Harvey Lawrence was out and about in Manchester this week, a market we have operated in for almost 20 years. Our roots are in Manchester, it is where our business began and is an area that has always been at the top of our agenda. With an ever-growing population, Manchester is planning to add more than 200,000 new homes by 2037, adding to the increasing demand for Housing profess-ionals. By 2025, the city’s population is estimated to rise to 644,100 – allowing more room for growth in the years to come. Last year, 2569 residential units were delivered - the highest level in 12 years. Manchester's development pipeline suggests 2020 will deliver the most homes in nearly 20 years: Source: Deloitte Crane Survey Earlier this year, Manchester’s construction boom wasn’t just pushing the skyline to new limits – the number of live sites exceeded those of both Los Angeles and Chicago! Sarah Harvey remembers moving to the city in 1993, where she led the development of the Northern region for a global recruitment brand. It seems that Manchester is a non-stop metropolis of construction - It's vibrant, exciting and we love working in this market! Here's what Manchester's projected future skyline could look like in 2025: If you are job hunting in Manchester, click HERE or If you are looking for staff in the North West, click HERE. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn now!
Striking a balance: Modern vs traditional recruitment skills
Sarah Duncan has recently joined Harvey Lawrence, further strengthening our team. With 12 years' recruitment experience, here she discusses blending social media with the fundamentals of traditional recruitment. Today, there is undeniably an emphasis on social media and networking. Recruiters are expected to optimise their presence on a variety of platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. This is an important element of the role today and can be a challenging one, particularly when you are aspiring to be an excellent social networker. Fully leveraging these channels means understanding your objectives in using social media for recruitment, following trends, engaging meaningfully and converting online engagements to offline business. However, it is my belief that many recruiters simply over rely on social media and jobs boards to find candidates and the fundamentals of good recruitment methods has been lost. All too often, a role is posted to a job board and the recruiter simply sifts through CVs and then forwards them to the client. For me, there is far more to recruitment than purely being a desk-bound digital administrator and the danger is that new recruiters fail to learn and mirror the 'traditional' skills needed to excel in recruitment. Digital marketing should enhance but not replace good recruitment strategies. There is a great deal of comment out there about never replacing the value of relationships but it still seems that recruitment is becoming even more faceless. The candidate audience is increasingly disengaging with recruiters whether they be external agency or internal recruiters. I think job seekers are quickly catching on to social media bombardment in the same way as clients have long become immune to cv bombardment. Job seekers are wanting to talk to people whom they have ideally met and can demonstrate a detailed market understanding and fully understand their aspirations. Returning to recruitment with 12 years’ experience, I’m determined to bring my passion for building trusted face to face relationships and professionalism to the forefront of what I do. This sits well with Harvey Lawrence's brand where the traditional fundamentals of good recruitment still hold true. I believe that it is these values, supported by market knowledge and credibility, that make us stand out from the crowd. Afterall, operating in a spirit of mutual trust and respect is really the only way to deliver quality service and results. Join in the conversation with Harvey Lawrence over on our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss your next career move.
Face Fit Testing for our clients
Here at Harvey Lawrence, we have been providing a face fit testing service for our clients in order to maximise protection against harmful airborne substances. Harvey Lawrence director Gary Harvey explains more: “We have carried out face fit tests for clients and candidates throughout the Midlands, North West and beyond both on site and our own premises. We ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for each individual we deal with.” We provide a qualitative testing service, used for disposable and half face masks. The individual is required to wear a hood over the head and shoulders while the tester sprays a bitter solution into the hood. The wearer is required to carry out a series of exercises to determine whether the mask’s seal provides suitable protection. Recent research has shown that around 50% of RPE used does not offer the wearer the level of protection advertised. Why not? Because it doesn’t fit correctly. Estimates suggest that thousands die annually as a result of exposure to hazardous materials during their working lives. This annual loss can be combatted by the correct selection, fitting and use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Test requirements: No smoking, drinking, eating or chewing gum for 15 minutes before the test, as this could affect the results. No beards or stubble where the mask seals because this affects the fit (some goatee beards are ok, but it depends where the mask sits on the wearer; there may also be an issue with longer sideburns) A test must be done for each different type of mask Join in the conversation with Harvey Lawrence over on our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss your recruitment needs.
Commonwealth Games - What will Birmingham 2022 mean for the city?
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief David Grevemberg states Birmingham has "little room for error" as it prepares to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Birmingham now has just three years to complete a range of projects before staging one of the world’s biggest sporting events. The South African city of Durban was initially selected to host the 2022 Games. However, it was stripped of the event after failing to meet key obligations. "With this accelerated timeframe there becomes little room for error, which has its risks, but it also has its benefits," Grevemberg told BBC Sport. "You're not constantly planning and reinventing, you actually have to get on the ground and start making things happen.” Construction has already begun on the Commonwealth Games Village site in Perry Barr – which will provide a ‘home away from home’ for around 6,500 athletes and officials arriving to the Midlands in the summer of 2022. Commitments secured by Birmingham City Council, mean the lead contractor on the residential element of the athletes’ village will provide: The development of on-site training and engagement facility and a related £1.28million package of training 1,000 pre-employment training places, giving those involved the skills and industry accreditation to work on construction sites 50 existing apprenticeships working on site via the project’s supply chain The creation of 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer interns An overall total of 22,000 person weeks of training and employment opportunities (for the 2022 Games) against a benchmark for a project of this size of 18,000 person weeks. Earlier this year, despite protests from the Save Londonderry Lane Playing Fields group, Sandwell Council approved the building of a new £60 million aquatic centre in Smethwick. Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, is looking forward to seeing the development take shape. In an interview with the Express & Star, she said: "This is an exciting time for Sandwell and our residents. We want this new facility to really inspire people young and old to get involved in new sports and leisure activities, become more active and live healthier lifestyles. “The centre will also leave an amazing legacy for Sandwell and will provide access to top-class sporting facilities for local people beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2022.” Harvey Lawrence director Sarah Harvey anticipates the potential impact such an event will have: “The 2022 Commonwealth Games combined with the HS2 project will firmly place Birmingham in the spotlight as a global city. Will the area get the long-awaited boost it needs to rival Manchester? Time will tell.” With large-scale projects comes the demand for diligent and professional staff across a range of disciplines. Harvey Lawrence boasts a wealth of experience in providing first class staffing solutions, as Sarah explains: “We have a strong Midlands office, supplying a whole range of staff to main contractors in the area. Our service offering spans both white and blue-collar staffing solutions. Our team are very familiar with the area and have a long-standing knowledge of the market. We’re really excited to get involved with helping companies in their hunt for the best construction talent.” DID YOU KNOW? The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 27 July to 7 August – twenty years after the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and ten years on from the London 2012 Olympics The total cost of the 11-day event is a whopping £778m! It will be the biggest sporting and cultural event ever held in Birmingham, featuring thousands of world-class athletes, over a million spectators and an estimated global TV audience of 1.5 billion Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, shared his thoughts on how significant the event will be for the area: “This is a huge investment in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands to ensure the Commonwealth Games leaves a legacy far beyond 2022. “Investment in the region is already being unlocked thanks to the Games, with improvements to public transport and the regeneration of Perry Barr well underway. We expect the wider benefits of hosting the Games, including the economic and tourism boost, to last long into the future.” For more news, useful information and the latest job openings, follow our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss all your recruitment needs.