Our home town of Basingstoke is a pretty buzzing place to live and work right now. Given our location just between the M4 and M3 and the easy access the area offers from Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, it is no wonder that so many local businesses are seeing many of the benefits of the overall improvements in the UK economy.
Basingstoke now looks set to become one of the country’s new Business Improvement Districts (BID) under the brand ‘Basingstoke Together’ . The aim of the BID is to encourage local businesses to work together to improve the town’s economy by leveraging their joint buying power and attracting more commercial spend in the area. Investment continues to grow, with the giant new John Lewis store at Basing View, opening just in time for the Christmas rush on November 12, being just one of several new business ventures in the area.
Our neighbouring town of Hartley Wintney is also getting in on the act, and is set to have a starring role in one of the episodes of the new BBC series, ‘Best Bakes Ever’!
However, the potential downside of this prodigious growth is that some businesses are finding it hard to source the people they need to help their companies to capitalise on the opportunities that a buoyant market offers.
A recent report on jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) published in September 2015 shows that businesses around the UK are worried about the anticipated shortage of permanent and temporary staff with many firms reporting difficulties in finding people with the right skills in the technical, logistics and professional/managerial sectors in particular.
So how can you ensure that your business will be one of those which benefits from all the inward investment and media attention in and around the Basingstoke area? Well, as the hundreds of local people who have been training for the Basingstoke Half Marathon on 4th October will tell you, the secret to success over the mid to long term is to have a strategy that will enable you to stay the distance and not just deal with challenges in the short term. Here are our top three tips to help you get the right teams in place so you can stay the distance in the race for growth and success:
1. You need the right team in place to support long-term success, not just for a short sprint. As an employer, you need to plan your recruitment strategy months – or even a full year ahead – if you want to secure the best candidates. According to the REC Jobs Outlook report for September 2015 from REC, the majority of UK businesses (74%) believe that economic conditions, domestically, are improving and 44% feel that this more stable outlook will lead to increased confidence in making hiring and investment decisions.
2. You need the right resources for every step of the race. Whilst a long-term strategy is key, every business needs to also ensure that it has the right staff to deal with seasonal fluctuations, short-term rushes or to meet tactical business needs. The REC jobs outlook reports that 73% of hirers say that they need to use agency workers to deliver short-term access to key strategic skills, an area which remains the primary focus point for recruiters.
3. You need advice and support from experienced professionals you trust to help you achieve your goals. By working with a local recruitment partner who knows the area; understands your business and has access to people with the right skills, you can maximise your chances of securing the right people for your business for both permanent and temporary posts much more quickly. By using a recruitment consultancy that has a strong local reputation, you will also have a much better chance of getting the sort of candidates who are interested in staying for the longer term, helping to save you time and money compared with appointing short-term staff. In a climate where the availability of candidates for permanent roles fell sharply in August (Source: REC), it is more vital than ever to work with a recruitment partner who can help you find and attract the right people.
At Priority Appointments, we know about staying the distance: we have been finding great jobs for people in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire for almost 20 years and our experienced team has over 40 years’ combined experience.
Our specialist Office and Industrial recruitment consultants take the time to find out what you need, talking to every candidate and visiting every business we work with, so we can accurately match people to the local permanent, temporary or contract vacancies that are right for them.
For a no-strings chat about how we can help you fill your Basingstoke based jobs, do contact us on 01256 334575.