Reasons to be Cheerful: Resilience, Re-openings and Recruitment

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Across the globe we are united in our experiences of disruption and uncertainty. But we must seek the positives. 

It would be easy to see the recruitment industry as a sector hard hit by the coronavirus crisis. However, from economic considerations and utilising technology to sites reopening and available jobs, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for businesses and individuals alike.

 

Economic factors

This is a pandemic not a recession. Economic downturn has been a result of the government’s policies for public safety, not because of market instability. Although it is impossible to predict the economic impact of COVID-19 we hope, as the market was strong when the outbreak hit, that we will experience a ‘mini-recession’ i.e. a short fast economic drop followed by a quick bounce back.

Of course, nobody knows quite when this will happen but, when the economy starts to grow again, recruitment will play an essential part in helping businesses and the economy rebuild, finding innovative ways of matching skilled workers with roles when they need them most.

Signs of a push towards growth and revival are creeping in. The ‘Keep Britain Working’ campaign has been set up to help support employment in the UK and is encouraging businesses to pledge their support to help companies retain staff and help people find new jobs. More on our involvement in the campaign to come in the following days.

 

There are jobs available

Construction, Infrastructure and Utilities

We’re working hard in collaboration with our clients to ensure that people can get back to work, with their safety of paramount importance. We’ve seen some of our clients start to re-open sites over the past week and we expect this trend to continue.

Interestingly, with remote work taking place, the telecoms and utilities industries are thriving with a surge in demand for workers. We have some key clients who have needed resource throughout this period. As such, the nuclear, chemical, oil and gas and power sectors are in need of contract and permanent workers now.

If you’re looking for opportunities in construction, rail, highways, nuclear, utilities or power please drop in your CV here >

 

Rhys Harris, associate director spoke about his optimism for the market:

“In unprecedented times right now the jobs market is clearly a big concern. However, when we are through this period, I am confident the construction industry will ‘get Britain building’ again.

Any contractors whether trades, labour or managerial want to get in touch to register interest for when the construction and infrastructure projects kick off again then please contact me directly on rhys.harris@morson.com and I will ensure you are connected to our client’s needs”

 

It is essential that contractors, and anyone going back to work, are safeguarded. We are actively working collaboratively with our clients, and other organisations, to ensure they are taking effective measures to create safe workspaces.

Our ‘Fit for Work’ app is early intervention technology, which identifies the first signs of the Coronavirus before workers attend site – to businesses to ensure those venturing back to employment are completely safe to do so. Launched just last month, the app is being rolled out across 3,000 essential workers and their employers to ensure they are attending work in line with governmental advice on Coronavirus.

In addition, understanding that maintaining a 2-metre physical distance stipulated by the government is difficult whilst on-site, we have added the 2-metre signage to the high visibility vests of our essential maintenance teams. Designed to encourage the correct behaviours and keep our workers within safe distances, the updated PPE has already paid dividends with distancing rules effectively observed on-site during safety briefings and consequent works.

 

Digital

Digital has never played a more crucial role in our professional and personal lives. The current pandemic has made many businesses realise the importance of technology by enabling remote working and bringing remote teams together to ensure business continuity. The current climate has also highlighted the importance of data, to track and monitor COVID-19 and safeguard communities. 

Morson executive manager for technology, Sam Menelaou, reveals that the digital sector is resilient and why candidates should look to up-skill in this area:

We've seen encouraging signs from our clients in the digital space during this time and I foresee that digital jobs will be more resilient, and digital requirements will grow faster, than in most employment sectors.

In addition, we’ve seen many clients whose business operations have been affected massively by COVID-19, yet their IT and digital functions have continued to thrive due to the need to deliver technology projects and road maps which are essential now and in the future.

If you are recruiting for roles in IT and digital or are a candidate looking for an opportunity I am here to support and have a conversation. Contact me at sam.menelaou@morson.com 

Get the full story: https://www.morson.com/blog/2020/04/digital-sector-growth-boosting-your-digital-skills-at-home

 

Technology to keep the recruitment world turning

As a recruitment business we thrive off creating personal connections, meaning that the physical distancing imposed by the COVID-19 response is an obvious challenge. However, our new normal has uncovered opportunity, with recruiters and clients discovering new ways to engage, communicate with and source top talent.

With greater utilisation of recruitment and business technology, Odro, Skype, MS Teams and Slack, we have continued to effectively support many clients with their recruitment requirements. COVID-19 has given us the chance to explore the full potential of these tools, meaning that recruitment does not necessarily have to be put on hold.

Our recruiters are experiencing first-hand the benefits of virtual engagement and HR recruitment manager Craig Saxby spoke with Odro about making his first, fully remote, permanent (and one of their quickest ever) placement with the technology.

Although this is just one example, we’ve now used Odro effectively for multiple clients on multiple roles and have found, that even for senior appointments, Odro is a fantastic tool for professional interactions. Time saving for both parties yet still maintaining that human face-to-face interaction allows our clients and recruitment teams to build relationships and connect with potential candidates. By using tools like Odro we’re opening ourselves to a wealth of opportunity – challenges around location, working hours and other commitments are minimised, allowing greater flexibility for both candidates and clients.

Get the full story: https://www.morson.com/blog/2020/04/keeping-the-recruitment-world-turning

 

Uncertainty is abundant and we cannot predict when we will be able to start to rebuild, but there are signs of hope, as businesses come together to retain their employees and get people into work.

Beyond COVID-19 we hope we’ll see businesses keen to retain their ‘people first’ approach and this will lead to an enhanced focus on the needs of their employees.


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