Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment_When One Size Doesn’t Fit All


Industrial Recruitment: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Legislation & Regulation, Hiring Tips

Matthew Dann: Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment DirectorThe current situation that Leicester is finding itself in could happen anywhere, especially with the bars and pubs about to re-open similar lockdowns could happen across the country in the next few weeks. Do you have a plan in place for your business? In this blog we’ll look at some of the provisions we’ve been helping our clients put in place and how working with a specialist, local recruiter can be the key to providing the additional support when you need it most.

Matthew Dann: Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment Director

Now more than ever we, as a business as well as our clients, must be able to adapt. COVID-19 has made us all aware of how not being prepared can have a drastic effect on your workforce and business – but how could anyone have been prepared for an event like this?

Temporary staff have historically been a means of providing a solution for sudden drops or increases in business. In these unique circumstances we’ve found ourselves looking at our current recruitment process – where can we improve? What else can we be doing for our clients? How can we help our candidates more?

Flexibility is a term used a lot these days but it truly is something that the teams have excelled in during the last three months. And the proof is in the pudding as they say, to their credit our teams have 26% more people working right now when we look at a year on year comparison. Given the circumstances, you might be surprised but the reasons why are clear…

Bespoke Recruitment: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Every business and every site are different. You have different products, systems, machinery even down to simple things like your canteen. As we navigate our way into a ‘new normal’ I’m proud to say that our teams have succeeded in supporting the bespoke recruitment needs of all of our clients

How have we achieved this?

  • COVID-19 Health Questionnaire completed for our sites
  • Tailored pre-induction of candidates to include specific COVID-19 H&S
  • On-site inductions
  • Creation of one-way system at our on-site and office locations
  • PPE and temperature checks
  • Health screening of candidates
  • Pre-booked appointments only
  • Telephone interviews
  • WhatsApp video interviews
  • Extensive referencing

We’ve even helped one client to arrange all workers arrive with their own crockery to further avoid contamination! We've helped well over a hundred clients recently and it’s certainly something we can help your site with too.

By continuously recruiting and inducting candidates we can ensure that should a lockdown occur, like it just has, we are fully prepared. Just under a quarter of our staff at one of our onsite locations live in Leicester – this is not a problem for our team. Thanks to their recruitment process they have additional staff ready to start immediately, the result is that our client will have no disruption to their business.

Richard Borland Branch Manager Loughborough & NottinghamRichard Borland, Branch Manager Nottingham & Loughborough said; ‘It’s all about being there to support your client and their business needs. We’ve implemented a new induction process, a one-way system, made changes to the canteen and even added screens in our office. We like to do spot checks throughout the day so we know that all of our workers are safe and following all of the new site rules. It’s no problem for us – we’re here to help as much as we can.’


Temporary to Permanent: The Best of Both Worlds

The REC reported last week that: Employers’ intentions to hire permanent staff in the short term (over the next three months) improved by 11 percentage points from May, and returned to positive territory at net: +6.

Although it might not seem the right time to make any big hiring decisions this really could be the perfect time. Over the last year, 24 of our clients have taken temporary workers on permanently. In perspective that’s 68 people that have found their perfect job, people that made a great impression with our clients and helped improve their business output.

Great news – how have we helped our clients and candidates get to this point?

  • We offer clients the opportunity to recruit take workers on a temporary to permanent basis
  • Supplying thorough Key Information Documents so there are no surprises when someone arrives on-site
  • Candidate health screening
  • Video interviews
  • Interview prep
  • Flexible start times to help candidates on public transport
  • Up to date with how to use video software

Helping candidates be fully prepared for starting and assignment or for an interview is just the norm for us – technology and inductions may have changed but our core values of being solution-focused, positive-minded and people-focused remains a solid foundation.

Rose Joseph Branch Manager ChesterfieldRose Joseph, Branch Manager Chesterfield commented; ‘Candidates need a lot of support right now – people don’t always think of it this way but they’re our clients too. I have a candidate that has an interview this week for a permanent job but they want to use Microsoft Teams and she didn’t know how to use it. So if I need to download it and figure it out so I can explain it to her and support her in her interview that’s what I’m going to do. It’s not an issue for me I just want her to do well in her interview.’


As a business we’ve been building our database for over 30 years and having access to that is priceless. Combining this with local market knowledge, bespoke recruitment and our Proven Process you can be sure that your business really will have the best people working for you. Of course, there’s no obligation to take your workers on permanently. The benefit of temporary workers is that we look after everything for you – giving you a ‘try before you buy’ opportunity.

Do you need help in making sure your workers are fully screened? Are you struggling with your new recruitment process? Maybe you need support in create a more bespoke recruitment method – we can help your company in a number of ways. When you’re looking to fill or find a job in food production, manufacturing, warehouse and logistics, contract packing, print and packaging, office support and waste and recycling, we’re proud to be your go-to recruiter. Contact your local team today to discuss how we can support your temporary worker needs.