V&C Drapers Interview on FLEXING and the importance of Consulting in our industry.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, the fashion retail industry will likely turn to temporary employees more than ever, says Matthew Vohs, chief executive of fashion retail recruitment agency V&C. Covid-19 has seen many retailers and brands either closing stores or arranging pre-pack administrations. The by-product of businesses evaluating their store portfolios is an impact on headcount, as executives question whether the organisation requires all its current staff. The furlough route may however have had a detrimental effect on the industry in forcing businesses to streamline and subsequently realise that they can accommodate their workload without the furloughed staff. This could leave many experienced employees a victim of redundancy. Many retailers have already announced job cuts. British luxury brand Mulberry is to axe up to a quarter of its global workforce as a result of coronavirus, White Stuff has entered redundancy consultations within its head office and UK retail teams. Debenhams has cut hundreds of head office roles after placing them on to the furlough scheme during the crisis. Staff culling like this will, of course, reduce a business’s overheads, but also leaves an abundance of redundant skilled workforce across the sector in buying and merchandising, retail operations, design and technical roles. These candidates will now need to adapt to their situation by being more dynamic and entrepreneurial in their job search, as new, developing and emerging companies look to tap into their expertise via a freelancing route. Going forward, contracting across multiple organisations could very well be the norm for fixed or short term positions. It will allow variety of work for employees but also allow businesses to access skilled workers without the need for long-term investment. Businesses will also need to change their mind-set. They will need set clear objectives for contracted or freelance staff and establishing tangible KPI’s that measure their output. However, they also run the risk that the employee may find full-term work or a more lucrative contract. The world is changing and retail is among the sectors that are changing the most, with more and more of us needing a flexible work solution. Freelancing and contracting means a retailer could employ a team of buyers for one season, a merchandise director on a three day week, perhaps a designer for one collection or an ecommerce social media expert for a fixed 12 months. These roles are not traditionally temporary, however, with this new approach, retailers get fresh concepts and diversity without the burden of long-term employment issues. Retailers can also change their teams with regularity, introducing new ideas and responding with incredible speed to what the consumer wants. Post coronavirus, there are going to be lots of highly in demand skills and great talent available but those people will also be considering how they want to work, wanting flexibility. If companies don’t take note, they will miss out on the best staff and lose out to competitors.
Your Flexible workforce!
We’re Thinking Differently – Are You? We have been thinking about new ways of working and have something new to tell you about. Something that we think is going to change the way you recruit, offering you an exciting opportunity that will save you time, money and give you fresh expertise. It’s Called Flexing. The world is changing and retail is one of the sectors that is probably changing the most. The past few months has seen most people review how they work more flexibly. It is just the start, going forward, this flexibility will be paramount for employers as well as employees. Why not consider our Flexing model? We want to offer you a variety of roles at all levels but in a different way. Instead of employing a candidate on a full-time basis, we can offer you fixed term contracts or as a fixed term part time contracts. We can even offer you Flex to Perm and V&C Associates will effectively employ your Flex contractor. It might not sound different yet but read on – it is different. It’s exciting, it’s new and importantly, it’s flexible. Flexing allows you to employ a candidate for as long as you want for as many days a week as you want. As an example; You might Want a buyer twice a week Need a fixed short term merchandising team Want a designer for one season only Be considering a Merchandise Manager but not on a full-time salary Flexing Makes it Possible We will find you the role or the resource you need on a short, medium or long-term fixed contract basis (minimum 6 months). It gives you and your candidate flexibility. You might employ a product developer for two days a week and for the other three days they work somewhere else. You may want an operations manager for a fixed term three days a week and they want to secure another position somewhere else for the other two days a week. It suits both of your needs. Huge Benefits for Retailers and Suppliers. We have thought of everything. We will invoice you direct, taking the onus away by organising the payment structure, taking care of NICS and PAYE and even holidays. For you that means there is no long-term commitment, no need to pay bonuses, pension schemes or even supply staff benefits. There’s more too. You save on salaries (PAYE, NI, Holidays, Pension) but still have the expertise You get knowledge and experience from someone working for a similar organisation Your new Flex employee brings a fresh dimension to your business You don’t need to do anything – we do it all for you acting as your Flexing partner Our pricing model is flexible too. We know you need your business costs kept at an affordable level, so every project is carefully costed out individually. This is a new beginning, a new way of working for everyone. We cover: Digital Design & Technical Buying & Merchandising Sustainability Sourcing Human Resources Sales/Account Managers Retail Operations Flex with us - let V&C Associates get it absolutely right for you. Click here to discuss your Flexing recruitment solution.
FLEXING - Flexible work solutions made easy
We’re changing! We’ve flexed our thinking to flex your budget… Vohs & Co has rebranded, we’re now V&C Associates, offering more brilliant recruitment solutions than ever before. For retailers and suppliers our aim is to perfectly align ourselves with your business needs and for those seeking a career change, we can help. We still offer full-time roles and part-time roles across all levels, but we’ve got something else you’ll want to hear about. It’s Called Flexing. The world is changing and retail is one of the sectors that is probably changing the most, with more and more of us needing to work from home certainly for part of the time. That means we should all be open to flexible ideas so we’d like to share our new venture with you. We have a wide variety of roles at all levels available as a fixed term contract. Perhaps that doesn’t sound different but read on, it’s different, exciting and it’s entirely flexible. Do you Want a buyer but only two or three times a week? Need a fixed term contract for your merchandising team? Want a design director to give you direction for one season? Need a buying director but you don’t want to pay a full-time salary? Are you An experienced digital expert but you’d like to work for more than one high street name? A qualified HR professional looking for something that gives you better work/life balance? That’s where we can help – we’re introducing Flexing. We will find you the role or the resource you need on a fixed term contract basis (minimum 6 months). Imagine – a product developer that works for you but instead of all the time, just some of the time so you save on a full-time salary. Or for job changers, it could be you work for two brilliant organisations at the same time, 3 days a week with one, 2 days with another doing the job you love! There’s More… It gets better. We invoice clients direct, taking the onus away by organising the payment structure, taking care of NICS and PAYE and even holidays. For clients, there’s no long-term commitment. For candidates, there’s that flexibility and independence you can’t put a price on, there are also many more advantageous tax schemes. Our pricing model is different too. We know retailers and suppliers need their business costs at an affordable level, so every project is carefully costed out individually. We want our partners to maintain their costs but still get the best possible service from us through FLEXING. The benefits are huge for retailers and for candidates. Just tell us the type of resource you’re looking for or the role that you dream of and we will do everything for you. It’s time for retailers and suppliers to think differently… We cover: Digital Design & Technical Buying & Merchandising Sustainability Sourcing Human Resources Retail Operations You know you can count on us to get it absolutely right for you. Click here to discuss your Flexing recruitment solution.