Following the launch of our office in Warrington, we were fortunate enough to catch up with our Regional Director, Jackie Whateley. Have a read to find out why she entered the world of recruitment, why she enjoys her job and even what she likes to do in her spare time!
Why did you choose to enter the world of recruitment?
I didn’t choose recruitment, it chose me. After I finished my degree in Birmingham I spent the afternoon walking down the high street with my CV registering with agencies. Two agencies actually offered me a job that day working for them; one in IT and one in Healthcare. I chose the job in Healthcare, as the salary was £1000 more and I have never looked back. I love recruitment and have worked within Health and Social Care Recruitment for the whole time. I have worked in Birmingham, London and Manchester and have a great understanding of the market across the country. I love the candidate and client interaction and the fast paced work that recruitment offers.
Why did you choose to work for Pertemps Professional Recruitment?
I chose to work for Pertemps Professional Recruitment as they were a really professional and reliable brand within the sector. Because our work involves placing candidates to work within safeguarding positions, it’s really important to me that the candidates we register can trust us and know that we have their best interests at heart. In addition, the people are fun and make coming to work a great experience. There is a good mix of people who all want to succeed and in addition, have fun whilst they do it. This means morale is good and the culture is very welcoming.
What do you enjoy about working in the North of England?
I am lucky enough to have worked across the country including London and Birmingham. I loved working in each of these cities and both were very different. I am from the North of England and for me it’s the best place to work. Geographically we have everything: large cities, beautiful countryside, amazing coastline etc. It’s easy to get about and visit everywhere, which means that we are mobile to visit our clients and candidates. The people are friendly and love a good chat which helps on the commute. It’s not as busy as London or Birmingham, but we still have a great vibe, especially since the devolution and re-empowerment of the North, it’s a great place to live and work!
What do you believe are the challenges that face social workers in today’s market?
There are many challenges within the Social Work market at the moment and its possibly never been this challenging. Local authorities are continuing to face extensive budget cuts and are continually changing with many improvement plans and action plans in place. Pay rates have been stagnant in the sector for some time, with regional pay caps for agency workers that sometimes do not reflect the years of experience a practitioner may have. Adding the changes to IR35 have meant real struggles for Social Workers.
These changes have shifted the market, we have seen some Social Workers returning to permanent work; which is always good for an authority, many have left the profession and a lot of Social Workers have moved to independent work only. For those Social Workers that continue within agency work, there is still great opportunities and plenty of roles to choose from which Pertemps can help facilitate if you are looking.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What spare time…… I have two boys, aged 7 and 4, so most of my spare time involves football, scooters and out on bikes. I also like being out and about exploring new places each weekend – nice restaurants, pubs and of course nice wine!