A managing director has said small businesses in west London are finding it incredibly difficult to recruit suitable staff, despite the economy still suffering the effects of the recession.
Graham Doyle, Managing Director of Pilgrim Payne, who are specialists in cleaning, curtain and furniture making and reupholstery services and based in Alperton, has been advertising for a position in his company since August and cannot fill it.
The role is to train someone up as an estimator/installer and would be suited to someone physically fit, honest, hardworking and with common sense, for a salary of between £25,000 and £30,000.
Mr Doyle, who lives in Strawberry Hill, said: “Where are all those people that want jobs? One is always reading about the fact that there aren’t enough jobs but there are.
“We have had no more than half a dozen emails from people who were not suitable.
“We offer massive job security, we do all the training and it’s an interesting job where people learn new skills- and yet we can’t get people to do it.
“The job goes on to be more. We have got people here earning £40,000.”
Mr Doyle, who has been working at Pilgrim Payne since 1976, said that it’s unbelievable how they cannot get anyone to fill the position and that he would have been able to fill it in the 1980s.
He said that the company has had next to no responses from the job centre and hopes that this story might be noticed by possible candidates.
The Managing Director said he has spoken to a number of small businesses in west London who also find that getting good quality staff is a challenge.
Pilgrim Payne’s client base extends across London, the south east of England, and the M40, M3 and M4 corridors.
For more information see www.pilgrimpayne.co.uk and to apply for a job contact Graham on 0208 453 5350 or email email@example.com.