Mandy Blackwell Recruitment

February 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Mandy Blackwell Recruitment

As a local Recruitment Consultant with a growing business based at Halton Mill near Lancaster Mandy Blackwell has a unique insight into the important issue of what is happening locally concerning recruitment. With Brexit just a few weeks away a lot of companies in Lancaster are rightly worried now about how leaving the EU will affect them in regards to recruitment and have worryingly seen problems starting already.

Mandy herself has seen a shortfall in the number of quality candidates applying for jobs in recent months, and this means the candidate pool is much smaller now. Mandy feels there is definitely a skills shortage in and around Lancaster and this means that the expertise shortfall issue will become an increasingly dominant business issue. There are also many candidates applying who simply do not have the relevant skills, and this makes finding the 'hidden gems' even harder than before.

So what we can do to attract great people to our companies? Mandy advises that companies must engage with employees more to ensure they keep good people staying in their current roles. When you do need to hire, then you also need to be completely sure what it is you want your new recruit to do to help grow your company. This means a very clear job description is key and a great benefits package is also an important perk to offer, plus as salary’s are rising this must be taken into account.

Mandy also feels using a professional recruiter is essential as they have a much wider pool of talented candidates to help fill vacancies and the experience to find the 'hidden gems' that will make a new recruit stay long term and help grow the business. However, she feels that flexible working will become much more important to attract experienced part-timers to come back to work and cover core hours that may be flexible in and around childcare, caring and other duties.

If you would like to speak with Mandy Blackwell about recruitment in the Lancaster area, she can be contacted on 07967583980 or