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#1 MattVN

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 12:55 AM

I thought that it may be interesting to start a thread around local temping agencies and job sites.

Can you recommend any? Are there any new ones or any agencies you know are actively looking for staff?
Do you have any experiences you can share about your work with agencies?


I remember some work I did a long, long time ago for an agency. It wasn't a local one. I think it was called 'The Hatton Garden Temping Agency'.
Anyway I just remember the paper cuts! I was paid about 9/hour to fold letters and put them in envelopes. It was a week long job, 8 hours a day... just folding and inserting - but great money for a poor student back then.

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#2 Willy

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 09:41 AM

Not quite local but I've been using Optimum IT in Beckenham to find a job recently, seem like a good bunch. Although I haven't been succesful yet, I can't balme them for that in the current climate! Other than that JobSite and JobServe are your friends for IT jobs.

#3 MattVN

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 12:51 AM

Well I hope you find something soon Willy. I know it's tough for a lot of people.

Have you tried any of the big companies like Adecco and Reed?

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:52 PM

The nearest Reed is Camberwell or Croydon. It depends what work you are looking for as well. If you want office based roles then Reed etc would be the best place. There is also a Blue Arrow in Tooting who do office recruitment.

Not sure about the one off's though - Working in the industry and using agencies around the country to recruit staff I am always a bit sceptical of some of the employment agency/money exchange/office services type companies that you see around. The only agency I can think of in WN is on the High Street and specialises in care work. I think its called Excel - Its opposite Travis Perkins

I have used Berry Recruitment in Beckenham for driving staff - They were quite good and very friendly, but I couldn't be sure if they are looking for new recruits - I think most agencies have more candidates than jobs at the moment

Edited by iclipper, 21 February 2009 - 05:54 PM.


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Posted 15 July 2009 - 07:56 PM

I'm reviving this old post because I'd welcome some advice. I work as a freelance sub-editor. With the double whammy of the recession and print journalism being under threat from digital media, my sector of the industry has really taken a battering of late. I have bookings at The Times till September, but want to be prepared for those all-too-inevitable weeks here and there in the coming months when I will have no work. In a former life I was a secondary-school teacher, but I think supply teaching, though better paid, will be my last resort, especially since I have let my CRB check and GTC membership lapse! Can anyone suggest agencies that I could join outside my own specialist area that might offer piecemeal employment? I appreciate that I would command a good deal less than my usual day rate as an office temp, but any income would be better than none. I'd like to think I could turn my hand to most things, given the chance!