7.5 years ago, Robin and I handed our notices in at our respective jobs to start Jigsaw Specialist Recruitment. We both had a great deal of recruitment experience and good jobs within our respective companies, so we were comfortable. But we had a burning desire to own our own business.
We had a baby and a toddler, we had just taken on a bigger mortgage and we had building work going on at our newly purchased home.
Also, as husband and wife, we knew what it was like living together but what were we going to be like working together?
So taking this all into account, this was not the ideal time to start our own business…but was there ever really going to be the ideal time?
Looking back, the hardest thing about starting up the business was walking through that “black door”, without really knowing what was on the other side. We liked to think that we had built up good reputations, but I am not afraid to say that taking that risk caused us a few sleepless nights.
During the last 7.5 years, we have been through Brexit, family illness, bereavements, an office fire (!) and a worldwide pandemic! But thankfully, we have never regretted making that decision.
We have seen our business grow from strength to strength and have many wonderful relationships with clients and candidates and a fantastic team.
My advice to anyone looking to start up their own business would be to prepare for it financially, know your market, your unique selling points and your competitors. Also, make a detailed plan on how to grow and never rest on your laurels.
Thank you to everyone that has supported our business so far. Whether you have liked our social media posts, followed our page, trusted us to help with key recruitment hires or enabled us to help shape your career path.
Here’s to the next 7.5 years!
Thank you to all those that completed our poll asking what is most important when looking at a potential employer. There was a mixed bag in terms of results, with some saying that the financial package was most important and others that working culture was most important. But, the overwhelming majority selected flexible working which is in line with what we are seeing on a daily basis.
In 2022, around 4.3 million employees in the United Kingdom had employment contracts that allowed for flexible working hours, making it the most common flexible working practice in that year. The second-most prevalent type of flexible arrangement was an annualized hours contract, whereby an employee works a specified number of hours over a year, instead of working the same hours every week or month. There were approximately 101,000 employees on contracts that involved job-sharing, making it the least common type of flexible working contract.
We have seen a real shift over the past few years with employers that didn’t previously entertain their workforce being based from home, needing to adapt their approach due to Covid. It seems that a lot of these practices have remained in place as normality has resumed.
A survey undertaken by the department of national statistics showed that most employees found their work life balance had improved as a result. The second most popular result was that employees found there were fewer distractions with working from home. This in turn is thought to have improved job satisfaction.
Not all employers agree that flexible working brings more productivity from their workforce. We would been keen to hear from anyone that would like to share their thoughts on this.