edundancies, I honestly feel that the market is telling us that we have started to climb back from the bottom. Approximately 5000 people have exited the recruitment industry in the UK over the last 6 months, voluntarily or otherwise. Many businesses have either closed or dropped out; it has been a worrying time. What we are left with is still a sizeable market with fewer players. Those that have ridden the storm have proved themselves resilient, have upped their game, got on the phone and won new business. The demand from clients and candidates for quality over speed is allowing recruiters to add real value. It is a great time to be in the market!
More of you have been active in the group this week, further echoing my feelings that things are getting better. Lisa Johnson of Jarvis Johnson in Doncaster work in the food sector and report winning 4 new interim roles after a quiet period, Jackie brown from Jackie Brown medical listed 511 new jobs that had been created in Ireland recently (news strangely missing from the papers, seems bad news sells!),Graeme Read of Antal reports that his excellent business is winning new roles in Saudi at a senior level and that construction is still the key recruitment area in the middle east, John O'sullivan of Elite Recruitment Leaders (who I regularly speak for) reports a record increase members indicating more independent recruitment businesses are feeling confident enough to start investing as well as recruiting through the Elite Academy and Steve Ames of rec to rec company Shadow UK, continues this theme reporting that he has secured 17 new roles for recruiters across a range of sectors. If there is not enough there to get you excited about what’s happening you must be a real "mood hover" and determined not to succeed. Better times are here so share the news!
I was delighted to read from Wendy Jacob of G.F. Partnership about the good news board they have put up in the office to promote the good news. A great idea, another of my clients now gets each consultant to bring in a good news story to the morning meeting, one is picked out of a hat and discussed and this story is then featured as a screen save. Very effective and free! Also using good news boards are Lisa Carr at The Recruitment Bureau and Lyn Cecil of secretaries plus. I was particularly pleased to see Lyn contributing. Lyn is a recruitment legend with offices over Vivienne Westwood’s shop. I first came across Lyn when I was a spotty member of the IEC and Lyn was then president of either the Ferrari or Porsche owners club, at a time when women weren't supposed to drive fast cars. Please keep posting.
I'm on the road again this week presenting Tin Hat Strategy (the full version) and launching Elite Leaders group in Dublin on Tuesday 19th. This is a taster and there are still a few places left, if you want a free ticket e-mail me quickly. My hope for this group is to link the members in Ireland with the members in the UK and see how we can all work together and increase trade through joint ventures, new business and candidate flow. Lots of potential. We also have the Elite international meeting coming up in London on the 10th June with Doug Budgie of Antal. This is a free meeting for Elite members and demonstrates further ways we can collaborate to increase business as the market rises. Drop me a mail if you are interested in this event.
If you want to hear good news live I will be continuing to present the "Riding the Recession Seminars" across the UK. I always update attendees with news from this group. As well as the presentation, delegates also receive a copy of the research report of the same name from the REC. The sessions are put on to support members rather than make money hence the ticket price of £75.00 including breakfast. The next session is in Manchester on Thursday 21st, Glasgow 9th June, Bristol 16th June, Newcastle 23rd and Birmingham 30th. If you want to attend and say hi in person, drop me an e-mail and I will pass on your details to arrange it.
Through all my travels, tin hat breakfasts, Elite groups, the N.R.F. in Ireland and the R.E.C. I’m getting this continued feeling of positivity. I'm glad it is not just me; we just have to work hard to make the most of it. That’s also not exclusive to any sector or industry. Even the central bank reported being cautiously optimistic and famed investor George Sorros commented how he was backing an improved money market and better performances by the pound. This of course was reported on page 27 of one national paper, relegated by more important news of Peter and Jordan and M.P.'s expenses!
Over the next week I will be announcing dates for the launch of two new Good News Group (Recruiters) services. A week ago I was a guest on The Recruitment Animal show. This is a recorded conference call for an hour where the host grills the guest and callers contribute. I thought it was a great format for low cost worldwide networking and idea sharing. (Thanks Animal.) I believe a good talk blog is needed in the UK and will be launching Good News Group (Recruiters) talk show shortly. Similar concept to the group, to share good news, best practice and market views at the same time each week. Anyone can phone in and contribute and the show will be recorded and downloadable as either a podcast or to listen to from the web. If you would be interested in either receiving the recording or in taking an active part in the live show please drop me an e-mail or message so that I can gauge interest and set it up.
I will also be launching a series of webinars on recruitment subjects tailored to the current market. The first will be on selling in the current market, the second how to demonstrate value to clients in order to grow business and the third will be on selling retainers in this market. The first three will be free to determine interest and value. Again, if you want to take part drop me a line and I will advise on dates, times and how to log on and take part.
As a last tip in how to ride out the current difficult times, if you are completing expense forms this week, don't forget the moat cleaning and the house you rent to your sister! (Apologies to anyone outside of the U.K. that doesn't get the joke!)
The Good News seems to be well hidden in the papers, keep sharing yours!
Spread the word.
PS: In case you need it my direct e-mail is email@example.com
You can find The Good News Group (Recruiters) @ http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1856679&trk=hb_side_g…
rved to highlight what a fantastic resource we have here in Wales.
Welsh coal can provide affordable and reliable energy for years to come, helping to prevent over reliance upon imported fuels.
With carbon capture and storage promising to become a reality in the near future, Welsh coal could be crucial to keeping the nation’s lights on.
The Welsh mining industry also provides highly-skilled and well-paid employment to thousands of people.
We at Celtic Energy alone employ 290 people, with countless jobs then provided through contractors and in local shops where our employees spend their wages. At a time when the economy is under severe pressure, mining has the capacity to grow, helping to deliver prosperity to communities across South Wales.
The UK needs a mix of energy sources. Gas and renewable energy also have roles to play. But with energy supply looking like one of the major issues of the 21st century, what is clear is that Welsh coal can and must have a vital role to play in powering our homes and the economy.
Managing director, Celtic Energy, Caerphilly
SIR – With 80% of Russian gas exports to the EU crossing Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s decision to reduce gas exported to Ukraine highlights the dangers of relying on imported energy.
Russia has declining cash reserves and its economy is heavily reliant on its trade in gas, yet the risk of shortages because of Mr Putin’s geopolitical games is something we can all do without.
Other countries manage to insure themselves against external shocks to their energy needs; while the UK’s market- driven approach has proven entirely inadequate.
The New Labour Government has taken a decade to recognise the need to increase storage capacity – France can store 122 days of gas, Germany 99 and the UK only 15 days.
Westminster and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should work with the Irish Government to make these islands entirely self-sufficient, via renewable non-market- driven energy resources.
JONATHAN T CLARK
Plaid Cymru, Monmouth Constituency, Westminster Parliamentary Candidate
SIR – On the issue of nuclear waste storage, two of your readers (Letters, Dec 23) seek to assure us that everything is OK and perfectly tickety-boo, as all the highly-toxic nuclear waste we have produced up until now is “safely stored in specialised containers in deep caverns”.
Phew, no need to worry then.
That must however mean that the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management isn’t correct in stating that the only geological disposal facility in the world is in the US and that it only takes US defence-related waste?
It’s also not correct then that most of the UK’s nuclear waste is distributed among numerous surface storage tanks, with most of it stashed at the Sellafield site?
Perhaps they’ve got the problem sorted in France, as one of the letters confidently predicts? Maybe non! They still haven’t found a permanent home for their growing pile of highly radioactive waste either. The waste sits in heavily guarded storage at nuclear company Areva’s La Hague reprocessing plant in Normandy.
So how much would a high-level geological disposal facility in the UK cost? Estimates are currently around £12bn for one facility but a discussion paper produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change indicates a second cannot be ruled out. That’s on top of the £73bn that the National Audit Office estimates it would cost to decommission the UK’s existing ageing nuclear power stations, never mind building a new load.
Perhaps we should start a whip-round!
SIR – Following the success (several years ago) of Scotland’s second city (Glasgow) being the European Capital of Culture, and last year’s success of Liverpool doing the same thing for England, isn’t it time that Wales followed suit?
There is so much going on in the www.swansea2020.com campaign, that I think it is the ideal time for our second city to show its hand and apply for the honour.
I did hear a rumour that Cardiff had already applied, but isn’t it the case that a country’s capital city is exempt?
SIR – I am putting together a manuscript, hopefully for publication, regarding Woolworths stores.
This is planned to be a social history of this famous name, which unfortunately is no longer with us.
Everybody has a story to tell regarding Woolies and I would like to invite recollections from former staff members and shoppers alike from any UK store for inclusion in the book.
Photographs taken of the inside and outside of the shops, especially in former years, would be most useful, especially during the 1960s and beyond when each department had its own counter and cash till.
So if you were a Saturday girl or regular member of staff or a shopper who can recall their days in Woolworths, then please send or e-mail your memories and/or photographs (which will be carefully handled and returned).
Whitcross, Barwick, Somerset, BA22 9TQ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SIR – Stuart Walters in his letter (Dec 31) said that the Welsh were sensitive about jokes made about them and they should shrug them off.
He did not explain for what purpose or why the English, and no-one else, make denigrating jokes about the Welsh.
Some of his list of what was wrong with the Welsh “nationalist” (which he could not describe as Quislings, traitors, fifth columnist etc) were: “Never lived out or worked outside the country, obsessed with cultural and national identity, no sense of humour, suspicious villagers distrustful of outsiders, babbling an incomprehensible language” – which shows how some English monoglots have been neutered from understanding the language that they use.
It is ironic that some clowns say that we should be proud of being “British”, when the Welsh are kept legally deprived and inferior in their own country in order to make the English the master race in Wales.
History has shown that those who have laws for others which they would not have for themselves are judged by history to be morally insane.
SIR – The Government’s proposal to make people on disability benefit work for it is ludicrous.
Much like their proposal to pay individuals and companies up to £50,000 to employ one person on disability is unworkable.
Being on disability allowance myself, I recently applied for help to get back into work at my local Jobcentre (Neath) and was told that I would have to wait five weeks to see a (disability to work) adviser, as they only employed one adviser part time.
SIR – A regular reader of these letters pages might be led to believe that the recent cold spell casts doubt on the science of climate change. It does not.
According to the Met Office, the global temperature for 2000 to 2008 now stands almost 0.20°C warmer than the average for the decade 1990-1999.
As carbon dioxide levels have risen, so have global temperatures.
The variations that occur from year to year are significantly influenced by the cooling (La Niña) and warming (El Niño) events in the tropical Pacific.
Last year was, as predicted by the Met Office, cooler as a result of a strong La Niña, while 1998 was particularly warm as a result of a strong El Niño.
The fact that 1998 is the warmest year on record does not mean that the world is cooling.
Ten of the warmest years on record have, in fact, occurred since 1997.
The trend is, as predicted by climate scientists, definitely upwards.
Scientists have recently reported temperature rises of up to 50°C in the Arctic, with ice melting much faster than anticipated.
The real concern today is that we are under-estimating the threat posed by climate change and failing to implement polices to address it.
Friends of the Earth Cymru, Cardiff
SIR – The Duke of Beaufort pockets more than £250,000 from Swansea ratepayers.
All above board and legal and for a bridge that does bring some benefit to the city.
But let us get this into perspective. This sum is chicken feed compared with what the Duke will get from us, via our electricity bills, if he is allowed to desecrate Mynydd y Gwair with his virtually useless windmills.
ALUN JOHN RICHARDS