This year we welcomed Megan Stevens to the Opus team as our first Permanent Recruitment Consultant. Megan specialises in working closely with a number of local authority and external clients across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes to fill permanent and fixed term vacancies, as part of Opus’ new permanent recruitment offering.
Read on to find out more about Megan and her new role within Opus.
What is your career background?
I graduated university with a degree in Business Management and began my career working as project manager and officer across unitary and district local authorities. Eight years later, I decided it was time for a change and joined a FTSE 250 Recruitment Agency, where I got to use my public sector knowledge to recruit marketing and fundraising roles for not-for-profit organisations.
What attracted you to Opus?
After a year on maternity leave, a move to a new county and a brief stint with a boutique agency, I joined Opus in April 2019 as it presented the perfect opportunity to amalgamate my public sector life and agency recruitment experience.
Opus wasn’t just about having a job, my decision to join the team was based on a number of factors; including how their values represented my own, and how their flexibility to support working mothers displayed how much Opus recognises the importance of retaining knowledge of working mothers and supporting them to continue their professional journeys. This is culture I am delighted to be a part of.
What permanent roles have you been working on since starting?
It has been 5 months since I started my journey with Opus and it has been busy. I have been recruiting a variety permanent roles across all of our locations, from receptionists through to social media officers and procurement specialists.
How have you found taking on a new recruitment desk at Opus?
It has been a really interesting time to join the team. Previously, Opus specialised in temporary recruitment, however their strong links to local authorities mean that I have been able to build relationships with a number of clients seeking permanent employees and we are off to an excellent head start.
April is always busy, so it was a great time to start. You have the pre-employment rush to get your new starter in before the summer holidays. As a consultant you need to work quickly, while maintaining quality throughout the process.
The summer period brought a steady flow of jobs and heading into autumn things are beginning to gear up for the pre-Christmas rush.
My most recent roles include a financial administrator, school business manager and social media officer.
What is the current recruitment market like and where do you see the future of permanent recruitment for Opus?
Since returning to work after maternity leave I have seen a seen a change in the employment market, with Brexit on the horizon there is an air of uncertainty, candidates are showing a reluctance to move and there is a smaller pool for employers to engage with. Many permanent roles are being changed to fixed term contracts with the view to extend them.
There is an increase in demand for quality recruiters to support both candidates in their professional journey and clients in recruiting quality talent for their teams.
Clients recruiting permanent positions are offering secure roles, with great opportunities for progression. They are committed to securing new talent quickly, making time for interviews and coming to us on offers.
I am proud to be part of the new Opus permanent recruitment offering and am looking forward to the next 6 months.
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Meg works with a variety of clients to full permanent and fixed term contract roles. For more information on our new permanent recruitment offering contact [email protected].
View our latest permanent vacancies in Suffolk here.
View our latest permanent jobs in Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes here.