COVID-19 poses unprecedented challenges. Now more than ever, and in the inevitable economic recovery, we believe labour hire will be a vital support for businesses.
After a devastating bushfire season, Australia now confronts a global pandemic with serious health, economic and community implications.
For businesses, these are uncertain times and it is an evolving challenge. It is however reassuring that stimulus measures are being directed toward supporting Australian businesses to stay operating as best as possible through the coming months.
In these circumstances, and with ongoing shortages of skilled engineering trades, we believe the strengths of labour hire are more relevant than ever.
The Benefits of Labour Hire in 2020
Labour hire can supplement your workforce when you need it with very specific trade skills. This provides additional capacity as required, such as to enable completion of large projects and shutdowns on time.
With the current climate of uncertainty, this flexibility is helping our clients stay agile and efficient, and adaptable to changing economic and workplace conditions. Likewise, these benefits will help businesses make the most of the inevitable economic recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19, and throughout the recovery which may come in ‘waves’.
Responsiveness & Scale
In labour hire, we take care of the recruitment process for you, and we constantly have a pool of skilled candidates ready for work. At present, our candidate pool includes over 2,000 engineering tradespeople such as:
- Mechanical fitters
- Skilled TAs
What this means is that we are well prepared to respond to the needs of your business and to supplement your workforce with the right engineering trades at short notice. This is especially useful in times of economic uncertainty.
Highly Skilled Labour
There’s a shortage of engineering trades across NSW, with the Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business reporting that only 40% of vacancies are being filled and, on average, employers are obtaining 0.7 suitable applicants per vacancy. These figures are the lowest they’ve been in a decade.
By using labour hire however, you get the benefit of an existing, deep resource of candidates with a known work history. For instance, all of the 2,000+ current engineering trades in our database have been interviewed face-to-face by our recruitment team and a large proportion have worked with us before. This means we can quickly align suitable and available workers with the right projects knowing they’ll perform.
Why Maxwell Recruitment & Training for Labour Hire?
We are engineering trades experts. It’s our time on the workshop floor that sets us apart, with over 50 years of heavy industry experience between us. We understand the labour hire needs of our clients and workers, along with the intricacies and demands of workshops and projects.
We have the Hunter’s best candidates. We pride ourselves on the quality of our database, which is detailed above. We supply highly skilled workers to the likes of Joy Global (Komatsu), LogiCamms, Schenck Process and Alfabs Group.
We’re geared up for fast-turnaround projects. We’ve previously delivered 48 workers at short notice for complex mine site projects. This includes adherence to detailed mine site induction and safety procedures.
We are committed to safety. Our recruitment consultants tightly manage all projects and routinely visit all client sites. We strictly adhere to legislative safety requirements, and we even purpose-built our own RTO to make worksites safer. In the present COVID-19 situation, we are constantly monitoring the latest advice from authorities and acting on it. Our workers are our business.
We’ll be there when you need us. Last year alone we supplied an average 5,373 labour hours per week. We’re geared up for high output and well-resourced, including with site-specified vehicles and site-inducted recruitment consultants, so we can be there when your business needs us.
Since our foundation 10 years ago, we’ve been improving outcomes for workers and clients. We’ve delivered over 1,500,000 hours of labour, and become the region’s first heavy industry labour hire firm with a RTO on-site. No matter the short-term challenges of the current environment, we are well-prepared to support our clients and workers through 2020 and beyond.
Managing Director, Peter Maxwell