Strong demand for skilled staff leads to record month for Wirral recruiter

Bromborough-based Russell Taylor Group placed 50 people in new roles in January and saw a 50% rise in net fee income compared to its previous best month of April 2018

Rob Kurton
Russell Taylor Group managing director Rob Kurton


Wirral recruitment firm Russell Taylor Group  says it has placed a record number of people in new positions in January and says there is a surge in demand for skilled, white-collar roles.

January is traditionally a strong month for the Bromborough-based firm, which operates across the UK, but says the 50 placements during the month have exceeded its own expectations.

Russell Taylor says it is seeing string demand for skilled people in all its sectors, including engineering, manufacturing, scenic and construction. It added it had enjoyed a 50% rise in net fee income from permanent placements in January compared to its previous best month of April 2018.

Managing director Rob Kurton said: “These figures are immensely encouraging particularly in light of the uncertainties around our leaving the EU. There tends to be a ‘new year, new job’ trend in January anyway but this surge in demand for skilled, permanent hires has exceeded our expectations.

“Also, the Brexit situation is maybe making companies think they need to grab talent while they can. However, any uncertainty surrounding Brexit has so far not shown any signs of slowing down our core markets.”

More than a third of the high volume of Russell Taylor Group’s January placements has come from within its scientific division where the largest growth areas have been identified as in contract testing, specifically e-cigarette testing, biotechnology/microbiology testing, R&D and pharmaceutical. 

Division manager Tom Hammond added: “We’ve seen a significant increase in permanent recruitment from the Q3 2018 period rolling into Q1 2019 which has been our record-breaking month.

“With the uncertainty of Brexit at the forefront of people’s minds, we have seen a more notable increase in companies’ investment into sustainability by pushing for more skilled workers, particularly on the analytical testing side.”

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