While the national debate surrounding the value of temporary and interim position continues unabated, local jobseekers in the Greater Peterborough area are reaping the rewards of this type of flexible employment.
Temporary recruitment is an increasingly popular method of employment within HR departments, particularly in large organisations where staff are often brought in on a contract basis. Experts in the field recognise the cost and time savings that can be made to organisations, alongside the many benefits it can offer employees.
Loren Wadsworth, 20, from Spalding, is on her second fixed term contract with major financial services company BGL Group. With around 800 people working at BGL’s Orton Southgate headquarters, Loren’s background in HR administration and understanding of the industry made her a desirable candidate for an interim position with the firm’s shared services team.
After spotting the job on the Anne Corder Recruitment website and sending in her CV, Loren was invited to the agency’s Lynch Wood offices for an informal pre-interview one of ACR’s recruitment partners, and was offered advice and expert insight into the flexible working process.
Loren’s previous experience working on a fixed term contract at leading poultry provider Moy Park placed her at an advantage, with a firm grasp on what would be expected of her, and more importantly, how she could use the opportunities of the position to grow her career.
Having gone straight into work rather than pursuing university study, Loren has been able to gain some invaluable experience that many other people her age won’t have, with the future still full of possibilities.
“Being employed on a fixed term basis is working out well for me so far,” said Loren. “I am able to learn and develop just as much as if I were a permanent member of staff, with each contract offering something a bit different.”
Bev Sands, Senior Recruitment Executive at BGL encouraged Loren to interview for the second fixed term position, after being impressed by Loren’s skills and enthusiasm for the initial role.
“Loren demonstrated a real understanding for HR and more importantly, the value of its function within our business,” said Bev. “Couple that with great customer skills, a professional attitude and a good level of knowledge and you’ve got yourself a strong HR candidate!”
“Temporary support within HR departments is one of the most common instructions we receive from our clients, and it is an area that we pride ourselves on having a wealth of experience in,” said Nel Woolcott, recruitment partner at ACR.
“While the timescales are often much quicker, the level of service and support offered to both client and candidate remains the same as if we were helping to recruit for a permanent position, which can make all the difference in this sometimes tricky line of recruitment.” she added.