Sunny prospects

The Jewish Chronicle - - classified -

AMI D A L L T H E talk of eco­nomic down­turn, you’d be for­given for think­ing em­ploy­ment agen­cies were hav­ing a tough time. Not so, says the Re­cruit­ment & Em­ploy­ment Con­fed­er­a­tion. Its re­search for the last quar­ter of 2007 shows con­tin­ued strong per­for­mance and in­creased em­ployer op­ti­mism about growth prospects for tem­po­rary agency work­ers and per­ma­nent staff.

“I haven’t no­ticed a slow-down in the num­ber of new jobs — and that’s with in­creased com­pe­ti­tion,” says Anne Abra­ham, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Fame, the long-es­tab­lished agency in Gold­ers Green, North-West Lon­don. “If any­thing, we have be­come busier, be­cause the num­ber of peo­ple — of­ten mums re­turn­ing to work — has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, per­haps to sub­sidise their house­hold’s in­come, given the in­creased monthly bills.”

Fame spe­cialises in re­cruit­ing sec­re­tar­ial, ac­coun­tancy and of­fice per­son­nel, as well as can­di­dates for char­i­ties, mar­ket­ing and sales po­si­tions. It is more im­por­tant than ever to have a strong and loyal work­force — and if that means us­ing an ex­pert agency, with more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence and a ro­bust data­base of clients and can­di­dates, that is what com­pa­nies are happy to do. Anne con­tin­ues: “A high pro­por­tion of our busi­ness is re­peat, but plenty of new clients approach us through rec­om­men­da­tion or be­cause we are so well-known.”

While it is a grow­ing trend to re­cruit tem­po­rary to per­ma­nent staff, en­sur­ing both par­ties are happy be­fore com­mit­ting to a for­mal con­tract, em­ploy­ers are happy to make that com- mit­ment when they find the right per­son. Equally, the agency’s tem­po­rary di­vi­sion is al­ways busy in sum­mer, with peo­ple tak­ing time out be­tween jobs and stu­dents on a sum­mer break.

When re­cruit­ing, you want to use an agency with longevity. “When the phone is al­ready ring­ing and briefs for new jobs are be­ing sent in con­sis­tently, you re­alise just how much long­stand­ing re­la­tions count for,” says Anne.

Si­mon Win­ters, chief ex­ec­u­tive at the JNF, says: “JNF has worked with Fame for many years and Fame re­cently re­cruited our ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the chair­man. We found the agency ex­tremely pro­fes­sional and ef­fi­cient. Fame al­ways lis­tens care­fully to our re­quire­ments and has sup­plied only ex­cel­lent can­di­dates and I would highly rec­om­mend Fame to any em­ployer seek­ing high-qual­ity of­fice per­son­nel.” Michelle Amery, who was ap­pointed to the JNF po­si­tion, adds: “Fame stands out above all other agen­cies. Anne and her team dealt with my ap­pli­ca­tion with warmth, con­fi­den­tial­ity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. As a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant, Fame fully un­der­stood the type of po­si­tion I was look­ing for and of­fered me only po­si­tions that suited my profile. I would rec­om­mend Fame.”

While no­body can pre­dict what the fu­ture holds, Fame Re­cruit­ment Con­sul­tancy in­tends to con­tinue with what it does best — plac­ing peo­ple first. If you are an em­ployer with a va­cancy (per­ma­nent or temp), call Fame on 020 8209 1858. If you are look­ing for a new po­si­tion, call Fame or email your CV to info@famere­cruit­ Fame, 12 Rus­sell Pa­rade, Gold­ers Green Road, Lon­don, NW11 9NN. Tel: 020 8209 1858. Fax: 020 8458 8662. www.famere­cruit­

Fame’s Anne Abra­hams ( stand­ing) with some of her team

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