For many HGV drivers, finding the next shift or the next contract can, at times, be a challenge. Andrew Fletcher, senior driving manager at national recruitment agency Encore Personnel, discusses how specialist recruiters can support candidates in finding the right role for them.
In any profession, if you decide to change jobs – or even change career entirely – it is important to give this careful consideration and ask yourself why it is that you are looking to move. Is it for better pay rates, more flexibility, improved job security or something entirely different?
HGV driving is the perfect choice for those looking for flexibility in their role, as shift patterns can be negotiated to cover days, nights, weekdays and weekends. That being said, discussing and agreeing the right employment terms that work for you with your employer can be complex.
That’s when a recruitment agency can really bring benefit to drivers. As well as proactively looking for roles for the HGV drivers that come through the door, recruitment agencies are equally looking for drivers that would be the best fit for its clients. Drivers that demonstrate core skills such as good customer service, a friendly and helpful demeanour, flexibility in their approach and, most importantly, a ‘can-do’ attitude are placed on our ‘Encore Approved Driver Scheme’ for when a new shift comes.
For many drivers, working with agencies can save a great deal of time and worry when needing to look for their next job as much of the hard work has been done for them. Encore Personnel places more than 350 HGV drivers on the road each week with just under half of these being temporary contracts. For the drivers we work with, the job security that comes from this volume and variation of work is a real advantage.
Beyond choosing whether to work with a recruitment agency, choosing the right one is absolutely key. Good rates of pay, promptness of paying wages, honesty, consideration of each candidate’s needs and rewarding loyalty are just some of the points to look out for when meeting with recruiters, but I would say the most important aspect is knowing the agency is reputable and established with a constant supply of work available to the candidate.