Looking ahead to 2020, we would like to wish all our clients every success in the year to come. Whether you will be recruiting rising stars for your business or searching for your next exciting challenge, we look forward to helping you bring all the perfect pieces together.
Before the festive celebrations get underway we thought we’d share some of our top recruitment advice for businesses and candidates to mull over in the quieter moments between Christmas and New Year.
We hope you find some helpful tips, inspiration and plenty of food for thought below.
Ocean Edge look forward to working with you in 2020 and bringing you even more top recruitment advice in the next 12 months. Drop into our London or Southampton offices, call us on 023 8000 1153 or email email@example.com.
This month saw some exciting news for the affordable housing sector and, in particular, for 14 housing associations who have won contracts to manage new build homes for Legal & General. With these newly announced management deals comes plenty of opportunities as we move towards 2020.
L&G’s for-profit social housing provider, L&G Affordable Homes, will be investing in 3,500 homes a year – a much needed boost for affording housing stock.
In the past decade the country’s ageing population has left many young people unable to get on to the property ladder as family homes are occupied by older couples or single people. This is partially responsible for the 1.1 million households on the housing waiting list in England.
New homes are needed to close the gap. L&G’s innovative solution involves them building high quality, module homes on land they own and leasing these to affordable housing sector partners as an investment.
Earlier this year it put out a tender for housing association partners to manage its properties. These have now been named.
The first L&G affordable housing tenants have already moved into schemes in Falmouth, Cornwall, and in Croydon, London.
L&G is not the only big investor in affordable housing schemes; more have seen the potential as it is estimated three million social homes will need to be built in the next 20 years.
This presents an incredible opportunity for the affordable housing sector to win contracts for the management of more of these much needed schemes. And with that opportunity comes the necessity to consider additional resourcing within your business.
We are already talking to clients about new investments in affordable housing and how this will affect their staffing needs.
Back in 2016 we recruited the Managing Director at one of the country’s leading modular housing factories and in 2018 we also brought in a team leader there. The factory was among the first companies in the UK to use modular building for new homes and have now built more than 1,000.
Both of the professionals we recruited came from outside the industry, but we identified their transferrable skills and supported them through the process to their new careers. They now play a key role in making the factory a success.
If you are looking to recruit within your affordable housing business then we can help. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years experience helping the affordable housing sector find the top candidates.
The best candidates are in high demand whatever your industry. If you want to interview top talent and add to the expertise in your business then here are some simple steps to follow to optimise your recruitment process:
Be clear about your expectations
What skills and experience does your ideal candidate have? Make sure these expectations are clearly set out in job descriptions and adverts so that only the right candidates apply.
This will save you time sifting through the resumes of people who don’t make the grade or at least make it easier to discount them.
Look at the talent within your business
Recruiting from within your business will save time and money. It’s much easier to bring someone up to speed when they know how your organisation works.
That’s not to mention the impact on staff motivation, morale and loyalty when they see opportunities to progress.
Share opportunities on your website
The best candidates will be the ones already interested in your organisation. They will have been looking at your website to research your business and the type of opportunities available. Make sure they find the information they need.
Add a dedicated ‘work with us’ or ‘job vacancies’ page, and update this regularly with new opportunities. Also use this page to shout about the benefits of working for your organisation to attract the best candidates. Here are some ideas about how to attract and retain top employees.
Promote your business opportunities on social media
Once you have perfected the vacancies pages on your website make sure you share them on your social media channels, particularly LinkedIn. If the right candidate is in the market for a new job this is where they will be looking for career opportunities.
It’s also worth promoting jobs on Twitter and Facebook because of their broad audience. Your followers don’t just include customers, but also job seekers within your industry and region.
Bring in a specialist recruitment agency
In order to secure the best candidates you need a thorough application and interview process. A specialist recruitment agency will be able to create a bespoke recruitment campaign for your business, from advertising and headhunting to shortlisting. They may even already know candidates that fit the bill.
When you are recruiting, your top priority is to employ the perfect candidate, fast. Anything else is a waste of time, money and resources. That’s why, when you work in the affordable housing sector it’s important to use a specialist recruitment agency.
Here’s the benefits a professional and experienced affordable housing recruitment consultancy can bring to your next recruitment process:
Knowledge of your sector
When you are growing your team, get ahead of the game by appointing a recruitment consultancy that knows your sector inside out. They should have a proven track record of working with organisations like yours and be able to anticipate the challenges you face.
This will save a lot of time in devising a strategy for securing your perfect candidate and will help get them in post quick.
A thorough process
To get the best value from a recruitment strategy it needs to be thorough and tailored to your business needs. A specialist recruitment consultancy will offer a bespoke search; headhunting the very best candidates who may not even be looking for a new job; and attracting ideal job seekers through targeted advertising.
The search will be based on research to identify people who are a strong match for your business, with the skills and experience you need.
A great recruitment consultancy will then conduct its own interviews with a shortlist of candidates to ensure only the very best are sent to you for consideration.
A specialist affordable housing recruitment agency will already have an extensive network of people looking to develop their careers within your industry. Your perfect candidate may already be on their database.
This rich knowledge and talent network will put you in pole position for securing your new team member.
Experienced temporary staff
If you are looking for someone to help deliver a specific project, fill a gap or establish a new area of your business, a specialist recruitment agency will be able to offer you experienced interim consultants for short term contracts.
These are people they already know and trust, so you can be assured they have the ability to hit the ground running.
Ocean Edge – a specialist affordable housing recruitment consultancy
We have nearly 20 years experience helping the affordable housing sector find the top candidates for its teams.
We specialise in working with Housing Associations, Local Authorities, ALMOs, TMOs, private sector consultants, developers and contractors which supply the sector, and private development arms of local authorities. We also have experience of working with large multi-national organisations through to small charities.
Keeping your top performing staff can have a multitude of benefits for your business. They know your organisation; their success is your success; and retaining employees is much more cost effective than endless recruitment.
So what can you do to stop your best team members looking elsewhere? Here are five ways to retain top employees before it even crosses their minds to scan the internet for new jobs.
Give them recognition
Having a staff reward scheme or offering top performing employees perks not only makes them feel valued, it’s also a great motivator.
Make sure everyone is aware of the scheme and the potential rewards for excelling within your business to spread the incentive to do well. This might include gifts, a cash bonus or holding a staff party.
Offer flexible working
Top performers within your business are likely to be putting in their fair share of hours. However, this isn’t always sustainable and may demotivate them in the long run.
Offer them flexible ways of working in order to gain days back or carry out their hours at a place or time to suit them. Home working, four day weeks and time off in lieu are all options to consider.
Offer more time off
Giving your top employees greater work-life balance can be more valuable to them than a pay rise. Extra time off might come in the form of a sabbatical or performance related additional annual leave.
Invest in them
Talk to your star employees about their career direction and what training they might need to help them achieve their goals.
Adding to their skills base will give them job satisfaction and make them feel valued within your business. You will also benefit from their new knowledge and enthusiasm.
Make sure their salary is competitive
Money isn’t the be all and end all for every employee, but knowing that they are receiving a fair pay packet for their efforts and expertise will make them more loyal to you.
Benchmark the salaries you are offering employees against others within your industry. If yours fall short then it’s time to consider a pay review.
If you would like further advice about how to retain top employees or are looking to recruit high performing staff to your business then we can help. Contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org