Connections buoyed by strong job market

Connections buoyed by strong job market

Recruitment firm Connections has reported a 20% rise in the number of permanent job vacancies filled during the first quarter compared to the same period last year.

Connections is also managing a record number of outsourced volume recruitment drives on behalf of organisations looking to recruit graduates for short-term positions during the summer.

New client wins, regional business confidence and the arrival of new key staff are driving growth at the family-owned business which has offices in Manchester city centre, Sale and London.

Founded in 1985, the company initially focussed on supplying permanent, interim and contract workers to other businesses in Greater Manchester.

Since then, it has secured more than five millions days of work for temporary workers across the area and last year opened a London office.

Jonathan Dobkin, managing director of Connections, said:  “We’ve seen a marked increase in the appetite of privately owned businesses committing to full-time, permanent staff so far this year.

“Key sectors we’re seeing growth in are e-commerce, call centre based operations, and technology. These three sectors are hungry for Greater Manchester-based sales, marketing and finance staff in particular.

“We’ve now established our London office since launching it in Covent Garden last summer and we’re now picking up a stream of good contracts from clients who are headquartered in the capital and have staffing needs in the North of England and vice versa.

“The recent appointment of Matt Fox-Rees as operations manager has boosted our capability in terms of volume recruitment as well as senior management roles.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our business even more as we work to our business plan.”

The business aims to double turnover to £12m before the end of 2020 and is recruiting for staff itself at all three of its offices.