With only 10 days left of 2021, Managing Director, Brendan Redwood reflects on the year that was for Fetch as a business.
Like 2020, 2021 has been a roller coaster for us all. Luckily this year has come with more highs than lows which we are extremely thankful for. At the end of 2020, there was some real optimism amongst our team. We had just braved what we thought was the worst of the pandemic and had still achieved so much. The optimism was not ill placed as 2021 came with stronger market conditions, investment within Fetch’s key industries from the government, better onboarding practices, learning & development workshops, and support of our future leaders. Due to this we are happy to announce that we are returning to a head count of 30 by January 2022 which is a 25% increase from 2020.
Fetch Personnel has seen a strong increase in contractor numbers during 2021 with 75% growth. This growth is largely due to the government investment moving through the cycle into boots on the ground projects. We have also diversified further by adding a specialist Window & Facades desk to build on our already strong subcontractor base. In our Permanent Recruitment business, we’ve reintroduced Business Support desks, and seen the market and clients respond extremely well, with an uptake of clients in these areas.
As the business has grown it has been great to see the development of our own staff. Including the promotion of Geoff Hulbert (Fetch Recruitment) and Daniel Musto (Fetch Personnel). Dan and Geoff are now both in Directorship roles.
With interest rates at an all-time low and infrastructure investment from the government at an all-time high, the demand for top talent is driving market conditions. These conditions have also been compounded by the closing of local and international borders. Due to this supply and demand imbalance, we have seen all salaries across Property, Construction & Engineering sectors increasing consistently throughout the year. We expect this to continue through 2022 with migration not returning to pre-COVID levels until 2023 and beyond.
The Year Ahead – 2022
2022 will see Fetch continue with its strategic plan around growth locally and interstate through inspiring and empowering our people. This will be supported by ongoing investment within learning and development and a stronger focus on increasing our service offering to stakeholders to build stronger long-lasting relationships. We will continue our diversification into new markets like Renewable Energy and the Public Sector to allow for growth as well and optimism opportunities in current sectors. We expect market conditions to mirror 2021 with clients partnering with specialist like Fetch to deliver on its technical roles in an increasingly candidate short market.
Brendan is the Managing Director of Fetch. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here. If you're interested in working with Fetch, either internally or through our service offerings you can find out more by exploring this website.