BUSINESS REMAINS BOUYANT AT LEADING LOCAL RECRUITER

Leading transport and logistics specialist recruitment company and Chamber members, dhRecruitment Dumfries, has been busy throughout the lockdown supplying key businesses and organisations with delivery drivers, factory workers, warehouse and office staff. On average the business has been finding work for around 50 local people every week.

“We’ve been lucky in that only two of our regular clients closed down completely. We’ve been constantly busy,” says Christine Proudfoot, Manager of dhRecruitment Dumfries.

“When the lockdown was at its peak we were supplying drivers and loaders for bin collections and deliveries of essential medical supplies to pharmacies. We also provided workers to a local factory which makes packaging products for the pharmaceutical industry.”

 

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As the lockdown is gradually lifted, Christine is already seeing green shoots of recovery in other areas. “With gardening centres now open again there’s been massive pent-up demand, so we have a number of our temps helping them with delivery work. We’re also providing staff for recycling centres too. Day by day we’re receiving more and more enquiries from our clients.”

Christine has also found some employers are using temps to cover staff currently on furlough as their businesses gradually return to normal. “It’s a bit of a ‘toe in the water’ thing,” says Christine. “Employers want to be sure that staff will be fully employed when they return to work; using a temp gives them the flexibility to test the water before bringing back their full-time staff.”

“Of course, my main concern throughout these difficult times is the safety of our workers and my office staff. We’ve been working remotely since March and we continue to remind all our drivers and staff of the importance of social distancing, regular hand washing and, if required, the use of personal protection equipment.”

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