Snow joke for Midlands recruiters

As large parts of the country awoke yesterday to a winter wonderland, recruiters have had mixed fortunes in terms of temps turning up for assignments and clients opening their doors this morning.

A spokesperson for Doncaster-based agency E1EW told Recruiter its entire staff had made it in and they were experiencing no issues with the adverse weather conditions whatsoever.

Meanwhile Andy Hogarth, CEO of Staffline, an agency with operations across the UK, told Recruiter: “I do know our head office is open because there’s no snow in Nottingham. That’s all fine…

“Where there is snow it’s obviously much harder and where there isn’t, life carries on the same as before… I’m looking out the window and it’s a foot deep in Birmingham.”

And it appears that the West Midlands has not been as lucky as other parts of the country in terms of getting back to work this morning, according to Philippa Hart, owner of Birmingham-based Hart Recruitment.

Hart told Recruiter: “All the staff have made it in. They’ve trekked in, walked, put their wellies on – my very loyal staff have made it in but about 50% of the temps haven’t been able to get in.

“The snow is very bad. Even main roads, although they have been gritted, have been really bad and consequently there’s a lot of accidents as well.

“Cars are a bit all over the place and we totally understand why people haven’t been able to get to work. We’ve actually had 10% of the clients that have closed this morning and we’ve had another 10% saying they’re going to be finishing around 3-3.30pm today.”

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