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.
Flexing made easy!
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 work, offering you exciting career opportunities or improved work/life balance – or both! 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 employees as well as employers. Why not consider your Flexing model? We still want to offer you new roles but in a different way. Instead of being employed by one retail or supply business on a full-time basis, we can also offer you fixed term contracts or fixed term part-time contracts. We can even offer you Flex to Perm and V&C Associates will effectively be your employer. We will guide you through the process on setting up an umbrella company or helping you register your company 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 work for more than one retailer or supplier for as long as you want, for as many days a week as you want giving that flexible work /life balance if that what you are looking for. As an example; You might Be a buyer but only want to work twice a week without long-term ties? Think about working as a merchandiser but for a short term contract ? Want to do a special, one-off design job? Work as a Merchandise Manager, but part-time? Want to have the opportunity of working on a multiple assignments with a different retailer or brand? Flexing Makes it Possible We will find you the role you want on a short, medium or long-term fixed contract basis (minimum 6 months). It gives you tremendous flexibility. Imagine – you could work somewhere as a product developer for two days a week and for the other three days, work as a selector for a different business. You might want to work two days as an Account Manager, have a day off in the middle of the week and work the rest of the week for another retailer, in the same or similar role. There are retailers and suppliers looking for this type of arrangement. It suits both of your needs. Huge Benefits for Candidates There’s a reason it’s called Flexing. It’s more than temporary roles or part-time contracts. It’s more than fixed long-term contracts. It allows you to work for two different organisations at once. You get the benefits of two different companies, get to grips with different cultures, gain more experience and use your own experience to add a new dimension to another retailer or supplier. It makes work life more interesting, variable and exciting – there’s no room for boredom! Alternatively, use Flexing to create better work/life balance and work when you want to. Effectively, V&C Associates (with our FCSA affiliated Umbrella partners) would employ you and take care of NICS, PAYE and holidays. We believe 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 employment 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.