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LOGISTICS

About WR Logistics

Without the right highly skilled workers in place, the UK’s infrastructure would grind to a halt. Our specialist division knows just what – and who – is needed to keep the transport and logistics industry moving.

We’ve managed staffing requirements for some of the largest organisations in the UK, covering positions of all levels in perm and temp roles. We connect the best talent in the freight, parcels, pallets and logistics industry with exciting career opportunities.

We manage a range of perm and temp vacancies, including:

  • Freight Forwarding

  • Road Haulage

  • Pallet Network

  • Courier & Fulfilment

  • 3PL and much more

Our team possesses an in-depth knowledge of the sector, and our personal, consultative approach allows us to deliver perfectly tailored staffing solutions in a complex market.

If you’re seeking a new position, or are an organisation with perm or temp vacancies in this area, get in touch with a member of our team.

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WR Logistics sub divisions

The logistics sector is complex, and vast. We are fully aware that jobseekers and clients will specialise in a variety of roles and disciplines. To provide a more tailor-made service, we’ve split our team into three separate subdivisions, Transport, Logistics, and Foodservice. Contact them today.

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Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet Tom Nichols

I'm the divisional manager for WR Logistics. We recruit for applicants and clients across the whole spectrum of Transport & Logistics.

I was born in Norwich, and grew up in Portsmouth, doing A-Levels in English and Sociology. I love my family, and I have three girls. In my spare time I love playing and watching football, watching Norwich City home and away, and playing squash. I enjoy all sports (balanced with eating and drinking), reading different types of books, either with girls or myself, including sporting autobiographies and war time fiction.

An interesting fact about me is I’m five days younger than Lewis – and always will be.

Tom Nichols

Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet Jack Loydd

I recruit freight forwarding professionals across all modes of freight; sea, air, road and rail. I place roles from freight operators, supervisors, managers, business development managers and customs professionals, up to senior management and director level. My clients provide the logistics needs for companies and individuals all over the UK to ship their products all over the world; from Europe to Australia.

I was born and bred in Portsmouth. I studied History at the University of Winchester achieving a 2:1. I have a real passion for modern history; particularly the Second World War.

My main passions in life are sport, music and history. I am an avid follower of Portsmouth football club and have been a season ticket holder since I was 9. I am also a massive boxing and NFL fan. I love music and attend numerous live music events and festivals each year.

My passion for history has seen me travel to numerous different countries to visit key historical sites and experience different cultures. I have traveled to 18 different countries and was part of a round the world sailing trip when I was 17 (my leg of the trip was Miami to Jamaica).

Jack Loydd

Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet Matt Marsh

I recruit for the Transport & Logistics Industry & specialise in international freight forwarding. This involves the import and export of goods via air, ocean & road all around the world.I regularly recruit for a levels of freight forwarding including freight coordinators, operations managers, sales and business development managers.

I grew up in Waterlooville, a suburb of Portsmouth where I also went to school and college. My further education took me to Southampton University where I studied music performance and came away with a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree.

I own a VW Camper Van and frequently visit Cornwall where I love to go surfing and camping with friends and family. I also enjoy playing tennis and golf and generally being outdoors. My interesting fact is that I once met Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones whilst working in a country pub in Chichester.

Matt Marsh

Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet Fran Ilott

I recruit the best road transport professionals for some of the best haulage companies in the UK.

I grew up in Gosport, eating fish and chips on the beach instead of studying. Luckily, I have managed to use my charm, wit and confidence to bag a great job! Some of my hobbies include trekking through vast terrains, rock climbing, karate, and sailing. Basically, I like walking and play fighting with my dog, and I once went sailing with work.

An interesting fact about me is that growing up I considered becoming a clown so I learnt how to ride a unicycle – I could go about four metres without falling off.

Fran Ilott

Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet Tasha Bryant

I have been in recruitment since 2013 within the Driving and Logistics sector. I predominantly recruit temporary roles as I much prefer the fast pace way of recruitment life.

I am based in Basingstoke which is where I have lived all my life.

I love to read crime and thriller books and probably read about 3 – 4 books a month but I could never watch a scary film – it’s too scary on screen!!

Tasha Bryant

Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet James Earl

I recruit a vast range of roles, including senior level positions in operations or sales, general managers, operations managers, warehouse managers, sales managers, business development managers and account managers.

I grew up in Portsmouth, and went to St John’s College then Havant College. In my spare time I love spending time with my dog and watching and playing football - I'm a huge Arsenal fan.

An interesting fact about me is that I once lived in the US for 2 years for work.

James Earl

Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet CJ

I specialise in recruitment for Transport and Logistics. Transport Planners, Managers, Warehouse supervisors ect….

I was born in Trinidad and Tobago and from there I have lived in New York, North Carolina and the UK. From moving around I have had the privilege of learning from different cultures which has impacted my world view. Seeing how other people live has shaped my interactions both professionally and personally. I feel blessed to be alive and it’s my goal and ambition to achieve great things no matter the environment I find myself in.  

 

I love to play football even more than watching it. I also have a passion and love for music.

CJ

Meet the WR Logistics Team

Tom Nichols Jack Loydd Matt Marsh Fran Ilott Tasha Bryant James Earl CJ Victoria Lightfoot

Meet Victoria Lightfoot

I began my recruitment career working within the apprenticeship sector successfully providing recruitment solutions to Independent Training Providers across the UK.

I grew up on the Isle of Wight, moved to London for University and had the amazing experience of living in Australia for 2 years. And just to keep it a little random  I 100% think sloths are the cutest animal on earth!

Victoria Lightfoot
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WR Logistics jobs

Looking for a job in transport or logistics? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of vacancies.

  • Transport Planner

    Bristol

    £28000 - £32000 per annum + Car Benefit

    Transport Planner urgently required in Bristol One of the UK's top 5 growing Transport companies is currently looking for an experienced Transport Planner in Bristol! This hugely successful Transport Company are looking to continue their rapid growth. If you are an experienced Transport Planner who has experience in General Haulage or Curtain Side distribution, please apply now! Must have a clear understanding of WTD and be able to plan routes cost effectively. The Package: £28,000 - £32,000 Various shift patterns available Company car benefit The Role: As Transport Planner you will be ensuring route plans are carried out efficiently You must ensure all vehicle usage is cost effective including Back-loading It is the Transport Planners responsibility to ensure Drivers routes are planned in line with WTD You are required to liaise with Drivers & Customers as much as necessary The Requirements: Manual route planning skills Back-Loading experience beneficial Clear understanding of WTD Good attitude, Driven and passionate Logistics Distribution and Supply Chain WR Transport & Logistics are the #1 recruitment partner for transport jobs and logistics jobs. We recruit UK wide for permanent and contract jobs. WR is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

  • Night Transport Planner

    Bristol

    £28000 - £32000 per annum + Car Benefit

    Night Transport Planner urgently required in Bristol One of the UK's top 5 growing Transport companies is currently looking for an experienced Night Transport Planner in Bristol! This hugely successful Transport Company are looking to continue their rapid growth. If you are an experienced Transport Planner who has experience in General Haulage or Curtain Side distribution, please apply now! Must have a clear understanding of WTD and be able to plan routes cost effectively. The Package: £28,000 - £32,000 4 on 4 off 6pm - 6am Company car benefit The Role: As Night Transport Planner you will be ensuring route plans are carried out efficiently You must ensure all vehicle usage is cost effective including Back-loading It is the Transport Planners responsibility to ensure Drivers routes are planned in line with WTD You are required to liaise with Drivers & Customers as much as necessary The Requirements: Manual route planning skills Back-Loading experience beneficial Clear understanding of WTD Good attitude, Driven and passionate Logistics Distribution and Supply Chain WR Transport & Logistics are the #1 recruitment partner for transport jobs and logistics jobs. We recruit UK wide for permanent and contract jobs. WR is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

  • Export Air Freight Operator

    Bristol

    £28000 - £34000 per annum

    Air Freight Export Coordinator - £28K- £34K - Bristol Do you have Air Freight Experience? Do you have Import/ Export Experience? Are you a Freight Forwarder? An Air Freight Import/Export Operator is required for a successful Freight Forwarders Bristol Site. The Package: £28K- £34K depending on experience Monday- Friday 09.00-17.00 21 days increasing to 25 holiday plus bank holidays. Pension - company contribution Medical Cover Eye Cover Air Freight Operator Role: Effectively manage Air Export start to finish An exceptional customer care standard at all times. Communicating daily on the phone. Customs entries -knowledge NOT required Ability to build relationships and increase business with existing clients. Invoice jobs on completion Freight Coordinator Requirements: Air Freight experience Import or export is essential Previous experience of working for a Freight Forwarder is essential Operational skills Excellent Customer Service experience #AIRFREIGHTJOBS #FREIGHTJOBS WR Transport & Logistics are the #1 recruitment partner for transport jobs and logistics jobs. We recruit UK wide for permanent and contract jobs. WR is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

Testimonials

Fran has been excellent in supporting my search and identifying the right opportunities for my next role, she is attentive and very knowledgeable about the warehouse/transport business and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for further opportunities....thank you Fran you have been first class from day one.

Matthew

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​Jack is an incredible recruiter. Keeps in regular contact with updates and support. All the time I was answered on my questions promptly and timely. Clearly well respected and connected in the world of logistics. Thanks Jack

Mark

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Fran worked hard to ensure I had the best opportunity to be hired. She was very prompt with her communications. I will definitely reach out to Fran again when searching for my next work challenge.

Salim

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Fran was friendly and professional from my the first phone call we had. Fran sourced me the perfect sounding job, negotiated a wage for me and kept me up to date throughout the process. I was successful in the interview and Fran was very quick to give me feedback from the interview. All staff at WR recruitment know what was going on with my application which shows they have great communication there!
I can’t thank Fran enough for the help she gave me in finding a new role!

Jaimie

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Just a quick one to say that Victoria was instrumental in helping me get my current role. She was brilliant in guiding me through the recruitment process, helped me prepare for every stage of the interview and took a genuine interest in how I was getting on at all stages of the process. She regularly asked for updates and showed true dedicated and professionalism throughout. Her attention to detail and follow up are both exceptional and I am extremely grateful for the assistance she gave me.

Michael

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H​ighly recommend Matt. Professional and prompt during all aspects of my recruitment process.

Daniel

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Highly recommend Matt, he was friendly and professional throughout the whole recruitment process. Thank you Matt.

Lisa

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Matt has positioned me in my new business venture.
Thanks Matt.
Please do not hesitate in contacting Matt for your next venture. Matt has and continues to be very interactive, thorough the positioning and securing process. I recommend Matt as 5* recruiter who has your best interest at heart.

All the best Matt!

James

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I have to say out of all my dealings with recruiters and agencies over the years, my experience with Matt has by far been the highlight. Matt not only was able to help secure me a life changing new role, he actually cared. From our first conversation it was clear Matt would do all he could to find a role which matched my needs. Couldn't be more grateful and thankful our paths crossed.

Donald

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Honestly, it was an absolutely pleasure to deal with Matt. Within literally minutes of conversing with him, I felt that he totally understood what I wanted and he adapted well to these requirements. It is all thanks to Matt that I have now got an opportunity to further my career. I am now in a position where I can say that I am truly happy with my job and thanks to Matt, my career is moving forward. I would have absolutely no reservations in recommending Matt. Thanks a lot and all the best!

Evie-Louise

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Matt was really helpful when helping me find a new role, very professional and very friendly! Wouldn’t recommend anyone else!

Lauren

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Very professional and sourced me 2 very good opportunities. I couldn’t recommend him enough enough if you’re looking for a job within the transport & logistics sector.

Nathan

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Matt is a top guy and from the moment of contact he was on the ball .. can't recommend him enough 👌🏻

Karl

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Matt got in touch with me in regards to a position he had available, and within a day he managed to secure me an interview. Through his help, and the efforts put in, I was successful in getting the job. I've never had a recruitment agent work so quickly and friendly like Matt did. Thank you for all of your help, you're a star!

Billy-Jo

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Matt stands out above the usual recruitment consultants. He goes the extra mile, he continues the search, communicates regularly and clearly and gives honest opinions in the view of transparency. If applications aren’t successful, he continues the search and actively moves things forward. You can easily tell that he keeps both sides of the coin up to date and communicates clear intentions so that there’s no disillusions. What became apparent from my experience of dealing with Matt is that he always goes the extra mile, he actually listens to candidate and the clients and understands their needs. Top job, top man.

Colin

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Matt has been absolutely amazing throughout the whole recruitment process! I have never met such a professional and dedicated recruitment person. I cannot thank you enough.

Nathalie

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I would highly recommend Natasha and WR Recruitment as they have recently sourced me staff at short notice and kept in regular touch with me throughout the contract. It's hard these days to recruity staff direct and it helps to lean on regular friendly recruitment companies that do some of the leg work for you, finding the appropriate people with the right skillsets and attitudes to work.

Emma Pain

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Jack is brilliant at what he does and very professional with a brilliant work Ethic towards helping clients find the right person or the right company.

Kashif

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Fabulous service and always on the ball

Matt

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Jack provided me with the platform to network for my new role. Jack provided expert advice and the professional standards required to ensure a quality level of service. I could not praise Jack enough for his efforts in assisting me to find my new role.

Chris

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Jack was fantastic with identifying my strengths and matching my skill sets with live opportunities available within my industry, I highly recommend Jacks services.

David

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Jack was brilliant in my recruitment, wanted to know exactly what I was looking for and the industry I wanted to be in. Jack kept me informed of every stage of the interview process and the feedback given. I'm glad to say Jack and the rest of the team helped me find me perfect new role. I would highly recommend Jack if you are looking for a job in this industry.

Phil

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Jack and the team at WR helped me find a new role that suits my skills and experience, as well as offer me the new challenge I was looking for.

Every interaction with Jack and the team has been positive and based on the best solution for me as a client.

I would recommend Jack and the team to others looking for their next role in Logistics.

Alexander

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Guided me throughout the recruitment process.
Great communication.

Colin

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I really couldn’t have asked for more from Jack! After one conversation over the phone he found me a job role that was perfect for me and put me forward for it, after the interview I got the job!

Communicating with Jack was a breeze with his very polite and outgoing manor.

Thanks again Jack.

Luke

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Great support from Jack throughout my recruitment process, matched me to a role which was a good fit with my skillset. He kept me up to date and was on hand to guide me into the perfect role

Mark

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It’s my pleasure to offer my unreserved recommendation for James whom I’ve known for his vast knowledge in logistics & freight forwarding.He has  always demonstrated responsibility and a strong  entrepreneurial spirit showing a great passion, friendly, committed and exemplary people skills as well as his management style.

James skills are second to none and has a impeccable high standard I admire and consistent. Others would benefit from his experience and the first  person i would contact in any situation as his  guidance  is honoured.


James is seen as a role model in the ever changing logistics and environment.

Raj

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​Throughout my job search james helped me find a new job with all the requirements I was after. very professional and helpful. nothing was an issue and he found me my new job Role. would highly recommend.

Abi

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Victoria was kind, friendly and ensured I was taking the right steps and gave me advice regarding any subject which I asked about, which helped guide me into the right role. After she recommended my current workplace, I am very happy in comparison to my former, and I'm extremely grateful of the hard work Victoria put in for me.

Zak

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I can fully recommend Victoria as recruiter. she was always listening and finding the best option for me. Even if I didn't like the job which she found with the week she was able to find me better position. Victoria is the best recruiter which I ever worked with.

Kamila

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Victoria is the best recruiter I have ever met, she has found me a perfect position within 3 days and was there for me every time I had a questions or needed any other help.

Anna

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​Jack was amazing. I'm so thankful he found me a job and I never thought I would say it but I enjoy working now. Thank you Jack!

Eleanor

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Fran was very good

Javed

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Professional agency, that only sends me appropriate job vacancies, quality, not quantity.

Nigel

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Fran at WR was extremely helpful in setting up and recruiting for our Company and even helped solve another business issue we had by getting one of her colleagues to assist.

Matthew

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Top work Jack Lyodd & Thankyou WR logistics

Faizel

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Victoria was brilliant, I got a job from my first interview. I also recommended a colleague who had been made redundant and she quickly secured him a role too. I also passed her information to another colleague but I believe he found a job through other avenues. I can’t recommend Victoria highly enough.

Suzanne

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Tom speaks to you about the job in detail & sends the job spec to you and then you can take in the details of the position and ask for your cv sent over if you feel that it is the position for you. Tom always gets feedback after the interview which assist with for further interviews

Anne

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Victoria was incredibly helpful, patient and ultimately successful in helping me find a new role. I won’t lie I generally have a poor view of recruitment staff, as more often than not they just want to shoehorn people into roles they don’t ultimately want or understand just for their fee. Victoria however was a delight and I can’t thank her enough for all she did for me.

John

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​Please note I have been dealing with James regarding a new job in the shipping industry as I have been made redundant. I just want to say its been a pleasure dealing with him. He is such a lovely guy and very helpful. He has gone out of his way to help me out unfortunately I found a job which did not come from him but I wished it did as he has been so helpful. He did get some interviews lined up for me but I did not get the chance to go as i was offered the job same day as the interview and I did except the position. I just want to say a big thank you to James for all is help and time. He has been brilliant. Also spoke to one of the other guys and he was very friendly and helpful too. If I need any help in the future looking for another job I will be contacting James for sure!

Sandra

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​Just wanted to let you know how outstanding James was in helping me find work. Was super friendly and easy to communicate with which helped majorly. Also the fact he got stuck in to try help me find a job and next thing you know everything worked out within 1 week. From meeting him, to arranging an interview, to crushing the interview, and now I have a job starting tomorrow.

His helpful nature and easy going attitude was a delight and I’m truly very grateful to have had him looking for work on my behalf. He helped me prepare for my interview and also checked in with me regularly which was so lovely. Definitely have a good recruiter there who has honest passion for his job.

 

Cant say thank you enough for the awesome work in helping me. Employee of the month I’d say 😊

Gabrielle

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​Thank you so much for all your help James.

I really appreciate it. Your enthusiasm and determination gave me the confidence that there is still hope to find a good job despite the current difficulties in the job market.

Let’s keep on looking.

I am sure We will find a decent job together.

Nadine

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​​"I just wanted to take the time to let you know I had a really good experience having James as one of my recruiters compared to all the other ones that worked with me by a country Mile. James was very helpful and always had time to answer my questions and communicate with me. Unlike the other recruiters James did not put other companies down which weren't his instead he was honest and I really liked that about him because he was very interested in my future not just rushing me into a job. Unfortunately I didn’t go for the job James found me despite it had the best pay and benefits and a great team to join! James was willing to find me other roles but I had many offers on the table already. The role had great opportunities in the future and James found exactly what I described to him; it’s a real shame I didn’t take that job ! Out of 10 I would rate my experience with James a solid 10 and he has already offered his services if I ever need them again and I know for sure I will be choosing James in the future to help me!”

Matthew

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James was very proactive and got in touch from the moment I applied for an advertised role on their website. He was polite, knowledgeable and accessible through out the process. He explained the job role in detail. Even though I decided not to proceed with the role for personal reasons, James has been supportive and understanding.

Hayat Syed, Senior Operations Manager - Berkshire

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Jack has gone out of his way to help me secure a new role. He kept me well informed about my application progress. I have been provisionally told I am in consideration for a job that suits my personal skill sets. I think the fact that he has put me forward for a vacancy that is appropriate; rather than simply just putting my name in the hat for the first role that comes along is a good indicator of his abilities as a consultant. He was happy to speak to me outside work hours too. Excellent.

Ben Saunders, Customs Manager - Hertfordshire

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Brilliant service and really helpful and polite and supportive.

Kashif Hussain, European Transport Planner - Kent

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I’m very happy with the service provided by WR logistics who approached me with a job role perfect for me and what I had been searching for. Throughout the application, interview and aftercare process I have been well looked after and supported. If I had any questions or concerns I knew I could contact my recruiter Jack at any time and he’d put my mind to rest. I couldn’t recommend this company any more.

Elaine Cummings, Freight Forwarder - Tyne and Wear

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Tom Nichols is an excellent recruiter. He fully understands clients, and candidates and company backgrounds and is very professional and informative.

Jamie Barugh, Import Coordinator - West Yorkshire

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Working with Tom to secure my new role has been refreshing and rewarding. He's been open and clear throughout the process and kept me updated as well as detailing the employer's expectations.

Tom Nichols Stephen Hannigan, Route Development Manager - Hampshire

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In logistics we sometimes don't have the luxury of 'time' to recruit - working with WR I am always confident that they will find me top class candidates who fit my requirements.

Caroline Gammon, HR manager - Suckling Transport

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Matt was absolutely brilliant, from helping me to find a job, to the day of the interview when I was an absolute bag of nerves. Spoke in a lovely manner too, understood everything I wanted from the new job too.

Anissa Hussain, Logistics Controller - Berkshire

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Fantastic service, feel very comfortable and feel like I have been looked after fantastically in the job hunt so far

Matthew Francis, Operations clerk - Berkshire

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​Helpful and sportive.

Lisa Loughran, Customer Service Coordinator - Essex

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Matt identified a role for me that I was delighted to be considered for.

Graham Mayers, Business deveopment mananger - Suffolk

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Very friendly and efficient.

Emma Baker

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I was offered good service and feedback on my application.

Robert Griffiths - Transport Planner, Staffordshire

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I was offered good service and feedback on my application.

Robert Griffiths - Transport Planner, Staffordshire

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Regulating staff movement during the Covid19 PandemicStaffing has always been regulated within healthcare services under the CQC (Care Quality Commission) but guidance could be altered due to the current Covid19 pandemic.Care homes in particular are facing a huge change in relation to the movement of staff and more specifically the use of temporary agency staff. The government requested a consultation on their proposal to regulate to stop movement of staff between care settings which closed only a few days ago.The government has found that high usage of temporary workers directly correlates with a high number of Covid19 cases within care settings. Due to this, new regulations around the use of temporary staff within care homes could potentially be enforced in the coming weeks.The proposed policy has been suggested to decrease the infection rates within these settings, but does that throw a spanner in the works elsewhere? Over the past few months I have listened to the stories that nurses have told me about working through the pandemic and it has more often than not been incredibly hard on them. Staff sickness has been high due to positive test results, some staff were and still are self isolating because they themselves are vulnerable, this is all on top of the skills shortage within nursing prior to the pandemic.Staffing problems have led to a strain on many nurse’s mental health. The Nursing Times found that a third of nurses described their mental health as ‘bad’ due to working during the pandemic. To counter this, charity Mind has partnered with other mental health charities to provide mental health services specifically for those on the frontline, including 1-2-1 support.So, what advice would I give you? I’ve provided a few places to start.Retain your current workforce - Losing a crucial member of your care staff at a time like this is going to hit you harder than before. Retaining your current team members will reduce the need to fill these gaps with agency workers. We have some fantastic tools for you to use to assess your retention needs. You can call me to discuss these options.- 02392 852 314Take advantage of nurses on the temporary register - We have heard from a considerable number of nurses that have joined the temporary register who are now looking for permanent positions to complete their practice hours admitting them to the permanent register. This will also help staffing issues in the long term.Speak to us - We have over ten years’ experience of recruiting permanent staff for the healthcare sector. We can provide you with a team of recruiters that have worked tirelessly for their clients over the last few months and are continuing to do so. As a team we have over 34 years of combined experience specific to healthcare recruitment and are proud of the knowledge we have. Whether you are looking to fill one vacancy or many we can provide the attention you need for finding the right candidates. Equally, should you be looking for a new role, we have over 1000 vacancies with our current clients and have sent almost 2000 applications for our nurses this year. If you are looking for a new opportunity, we will take the time to listen to your needs and help you in finding the best position for you.Please call me or my team if you have any questions about your job search or recruitment needs - Emma Platt, 02392 852 314, emmap@wr-health.com​

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​Modern Recruitment is moving too fast, or are you moving too slow?The hiring process has been stuck in plateau for years. Now the pandemic has hit us, it's pushed us out our comfort zone and forced us to embrace technology in the form of modern recruitment.Don’t get left behind! Don’t miss all the talent. Expand your capabilities - it’s going to make all the difference. No idea where to start? You’re in the right place, here’s what you need to do step by step. ​Modern Recruitment MethodBe Open MindedEducate YourselfBuild ConfidenceBe SocialBe Consistent ​Be Open MindedIt’s easy to shut off from change. But, you need to do this. It's important.Modern recruitment methods are science based, you’ll experience behavioral assessments, competency questionnaires, psychometric assessments, conference interviews and my personal favourite - Video CVs. If you're still only working on a basic CV as a candidate, you’ll seem dull and as an employer you’ll seem old fashioned. We all have to change, adapt and grow. ​Educate YourselfNow you’re ready to embrace this change, you need to learn how to do it. That’s right, it’s back to school for you! Youtube is a great place to start, as well as Linkedin and any articles found on google, just search, Modern Recruitment. ​Build ConfidenceThe best way to learn? DO IT. Get used to the camera, have a play around on apps/portals etc. You can’t do anything wrong, it will take away the fear of the unknown when it comes to the real thing. Put time aside for this, it will be well worth it.​Be SocialYou think you’re already social, well you’re not social enough. This is a different level of social, more commonly known as networking. Now I've scared of you! Modern recruitment requires this, so lets do it!Get yourself on Linkedin, connect with like minded individuals and make a difference on their platform, comment, like and share their posts. This is a simple step in growing your social skills and it will attract opportunities your way. Trust me. More to come on this in future weeks. ​Be ConsistentNow you’re on a role with the new you, you need to keep it up! Don’t have a small win and stop, keep growing, keep progressing - it won’t stay around forever you must keep going. ​Not so daunting when you know what to do is it? Although the above is the basic, it's the start of the foundations to the modern hiring process and you will be recognised as an employer and candidate of choice.Gone are the worries about being left behind.​EMPLOYERS BONUSStart the science behind your hiring - ready to see how much your business will save? Answer these simple questions… https://wrsearch.goodhire.agency/ 

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Care Homes Activities Coordinators voted Top Event Planners in the UKIt’s never been more important as it is now for Activities Coordinators in Care Homes to keep spirits high among their residence, which is no easy task especially in the current circumstances. Their target isn’t revenue or sales based, it’s based on joy, laughter and happiness levels. Sounds like a great reason to host an event doesn’t it! So how are Activities Coordinators beating the event planning professionals to the mark, what’s their secret and how can you be just as good as they are? Follow these 5 secret steps to event planning success;Have joy at the heart of what you doThink of the outcome at all timesWork to the residents/guests strengthsHave a supportive teamDon’t over do it!Colten Care Homes are excellent at planning their activities, check out their latest news here. Have Joy at the HeartKeep in mind that not everyone will enjoy all aspects of what you plan, but work to the majority. Will your event make people smile? If people need to do too much work they won’t enjoy themselves - keep things simple and keep joy at the heart of the event. What’s the Outcome?Without the pressure of revenue generating events, Activities Coordinators can be as creative as they like - which becomes much more fun! This is one of the reasons that they do such a great job, their outcome is… joy, happiness and laughter. Starting to see the patterns here?Work to your Guests StrengthsActivities Coordinators within care homes are responsible for the standard health and safety regulations etc as with any event. However, they have the added pressure of the residence individual needs which is a very broad array. Always keep this in mind when you plan your events and activities, are you pushing people too far out of their comfort zone / capabilities? Don’t take away the joy and happiness with your event by pushing people too far. Again, as before, go with the majority but you must keep everyone safe. Have a Supportive TeamNow it’s time to think about you, yes that’s right Activities Coordinators need to be selfish at times. Can you strategically execute this event without causing yourself stress, which of course will show in the event itself. You need support around you from start to finish, this isn’t a big ask, you’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help. Keep this in mind and always reach out to others for support. It’s the key to a smooth running and successful event. You guessed it, more commonly known as team work. Don’t Go Over the TopWe’re all guilty of getting over excited when it comes to event planning but always keep the aim in mind. If you don’t, you risk losing your guests attention which after all the hard work and planning with your team, you want everyone to be engaged in your event. Keep things simple, less is always more. In a nutshell, event planning is hard work but extremely rewarding if… you follow the steps above. Now you should feel confident when planning your events, even in those stressful moments your mind wanders back to the heart of the event. Looking for a career in health care? Look out for our next blog on How to Start a Career in Health Care or check out our current job roles here. ​

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There’s no denying that as winter approaches, coupled with the ongoing fight against Covid-19, there will undoubtedly be tough times ahead for care homes, their patients and staff. With fresh reports of a second wave of coronavirus in full swing and case numbers increasing by the day, it’s perhaps fair to say that the future looks incredibly uncertain. And for care homes, the need to not only have enough staff to contend with the expected additional pressure on their services the next months will bring, but also ensure the wellbeing of their employees so they stay in their jobs is going to be absolutely crucial. Consequently social care talent strategies are going to be more important than ever. However with news last week that the social care winter plan will give local public health bosses a de facto power to issue blanket bans on visitors in care homes – reminiscent of the action taken during the first lockdown – care homes look set to face additional pressures relating to not only the wellbeing of their patients, but also their own employees. The impact a blanket ban on visitors had on residents and staff at care homes during lockdown was widely documented – and with the very real prospect of this happening once again, the next few months look challenging to say the least for an already under pressure workforce. Live in families at care homes to ease loneliness in lockdownAnd it is perhaps for this reason that one care home group has taken the decision to invite family members to actually move into to the home for a period of two weeks in a bid to keep the most vulnerable people in touch with relatives should fresh lockdowns be imposed. Brendoncare, which operates ten care homes in the South of England, is inviting relatives to stay in a room next to the resident, for free, for a two-week period to help soften the separation residents face. Zoe McCallum, the COO of Brendoncare commented: “It’s a two-week holiday, if you like, when you are in the bubble with your loved one………. We hope it will give people confidence in care homes again. We have to build confidence among the relatives.” Brendoncare is not the only home trying to ease the strain residents have faced during periods of lockdown. Welford Healthcare, for example, has created screened off visitor rooms in two of its homes. Each room is divided by an airtight partition and has an intercom so residents can receive visitors without having contact. One manager at the company’s Arhentum Lodge home, Alison Wingrove, said that “we are booked up two to three weeks in advance…the reactions have been wonderful. You can see how beneficial it has been.”Could this put additional strain on an already pressurised workforce? While there is no denying that any initiatives that address the incredibly difficult time residents have had over the past six months are admirable, it could be argued that the two aforementioned schemes may, in fact, put more strain on staff at homes. With more people in the home itself, coupled with actually managing the logistics of the schemes themselves, it could result in additional workload for employees. And at a time when care homes are struggling with staff shortages – not only due to people being off work due to self-isolation or sickness themselves, but also a historic dearth of talent in the sector – the is a real danger that initiatives like these could in fact negatively impact talent attraction and retention strategies. Arguably in the current climate, this is something that homes can’t afford to miss so it will be interesting to see how each of the schemes plays out in the coming months. Partnering with an expert for immediate and long term talent strategies There’s no denying that a second wave of coronavirus and the additional pressures this will place on care home employees is inevitably going to prove a challenging time for employers in the sector. And it is for this very reason that short and long term talent management strategies are arguably more important than ever for homes. However with talent shortages exacerbated by Covid-19 finding staff, often at short notice is incredibly challenging, which is why homes should be partnering with an expert talent specialist. Our team is on hand to not only source staff at short notice due to our extensive network of candidates available for work, but we can also partner with you to develop a long term talent attraction strategy to ensure that on an ongoing basis you have the right people. Individuals that not only have the requisite skills and experience for the role, but that are also the correct fit for your team. We use a variety of approaches to talent mapping, and we utilise psychometric testing which offers a comprehensive way to assess if an individual’s attributes and behaviours are a fit for your business. There’s no doubt that the next few months are going to be incredibly challenging. Not only have care homes got to contend with the additional pressures they usually face during winter, but added to this is the ongoing fight against Covid-19 and the impact this will have on staffing levels. Effective talent management strategies – that ensure that you are recruiting the people you need and that you are also retaining them on a long-term basis - will be the key to overcoming what lies ahead. Why not let the WR Health team take some of pressure off your team today? We have unrivalled experience in ensuring our clients have the right people in the right roles, and that they are the best fit for their company. The WR Healthcare team is still providing the same high level of service as ever and many of the team are already back in the office. All of our consultants can be reached via their landlines, email, and social media profiles, so if you’re looking to for us to assist your firm with its talent management strategies, get in touch with one of us today.To find out more, contact us today.

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​There’s certainly no doubt that Covid-19 has impacted the world of logistics. There were certainly moments during the early stages of lockdown where concerns were raised as to how well the industry would fare. However, the sector was arguably less impacted than others. In fact, in some instances, the pandemic has helped improve the reputation of the arena as the wider public became acutely aware of the crucial role it plays in keeping Britain – and the world – moving. But there’s a new challenge facing businesses now: finding the right logistics skills, and keeping them. A long-standing skills challenge across logistics It’s no secret that logistics has faced a skills shortage for a while now, and it was certainly top of the agenda for many firms prior to the coronavirus outbreak. In fact, just last year the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) released a report with Statista that revealed some rather concerning data. According to the 2019 UK Logistics Monitor, over half (54%) of logistics companies were expecting to see an increase in skills shortages over a five year period. The top three reasons cited for this dearth of talent were a lack of job-specific skills (referenced by 42% of respondents), a lack of work experience (29%) and low wages (25%). In terms of the specific roles that businesses were expecting to struggle to source, software engineers, project managers and executives were predicted to be in high demand but low supply. But it is the tech-specific roles that many felt would be the most difficult to fill. According to the report, 23% of logistics organisations felt that recruiting tech talent is ‘problematic’ and only possible with ‘considerable effort’. Cross-sector job moves Covid-19 arguably alleviated some of these shortages, temporarily at least, as those displaced by the pandemic sought work in other industries that were still hiring. And logistics certainly fell into the latter category. According to recent research from Totaljobs, 7% of the workforce have already switched to a new industry as a result of Covid. And more career moves are on the cards, with the research further revealing that one in five employees are currently considering a future in a different industry. And logistics is one of the areas that is considered popular for those seeking new job security, after all, the pandemic certainly highlighted the resilience of the industry. Considering the above-mentioned elements that are impacting skills shortages, this change in attitudes towards the sector could certainly help overcome the barrier that low wages has had on generating interest in working in the field and, perhaps more importantly, help attract the tech talent that logistics needs. However, while this is good news, it does also throw up a few new challenges. In the first instance, it’s crucial that employers make the most of the continued positive public sentiment before it loses momentum. Looking beyond the usual channels for new recruits and identifying transferable skills from other industries will certainly help keep this new-found respect for logistics front of mind as a career of choice. Focusing on cultural fit of these individuals will also be increasingly important in this new environment. Without the experience or training that you’d normally expect from a candidate, it’s important to know that a new hire will at least fit in with the rest of the business. If they ‘gel’ with your company, its visions and its values, then training the technical side of the role will be much easier. And that leads us quite nicely into the third challenge that logistics employers are facing: an increased need to train and grow the skills they need. Staff development is naturally a key part of the sector, but with more applicants from beyond the logistics arena looking to make a move into the field, there will be a higher demand for skills training. Trade association launches for logistics training providers With this in mind, it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that a new independent trade association was launched last month to bring together specialist logistics training providers across the UK. The Logistics Skills Network – a collaboration between Skills for Logistics (SfL) and leading training provider in the logistics field, Mantra Learning – will work with government organisations and industry leaders to ‘develop and share best practices, knowledge, experience and resources, and offer a communication platform for the coordination of collective interests.’ One of the co-founders of the trade association, and chief executive of SfL commented on the news: “Vocational training has never been properly represented in logistics. This allows us to be a collective voice with lots of training providers working together and will enhance how we’re seen and allow us to properly represent the training industry. "The issue for me and the founders is that the training is very disparate with limited regulation. You have no real national providers, it’s all regional or local. We need a body to properly promote and deal with the government and the DVSA, but also a body that allows training providers to appreciate what they should be doing in this post-Covid world. And without wishing to dismiss what they do, to professionalise them." Finding the logistics skills you need in a post-Covid world It’s certainly been a tough few months and continued uncertainty remains on the horizon for us all as reports of an increase in Covid cases continues to plague the news. However, for logistics employers, there are some glimmers of light in amongst the chaos. We could be at a pivotal point for the sector in terms of skills and talent, but it will take an investment in training and development – not to mention expert collaboration to find transferrable skills from beyond the logistics arena. Here at WR Logistics, our team of experts have extensive experience working with employers to find the right people for their business. If you’re seeking your next hire why not contact the team to find out more about how we can help your firm, including behavioural assessments and comprehensive on-boarding that’s designed to cut costs for your business. In fact, we’re so confident in what we do that we offer a 12-month replacement guarantee should a candidate leave. So, what have you got to lose? Contact us today. ​

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​Back in June we shared some insight into how we think Covid-19 will change the skills needed in social care, with technology driving much of the developments in care homes out of simple necessity to safeguard residents during the pandemic while maintaining family contact. In fact, we have reported the many examples of homes using technology in innovative ways throughout lockdown across our social channels and in our regular ‘Good News Review’ mailers (if you don’t receive these, email emmap@wr-health.com to be added to the mailing list and have uplifting industry stories sent direct to your inbox). But as the country continues to reopen and attempts are made to ‘return to normal’, will we ever go back to caring as we know it, or will care home technology remain in place? According to a recent analysis by carehome.co.uk, tech is here to stay, and staff and residents alike are embracing it. Virtual tours While the pandemic may have prevented in-person visits to homes, the need for residential care has remained. So, in order to continue to allow families of potential patients to take a tour of the facilities when seeking care for a loved one, many homes have turned to virtual tours, and they’ve certainly been valuable. In fact, carehome.co.uk quoted a spokesperson from Halcyon Care Homes where video introductions have proven useful: “We have used the virtual tour for both our care homes. This has been invaluable for us especially during the current pandemic. The tour has allowed those enquiring, the opportunity to look around our care home in great detail. “We offer this feature after we have had a visit giving the opportunity for families and friends to go away and take their time looking at all the facilities we have to offer or, if they are unable to come into the home then this option is great.” Going forward, these tools will make it much easier for families to fit ‘visits’ in at a time that suits them, without taking care home staff away from daily tasks, a win-win all round. Of course, a final in-person visit is the best possible way for anyone to decide which home is best for their loved ones and build the rapport with those who will be caring for them. However, for already stretched social care teams, virtual tours can significantly reduce the time impact that multiple in-person visits will have. And for those potential residents who are perhaps unable to travel to visit multiple locations, having access to this digital facility can really help ease any anxiety during the transition and help them adjust in the lead up to a move. Demand for virtual tech When we consider the benefits that virtual tools have on residents, their family and care home staff, it is perhaps no surprise that specialists in this field – such as Xpansive Digital – have seen a real increase in demand in the last six months. As the company’s director, Justyn Shea, explained: “Anxious relatives naturally want to ensure the older person will be comfortable and content in their new surroundings. The situation can be urgent, with quick decisions required. But how do family members find the best home for their aged parent or relative, especially if they live hundreds of miles away and have limited time to spare from their own busy lives? “A way to identify and experience the most promising homes at a distance could save those relatives a huge amount of time and energy.” “Virtual tours are an ideal addition to any care home website. Managers and staff will be able to direct stressed families in search of the best care home to these powerful online resources, providing reassurance.” Sophisticated care home technology tools Aside from the direct Covid-19 related technology developments like virtual tours, there’s also a raft of tech innovation in the pipeline that could really change the way social care workers operate in the very near future. For example, just last month, Care Home Professional magazine reported the launch of a unique facial analysis tool that can aid care home staff in the identification and management of pain in dementia and cognitively impaired patients. The intelligent pain assessment tool, PainChek®, can analyse facial expressions through artificial intelligence to monitor whether a patient is in pain and alert careers and healthcare professionals. This innovative technology has the potential to significantly impact care where the patient is unable to communicate with carers. For care home staff that work tirelessly to provide the best possible care for residents, this tool has huge potential to change their daily routines for the better. Technology: the future of care homes? Clearly technology will continue to play a role in care homes on a longer-term basis, and the potential it has to assist staff in day-to-day activities make it a worth-while investment. As Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, explained, technology really can positively impact care: “The care home of the future will be one that is enabled by technology, and this will improve outcomes for the people in care homes, and it will lift many of the administrative burdens from the staff team, enabling them to focus on the quality of care. Technology will also play a vital part in enabling people in care homes to live as independently as possible and to have choice and control over many more aspects of their lives.” However, it does mean that more professionals will need to be tech savvy in order to make sure the technology really works for them. While training and development of staff will certainly be key, it’s highly likely that we’ll continue to see more employers seeking new hires with a level of experience in numerous tools. That’s where a specialist recruitment partner like WR Health can really add value to your care home. Our team of hiring experts have extensive experience and a wealth of connections across the social care field. Whatever skills you need, we can find them. Why not contact them today to find out more. ​