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Shropshire manufacturer steps up recruitment amid demand surge

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Shropshire manufacturer, Corbetts the Galvanizers, has announced 24 new vacant positions as it manages increasing demand.

The company has also highlighted flexible shift patterns, part-time working and long-term permanent contracts as some of the measures being introduced.

Corbetts the Galvanizers, which has secured a string of new orders since lockdown ended, has already taken on 25 new staff, but need additional general operatives to help it meet increasing demand from clients involved in construction, perimeter fencing, street furniture, transport and utilities.

Management at the 161-year-old firm are lamenting a major lack of available candidates, fuelled by many migrant workers from the EU returning home and a lot of individuals left in limbo with furlough now actually extending the uncertainty.

Corbetts is hoping the additional flexibility and a host of new employee benefits will help position the company’s offer above other employers in the area that are looking to recruit.

“Demand for our galvanizing expertise has rocketed and we are in the process of ramping up staff numbers to meet that demand, a difficult challenge when you consider the current employment market,” explained Natalie Hughes, HR manager at Corbetts. “I think industry in general is now seeing the impact of the EU drain in workers and there’s certainly a lot of people still waiting for furlough to finish before they make a decision on their future. We’re trying to offset this uncertainty by designing a package of positions that offer day, night and twilight shifts, as well as part time roles so we appeal to the widest possible audience.”

She continued: “One of the biggest benefits of working with us is the offer of a permanent contract. There’s so many agencies offering temporary opportunities or three-month placements…if you join our team, you’re here for the long run if you want to be and there’s plenty of training and development in place for you to progress in the business.”

Corbetts t has been supplying world class hot dip galvanizing to thousands of customers across the UK and Europe for over 160 years.

This process is an effective and environmentally friendly way to protect steel from the elements and provides a long-term solution to corrosion and maintenance free protection in excess of 100 years.

It was taken over in 2017 by Ardenton Capital and this marked a paradigm shift in direction from the previous owners, reflected in the modern employee-centric culture that is now in place.

In addition to industry-leading pay rates and training opportunities, the firm has also introduced more softer benefits, including free hot drinks, vouchers for Christmas, Easter Eggs for the family and regular fish and chips as a ‘thank you’ for hard work.

Corbetts the Galvanizers

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Leonard Howard
After finishing his MBA from a top-ranked university Leonard joined OTC to pursue his passion which is writing. He is currently covering the industrial sector.

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