Saturday 24 April 2021

Recruitment: A Boost for Business Plans

SFR Recruitment Solutions explains how the pandemic affected their recruitment business in the fenestration and architectural ironmongery sectors and provides tips on how businesses can ‘pick up where they left off’ with their business plans.  
How did the Pandemic Affect Recruitment?

Matthew Robinson and Jamie Smith, Directors at SFR Recruitment explain:
“We were massively affected by the first lockdown, as businesses were either closing or operating on skeleton staff, or furloughing their staff - there wasn’t much need for recruitment, in fact many recruitment plans were instantly put on the backburner.  All we could do was support our clients and candidates the best we could during the pandemic, and let them know we are here if they needed us.

Embracing change 
At the moment, getting people back to work is the priority and not recruitment for most companies.  However, the pandemic has fast-tracked digitalisation and we must plan to embrace this change and hire accordingly. 
For example, more people are buying online than ever before, holiday cancellations have led to a massive surge in the home improvement and DIY market.  The majority of businesses supplying this trade have already seen a fruitful comeback.  

What will happen next? Tips and Advice for Businesses
There will be a period of ‘displacement’ where some employees will decide to move on after furlough or, unfortunately, face redundancy – it is also likely that roles will alter as the full extent of the change the pandemic has brought is realised.

The furlough scheme has given employers and employees the opportunity to train and gain new skills. Businesses should consider how they can take advantage of these new skills when bringing employees back from furlough.  

Also consider recruiting for skills they are currently outsourcing such as ecommerce and marketing - we predict a shift in the required skillsets post-pandemic. Businesses may also be considering whether external roles can become internal or perhaps homebased permanently.  

Let’s get our business plans firmly back on-track to take full advantage of the continuingly buoyant construction and home improvement market.”

Companies looking to recruit for new roles, or candidates planning their next career move, should get in touch with us at SFR recruitment for advice.

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