We get so used to negative stories in the press: arguments over Brexit, under-funding in the NHS, the oceans being full of plastic … the list goes on.
So, I’m delighted to bring you some good news: it’s all going well for the UK recruitment industry. Figures from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (the REC), of which 24-7 Staffing is a member, show companies like ours helped almost one million people find a permanent job in 2016/17. In fact, in any given day agencies are responsible for 1.3 million workers.
In 2016/17, total revenue from permanent and temporary placements reached £32.2 billion from an industry that continues to employ over 100,000 people itself. Some £28.2 billion was generated from temporary placements while approximately £4 billion was generated through permanent placements.
That really is an impressive contribution to the UK economy, and we are proud that we are doing our bit. The less tangible, but equally important measure, is how much agencies like ours help other businesses to thrive, by working with them to fill their vacancies.
But we are not complacent. The recruitment sector moves at an incredible pace, so it is important for us to keep ahead by making improvements to our own business. This makes us more effective for our clients and candidates, and a more attractive place to work for our own talented team.
It’s only March, but during this first quarter we have brought in:
- A new staff benefits scheme
- An online holiday booking system for staff, because we recognise how important it is for them to get their breaks
- A revised system of training and career development plans, across all levels including new recruits and aspiring managers, working with one of the industry’s leading recruitment trainers
- An attractive new bonus package for our recruitment consultants, with clear attainment guidelines which provide them with unlimited earning potential
And we have already organised our annual away day to increase staff engagement and motivation, and to talk about plans for the year ahead.
Compliance is very important to us, and so we have been preparing extensively for the new GDPR data protection regulations which come into force in May. We’re also delighted to have passed our ISO audit for the eleventh consecutive year.
Finally, our four sectors – commercial, driving, industrial and healthcare – are going from strength to strength and we continue to invest in them. To this end, for our healthcare division we are working with Wiltshire College to develop a career development plan for our care staff, through a Care Academy.
I hope this gives you a flavour of what has been going on in our sector and our company recently. All good news and a great position to be in as we head into spring 2018.
If you would like to chat to me or any of the team about recruitment, please get in touch.