UK businesses facing weekly staff shortages due to recruitment and absence challenges, with a staggering one-third finding themselves short-staffed on a weekly basis, according to recent research.

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How Can Connect Appointments Help?

At Connect Appointments, we understand the importance of maintaining a reliable workforce, which is why we’re here to offer our expertise in staffing recruitment to help your business thrive.


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Don’t let labour shortages hinder your business operations. Contact Connect Appointments today to learn more about how we can support your staffing needs and help you overcome recruitment challenges.

Connect Appointments‘ consultants know recruitment inside out. With roots dating back to the 1960s, we at Connect pride ourselves on being one of the best independent recruitment agencies in Scotland and across the UK.

Here at Connect our teams specialise in a range of sectors, placing thousands of candidates into temporary, permanent or contract work every week. Whether you have experience in a certain area or you’re keen for a change, our consultants can help you make the move – take a look at our sectors for inspiration.


The manufacturing division at Connect is one of the most interesting, because it covers so many different areas of work – and the clients were working with are constantly growing, meaning big potential for regular shifts or even permanent work. We recruit for manufacturing talent in component assembly, electronics, food production, packaging, plastics, textiles, metal fabrication and more.


We work with some major packaging companies across the UK, and we’re always looking for production operators, technical operators and shift managers, as well as printers and designers.

Executive and Management

We recruit for professionals in HR, marketing and accountancy, for a range of smaller and larger firms. We often headhunt for these roles, but if you have the skills and a career change, contact your nearest Connect branch now.

Contact Centre

Call and contact centres are at the heart of many businesses, whether they are handling customer enquiries, complaints or offering advice. We recruit for service specialists, sales advisors, team leaders, operation managers, team coaches and more.

Drinks Industry

Scotland’s drink industry is on the up – and we’ve placed a huge number of workers in distilleries and bottling halls across Scotland, as general operators, machine operators, engineers, quality controllers, forklift truck drivers and in spirit prep and processing. This is a great line of work to get into, offering the opportunity to develop and use transferable skills.


Working in electronics for over 30 years, our consultants have extensive knowledge of the standards set by the military, medical, space, telecoms and marine sectors, as well as other electrical product manufacturers. We recruit for a range of roles, including test development engineers, software developers, project managers and maintenance engineers.

Engineering and Technical

We’ve got close links to businesses in manufacturing, oil and gas, and power and energy, so engineers are a core part of our business. From mechanical to gas turbine engineers, test to CNC engineers, if you’ve got the skills, we could have a job for you.

Driving and Transport

Connect Appointments’ sister company, Connect Driver Solutions, launched in 2015 to help workers get into the exciting, ever moving world of transport jobs. From HGV drivers to multi-drop van drivers, we’ve got something for everyone – and our consultants have worked in the industry themselves, so they know what both our clients and candidates want and need.

Logistics and Distribution

The production line is vital to many businesses and our clients need reliable staff. Transport administrators, supply chain managers and warehouse order pickers are just some of the logistics and distribution roles we recruit for.

Office and Commercial

Office and commercial staff are essential for any business, making sure the company runs smoothly – and it can cover a wide range of different industries. We are experienced in finding talented receptionists, administration assistants, personal assistants and data entry clerks, for our clients across a range of sectors.


From recruitment to advertising sales, we have close working relationships with employers across the UK, offering great opportunities for those with sales know-how. If you are a people person who loves a challenge, sales are a great line of work to get into.


Looking for staff?

If you’ve got your own business, or work for an organisation and you’re in charge of recruitment, our staff can help you. We’ve got a bank of CVs on file in all of the areas above – and more! Call your nearest Connect branch and we will find the best person for you to speak to.

Recruitment is a fast-paced, dynamic industry that offers plenty of opportunities for growth and development. Whether you’re just starting your career or looking for a change, working in recruitment can be an exciting and rewarding experience. In this guide, we’ll cover how to get started and the key reasons why you should consider a career in recruitment.

Helping people find jobs

One of the most satisfying aspects of working in recruitment is helping people find a job. By connecting talented candidates with top employers, you can make a real difference in people’s lives. This sense of fulfillment is a major reason why many recruiters (and especially for us) stay in the industry for years.

Build strong relationships

Recruitment is a relationship-driven industry, and building strong connections with both clients and candidates is essential. As a recruiter, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with people from a wide range of backgrounds and industries. This can help you develop strong interpersonal skills and build a valuable professional network.

Opportunities for Advancement

Recruitment is a highly competitive industry, and recruiters who perform well are often rewarded with opportunities for advancement. This can include promotions to team leader or management roles, as well as the chance to work with high-profile clients and candidates.

Training and Development

To succeed in recruitment, you need to be constantly learning and developing your skills. Many recruitment firms offer comprehensive training programs and professional development opportunities to help their employees stay ahead of the curve. This can include workshops, seminars, and mentoring programs.

Flexibility and Autonomy

Recruitment is a results-driven industry, and as long as you’re meeting your targets, you’ll have a great deal of flexibility and autonomy in your work. This can include setting your own schedule, working from home, and the ability to manage your own workload.

Competitive Salaries and Benefits

Recruitment can be a highly lucrative industry, with many recruiters earning six-figure salaries. In addition to competitive base salaries, many recruitment firms offer generous commission structures and bonuses. Many firms also offer comprehensive benefits packages, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.

Working in recruitment can be an exciting and rewarding career choice, offering opportunities for growth, development, and financial success. Whether you’re passionate about helping people find their dream jobs, building strong relationships, or developing your skills, the recruitment industry offers a wide range of opportunities to suit your interests and goals.

Want to learn how to get started in recruitment and if it’s right for you by visiting the National Careers Service.