Batten down the hatches – the new year is coming!

New year leisure recruitment

We are fast approaching the end of the year and beginning of 2018. With that in mind in the world of leisure recruitment, our minds turn from staffing luxury fragrance counters for the madness of the festive period to preparing for the stampede of new members in gyms and fitness centres across the UK.

While shops and restaurants are taking a well-earned breather in the month after Christmas, gyms and health and fitness providers see a massive upturn in business. Starting new year’s resolutions and fighting to work off the thousands of extra calories consumed over the Christmas period sees an increased demand for health and fitness services. In the leisure industry, we call it ‘the Golden Quarter’, and as leisure professionals, we have witnessed it ourselves, year after year.

With rises in total membership and reports of the growth of the industry, fitness operators nationwide are bracing themselves. Temporary skilled recruits are vital at this time of year. Whether it be membership sales consultants or temporary personal trainers to help with the influx, here at 4 Leisure we have an experienced team on hand to fill those gaps.

Looking for a new leisure job?

Likewise, if one of your resolutions is to get a new leisure job then now would be a good time to try out a new role on a temporary basis. Temporary work not only gives the chance for a trial for both the employer and the employee, but it can give vital training and experience for those who are trying to break into the industry. Or it could simply be a good way of getting a few more paid hours in while you can.

Do you need extra staff for your leisure business?

If you are a leisure business and are currently planning for January then get in touch we have a dedicated team who can tailor a recruitment package specific to your needs.

Here are some of the challenges involved in managing members of your health club.

Research from Mintel has shown that spending on fitness remains strong, despite a credible threat from fitness technology. Member retention can be an issue, however, with some members citing unfriendly staff as a problem. It is imperative that the staff you hire are aware of the impact that they can personally have on your gym’s success.

Read this article for more information – http://www.healthclubmanagement.co.uk/health-club-management-features/Mintel-UK-Health-and-Fitness-Club-Report-2017/32014

Recent intervention into gym membership deals by the CMA has made it harder for gym operators to lock clients into long-term contracts. This is a good thing for the client and makes gym membership an easier option, however, it does mean that gym brands can no longer rely on long-term commitment from clients and it will be necessary to find other ways to keep clients happy and paying for longer. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gym-users-to-get-better-deal-in-2017

The idea that you can take advantage of someone’s good intentions in the new year and keep them paying for two years or longer has all but disappeared, and gyms are now having to work harder at client retention. The result should be happier clients whose needs are being met continuously and not just until they sign the membership contract.

That doesn’t mean that people will not be looking to join a gym after Christmas. However the government intervene in membership business models, people are still human and will be making all the right intentions to change their behaviour and health habits throughout January and into February.

If you need staff to plug a few holes and get those paying customers on board and happy for as long as possible, get in touch with our temporary division now.

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Recruiting temporary staff for Christmas

Temporary and seasonal leisure staff

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas yet? Not for us. This time of year brings increased demand for good people in many sectors, retail, beauty, catering and hospitality. Christmas brings the annual surge in spending across the high street and in the leisure industry. Anyone who’s visited a gym in January can’t deny that even gym membership is seasonal!

Unless your name is Santa Claus and you have an abundance of little helpers ready to work extra hours, you may need to hire some temporary Christmas staff. Many industries hire temporary workers in the run-up to the festive season and there are plenty of people who are happy just to work during this period for one reason or another.

Christmas temps

If you want to recruit temporary staff for Christmas, here’s what you need to do

  • It is important to remember that temporary staff have legal rights the same as permanent employees. You the employer have legal obligations to your temporary workers. Employment legislation such as minimum wage needs to be adhered to. You can get more advice on these aspects of employment law at http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4587
  • Seasonal workers can be a positive influence on your company. Most enjoy working during busy, festive periods and their enthusiasm can be of great benefit both to your customers and to your permanent employees. Marginalising temporary employees by treating them as if they are not a legitimate part of the team can be a missed opportunity to inject some welcome festive cheer into your business.
  • Look at your temporary staff as on audition for a permanent role. Having the chance to try someone out on a temporary basis can be a great way of finding a superstar. Give your temp workers a chance to shine and you could uncover a real gem. Learn more about our Temp2Perm solutions
  • Depending on what they are going to be doing, temporary team members may need as much onboarding as a permanent employee. You can’t expect a new employee, whether temp or permanent, to know instantly how you do things, especially in a customer-facing role. While temps always have a welcome breadth of experience to draw on and are good at adapting to new environments, if you need things done a specific way then you need to invest some time showing them the ropes. Temp workers are good, but they’re not psychic!

We have many years’ experience in supporting beauty, spa, retail and leisure businesses by finding, placing and retaining quality temporary and permanent staff in leisure jobs. If you know that your business is about to enter a busy and profitable period and you are in need of some of Santa’s little helpers to help support this, then get in touch.

We can help you by supplying……

  • Beauty retail staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Health and fitness professionals
  • Catering and hospitality staff
  • Leisure sales staff

busy Christmas shopping period

The joy of summer jobs

 

Summer jobs

Summer jobs are a fab way of gaining experience and earning that all-important money to get you through the rest of the year. Summer jobs are popular with university students who can work full-time during the summer break, but you don’t have to be a student to do a summer job. You could do extra work during the summer on top of your regular day job, or swap and change between jobs depending on the season, doing outdoor leisure jobs through the summer, and going back to an office job in the autumn.

Summer jobs are often fairly flexible. They may not be the best paid of jobs but you can often choose your own shifts, working around your other commitments. You could also just throw yourself into the job full-time, getting the money and experience while you have nothing much else going on in your life.

There are a whole host of temp summer jobs, both full-time and part-time to do. Some are more popular than others and fill up quickly, so get out there ASAP. Popular choices include going abroad to work at a summer camp. These are usually poorly paid but provide a wealth of experience and the opportunity to travel, and to spend your summer somewhere a bit sunnier.

We’re a big fan of summer jobs here at 4Leisure Recruitment. In the leisure industry, there’s a fair few jobs which are seasonal, and are a brilliant way of gaining experience and getting your foot on the leisure career ladder.

Over the years, our own staff have done an array of seasonal, part-time jobs. Some are leisure related, and some not so much, however all the jobs we have done have helped us along on our career path, and we would not be who or where we are today if we hadn’t done them. Summer jobs can be a fantastic way of learning more about yourself and what you enjoy doing.

I asked around the office to see what jobs we have done and this is what came back.

“When I left school, I started making hand-made cards and sold them”

“When I was under 16 and unable to get a part-time job, I helped out at my Grandma’s florists”

“I sold men’s suits in a shop in Leeds” 

 “I coached kids multi-sports”

 “I delivered bakery products”

 “I ran a cocktail bar”

 “I instructed people how to drive minibuses”

 We all agree that the jobs we did, no matter how unglamorous they may seem, make us who we are today and have helped us to find out more about ourselves – whether this was finding out that we really love working with kids, or never want to smell freshly baked bread ever again.

If you are looking for a summer job in the leisure industry, please get in touch with us today.