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Port-centric team’s permanent recruitment solutions

PORTS and logistics specialist Global is building on two decades of providing employment solutions, as it widens its recruitment offer.

Port-centric team’s permanent recruitment solutions

Having launched Global Labour Supply, initially to ensure a ready stream of stevedores to cater for the wider group’s needs, it broadened its approach to the Humber estuary, and now stretches along the East coast.

Building on the existing relationships with clients and the opportunities in the region and beyond, Global Resource Services has now been launched, focusing on permanent positions, whether they are fork lift truck drivers or accountants. 

Gordon Jones, former director and now consultant to the group, said: “Global Labour Supply has been going since 1999. It was established to make sure we could provide quality and right trained people in the right jobs, predominantly just for us. Then we expanded using that model for other businesses, focussing on stevedoring, warehousing, blue-collar port-related work around the Humber – Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby.  That’s how it started, but last year we realised we wanted to expand the business further, so we developed Global Resource Services, which opens up the market for more administrative and professional roles across all industries and commercial markets."

Annabel Colinger-Jones has joined as recruitment manager, with Sarah Little as senior recruitment consultant. They are working alongside Marc Bendon, who heads up Global Labour Supply, having been there since launch, supported by  Richard Hull, payroll and accounts administrator and Ben Mumby, recruitment consultant.

“The secret, the trick, is getting the right person,” Mr Jones said. “Annabel has come in, she has a lot of experience in the industry, and it allows us to offer a consultancy approach. Many throw everything at a wall and hope something sticks, we’re all about the right person becoming a great addition for a client.” 

The team operates from expanded offices within the Kiln Lane base in Stallingborough, where Global Warehousing and Storage, led by Rob Hickson, operates 200,000 sq ft of secure covered warehousing as part of a 22 acre site. Underlining the requirement, Mr Bendon, who fills between 100 and 120 temporary positions a day, said: “It is an interesting time for staff and employment. We went through a phase a few years ago when there were a lot more people than jobs, and due to the success of the area, with the likes of Siemens and Orsted and the like coming in, it is undoubtedly starting to shift. 

“That places the importance of selection, and having the right talent pool.  There are some really good prospects around at the moment. We are quite excited by all of it.”

The focus is a gold service, made more affordable that regional city recruiters due to the low overheads operating here affords. 

Demand for technical trades, maintenance engineers, technicians and sprayers is already strong, following November’s soft launch.

“A lot of people think you can just put an advert out, but a lot goes in to finding the best person,” Mrs Colinger-Jones said. “We have had a strong start but we are only just scratching the surface of what is out there.”

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