After making some hard decisions and invoking a business continuity plan (devised several years ago) Just Recruitment is still very much open for business! Peter Foy explains how
When the Coronavirus crisis hit the UK, Just Recruitment’s business fell off the proverbial cliff. In less than a week, over half of our revenue disappeared. Companies put recruitment on hold, clients that use temporary workers were suddenly planning for lockdown. Amidst the nationwide sense of concern, even panic, about the threat to health, there was also an underlying threat to the economy. The Prime Minister and the Chancellor both made bold promises about the help that will be available to companies like ours.
|Several years ago, Just Recruitment put together a business continuity plan that we have now invoked.|
Three weeks in and, where are we? Well, there are still many questions about how the financial assistance promised by the government will be delivered. Whether that be from HMRC or the banks, there remain questions as to how the process will work. At the time of writing, we have just been told that the lockdown will continue for at least another three weeks. There is still considerable uncertainty.
However, there is also a silver lining to this dark cloud. Several years ago, Just Recruitment put together a business continuity plan that we have now invoked. Of course, that plan did not include the use of furlough or social distancing. But it did anticipate a reduced workforce working from, either home or strategically chosen branches. The investment in technology that we made, which included our Private Cloud and Internet-based telephony, allowed the redeployment of people in minutes. A huge thank you to our technology partner, Lucid Systems, who have proved their worth over the past few weeks.
A significant part of the continuity plan was to maintain client contact. All our clients were facing the same issues we had. Obvious differences reflecting the different sectors, but we were up against very similar challenges. Several of them were closed, effectively on government instruction, but many of them are either in the food supply chain or the medical instrument supply chain. These companies faced all the problems of the virus while having to continue working. I am incredibly proud of how my colleagues stepped up to the plate to help these key companies. We have had regular conference calls where we have, very openly, shared plans and problems and work together to find solutions.
The nation quite rightly takes to the streets every Thursday evening to applaud our care workers. We should also remember and recognise, those individuals further down the supply chain. The men and women who are manning production lines, working in distribution centres and driving delivery trucks. Also, the people behind them, the folk in HR, logistics, finance and, of course, recruitment. It is said that in a battle, for every soldier on the front line there are 10 soldiers behind him; supporting him. The same is true of the Coronavirus frontlines; for them to do their vital work the entire supply chain has to keep working.
Of course, our business has taken a hit during the crisis. Our revenues are down, our profits disappeared, and half of our colleagues are on furlough. Only a fool would think that there is going to be a quick turnaround. But there will be a turnaround. The virus will be beaten and although the normality we return to will be a new normality, we will, to coin a phrase, meet again.
Speaking only for Just Recruitment, I am confident that the team I am part of will be stronger, more driven and more mature. The shared experience of this crisis has taught us we can depend on each other. It has given us all the opportunity to be pushed to the limit. Only a fool would wish to live through an event like the one we are experiencing, but the experience, once survived, will be transformational.
We are still in a dark place, but we are headed toward the light and, government restrictions notwithstanding, Just Recruitment is moving back to Business As Usual.
Published: 17 April 2020
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|Location:||A home based role
Just Recruitment is recruiting for a Financial Advisor on behalf of a financial services provider to cover the Basingstoke, Newbury, Thatcham, Tadley area.
Average earnings: In the first year £37,000 rising to £43,000 in year two*
The company offers savings, investment, and protection products to help families and individuals reach their financial goals, as well as protect their families and improve communities.
You will be provided with a customer database which you will build upon. You will receive ongoing support, guidance, training and development in the processes, systems and products to help you succeed in your role.
You will enjoy the autonomy of being home-based and responsible for managing your daily activities and diary as well as being part of a successful team of Financial Advisers.
If you are from a sales background and have a genuine desire in providing financial advice to help families and individuals reach their financial goals you will be rewarded with a basic salary of £24,000 plus uncapped earning potential for achievement of your goals (*average £37,000 in year 1 and £43,000 in year 2 based) together with a company car, life cover and a pension scheme into which the company will contribute up to 10% of total earnings.
Knowledge, skills and experience:
Please note that if you have not been contacted within 7 days, your application for this position has been unsuccessful.
|Sector:||Engineering and Manufacturing
|Salary:||£9.00 per hour|
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This really is a great opportunity to join a company at the forefront of their sector, with a long-serving and dedicated team.
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Continuous improvement and development of the business is an essential part of this role and every employee is encouraged to apply their skills, knowledge and experience to all aspects of the business - you really are a valued member of the business as a whole.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
This is an excellent long-term opportunity.
There is free parking and other company benefits.
|Sector:||Engineering and Manufacturing
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The role will involve:
Candidates should be engineering graduates, able to demonstrate practical post-graduate experience of digital hardware design, and be familiar with some or all of the following:
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|Sector:||Transport, Logistics and Shipping
|Salary:||£8.72 - £9.00 per hour|
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You must have previous delivery driver experience.
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Also, you will need to be over 25 for insurance reasons.
9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.