Welcome to April 2017

Welcome to April 2017

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Hello, welcome to April

It’s been a funny old start to spring this year. Everything seems brighter with the clocks going forward, lighter evenings, and spring flowers everywhere. But, we (as a nation) have just triggered Article 50, Brexit is now officially in full swing, and it does seem to have potentially knocked people’s enthusiasm slightly. 

As a nation, we tend to handle the big issues with a big initial reaction, then as life continues we do seem to adopt the ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach.

Someone I look to for business direction and who I quote a lot in my blog writing is Kevin Green. He is the chief executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), (who we are a member of). In response to the triggering of Article 50, he has made this statement:

“The UK labour market has performed well since the EU referendum. Employers are continuing to create jobs and employment has reached record levels. As Brexit negotiations begin, we need the government to prioritise a deal which creates more jobs and prosperity. “

Kevin Green has highlighted some key figures that need to be considered:

  • EU nationals make up 7% of the UK total workforce (in some sectors this is much higher)
  • In food processing, nearly 1/3 of the workforce are EU nationals
  • 1 in 5 tech workers in London are from the EU

So, it is clear that EU workers are integral to UK business and future wealth creation. How these people are treated and considered, will massively influence UK economy post Brexit. 

Kevin Green concluded that:

“The recruitment industry is on the front line of the UK jobs market. It is vital that government listens to business throughout the negotiations. The REC will continue to work in partnership with government to make sure our voices are heard.”

With the UK labour market, having performed so well since the Referendum and with organisations like the REC having strong links to Government, we just have to hope Theresa May and her team make all the right decisions. We  all now have to wait and see what happens next.

Engineering comes to Vanilla

In Vanilla news, I am very excited to announce that we have expanded our client offering. We now have an engineering recruitment division. I am proud to welcome Laura Niven-Kapp to our team. Laura has been running her own specialist engineering automation recruitment business for the past few years and has now brought her expertise and client base with her to Vanilla.

Our engineering division, and Laura, will be working with businesses to provide niche engineering recruitment support. The types of roles Laura will be working on are:

  • Engineering software and hardware design
  • PLC system design
  • SCADA integration
  • Mechanical design
  • Project engineering
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Site service
  • Training and technical support
  • Sales and applications
  • Robotic engineers and programmers

Working predominantly within these industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food & Beverage/FMCG
  • Automotive, Aerospace & Defence
  • Electrical & Electronic Products
  • Machine Tool
  • Nuclear
  • Warehouse, Storage & Distribution
  • Chemical & Petrochemical
  • Medical Devices & Pharmaceutical
  • Oil & Gas, Marine
  • Power Generation, Renewables
  • Water & Utilities

This is great news for us as business but also great news for our clients, old and new.

If you would like to speak to Laura about engineering recruitment for your team, please get in touch on 01858 898 058, email or you can LinkIn with her.

As a business, we now have 8 dedicated recruitment teams to support you and your organisation with permanent, temporary and contract employment:

Accountancy & Finance







Executive Search


And now is a gret time to get in touch with us as we are seeing more job seekers registering with us ready to make a job change ahead of the summer. If you are thinking about expanding your team, drop us a line, we’d be delighted to come and visit you and chat through your options.

As always, thank you for reading my blog and I hope you have a lovely April.


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