 5 October 2013.

Under RTI you are supposed to send a full payment submission (FPS) report to HMRC every time you pay employees, on or before the date of payment. This could mean sending a FPS every week, or even every day if you pay some casuals daily.

The relaxation applies to employers with fewer than 50 employees who pay staff weekly, or more frequently, but who run their payroll once a month. These employers can submit their full payment submission (FPS) at the time of the payroll run. However, the FPS must reach HMRC by the end of the tax month (5th).

The Taxman's own figures show that one in six payments under RTI has been reported using the current relaxation. In spite of this strong evidence that the reporting relaxation is needed, HMRC has insisted that all employers will be required to make RTI reports on or before each payment day from 6 April 2014.

If you have still not sent any reports under RTI, you will shortly receive a letter from HMRC and possibly an estimated tax demand. Ask us for advice before paying any tax demanded!

RTI, what you need to know

How To Upgrade Yourself To The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition

Deciding to get a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is a big step in a Project Manager's career, and it can be a time-consuming and difficult journey.

Simplify this and read Cornelius' new, free eBook "The 10 Secrets to Becoming a PMP". Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM is the brilliant mind behind the PM PrepCast.

These 10 Secrets are the result from teaching almost 25,000 students in preparation for their PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast. They are action items, which, if followed, will make exam preparation easier and less expensive.

It is, however, important to realize that the 10 Secrets will not make studying any easier or simplify passing the PMP exam. PMP aspirants are still going to have to study hard and stay focused. But the 10 Secrets are the step-by-step approach to preparing for and passing the PMP Exam.

The free ebook can be downloaded from this link:


In This Issue...

5 Tips for a Midlife Career Change
Consultant Availability
Feedback from visitors


Time Trial
Welcome to the July 2013 newsletter from PSS-Europe.

I have recently been observing how reward drives behaviour and the unintended impacts.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) need to be measurable to be useful and this can have an unintended impact depending on what one chooses to make a measure of success. Supply chain for instance being measured on cost alone, setting the measure to be the cheapest possible rate is an interesting option. Cost is easy to measure, if the unit cost goes down then success is achieved. The only wrinkle in this is that value for money is far harder to measure and unintended consequences tend not to be included in the calculation of what has been deemed success.

A company that pays contractors below market rate will struggle with keeping stability within project teams; contractors will take the low rate in a tight market but will only stay until a better contract comes along. Similarly if a company reduces the initially agreed daily rate it will lose the best contractors first. Whilst this will fulfil the supply chain requirement of showing savings by bringing down the daily cost of resource the negative impact on value for money can be significantly higher. Losing a key project resource and having to replace them means specific knowledge has been lost, the new contractor will need to get up to speed and pick up company specific knowledge, potentially leading to a delay in delivery. The replacement may not be of the same quality because of the lower rate.

The impact of recruiting slightly less experienced resources going forward (the overall quality will be lower as multi skilled and experienced contractors will take contracts in different sectors) will be additional expense. In a complex environment where a large number of functions have been outsourced for example, the cost impact will be magnified, inexperience managing outsource third parties will lead to a significant increase in costs as negotiations on time, cost and quality do not deliver the same results.

A particular company had the focus on profit to the extent it impacted its financial reporting, which led toits demise:
The report states the group then presented an updated set of financial figures for 2012 after the management admitted "significant weaknesses in financial reporting and process [were] identified". These "accounting adjustments" pulled down an earlier full-year forecast of a £34.6m profit to £11.6m before exceptional costs of £20m were taken into account.
It was at this point that FTI Consulting was officially appointed as an administrator of ***'s UK subsidiaries.

KPI’s can be useful but have to be used carefully; it is not good achieving a major success in one area if it causes a larger negative impact in another area.

If you have any new positions that you are looking fill please contact Luke MB: 07769 572799 LL: 0844 8260496

5 Tips for a Midlife Career Change

Career path

Experts say it’s important not to rush a career transition. Develop a process that includes friends and advisors, and stick to it.

It’s time for a career change. You’re at the midpoint of life; your first career leaves you bored, empty or worn out. But how do you assess the options, get advice and determine a new path?
You want to do something different but haven’t got a clue. Run an alpaca farm? Join the Peace Corps? Take up sculpture? Launch an Internet venture? Midlife is also a time to realign work—paid or unpaid—with personal values, a chance to leave your mark on the world. Read more..

Consultant Availability

PSS-Europe can service all aspects of Project Management Office (PMO). From the day-to-day administrative support to the initiation and strategy required to setup a new PMO.

Key areas for PSS-Europe include:

  • Programme Management

  • Project Management

  • Business Analysis

  • Project Management Office

  • Hardware Infrastructure Implementation

  • Software Implementation

  • User Acceptance Testing

  • User Training

PSS-Europe is currently searching for Project Managers and Business Analysts with experience of working within one of the large telecommunications providers with a view for future opportunities. If you would be interested in working with PSS-Europe in the future send please send your CV to



Newsletter Feedback

This is the thirty fifth issue; let us know what you think of how we are doing and what information would be useful to you... E-mail:

If you do not wish to receive further news or mailings from PSS-Europe click here to unsubscribe.

Copyright © 2009 PSS-Europe. All Rights Reserved.

If you are having trouble reading the newsletter please follow this link.