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Multitask Personnel, the Rotherham based specialist recruitment partner, are continuing their growth phase with an internal promotion and a new recruit, as the business comes out of the lockdown period in a stronger position than ever.
As the recruitment market starts to show signs of recovery, the demand for temporary, contract and permanent positions has increased as many of the sectors Multitask operate in are opening up for business once again.
During the early stages of the lockdown period, Managing Director, Claire Lee used the time to review the wider activities of the business, re-structuring the roles of existing staff to ensure they were focused on the right areas to allow for future business growth, with staff split into teams to focus primarily on client management and business development.
Claire Lee comments: “Our new structure seems to have worked really well and played to the strengths of the individuals in the team. As we start to get even busier, we clearly need to keep developing this new structure and resource, not only to ensure it continues, but also to make sure no-one in the team is put under too much pressure.
“After careful thought and new forecasts, it was clear the best course of action would be to promote from within, and to recruit new faces into the team. So, we’re delighted to announce that from 1st September 2020, Beth Childs has accepted a promotion into a Senior Recruiter role in our technical department. Beth will be responsible for managing client relationships, increasing the candidate database and ensuring the technical team hit the annual forecast.
“In addition to Beth’s promotion, we have also set on Shauna Towey, technical Recruiter to work alongside Beth and the Technical team. Shauna brings over two years of experience in trade recruitment and will be a vital addition to the team. We would like to wish both team members every success with their new roles at Multitask Personnel.”
Claire Lee (left), MD of Multitask Personnel, with Beth Childs, Senior Technical Recruiter
Beth Childs, new Senior Technical Recruiter at Multitask Personnel adds: “I’m delighted to progress into a senior role and be given the chance to develop the Technical recruitment division along with Shauna. I have been with Multitask since 2016, starting out in an administrator role before working my way up as a recruitment consultant, so it’s a fantastic feeling to be given a division of my own to run.
“I’m so grateful to Claire and the team for their support and advice over the past few years that have enabled me to progress within the business.”
Shauna Towey (left) and Beth Childs
Shauna Towey, Technical Recruiter at Multitask Personnel comments on her appointment: “I am excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to work alongside Beth, growing the Technical division, after a busy couple of weeks I feel like I have settled nicely into the team and am excited to see what the future brings at Multitask.”
Claire Lee concludes: “We’re building a fantastic team at Multitask, ensuring we have a good spread of people across all our departments. I honestly thought this year would be the toughest we ever faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but with such a fantastic, committed team, and a great client bank, it could end up being the best ever, with us in a much stronger position in the market.”
The new appointments coincide with Multitask celebrating 10 years in business in September 2020. Multitask Personnel’s Technical division helps place candidates into contract and permanent roles throughout the UK across both M&E and Building trades.
Beth and the Technical team can be contacted on 0845 478 5009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multitask Personnel, the Rotherham based specialist recruitment agency, is celebrating 10 years in business in September 2020. Set up by Managing Director Claire Lee in 2010, the multi-service recruitment partner is marking the occasion with a series of events and campaigns over the coming months, making sure both clients and staff can get involved in the celebrations.
Initially set up as a home based business with Claire working from her dining room, Multitask Personnel now employs 10 members of staff out of its offices on Effingham Street in central Rotherham.
Multitask are now one of the go-to recruitment agencies in the region for the supply of specialist professional, technical and support service employees to a wide range of industry sectors, including Building Services, Construction, Facilities Management and Utilities, as well as key trades such as Plumbing, Heating and Mechanical & Electrical.
Claire Lee comments: “I had worked in recruitment for around 10 years prior to setting up Multitask Personnel, mainly in account management for the environmental, business services, hospitality and industrial sectors. This gave me the grounding and knowledge needed to build up my own business after deciding the more corporate business model was not the direction I wanted to go.
“A client of mine at the time, Martin Froude, provided some investment in exchange for a 20% shareholding, which helped fund the early stages of the business. I bought Martin out in 2018 and now own 100% of the shares in Multitask Personnel, having maintained solid year on year profit over the past 8 years, with significant growth being made in more recent years.
“None of this would have been possible with the support of my fantastic team at Multitask, with three members of the team having worked with us since day one, and a further three recently surpassing 5 years’ service of their own. This achievement is theirs to celebrate as well.”
Not only have Multitask got a consistent team in place behind the scenes, they also have a loyal client base, some of which have also been along for the ride since 2010.
Claire continues: “We have a good number of clients who have been with us for the whole 10 years as well, which is a great sign of our commitment and high levels of customer service, which is testament to all the hard work the team have put in over the years.
“It has been a rollercoaster ride so far, in particular with what 2020 has thrown at us so far, but to work with such a great bunch of people and have such a wide range of clients to service means there is never a dull moment. I enjoy every challenge the recruitment world throws at me!”
With the earlier events of 2020 and the Covid-19 epidemic having a huge impact on businesses all over the country, the recruitment industry has felt the full force of disruption. But rather than sit-back and fire-fight, this has given Multitask an opportunity to plan for the future, as well as celebrate the past.
Claire adds: “I’m unsure where the last 10 years have gone, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t change one bit of it. I can’t thank the team around me enough for the hard work and commitment they deliver to our customers and myself every single day, and I’m excited to see what the next 10 years will bring. With our growth plans and new team structure I’m confident they will be very exciting indeed.”
Multitask Personnel have a number of events and marketing campaigns planned over the next few months to mark their 10 year anniversary, starting with a staff celebration in early September, before a more formal client celebration can be arranged once social distancing measures are eased further.
Claire concludes: “Although Covid-19 and me being pregnant mean our celebrations will have to start off small, we have some exciting plans in place with the team and our fantastic clients to celebrate this milestone once it is safe to do so. Taking the positives out of this, it means we can extend our 10 year celebrations into 2021 and make it a year, as well as a decade to remember.”
To keep track of what’s in store at Multitask Personnel as they celebrate their 10 year milestone, keep an eye on www.multitaskpersonnel.co.uk for further information.
As the building sector starts to bounce back, with the government announcing new work growing by 22% and repair and maintenance by 26% (June 2020); this is certainly reflected in the current burst of activity we are experiencing in the mechanical and electrical (M&E) sector.
Over the years, we have built a reputation on providing a level of service second to none. This is shown in the number of testimonials received from both employees looking to recruit and individuals searching for a new position.
Covid-19 has obviously had a major impact on the recruitment business over the last few months and we have not escaped the downturn. However, as a specialist agency we have managed to retain our highly knowledgeable staff who continue to work with technical and trades sectors to supply both temporary and permanent mechanical and electrical staff throughout the UK.
Having a specialist team working full time in-house means we are able to spend more time in fully understanding your employment requirements to ensure a perfect fit. This includes making sure all candidates have the relevant qualifications and accreditations in place.
We also work closely with industry bodies, such as the Joint Industry Board, Construction Industry Training Board and government agencies, to certify that all candidates are accredited to undertake the role in question. For example, for Gas service and breakdown vacancies essential qualifications will include a certification by the National Accreditation Certification scheme (ACS) as well as an advanced City & Guilds diploma or equivalent in gas or plumbing.
In addition, all subcontract gas engineers are legally required to show evidence of gas safety competence, be on the Gas Safe register and hold relevant insurances.
Having said that, vacancies in the mechanical and electrical industry cover a wide and diverse range of skill sets. We believe the first-hand knowledge and vast experience of our team members plays a major role in the renowned track record we have gained over the past ten years.
On any day, we can find ourselves recruiting for gas engineers, plumbers, dual fuel engineers, pipe fitters, air conditioning, HVAC engineers, Electrical installers, Maintenance Electricians, EV Charge point installers as well as fire and security electrical technicians.
In fact, every day brings new opportunities to get the country back on its feet and on the road to recovery. This has recently included recruiting for a home appliance gas / electrical installer to work for one of the UK’s biggest retailers as well as plumbing and heating engineers to join a gas service and breakdown company. All on a permanent basis.
But of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. A long standing background allows us to offer clients an ever growing resource support package as well as tapping into a hand-picked pool of highly skilled and appropriately qualified candidates.
We don’t just operate on a local basis either, we have nationwide clients who call us first when they have a requirement. It could be anything from a commercial heating service provider, looking for a service and maintenance engineer with experience working on steam boilers, to an electrical project manager for the new build sector.
As a leading recruitment partner in the building services industry we wholeheartedly support the ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ programme created by the Construction Leadership Council. This is a strategy designed to drive the recovery of the UK economy, following the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the building industry, with an increase in construction activity.
Recruiting with you in mind
Although the report admits that it will be at least two years before lost output will be regained, there are some recommendations we have already applied to our current recruitment process. One of these is to encourage those looking for positions in mechanical and electrical engineering to have an awareness of what skills will help secure employment in the post-Covid ‘new normal’.
Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has already kick started the UK’s economic recovery and later this month his £2b green homes grant aid goes live. This is aimed at providing over 600,000 households with energy efficiency upgrades. As Rishi Sunak says, ‘this is going to be a green recovery with concerns for our environment at its heart’.
According to the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) it is vitally important that we have a skill base that can deliver the government’s ambitious plans for green recovery and low carbon economy for the UK. This means that mechanical and electrical engineers will be an integral part of the road to recovery.
There is no doubt, the government is placing renewable energy and clean technology at the forefront of its Covid-19 recovery, with an emphasis on developing a highly skilled workforce of new ‘green’ employment.
This means that employers in the M&E sectors are now looking for enhanced skills that will help them compete in a net zero future while employees are, unquestionably, assessing what extra skills are required to increase their desirability for employers.
Our specialist team of Technical recruiters can help. Please contact us on 0845 478 5009 or email@example.com.
We believe that because we are an independent recruitment business and are not a large national recruitment provider, we can provide a far more flexible service for our customers, tailoring our services and prices to suit your needs.