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A message from our chairman

Posted by: Jonathan Lee 20 Dec 12 - 4:18PM  | Chairman's Blog

The past year has been one of considerable change for Jonathan Lee Recruitment. We entered 2012 enjoying strong demand from clients and candidates who, despite the lingering recession, appeared to be receptive to new opportunities.

However, as the year progressed and the economy failed to recover, we saw a shift in collective psychology with candidates becoming increasingly reluctant to move.

The economy is now starting to see the first green shoots of growth and we are confident that through this difficult period we have continued to gain market share. The changes that we have made this year will put us in an increasingly strong position as the economy recovers.

Strategically, we have responded to the challenges of a shrinking candidate pool by recruiting a “strategic candidate sourcing” specialist who will ensure our resourcing efforts are optimised. We will be elaborating on our philosophy in subsequent editions of New Recruit.

During March, and responding to our desire to stay ahead of our competition in the technology field, we introduced an industry-leading recruitment system along with specialist third party software. This is designed to improve our customer service levels by providing an unrivalled database of candidates. We have also engaged a market leading provider to design and build a new website which we hope to have live early next year.

2012 also saw our first Master Vendor contract secured for our “Integrate” product. We were delighted that Tata Motors European Technical Centre chose Integrate for both its Permanent and Contract requirements. This relationship is developing well and the Integrate team are currently engaged in discussions with other clients with a view to new contract awards. To find out more about the Tata contract please click here.

The second half of the year saw us change our organisation structure to more closely align our recruitment activities to each of our core industries – automotive, engineering and manufacturing, and aerospace and defence. This we believe will provide a greater client focus whilst preserving the close relationships with candidates that sit at the very heart of our business model.

In summary, although 2012 has been a challenging year for the industry, we have responded by committing significant investment in terms of our people, infrastructure and services which we believe will put us in a strong position for 2013.

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