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 email@example.com Fame, 12 Russell Parade, Golders Green Road, London, NW11 9NN. Tel: 020 8209 1858. Fax: 020 8458 8662. www.famerecruitment.com
Fame’s Anne Abrahams ( standing) with some of her team