Are you a jobseeker or employer based in Birmingham?

Whether you’re looking for your dream role or your perfect candidate, at Nelson Permanent Placements we want to help introduce great candidates and businesses together.

Based in Birmingham, and sourcing roles for businesses across the Midlands, we want to support both potential employees and employers to ensure that the most suitable candidate is secured for each and every role.

Below we have shared some top local resources and advice to ease the recruitment process for both candidates and employers. If you’d like to speak with a member of our team for more information, please feel free to contact us.

For Employers

How can my business attract top talent from Birmingham?

If you’re looking to secure the top talent for a position in your business, it’s important to ensure that you have all the expectations and additional benefits laid out before approaching a recruiter.

It may sound obvious, but writing down the top requirements of the role is key in ensuring you secure the most suitable candidate.

Will they need experience with a particular piece of programming, or are you looking for someone who can stay composed under pressure? Whatever your key requirements, make sure the hiring team understands this before even considering posting about a new role.

Other than salary, the additional benefits that you offer as a business will really help you to secure the best talent.

Extra benefits may include:

  • Additional holiday after so many years of service
  • Training budget
  • Working from home opportunities
  • Trips or team days out

It’s not just businesses who are looking for the most suitable employee -  all candidates are looking for their most suited employer too, so it’s vital that businesses provide all they can to ensure that an in demand candidate chooses their business over a competitor.

To find out how Birmingham City Council successfully used employee perks to withhold staff, click here.

When’s the best time to start looking for a new candidate?

There’s never a ‘perfect’ time to look for a new starter - it’s impossible to know the current employment position of the most suitable candidate for your business.

Although, depending on the type of candidate you’re looking for, there are certain times of the year when you can gain more traction when searching for the ideal new starter.

Looking for an entry level graduate?

When universities finish their term - around May-August time - you’ll notice an influx of fresh new graduates looking for jobs. Many of the higher achieving candidates will no doubt begin looking as soon as they can, understanding that the job market will be hugely competitive.

It could be a long term plan for a business to connect with local universities for placements or work experience opportunities, as this will get your company in front of this latest batch of students.

To contact the following local universities in Birmingham to discuss work experience opportunities, please click the following links:

Aston University

Birmingham City University

University of Birmingham

Newman University

University College Birmingham 

Looking for an experienced member of staff?

For those on the lookout for candidates with a number of years experience, it is very common for people to start looking to move jobs once they have had a break or holiday - whether that be over the summer or Christmas - as they have had a chance to think about their current situation.

By noting down these specific time periods, you can ensure that you are targeting a larger volume of candidates for a position, and therefore have more chance of finding the perfect one for you.

How do I ensure I’m offering a competitive salary package?

Offering a competitive salary package is key to ensuring you secure the best talent.

Recruiters are very knowledgeable surrounding the market average for salaries across a variety of fields, so it’s worth having a chat with a local Birmingham recruiter, if you’re looking to add someone new to your team.

To gauge a rough estimate, you can also use a salary guide to find out statistics for Birmingham average salary against a range of different titles and sectors.

This will help you to understand what a new member would cost to you, allowing you to decide if this will be feasible at the time.

What are employees looking for from a new job?

When an employee changes a job role, it can be for a whole host of reasons. Although it may be an obvious option, changing jobs for a pay rise isn’t always one of them.

With reports that over 20,000 people left London for Birmingham from 2015 to 2017, location is a key factor in choosing a new job. Central office locations with good transport links around the country were an obvious plus point for potential employees.

Opportunities for development within a company was again high on the list of priorities for candidates, and the addition of a good work-life balance was more important than earning a considerate pay rise.

The ‘vibe’ of a work environment was another important factor. Candidates want to make sure the decor, lighting and layout of an office space is an area that they could imagine spending a large chunk of their day in.

Company culture was also a big priority for those quizzed on the topic. Candidates tend to question whether a particular company is right for them by accessing a few factors:

  • the size of the company

  • whether they have a corporate or relaxed ‘vibe’

  • if the environment is formal or casual

  • and whether the current team have a good relationship together

Other key factors for candidates looking to choose a job are:

  • passion - candidates want to ensure they have a passion for the role and are excited to get to work on a Monday morning

  • job title - for some, a more senior job title doesn’t always just equal a higher salary - candidates crave higher job titles to help with career progression

  • recognition - all employees want to do a good job, and that means hearing praise and being awarded bonuses proves their hard work is paying off

  • colleagues - you may not be able to choose your colleagues, but working with likeminded people for long periods of time is very important for future employees

For Jobseekers

I’ve just finished studying and I’m looking to start my first full time job in Birmingham - where do I start?

Whether you’ve just finished school or your degree, your education will have most likely prepped you with advice on how to be ready for the working world.

Although you may not have had years of experience in a job, that’s not to say that businesses aren’t looking for new talent, with fresh and innovative ideas, to add to their teams.

Graduates

If you’re a graduate just out of university, you’ll have plenty of coursework and potentially work experience to help you stand out in the sea of CV’s sent to a recruiter.

If you’re sure of the field you’re looking to get a new job in, you’ll need to make sure you have the necessary skills to impress your potential employer.

Whether it’s doing extra work on a marketing project for a fictitious campaign at the company you’re applying for, to speaking with local Birmingham recruiters to see if you’d be a good fit for any of the businesses they work closely with, you need to show how you are the best candidate for the job.

School leavers/non graduates

If you are a school leaver, you’ll need to take time to highlight the skills you have honed from your time in education and through any additional work experience or part time jobs, to show how you’ll be a good fit for an entry level role.

Researching your chosen employer, thinking up some ideas as to how you’d make changes or improvements, or drafting up your own report on the business will show that you’re dedicated and eager to learn.

Job searching is tough, so young people can also get help from the government as support throughout the job seeking journey.

If you are aged 16-19 and not currently in education, employment or training, the Birmingham Careers Service is a free support service, provided by Birmingham City Council, that provides careers advice and guidance to young people to help them get their foot on the working ladder.

The service can help you to improve your skills, suggest relevant training or courses, or just develop your interview technique to ensure you’ve got the best chance of impressing a potential employer.

To find out more as to how the Birmingham Careers Service can help you, click here.

Is there any support out there to help me whilst I look for a job?

Looking for a job is difficult. Whether it’s finding a job that’s right for you, in a convenient location or one that works around your commitments, you’ll be pleased to know there is support available to help you during your job search.

Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) is a benefit that’s available to those over the age of 18 that helps towards living expenses for those that find themselves out of work.

If you are in part time education or training, JSA is also available to you, as long as you are looking to work and are ready to start immediately.

For those who are successful in their application, every two weeks job seekers must visit their work coach to ‘sign on’, to continue receiving this benefit. For more information on JSA, be sure to visit the website.

To find your local Birmingham job centre, click here.

What is the average job salary for my sector in Birmingham?

When prepping for an interview, you’re usually focused on showing that you’re the best candidate for the job.

But that shouldn’t be your main focus. The job needs to be right for you too, and that includes the salary.

Before going to an interview, it’s important to have thoroughly assessed and reviewed the going rate for a candidate in your area at your experience level. This can be done by:

  • reviewing other job descriptions, seeing the salary bracket they have selected for the same job, and seeing if your experience matches what is required for the role
  • or using a ‘Salary Calculator’, which can show you the average salary for a job in your chosen location with your experience

 

If you live outside of the city, i.e. if you live in a town surrounding Birmingham, you can expect to see some slight differences between salary.

If you’re considering a job that requires working with a recruiter, there’s always the opportunity to discuss salary expectations with them ahead of your interview, to understand if this is something they’d be able to match if you were successful.

For further insight, be sure to check out Payscale’s report into the average salary in Birmingham to find out your market worth.

Who are the biggest employers in Birmingham?

Birmingham has long been known for its manufacturing heritage, but as of today, the UK’s second biggest city is home to a wide range of businesses across a variety of industries.

Birmingham also shares its home with some of the leading brands in the UK.

The top 5 biggest private employers in the city are:

  1. National Express - 4,800 employees
  2. Sainsbury’s - 3,470 employees
  3. Lloyds Bank - 3,220 employees
  4. Mondelez (Cadbury’s and Trebor) - 2,500 employees
  5. ASDA - 2,230

To find out the other top five biggest employers in Birmingham, click here.

What are the fastest growing businesses in Birmingham?

For job seekers, fast growing businesses are great to keep an eye on, as they will always be looking for new talent to add to their team as they continue to grow.

Being the second biggest city in the UK, Birmingham is home to a number of fast growing businesses including:

  • Grenade (Solihull)
  • Gymshark (Solihull)
  • Clearabee (Birmingham)
  • Stiltz Lifts (Kingswinford)

To find out more of the fastest growing businesses in and around Birmingham, click here.

Are there any successful startup businesses in Birmingham?

Up and coming brands, including startups, are always looking for talent with fresh and ideas to bring on board.

This is where graduates and school leavers really have the opportunity to get their foot in the door to the world of work, as startups have often been set up by entrepreneurs who want to give new talent a chance in the world of business.

Here are just some of the top Birmingham startups:

  • Buckt - the UK's only tickets & activities subscription box company
  • Eyoto - an optometry program
  • MagicCandyFactory - the world’s first 3D printer for gummy candy
  • Whisk - recipe saving app

For the full list of startups in Birmingham, click here.

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