Unemployment in the UK is falling. In fact, in February the figure was at its lowest since 2006. At the same time many sectors are expanding, and companies are crying out both for skilled staff and for employees with the right attitude and calibre who they can train.
So how do companies plug this gap between supply and demand?
One answer is to use a quality recruitment company, like Wiltshire-based 24-7 Staffing. Earlier this year, the company won the Chippenham Business Customer Services award. It is in the final of the industry’s prestigious Recruiter awards, and is in contention for four Wiltshire Business awards.
24-7 Staffing was founded in Chippenham in 2004. It has branches in Salisbury and its newly relocated office in Bristol, opposite the University of the West of England.
Having initially serviced the driving sector, the company now has four strong divisions: driving, industrial, commercial, and healthcare sectors. It is this responsiveness to the local economy which makes 24-7 Staffing adept at growing its own businesses and supporting the needs of companies in the region.
Director and founder Julian Thompson said: “We have proved our ability to respond to the demands of the local economy, completely changing our business model, while remaining 100% compliant and delivering excellent service. We provide a vital service to the business and job-seeking community, and so offering excellent customer service is something we take seriously.”
Training is also at the heart of 24-7 Staffing, both for its own team and also to help upskill candidates to better meet the needs of clients. The company’s staff goes through an intensive internal training programme, while opportunities are provided for candidates across all sectors to enhance their skills and employment prospects.
In a market where candidates are scarce, Julian says training existing employees or upskilling candidates prior to employment is key to filling the jobs gap.