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Fifteen Minutes with Abbie Espanhol

On17/ 01 /18
Abbie is Head of Service Delivery in our Permanent Team at Bucks and Berks Recruitment. 

She has had a varied career in sales and account management in both the telecommunications and leisure industries. She has a thorough understanding of the complete recruitment process having started as a resourcer, working as a temps consultant, perm consultant and now heading up the permanent recruitment team. Using her communication and people skills she develops and mentors her team to the ensure that they are consistently delivering the high service levels the company works to. 

Over her time with Bucks and Berks, Abbie has built strong working relationships with clients and candidates in the local area and uses this to support the team in delivering results. Abbie is always looking to expand the support she can give and is currently studying further qualifications through the REC in her spare time to increase her knowledge in all aspects of recruitment law and contracts.

Abbie is renowned for her honesty and tenacity. She is a devoted Manager of the Perm Team and is extremely passionate about recruitment. She has taken time out of her hectic schedule to give us an insight into her role at Bucks and Berks and recent challenges within the recruitment industry. 

How long have you worked at Bucks and Berks Recruitment? 

2018 will be 7 years at B&B!! Time flies.

What is your role?

I manage the permanent team. 

What do you most enjoy about your job? 

Mentoring team members to achieve their goals, it’s fantastic to train someone into a successful consultant and watch them build relationships with clients and candidates and become successful in their own right. 

How was 2017 for Bucks and Berks Recruitment?

2017 was very busy for us, recruitment did not slow down and was challenging in a great way.

Have you noticed any changes in the recruitment industry in recent years?

Yes, the last few years the industry has been led by candidates.  It’s been a challenge for many clients as good candidates are very limited. They have lots of choice and are not looking for long. This has also driven an increase in salaries as demand is so high. A great time to be a candidate but has meant many clients have had to make quick decisions. Bucks and Berks has a strong pool of loyal candidates, we are also able to offer temp to perm options and can negotiate rebate terms to help our clients through what is a demanding and fast paced decision process.  

In your opinion, has Brexit had any impact on Bucks and Berks Recruitment in terms of both Client and Candidate engagement? 

Thankfully so far no. We have very strong relationships and many of our clients do not seem to have been affected so far. This all does depend on the industry and sector you are in. 

Are you optimistic about what 2018 will bring for Bucks and Berks Recruitment? 

Yes very!  We have started 2018 extremely busy with many fantastic roles from long standing clients, the team is very focused to help our candidates find their next challenge. 

What is the best bit of advice you would give any new employee?

Listen, listen, and listen!!!! Recruitment requires excellent organisation and multi-tasking skills. Each candidate is just as important as each client and you are looking after multiple roles and multiple candidates in what can be a very stressful time. Learn as much as you can from the experienced people around you, remaining positive through all the ups and downs is vital!  

What is the best thing about working for Bucks and Berks Recruitment?

My team!! All our staff are fantastic to work with.  We are all encouraged to achieve our targets but at the same time to remain honest and respectful. We all support each other and are encouraged to learn, train and develop our careers. This is echoed in our service to all our clients and candidates. 

What do you do when you get home after work? 

Try to not drink wine at least Monday to Thursday……..! 
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