Covid-19 has profoundly affected business across all industries in the UK, but we now have a clear roadmap to ease restrictions and a budget that provides a platform for recovery and the rebuilding of both the Welsh and UK Economy.
Here in Wales, like the rest of the UK, jobs will prove key for a strong and sustainable recovery from the pandemic. As such, recruiters will in turn be pivotal in mobilising our workforce and helping clients adapt to new methods of recruiting to enhance the competitiveness and productivity of the economy as a whole.
The good news is, for the past 12 months, recruiters like Acorn have been finely tuning a new way of working which is now in prime shape to support employers in overcoming the workforce issues around both capacity and capability they in turn have been challenged by in the same time frame.
Early on in the pandemic it was clear NHS Wales was experiencing an unprecedented demand for care and critical care services that could overwhelm services, for example. In response, Acorn rapidly mobilised a dedicated recruitment team to provide high numbers of non-clinical staff such as porters, catering support, kitchen assistants, chefs, security personnel and more.
Acorn was also key in the fight against Covid-19 by rapidly rolling out a recruitment team to support a major scientific client by sourcing and recruiting molecular biologists, laboratory managers and analysts at laboratories in Newport and Leicestershire.
Now the Welsh and UK Government is investing in innovation, skills and infrastructure to build back better, level up and unleash the potential of Wales and Britain as a whole.
And, as the economy once again responds to rapidly changing market demands brought about by the gradual easing of measures, it is recruiters like Acorn and others in the sector who will once again bear the responsibility of ensuring those changing demands are met for the good of all.
Thankfully, Acorn and others like us have made rapid changes in the way we support our clients. Both recruiters and their clients have fully adapted to new technologies for video interviewing and remote onboarding processes, for example, and are therefore perfectly poised to embrace flexible and remotely available workforces when the upturn comes.
As recruiters we have grown used to, and set ourselves up to, respond quickly to changing pressures in the jobs market - an approach which is about to come into its own for the sake of the Welsh and UK economy as a whole.
Chris Hall is a Business Development Manager for Acorn Recruitment based in Flintshire. Acorn is listed in the top 1% of all leading UK recruiters and works across 40 branches nationwide with hundreds of British and international businesses operating in all sectors.