GRS gets first li­cense for Temp agency

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GRS, the largest re­cruit­ment agency in Cyprus, has been granted the first li­cense to pro­vide tem­po­rary work­ers on the is­land un­der the Tem­po­rary Work­ers Act 2012.

The new li­cense, is­sued by the Min­istry of Labour, has been en­acted in or­der to re­main in line with EU reg­u­la­tions on the sup­ply of labour reg­u­lat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of re­cruit­ment agen­cies.

“We have worked very closely with the Min­istry of Labour on se­cur­ing the li­cense over the last few months as this has been break­ing new ground for both GRS and the Min­istry of Labour,” said Steve Slo­combe, co-founder of the GRS Group.

“We have seen a sig­nif­i­cant growth in the tem­po­rary em­ploy­ment mar­ket in Cyprus since we be­gan op­er­a­tions in 2005 and more com­pa­nies are look­ing at how a flex­i­ble work­force can ben­e­fit their or­gan­i­sa­tion. The tem­po­rary work­ers are an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion to cover ab­sences of per­ma­nent staff due to ma­ter­nity leave, hol­i­days, long term sick­ness or to deal with peaks in work­load with­out in­creas­ing head­count on the bal­ance sheet,” Slo­combe ex­plained.

Donna Stephen­son, co-founder of the GRS Group added that through its Cyprus-based group company, Fair­fax Yea­man Ltd., GRS also man­ages the ac­count­ing, im­mi­gra­tion ser­vices and pay­roll for many lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies in­clud­ing some of the world’s most well-known brands.

“The is­su­ing of the li­cense marks a no­table shift for both GRS and its clients, demon­strat­ing even fur­ther ex­pan­sion into a highly sig­nif­i­cant area,” Stephen­son said.

“I know many moth­ers that have taken ca­reer breaks and are ea­ger to get back into em­ploy­ment but de­spite ap­ply­ing for jobs, are rarely in­vited for in­ter­views,” she said.

Lead­ing by ex­am­ple, Stephen­son said that GRS em­ploys 20 peo­ple in its of­fices in Li­mas­sol, Nicosia and Malta.

“We re­cently ex­panded our of­fice with the hir­ing of four new em­ploy­ees in Li­mas­sol and the hir­ing of two in­terns,” but ad­mits that de­spite ef­forts to pro­vide em­ploy­ment to out of work, young and en­er­getic grad­u­ates, there are a lot of in­di­vid­u­als who of­fer un­ri­valled ex­pe­ri­ence due to their ma­tu­rity.

On the other hand, many new com­pa­nies, es­pe­cially in the forex/bi­nary sec­tor are hir­ing young, in­ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple to the role of of­fice man­ager pay­ing salaries of around 900-1200 euros gross per month.

What has changed is due to EU reg­u­la­tions the Min­istry of Labour has sep­a­rated the per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary re­cruit­ment ser­vices and thus a sep­a­rate li­cense is now re­quired for each ser­vice.

As re­gards train­ing, Donna Stephen­son said that “a client re­quir­ing a tem­po­rary worker is usu­ally look­ing for some­one spe­cific, with spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ence. This can range from a re­cep­tion­ist for hol­i­day cover to a qual­i­fied ac­coun­tant for a project. Tem­po­rary work­ers are usu­ally given on-the-job train­ing. Most will have the re­quired ex­pe­ri­ence that the company is seek­ing.”

“We have pro­vided siz­able tem­po­rary work­forces to the air­port con­struc­tion, of­fice based po­si­tions within in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies and var­i­ous projects, in­clud­ing the Moni and Dheke­lia for tem­po­rary power pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties for almost two years fol­low­ing the Mari ex­plo­sion. Sup­ply of work­ers is also pro­vided to wind farms, de­sali­na­tion plants, etc.”

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