East Anglian recruitment firm Just Recruitment claims ‘industry first’ with offer of employee perks to temps

Just Recruitment director Peter Foy. Picture: NICOLE HOGGER

Just Recruitment director Peter Foy. Picture: NICOLE HOGGER - Credit: Nicole Hogger/Just Recruitment

An East Anglian recruitment firm has opened up employee benefits to its temps, in what it believes may be an industry first.

Ardleigh-based Just Recruitment, which has offices in Ipswich, Haverhill, Sudbury and Witham, is offering what it refers to as a “revolutionary” scheme for its employees, including its 2000 temporary workers, with access to savings and ‘wellbeing’ services through an online portal.

“This is believed to be the first time such a scheme has been offered to temporary workers in the recruitment industry,” it said.

“This is the same voluntary benefits scheme that we run for our employees, but rolled out to most of our 2000 temporary employees.”

Among the benefits are store vouchers, gym discounts, eyecare, money advice, a free monthly lotto draw with a chance to win £3,000, a local discount store card usable in 4,500 indepedent retailers, and a range of discounted lifestyle products.

The scheme includes features designed to increase temporary staff’s disposable income and others aimed at improving their work-life balance.

The firm says the move is part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and societal wellbeing

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Its CSR activities also include ongoing support for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, for which it has so far raised £12,000, freeing staff time to fundraise for the charity.

Director Peter Foy said including temporary workers in the scheme was “a very unusual step”.

“It means they benefit from savings on every-day purchases, and are always paid above the minimum wage. That improves their quality of life, and gives them a sense of belonging to the wider Just Recruitment community,” he said.

He cited the recent Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, carried out by Royal Society for the Arts chief executive Matthew Taylor, which said well-run firms recognised the importance of the people who work for them.

This was the principle behind Just Recruitment’s new benefits programme, which ensured every member of permanent and temporary staff is valued, he explained.

Just Recruitment Group Ltd, which was founded by Jenny Wrightson in 1983, works with more than 300 clients.