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Recruiting in an uncertain economy (BREXIT)

Brexit, it seems, has come and gone.

With it the various political supporters have scuttled away to the furthest corners of the United Kingdom. Leaving us all in a period of uncertainty not experienced since the late 80’s/early 90’s.

It would be easy for us to assume that the economical effect of instating article 50 would be disastrous. Even the largest blue chip multinationals are terrified of the possible effects.

But the truth is somewhat different… Although that is to say that we are yet to feel the effects of our actions!

Our economy continues to slowly recover from the shock announcement, please read this quite insightful article from the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/29/busy-week-of-economic-data-gives-further-clues-on-brexit-vote). Importantly the estimates for economic growth have  increased.

What does this mean for the job market and recruitment agencies? There is ALWAYS a requirement for recruitment. There is now a drive, surprisingly not for reduced cost, but for increased quality.

So, the effect of an uncertain market economy has driven a requirement for increased skills and staff quality.

As a candidate, you should be looking to increase your skill set and worth.

This isn’t as difficult as it sounds, handily there are various government backed schemes available:

  • Positive Outcomes (www.positiveoutcomes.org.uk), a number of “on the job” skills courses are available that you can join to become an apprentice (open to any age, any industry, etc.). Apprenticeships are no longer just for the young, straight out of college candidates. There are skills ranging from office admin to field/outdoors based skills. The important bit being that you are paid a normal salary, there is no difference for you other than learning some extra suited skills.
  • Open University (www.open.ac.uk), a number of excellent resources are available to increase your general knowledge, no different than taking a university course. Complete in your own time, online and at any time.

From a company’s point of view, it may be worth speaking to your staff. Find out what skills they feel would be beneficial, alternatively if you know that you have a certain requirement/skill needed then don’t hesitate to bring it up.

Everyone wants to be a better version of themselves, and in an uncertain market your skill-set could make all the difference.

For more information or to discuss how we can be of help in this regard, please feel free to contact one of our team.

Thank you for reading,

Wayne Garrison

CEO

DRB Recruitment

 

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