New contract wins deliver another year of growth for MET Recruitment

A series of new contract wins are helping one of the Black Country’s leading recruitment agencies post an increase in sales.

MET Recruitment, which specialises in placing temporary or permanent industrial, commercial and technical staff, is on course to hit £5.8m turnover after it put in place a number of measures to support existing and new clients to cope with the pandemic.

Free consultancy, workshops, masterclasses, outplacement support and CV writing/interview technique sessions were all provided and this additional assistance helped to strengthen relationships and ensure its talent pool was ready to find new jobs.

It is an approach that has paid off for the Dudley-based company, with over 500 temporary workers currently placed every day and the 100th permanent contract recently secured.

The new contract supporting Public Health England’s Track & Trace campaign has been especially demanding and saw the firm recruit and supply remote working contract tracers in record time.

Robin Tong, who set up MET Recruitment in 2008, commented: “The pandemic has been a hugely challenging time for all companies, but we have managed to remain operational throughout, innovating services to support clients who were both struggling and ramping up operations as they were on the front line.

“Our business was set up to offer something different to the usual high street recruitment experience, preferring to focus on building strong relationships and becoming an extension to our client’s HR departments. This philosophy has definitely made the difference over the last nine months.”

MET Recruitment was originally set up to supply staff to the mechanical and electrical trades and has gone from three people in a small office on the Pensnett Trading Estate to an 18-strong agency operating from a dedicated head office on Wolverhampton Street in Dudley.

The company’s growth has been driven by two key appointments, with Matthew Hunter joining in 2011 to head up the industrial division and Nella Share arriving three years later to create the commercial recruitment arm of the business.

This saw turnover rise from £1.4m in 2014 to £5.8m at the end of 2020 and the trio believe investment in its 360 degree recruitment solution for clients and an industry-best support infrastructure for candidates has helped it secure a strong client base across engineering, manufacturing, professional services and the services sector.

“2020 has been a fantastic effort by everyone at MET and we’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for the next twelve months, including investment in a new app, website and increasing our geographic coverage,” added Matthew.

Nella concluded: “We are also in the final stages of a major recruitment campaign for one of the Black Country’s leading retailers and this should be ramped up in the early part of 2021.”

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Where the story begins… By Molly Jones

You’re told to be unique and to be an individual, you are constantly reminded not to follow your friends and to be able to make your own decisions.  So how come they tell you this but then reiterate that university is the one for you, the place where you meet people and the place where you make memories the same way everyone else did. They continually tell you to be yourself and to make the most of your life however dictate the “correct order” in which you should live your life. Go to primary, go to secondary, go to university and then get a job, get a partner, get married and then have a child. We are continuously told that we are meant to follow this order. However, I wanted to create my own story.

I didn’t want to venture to university, instead I wanted to be able to start earning money and to start a career. This was different to all the people that I knew, they all wanted to go straight into university and be able to come away with a degree, then hopefully find a job. Instead I started my job search and I focused on finding an apprenticeship where I could progress but also, I knew that I was going to have to a drop my wage expectations. That was something I was willing to do for the right opportunity.

Whilst in sixth form, I also did part time work at McDonalds where I worked in the evenings after school and weekends. This meant that I was able to earn money whilst I was studying. It was also an opportunity for me to develop my skills and abilities, as well as gain experience. Even though I enjoyed my time at McDonalds, I knew that I would need to find a job where I was able to progress. I worked at McDonalds for nearly 2 years and I was a very hard worker. I made sure no matter what I did, I did it with as much energy and enthusiasm as possible.

So…when looking into finding a new job I didn’t have any real expectations, I just knew that I wanted to find something that I would enjoy. I always wanted to go into childcare however, after doing work experience, I knew that it wasn’t the path that I wanted to take, so I started thinking about office work. Office work isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but for me I liked the idea of working in an office environment and using computers but still being able to have a chat with people over the phone. I have always enjoyed getting to know people and I’m quite inquisitive, so when I came across the role ‘Apprentice Resourcer’ for MET Recruitment, I knew that it would be something that I would enjoy.

I was fortunate enough to walk into MET and be given the chance of an interview. The timing was great as MET was growing and the Wolverhampton branch was still quite new and looking to recruit an Apprentice. When I came in for my second stage interview, I was given the option to work my way around the office and find out what each consultant does within their job role, as well as what they like / dislike and what they felt challenged them. The Commercial Director Nella had said the job was mine if I wanted it. I was overwhelmed and ecstatic to be given this opportunity. I then had the option to choose whether I wanted to join the Commercial or the Industrial team.  I did eventually choose the commercial team, as I knew this would keep me busy and help me to understand the industry in a lot more detail.

After the induction day, I was able to understand a lot more about what MET do, what their values are and what everyone’s place in the business is. This then allowed me to see behind the scenes the full process and the work that goes into finding people their dream job. I was also able to learn about each consultants’ journey and how they made it to where they are today.

I’ve now been with MET for the last 3 months and I’m starting to settle into the role and the business well. I have worked closely with my amazing mentor Stella and have learned a great deal whilst doing the job and shadowing the team. I couldn’t be happier working for MET, it is everything I wanted and more with a fantastic company who value their employees and give them the freedom to express themselves through their work. Looking back I’m so happy I took the leap to apply for the role and I haven’t looked back since!

2018… YEAR OF MET!

Well it’s that time of year again when the business is preparing to draw to a close for a well-earned Christmas break. So where do we start with a glance back over 2018 … so much has happened for MET and the team it’s hard to find a starting point for what has been a fantastic year! Why not start at the very beginning and what marked a very special point in MET’s growth seeing us open our 2nd branch based in Wolverhampton, the doors to Wolverhampton were thrown open back in January and although an experienced team were selected to take up the challenge it’s been a huge learning curve for the whole business. Nearly 12 months on and we have an established and successful team in place who are working hard to raise the profile of MET in a new location – you’re doing a great job guys, well done!

We do like a challenge here at MET though and if opening a 2nd branch wasn’t enough stress we decided to relocate our head office to a newly renovated building in Dudley … without the help of a removal company I might add (thanks to the team for humping boxes and becoming removals specialists overnight!) Our new Head Office opened its shiny new doors at the end of July with a visit from valued clients, colleagues and even the Mayor himself dropped in for a sandwich and what can I say but we are very spoilt, we even have air con and an awesome feature wall created by the children of two local schools.

Since the move the year has been a bit of a whirlwind …. we’ve raised a fantastic amount of money for charity, completed the Wolf Run, an extremely successful race night, donated over 25 gifts to local children for Christmas and that’s not to mention wear it pink, children in need and Christmas jumper day! Quite honestly, we’re exhausted with all that let alone the day job!

On a business note though we celebrated our 10-year anniversary with a fantastic trip to Edinburgh … it was hit and miss if some of the team would make it back (Harry). Our team has grown throughout this year and we’ve introduced a number of new consultants to the business who have complimented our existing team. Client wise we’re fortunate to have retained 98% of our existing business from the previous year and can also boast an impressive increase in new clients throughout 2018 – so we really can’t complain!

We’re a conscientious company and have tried very hard this year to not only give back to the local community but to also only use local suppliers, we’ve made great use of our Black Country Chamber membership attending exhibitions and getting involved in partnership and network events in and around the Black Country – proving that business really is done better together (as the Chamber would say!).

So as 2018 comes to a close it’s safe to say the Directors are very proud of what the team have achieved this year and we’re looking forward to pushing on for an even better next year … and on that note we would like to say a huge thank you to our fantastic team, clients, temporary workforce and permanent placements who have all made the success of this year possible! Cheers to you …. From all the team at MET Recruitment we wish you a Merry MET Christmas and Happy New Year ????


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MET Cake Sale For Comic Relief

As you can see our staff are getting in the swing of things for ‘Comic Relief 2017’ We are all very excited and because we did so well with the ‘ MET Bake Off’ last year we are going to get our bake on again!! We will be selling cakes to our clients on Thursday 23rd March at £1 per cake! If any of our clients want to buy any of the delicious cakes, don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of the team and we can arrange to come down and see you! #routetorecruit #heretohelp#comicrelief17 #fundraising #bakesale