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Finding staff - where?

Hi folks - keep hydrated out there ;-)

So, where have you been sucessful in finding staff? I'm having no luck with regards to applications having tried local publications, Gumtree, newsagent and other local shops, Men's Shed, colleges, local Facebook pages and a few other things I can't remember right now. 

Thought you guys might offer some out of the box ideas

Thanks

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  • PRO

    Had you tried on here and Indeed?

  • PRO

    I just got a good guy on the job centre website experienced former tree surgeon and a hard worker. I did have to sift through a number of weardos and un employable who seem to apply to show they are looking for work but the two interviewees were both good. 

  • PRO

    This is not helping anyone looking for staff - ironic !

    https://twitter.com/PhilipHammondUK/status/1019152863350677504

    https://twitter.com/PhilipHammondUK/status/1019152863350677504

    Philip Hammond on Twitter
    “Our labour market is going from strength to strength. New stats show a record employment rate of 75.7% and the lowest unemployment rate since the 19…
  •  I have always worked on the 'putting the word about' basis and invairably somone soon popped up. Tried the Jobcentre a couple of times, but a couple of bad experiences has put me off.  One 'tailor made just the guy for you' guy came with all the certs for strimmer, chainsaw etc but actually didn't like working too hard and spend half the day on his haunches smoking - didn't last the week out.

  • Hi, We have found that Indeed.com was the most successful advert we used. We have had a couple through facebook but they couldnt drive! just hired 2 new skilled guys, both came for trial days and were really good. Had about 6 apply for the job but they were the best ones. It cost about £50 for the advert so well worth it! Good luck

  • PRO

    Shouldn’t be hard at the moment as schools, colleges and universities are all out- I get lots of phone calls from friends asking if I have any casual work for their kids. I’ve tried indeed for more permanent help and found it very good

  • PRO

    Usually we have success with indeed, but this year has been tough. Only a couple have stayed the distance. Pretty much everyone who wants to work round here has a job.

    An old employee (from years ago) spotted an advert on indeed and is back with us. A seasonal guy from last year is now back permanent (although recent absence suggests feet-under-the-table-itis) and a young lady (through indeed) who does 5 days in the summer and then 2 days while at university/related placement - ideal! 

    More would have been useful 

  • PRO

    It is getting more difficult to find staff, how and where advertisements are placed makes little difference,  at grass roots level the government apprentiship scheme seems to be having little impact in terms of providing a viable career choice for those wanting to select land based industries as an option.  There can only be one outcome if the current drought of employees continues, raising rates of pay to create more interest, the knock on effect being raising prices to customers.  Many would say about time to, our industry has been under valued for far too long and an adjustment in wages is loing over due.  Right or wrong, only making employment within our industry more financially viable for young people will see and increase in the numbers attracted to it as a career option.

  • PRO

    Don't forget you can add a job advert for free at jobs.landscapejuicenetwork.com

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