Over the last 20 years’ industrial recruitment has experienced some serious peaks and troughs. Around 20 years ago it was the governments key message that school leavers should be entering into the industrial world, undertaking apprenticeships seemed to be the way of the future, and many saw an industrial job as a secure future for them and their family. Then everything changed!
The message to our youth seemed to change overnight and all of a sudden university courses became the latest trend. The work environment was no longer about learning skills on the job but about theorising and learning office based skills. Universities saw spikes in their applications, new courses such as tourism and adventure leisure emerged, and many parents waved goodbye to their kids as they moved out of home to become a university graduate.
A few years on and the realisation that these courses don’t always lead to a job, along with enormous increases in tuition fees has once again seen a revolutionary increase in industrial vacancies and applicants. Candidates once again want to learn on the job skills, they are looking for careers in industries that are stable and many like the freedom industrial recruitment can provide.
Long gone is the stigma that a hands on job doesn’t pay a decent salary as a Warehouse Manager can earn the same amount as an Office Manager or Senior Account Manager, and many Fork Lift drivers easily out earn administrators and customer service representatives.
For many industrial candidates, the opportunities to develop their skill set and undertake courses whilst earning a wage are far greater than those offered to office workers, meaning that many industrial candidates work their way up within a company quickly and have a far greater prospects than those that started at the same time in the office.
As well as the desire to enhance their skill sets, many candidates turn to industrial recruitment for the flexibility it provides. With many households now with more than one child and the UK often experiencing tough economic times, the need for flexible working hours has never been greater.
Many families try to avoid costly nursery fees by splitting childcare amongst the parent and industrial vacancies don’t stick to the traditional 9 – 5 working hours with many seeing shift work and even night shifts a true perk because it fits perfectly around their home life and not the other way around.