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Wholly employee-owned recruitment consultancy, Rubicon People Partnership, celebrates 40th year

Posted on: 03/05/2022

100% employee-owned recruitment consultancy – one of just four in the UK and the only one on the south coast – has traded successfully for 40 years, it’s Rubicon’s Ruby anniversary.

Lloyd Banks, original founder, and current managing director of Rubicon People Partnership commented: “We are understandable proud of this achievement. As well as supporting local businesses with recruitment and staff solutions for 40 years from May, we’re also within a couple of weeks of celebrating Rubicon’s first full year of 100% employee ownership.”

Rubicon’s Senior Management Team shares over 130 years of specific recruitment industry experience and reflect, below, on some of the changes they’ve witnessed:
Employee’s expectations have changed. A competitive salary almost used to be enough to entice a ‘talented’ candidate. Whilst renumeration will always be important, many candidates we speak to, especially millennials, expect much more. Those employers embracing flexible working environments and practices, as well as a suite of attractive benefits, ‘out-recruit’ & ‘out-retain’ their competitors.” – Jessica Comolly-Jones, Director – Specialist Sectors Division.

Employing innovative candidate attraction methods, alongside exceptional customer service for temporary workers themselves, sets Rubicon apart, so our clients repeatedly tell us. Gone are the days when an advert attracted scores of potentially suitable applicants.” – Jo West, Director – Industrial Division.

Using appropriate technological improvements has become a gamechanger. Securing a physical presence at local events etc. used to be of paramount importance. Now it is secondary to an appropriately targeted social media and web presence.” – Terry Porter, Director – Engineering Division.

Paper based applications, multiple-paged Thursday newspaper supplements, job centre careers fayres etc. have given into online applications / inductions / tests, website pre-selections and video interviewing.” – Tina Perry, Director – Office Division.

Covid-19 and Brexit brought about change to most businesses over the last two years and when asked about the challenges hiring managers face in the UK, Lloyd added:
Despite a marginal upturn in unemployment last year, post Brexit and ‘Lockdowns’, the availability of ‘talented’ people in most sectors significantly reduced and employers continue to struggle to find talented people at many levels, and in many sectors. Whilst there are signs that job seeker numbers are increasing, many of these individuals don’t have the transferrable experience, and/or skills, and/or qualifications, and/or attitudes necessary to come close to meeting employers’ needs.

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