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Greg Savage's Blog – July 2009 Archive (4)

Guess What? It’s not about technology at all. It’s about connectivity!

Recruitment and staffing has been around a long time. And I have had the fortune to witness its evolution for almost 30 years. I have worked in many countries and recruited across many sectors.



And guess what I have learned.



The more things change… the more they stay the same!



It was not that long ago that if you walked into a successful recruitment office, every person you saw was on the phone. And why not? There was no computer to tap away on. There was no… Continue

Added by Greg Savage on July 25, 2009 at 8:27am — 5 Comments

Temp to perm fees. Are we absolutely stark raving mad?

Here is a prediction. As the market recovers the first impact on our industry will be a revival of the temp and contract market.



Employers will see increased work volumes as the economy recovers, but will “dip their toes” into the labour market at first, hiring flexible solutions initially. But then, as momentum is gained and confidence returns, they will start to hire permanently. But the first place they will go for their permanent hires will be to transition tried and tested… Continue

Added by Greg Savage on July 10, 2009 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Are we there yet? Has the decline in hiring finally reached the bottom?

Perhaps the most common question I get asked these days is whether the dramatic decline in the staffing market has leveled off. My own staff, clients, candidates, even journalists want to know whether there really are any ‘green shoots’ in terms of employers venturing back into the labour market.



As anyone in recruitment knows, the answer to that question is a moving target, hard to pin down at best, totally elusive at worst.



And of course it depends what sector we are… Continue

Added by Greg Savage on July 7, 2009 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Recruiters, don’t despair, recessions end!

Until about 6 months ago, I had the best recruitment job in the world !



Seriously. CEO of a global, yet niche recruiter, with 450 staff spread across 30 offices in 15 countries. We dominate our space in most markets, we are highly profitable, and we do cool things all the time (see Aquent.com)



But that was then. For the last six months I have had one of the hardest, least rewarding jobs in recruitment (well that’s a hotly contested title I know, but it seems that way to… Continue

Added by Greg Savage on July 2, 2009 at 6:51am — 4 Comments

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