Anyone job seeking will know most jobs now com through employment agencies and most high street agencies are closing down. Even Manpower has disappeared from Northampton town center, the world biggest employer ahead of the NHS and the Indian Railway. Those three our about to be dethroned as China takes over the world. Most agencies are leaving the highstreet as it’s cheaper and smarter to run websites whilst the smaller agencies have simply been wiped out by the big rises in minimum wage. My mate Pater ran a local agency in Northampton and said the margins were too tough at the £7.50 P/H minimum wage and not doable at the coming and ridiculous £9.00 P/H and so closed down. The big boys like Brook Street, Reed and Pertemps can absorb this and wipe out the independents. They will also cost cut and that will hurt the employers and the clients.
A positive for British workers - but not the bosses - is leaving the EU will only drive up wages more through supply and demand…less workers more pay incentives to win you to their agency. It was too far the other way in the European Union and the country was flooded with cheap labor that not so much drove down the wages at the bottom but dragged down mid range wages to the minimum wage, hence the forced rise by the government. Blair didn’t open the door to the world to give immigrants better lives. He did it to create a property bubble for the middle - class voters he craved, and cheap labor for our biggest employers, who stuff their winnings in the world’s tax havens, which we administer 54% of.
One of the big issues around agency work was European Union law that encouraged a build up of Poles and Eastern Europeans in the U.K chasing those jobs. After 13 weeks continuous employment the company has to offer the agency client a job with full benefits and responsibilities or let them go. They let them go, meaning they need another 100 the next three months and so the logjam begins. Those people have to be housed and their kids schooled and their health taken care of. Capitalism is ruthless but the bosses have to accept the workforce can only be so malleable in the west to function. We have passed the point where the bosses care about the workers and so it’s about to fall down, hence the Brexit vote. If you know your government would rather an overseas worker did your job cheaper you are going to hit back.
It became almost impossible to get work in the industrial area in the U.K post 2003 as the number of Eastern Europeans topped a million here so you were pushed towards the more snobby tertiary white collar agencies like Manpower. Your chances of finding work through them could disappear just by presenting yourself in their office looking for work. Reed were the worse for that. Polyester, not a cotton shirt, could be enough to get the negative look in Reed. I did get decent work with Manpower over the years but never with Reed. Reed rang once and that was for litter picking.
Manpower was a good office in Northampton and efficient and fast. They wanted a certain level of intelligence and manners to do the more blue chip contracts and I got work with Carlsberg, British Gas and Virgin Media. In those days you walked in with your CV with your tie on and if that was OK and you were personable you would do a quick VDU test over type speed and English and math’s skills and they would either interview you for the clients job you wanted in the window or newspaper or ring you up with something else. If you seek the agency route you have to accept the cold call at 7am. These days some agencies you tend to get an automated call and a txt to say there is work today and you txt or phone back to confirm you are available.
Wages were prompt with them and would arrive on time and competitive. They are mostly minimum wage now, even for shifts. Middle class college leavers tend not to want to get their hands dirty in warehouse and factories and so go for boring office work before they get the cool job they probably won’t get. There is a class barrier in agencies as there is anywhere else although tattoos and piercings not the barrier they once were.
The online Manpower experience is much colder. It’s straightforward to join and upload your CV ….certainly less stressful than doing it in the office. You do a small test for some positions but in general your CV is forwarded to the employer, which you are rarely told who that is, even in the office. You apply blind to most agency work. The power is with the employers now.
I would say Manpower is one of the better agencies, if they take you on. If you turn down work it decreases your chances of further offers. The Eastern Europeans won’t turn it down. Most are here to work hard and move on one day and so you must match that. Kick up about late money as that should really be dealt with on time by such a large group. They get interest on your money in their bank accounts. Dress nice there and be polite. If you have both a website and a high street office with your agency then use both. Always god to pop in and show your mug. There are tons of vacancies on their website you can go for although the shorter term placements tend not to be there and that’s when you get the cold call. You could be sent anywhere, anytime…
I was walking through Liverpool Street in London one day looking for jobs. Just as I was walking into the train station I came across the job agency, and thought I would go and have a look and see what there was on offer. Manpower offers employment to the public/jobseekers to find employment easier, however as I walked into the office, there was a nice receptionist who said that they were looking for a new receptionist for the Liverpool street office, so I decided to go for it.
Firstly I had to take assessment, which was basically to test your keyboard, ICT, grammar, spelling skills etc. just to see whether you were suitable for the role based on the assessments. I was then interviewed by three members of staff (normally for an interview its no more than two, bit odd for me, as I was used to having one or two people interviewing me) After the interview, I was then told I would wait till Monday (as I went to the office on Thursday) for the outcome. After staff saying that the manager 'loved me as an employer' I didn't get the job and the position had been offered to someone else 'with more experience' which was understandable. Then I was called on the same day to say that there was another possible suitable position for me which was to be a receptionist with the NHS paying almost £10 an hour and the cash begin paid weekly in my account. (At the time I didn't release that something could be 'too good too be true' which it possibly was.) Without hesitation I said 'yes' for an interview. I suddenly found out, the position for the front desk receptionist had not been filled, as the same person was still there!
On the day there were two other possible candiates, and I assumed they were all going for the same role, but turned out to be the same as I did when I went to the office, fill out application and see if they would find you some work. I seriously felt like I wasted my time, and it wasn't nice having all hopes up and then they all turn to be false. So, that's how you get treated with the company. A month later and still heard nothing from them, so basically you sign up, hope for employment and never hear from them again. The only good thing I would say about Manpower is SOME of the staff are friendly.
I'm swedish and live in Sweden and this summer I worked with the olympics in London through manpower. I have yet to be paid the right amount. Over three months after I stopped working I received my pay. I thought that the amount was very little so I asked them to send me an hour-report or something. They have not counted at least half of the days I worked, and are now expecting me to remember all my shifts from 4 months ago.
If that's not enough to be able to work for man power I had to send them my details multiple times and when I arrived in London it was an absolute mess with the working hours. No organization what so ever. We did not get hour working hours until the day before or even on the date. I also signed that I did not want to work more than 10 hours a day, well on multiple occasions I worked 14 hour shifts.
Now No one wants to take responsibility.
From the bottom of my heart Fuck you Manpower. Considering the long days of hard work and blisters on my feet that have gone unpaid this is practically slavery.
i was supposed to start a job at the bank as a csr 2 weeks ago, about a month ago i had all the interviews and manpower told me that i was accepted for the position, they had about a month to work on my background check which they did not finish on time, now 2 weeks after i was supposed to start, they told me that the background check is still not done, which is a total lie, because i called that company that does the background check and they had finished the background check and it was sent off about a week ago, and manpower also added that i cannot work for the bank if i missed any payment from any bills on time, so now im sitting here frustrated, jobless, did all this work for nothing??? seriously they made me go round and round. so the lesson here is always try to actually work for the company instead of going through 3 rd party hr companies that dont really care.
The main person here is an ex Kellys recruiter of some years a blond woman and they really are a sorry sad bunch here. I was made to wait for ages to register. No vibe about the place and the staff looked miserable. There were only 2 or 3 there. Remember always when looking for temp or perm work. The recruiter agrees an hourly rate with a job fill that comes in with their client and they pay you the temp or perm candidate as little as possible. They are just shocking here. I'll leave it there.
My experience with Manpower, certainly doesn't mirror the last posting, I find it hard to believe that US companies (reknown for being the WORST in the world to work for regarding benefits and other material employment matters) like Manpower are any different from most, if not all other agencies. I'll give two example scenario's and you the jury make your mind up.
A colleague and I went to Birmingham 2nd week of October 2006 on a job hunt and decided to 'hit' all the agencies we could, so, smartly dressed and with a bundle of CV's in tow each we descended on the epicentre of the West Midlands - and wished we'd never bothered.
Several agencies were shut (we'd caught the dinner hour) rather than leave some schoolkid manning reception which is the usual form, they were shut, we happened upon Manpower in New Street, Birmingham, couldn't see any jobs in the windows to entice is inside, so we thought hmm, perhaps this lot don't go with the pack where 'ghost jobs' are concerned. So, in we went. We found two 'recruitmenty consultants' one sitting on a main desk as you go in the door and one to the right of the first (looking out) my colleague was called over by the far one and I was enticed by the dragon at the desk, who rudely snatched my CV up and thumbed through it after I explained we were looking for work. It took her all of about 20 seconds to do this after which time the CV was thrust back in my hand and I was told 'we can't help you - try elsewhere further up the street' .. hmm, can't or WON'T help, can't or WON't be bothered, you choose. I was gobsmacked and dumbfounded at this shoddy example of what can only be described as the foulest of employment agencies, absolutely horrific treatment of a job seeker if you can imagine. I'd expect this level of service from some spotty scroat in Burger King picking his nose as he asks you whether you want mayo on the burger (hold the gherkins son - hold the gherkins) - not what you'd expect from a so called 'professional recruiment agency/business'.
I left shaking my head and my colleague who was bi-lingual in English and Italian left, about as dejected and infuriated as I did. Terrible. But the Manpower saga didn't end there. To cut a very long story short, they hold a contract with a company called CapGemini in Birmingham (Aston to be precise) which is a multi-faceted contract for IT helpdesks for various civil service agencies. After seeing the job advertised in the Evening paper, I decided to apply, well, after waiting 1/2 an hour in a reception area and watching the poor souls come off shift, i realized that this definitely wasn't a 'cream contract' not for a measly 6 quid an hour ... paupers pay. The interview was apalling, no information offered whether it was temp to perm or what, no details on benefits promotions or any other information. In all honesty I thought 'why did I ever bother', the dry irony is that in October 2006 I was told they couldn't help, now they could ... signs of desperation to fill another shitty contract I wonder.
You the jury decide - Manpower - Angels or Devils
'MANPOWER THE WAY WORK CAN BE' says the tag-line, oh really? You could have fooled me (well you nearly did but I saw through the bullshit ...)
I signed on at Manpower in Winchester almost immediately after I got back from university this year. I was officially on their 'books' - before I got sick of waiting and got my own job - for about a month, and in that time I was only offered two jobs, or assignments as they are properly called. One was a night shift at a mail-order firm, and the other was something involving chickens and an industrial vacuum cleaner. Not a wide and varied selection there, I think you'll agree. I did take the night shift job - it was for one night only -and I did find that what the company did, they did efficiently. I was telephoned the day I was to have the job, and went down to their office, where I was sat down, filled out various internal and tax forms, and then given my official signing-on book etc., that you get when you do your first assignment. They gave me very clear instructions on how to get to the place, what my hours would be (although these in fact turned out to be wrong!) and who I was to report to. Afterwards, the money came through exactly when they said it would, and the payslip promptly after that. So all in all, they've got this side of things about right. But this is exactly the problem. It's no good getting all the niceties right if you can't actually get someone any work in the first place. This may just be a problem that I and most other people seem to have had this summer, and they did at least get me some work, so I'll reserve judgement for now, except to say that the lack of any offers wasn't overly impressive. If you know they can get you work, then they are a great agency to go to. But check beforehand.
Having studied a lot and bummed around even more I've tried most agencies, but I always come back to Manpower. In the US they have a guarantee that they will find anyone a job for an hour, after that it's up to you to keep it! Manpower were the only agency willing to take me on when I had no office experience. OK so it was an apalling job, entering binary code day in day out for two weeks, but it kept my bank manager happy. As an international chain they have contacts all over the place, and are quite helpful about putting you in touch with other branches when you are moving on. Even in the grim days around the early nineties Manpower kept me in work. Although you do need to remember that as a 'temp' the more flexible and easy to work with you are, the more likely your temp controller is going to call you first out of the stack of students available. When it comes to vacation time it pays to register early before all the others because after a while many agencies in towns with large student populations get bored of seeing students and so stop registering them. Turn up for your registration interview dressed ready for work. This not only makes you look keener than other applicants, but on more than one occasion I've been sent out on an assignment there and then! Manpower always paid me the right amount on time, and even gave me 'bonuses' for loyalty. They even negotiated pay rises on my behalf. Overall I would recommend Manpower as one of the best high street generalist agencies.