As we are approaching Fircroft’s 45th anniversary, our Internal Recruitment Consultant, Paul Pegler, talks about his journey at Fircroft over the last 15 years.
How and when did you start working at Fircroft?
Before I began working at Fircroft, I was recruiting permanent IT staff for Rullion Computer Personnel for five years, for a number of clients within the North West area. When I began looking for a new role, my Mum told me she knew someone called Carol Hart who worked at “a business called Fircroft”. As a result, my CV was hand delivered to Carol (I didn’t have an email back then!) who passed it on to someone internally. Within a few days I got a phone call to attend an interview in Warrington at the old office in Thomson House, where I met some lovely people who I still keep in touch with to this day.
Following my interview, my wife asked me how it went, to which I replied, “In the bag!” The rest is history; I joined Fircroft in March 2000, therefore I have now been with the company for 15 years.
How has Fircroft and your role changed over time?
Over the last 15 years, my job title has changed numerous times, as well as the division I work in. However, as a recruiter the process hasn’t changed at all; it has always been about networking, building relationships, communication and providing a quality service for Fircroft. My role may have changed, but my process and style have not.
Years ago when I first began working here, we had filing cabinets full of CVs and no IT systems, making recruiting a difficult process. Names were constantly being shouted out, there were queues for the fax machines to send CVs out to clients – needless to say, things have changed dramatically over the last 15 years. Technology has adapted and progressed on a yearly basis; we have a great system in RMS, which is soon to be replaced by an even better system, aiding all divisions to complete their duties to the max.
When I first joined Fircroft we operated in a number of specialist divisions; IT, Commercial, Technical, Oil & Gas, Automotive and Engineering. Each division was working on their expert areas, and when we added client management to our list of services, designated teams were formed to look after specific clients and their vacancies. It is through this process that Fircroft has built such strong and long-lasting relationships with clients.
In terms of the business itself, it goes without saying that the size of the company has developed significantly. When Fircroft was much smaller, everyone knew each other; today, there are over 200 people working in head office, so it is difficult to know everyone personally. I know the majority of people working here as I have recruited them myself, but if not, I will go out of my way to find out the names of the new starters. It’s always nice to greet new members of staff by their first name in order to make them feel welcomed.
What are your favourite memories at Fircroft?
There are far too many to choose from, as each day is different and the people I work with make daily memories for me. The main one that stands out has to be winning the first ever “Employee of the Year” award; I was not expecting that at all. It was a real honour that all the staff voted for me, and being presented this award by the founder of Fircroft, John Johnson, was an even greater honour. That is an achievement I will never forget.
Above all, I love the people, the long lasting friendships that are forged and the comradery between divisions and team members. It is typical of most organisations for Directors to segregate themselves from the rest of the business; you hear of them but never see them. At Fircroft, our Directors are there to talk to and build relationships with - their doors are always open. Fircroft is a company that does not micro-manage or hold your hand, but will allow you to develop your career and be successful through your own determination, self-will and work ethic.
What do you see for Fircroft in the future?
Truthfully, I can only see Fircroft growing and growing, both here in the UK as well as internationally. Our current employees are undoubtedly the key people driving the business towards becoming the number one oil and gas recruitment business in the world. By developing our client and candidate relationships, as well as building fantastic teams internally, we are on track to continued expansion over the coming years.