Sarah West Recruitment – Look For The Green Shoots

Sarah West Recruitment – Look For The Green Shoots

Sarah Knight, Managing Director of Sarah West Recruitment, shares how we’re seeing things in terms of the recruitment market here in the South West.

It won’t come as a huge surprise to hear that it’s much quieter for us than it would be normally. It’s to be expected that for many organisations, that have been in a certain amount of shock over the past few weeks, putting recruitment on hold has made complete sense. It’s given them the chance to take a step back, take a breath to review where they are, before committing to anything new.

However, that doesn’t apply to all. And I think that’s worth sharing.

Our team is still arranging interviews and we’re having a number of conversations to support both clients and candidates make the shift from the traditional face-to-face, to a virtual recruitment process.

There have also been people who’ve been able to start their new jobs, thanks to organisations switching their usual onboarding process from face-to-face to remotely, at short notice. The feedback we’ve had, particularly from the candidates who’ve been able to start their new jobs this way, has been overwhelmingly positive.

We also have a number of clients who are in a position to make decisions, at the moment, about hiring decisions and making job offers. On the back of this, we’ve still got new jobs coming in to work on, and while it’s a fraction of the activity that we’d normally see, it shows that there’s still things happening on the recruitment-front, to add some positivity to a lot of the negative that we’re hearing at the moment.

It reinforces that there are some green shoots. 

Of those companies that are taking a moment to pause, we’re talking to them about how they’re going to be coming out of this period and many of them are still talking about how they can, still, have the best year they possibly can. There’s still talk of growth, there’s still talk of hiring and there’s still some confidence out there.

Of course, it doesn’t apply to all businesses, we can’t pretend everything’s rosy, however I wanted to share that we are having some positive conversations with some entrepreneurial SME’s in our local area, that I thought would be worth sharing. 

We’re still very much here to if you’d like to get in touch.

Here’s how you can get in touch with us:

careers@sarahwest.co.uk | www.sarahwest.co.uk | 01392 873813

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