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The Rise of Interim and Consultancy Recruitment

Posted by Claire Stradling

According to ONS, there are currently over 1.4million temporary, interim or contract workers in the UK. Firms are now looking to hire temporary, interim and consultancy workers as business activity recovers. 

Growth in Demand

Short term demand for staff to complete operational tasks has been high and we’ve found organisations are more likely to hire interim and consultancy workers than permanent staff over the next six months as the demand for agency workers over the next year is likely to remain high.

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s latest Jobs Outlook report, Temporary staff are becoming increasingly important to businesses as they try to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In times of uncertainty, interim and consultancy work can be a real asset to both employers and workers – it allows firms to create jobs when the future outlook is unclear, and gives people a chance to get back into work, earn money quickly, and progress into a permanent position.

REC research shows that interim and consultancy work is not only important for employers, but for workers as well. Two in five (39%) people in Britain have done temporary, contract or freelance work during their lives, and the majority do this by choice. One in three (36%) chose to do this to find work quickly, while three in ten (28%) used temporary work to earn money quickly.

Many also use temporary work as a stepping stone and progress into permanent positions – two in three (68%) of those who have done interim and consultancy work in the past are now in a permanent role.

An equally important incentive driving the number of interim and consultancy workers is the opportunity for organisations to ‘try before they buy’. In other words, rather than spending weeks or even months on the hiring process to later discover that the employee is not the right fit for the company, UK firms are hiring temp workers to evaluate the workers’ performance, attitude to work and their overall suitability for the role in question, without the financial burden of a permanent job offer. This proves equally beneficial for temp workers who can assess the company and job role before they decide whether the job is right for them.

Join Us

Here at Pro-Group, we have a strong Interim and Contract offering, and looking to build and develop our offering. We have long-standing relationships with companies across our key sectors - Tax, Finance, HR and Marketing, Communications and Fundraising - and the interim and consultancy market is stronger than ever. 

You will be joining a passionate and diverse team who work closely together to ensure they can deliver results and act as an extension to the client’s own recruitment processes.  

Our story is simple, “We want to establish a company that truly valued, respected and looked after its employees. After all, not only are we in a ‘people’ industry, but we strongly believe that happy employees make for a successful company. Our staff are our number one asset!” - Pat Keogh, Chairman at Pro-Group.  

Autonomous recruiting brings big rewards

If you’re looking to take control of your own work, or if you are an experienced recruiter looking to start in a new sector then we can offer you the opportunity to really put your own stamp on the role and business as a whole.

We do not demand pointless and unachievable KPIs but work with you as an individual to set personalised objectives and the ability to manage your workload and desk in a way that works for you. 

We offer a market leading commissionsion structure, it’s rewarded to you quarterly, offering you the opportunity to earn up to 40% of your billings with plenty of fantastic benefits to suit, including mortgage savings schemes, private medical insurance as well as training and a market-leading technology suite to help you achieve. 

As an SME, the management structure is flat which is very different to what I am used to having worked for larger organisations, but I see this as a massive benefit. Your voice is heard, listened to and the owners sit on the floor with you. I have also seen massive and progressive changes in Pro-Group in my few years with the company. If I need a new job-board - no problem as long as I can show a business case for it. Want to set up a new division? Again no problem, just present a business case and you will be backed. No red tape or layers of management to convince. If you have a vision and plan, it will be backed.

How we’re adapting to the Pandemic

Due to Covid19, every employee at Pro-Group is working 100% remotely, and we have ensured that they have the equipment and IT infrastructure and systems to be able to do this.  

We are adapting quickly and in response to Government Guidelines and our main priority is to keep all of our employees safe and well. At the moment we are not sure when (or even if) there will be a full return to the office and are regularly reviewing the guidelines, taking feedback from our employees and have fully embraced a true flexible working approach. 

We are able to interview virtually and for new joiners to Pro-Group, we have implemented a remote onboarding process to ensure a smooth transition to join the Pro-Family.

If you are interested and would like to find out more about joining Pro-Group, please do get in touch. Let’s have an informal discrete discussion, you can contact me on 020 7269 6351 or claire.stradling@pro-recruitment.co.uk

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