If you’re an employer seeking to fill vacancies, you’ll no doubt be recruiting. If you have no vacancies, then recruitment has probably slipped off the agenda and other business priorities come to the fore… but is this the most effective approach to getting staffing right?
We believe that by keeping a constant eye out for potential employees, even if you don’t have any immediate need for new staff, then you have a pipeline of talented people to call on when vacancies occur.
Flexing up and down
At 24-7 Staffing, we specialise in temporary recruitment and in this area in particular staffing needs are prone to fluctuations.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, and sectors reopen – such as hospitality and leisure – we’ve seen an increase in demand for our drivers, industrial workers and care staff.
If your business relies on temps and contractors, then it is even more important to set up and maintain a pipeline of potential workers. If you wait until you need staff, you may be looking just when there are fewer candidates to choose from. You could lose out to competitors who have maintained their recruitment pipeline by reaching out to candidates they’re keen to employ when they have a need.
At the end of October, the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme) finishes, and it is possible this will spark an increase in workers being laid off. We are already seeing an increasing number of quality candidates available on the market as a result of the increasing redundancies. Now is the perfect time to create or replenish your recruitment pipeline.
Setting up a recruitment pipeline
This is where your recruitment partner can assist. At 24-7 Staffing, we get to know our clients’ needs inside and out, and will always be looking for candidates who would suit them, with the right skillset and attitude to fit with their team.
We work together with our clients to put a plan in place for plugging skills gaps, and for succession planning so we are proactively filling roles as they arise, and not reactively looking around to see who is jobhunting.
Together, we keep in touch with talented workers so they know in advance when a role might become available.
Your recruiter should be able to help you in the same way, but if you would like to talk to us, we would be delighted to assist.
Honesty is the best policy
Of course, it goes without saying, that employers and recruiters should make candidates fully aware that a role may be a future role and not an immediate vacancy.
Be honest and open, and keep in touch with them on a regular basis about how their prospects of being employed by you are progressing.
You might even want to create short projects to test out a candidate and then earmark them as a future employee.
If you would like to talk to us about creating a recruitment pipeline for your temporary staffing needs, particularly if you are in the driving, commercial, industrial or healthcare sectors, please get in touch. We work with employers and jobseekers across Wiltshire, Bristol and the South West.