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What Our Clients Say

Every recruitment business claims to offer high levels of service, to operate with integrity and provide unbiased advice. If this were true why has the recruitment industry got such a patchy reputation?

The answer: most recruiters’ claims far outstrip their service and delivery.

In a bid to shore up their reputation, some recruitment firms collect testimonials from their candidates. But placed candidates say nice things because they just got a new job and a better salary. And they don’t pay for the service.

So as a fee-paying client looking to employ the services of a recruitment company, are these testimonials a good indication as to what service you’ll receive? I’ll let you decide.

Below are direct quotes from our clients who have all paid for our services to provide them with the best possible people for their businesses. 

And we think what they say, says a lot about us.

“No hesitation in recommending them” 

“Professional, honest and reliable”

“Supportive, engaging and thorough”

“A credit to their profession”

“A highly reputable agency”

“Trustworthy, effective with great integrity”

“Ethical, transparent and diligent”

“A pleasure to work with”

If you feel this positively about your existing recruiters, then I wish you every success with your future recruitment. 

If not contact me on 0161 924 2384 and tell me how we can help you.

Are we having a pre Brexit wobble?

The latest NHBC registration figures would suggest so.

Steve Wood, The NHBC CEO, said “The slowdown in overall registrations in August seems to be partly due to prevailing uncertainties in this pre-Brexit period. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see growth coming through in the affordable and rental sector.”

The number of new homes to be built for those in the affordable and rental sector in the UK continues to rise significantly but these gains have failed to offset the decline in the private sector registrations.

3,875 new homes were registered in the affordable and rental sector in August, a 17% increase year-on-year (3,252 in 2018), whilst home registrations in the private sector fell 20% to 8,420 (10,460 in 2018).

With the Brexit deadline looming and the prospect of a general election before the end of the year housebuilders will have to work hard to keep their sales rates up in the face of a potential “wait and see” mindset from customers.

Bovis and Galliford Try Merger

It’s not the first time this has been attempted but an increased offer from Bovis for the Linden Homes/GT Partnerships part of the Galliford Try group seems to have got all parties excited. 

There are certainly synergies. 

Firstly, Bovis doesn’t currently have a regional office north of Stafford. The merger would give them an instant presence in the North West, Yorkshire and the North East, all key regional house building markets.

It would also take Bovis’ fledgling partnerships business straight into the premier league on the back of GT Partnerships regeneration market share.

And finally, the divestment of their housing arm would leave Galliford Try as a well-financed stand-alone contractor able to focus on its core business.

The two businesses have agreed terms and are seeking shareholder approval, likely to take around three months. Should the deal proceed the newly formed company would become the fourth largest housebuilder in the UK.

Don’t slip into this trap

From time to time I work with house builders who have a senior level vacancy but get caught in the trap of an ad hoc recruitment process. 

Typically, they are receiving CVs of potential candidates from multiple sources on a drip feed basis. When someone catches their eye they will interview them. When that candidate proves not to be the right person for the job they go back to reviewing CVs as and when and from wherever they emerge. 

The problem is ad hoc recruitment processes aren’t really a process at all.

Here’s why doing it this way feels like a good idea:

  1. It’s not taking up too much time. If you just review the odd CV and perform the occasional interview it’s not a distraction from the day job.
  2. If multiple recruiters are working on it then all prospective candidates will be covered and you will get the right person.

Here’s why, in reality, it’s a bad idea:

  1. Before you know it months will have drifted by and you still haven’t appointed. You will constantly be going back to square one. Each time you interview a candidate and they are not right you are back to hoping the next CV you receive is a good one. 
  2. You aren’t making any meaningful comparisons between possible candidates. If there is more than a couple of days between interviews your ability to make objective comparisons becomes significantly reduced. Do you end up picking the best candidate?
  3. As the weeks slip by, you subconsciously lower the bar in a bid to get the position filled. Your expectations change with time. There’s a very real chance you employ a candidate who is not as good as someone you discounted a couple of months ago.

So, in summary, decide which recruiter you are engaging with, set timeframes for CVs and interviews, all of which will enable you to hire the best candidate in a sensible amount of time.

Have you missed the Barratt helicopter?

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House builders have largely shunned TV advertising since the iconic Barratt helicopter advert of the 1970s. (Yes it really was 40 years ago and if you fancy a minute of nostalgia click here)

However, that’s about to change with Redrow embarking on a TV campaign to challenge the widely held perception that new builds are small, uniform and soulless.

I’ll let Redrow take you through the myth debunking as they aim to differentiate their product both from other house builders and the second-hand market.

If the campaign proves to be successful it may well bring buyers to the wider new build market who may have only have been focused on second-hand homes. Likewise, it may also pave the way for other builders to take the plunge on TV advertising. It’s fair to say that the medium has changed significantly since the Barratt helicopter.

Have you had a call about a CEO position?

If so, it may have been the top seat within Gleeson’s boardroom.

After 7 years as MJ Gleeson’s CEO, Jolyon Harrison, has stepped down with immediate effect after a disagreement over remuneration.

Gleeson made the following statement: “Following extensive discussions with Mr Harrison regarding his remuneration and succession planning, the board concluded that it was not possible to find a mutually acceptable basis for Mr Harrison to continue as chief executive officer,”

James Thomson, former CEO of regeneration rival, Keepmoat, has been put in post as interim CEO whilst the business begins it’s search for a permanent successor.

The business sought to reassure investors by restating that forthcoming results will still indicate strong growth and be in line with expectations.

How fast did house prices grow in the past 12 months?

The quick answer is: depends on who you ask?

Halifax released figures claiming a 5.2% average price increase for the 12 months to May of this year. This looks somewhat generous given that Nationwide put the figure at just 0.6%. The ONS put the figure at a slightly more optimistic 1.4%.

When questioned about the discrepancy the MD of Halifax, Russell Galley, claimed that their figure was flattered by weak growth in the previous period. And then resorted to covering all eventualities with the following statement: “Looking ahead, we expect the current trend of stability based on high employment and low-interest rates to persist over the coming months, though clearly any downturn in the wider economy would be keenly felt in the housing market”.

Private Registrations down

It appears that Brexit is taking it’s toll on the new homes market as evidenced by the drop in private registrations according to the NHBC.

The national figure for year on year February was a decline of 17%. Overall registrations, including affordable, decreased by 7% showing a clear upsurge in the affordable sector.

However, even including the affordables Yorkshire and the North East both showed declines in total registrations of 4% and 24% respectively. The North West showed an increase of 11%. This was significantly supported by affordables as the private registrations for the region dropped by 5%.

The rolling quarter stats for December through to February summarise the picture well. Nationally, private registrations dropped by 13% whilst affordable shot up by 36%.

Let’s hope for a political resolution soon and better numbers in the second half of 2019.