Temp of the Year 2023

And the winner is…

Each month in 2023 we have been celebrating the wonderful talent within our Temping team with Temp of the Month. We’ve enjoyed surprising our winners at their place of work or our office with their well deserved award. From our 12 superstars, we can choose only one winner for our Temp of the Year Award.

The competition was fierce, the talent undeniable, but we could only choose one winner for Temp of the Year.

So, without further ado, let’s shower the spotlight on our winner.

Nikki is our Temp of the Year!

Nikki was our November Temp of the Month winner. Throughout her time working with us, Nikki has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills and dedication that set her apart. From day one, she embraced every challenge with unwavering enthusiasm, going above and beyond to exceed expectations. Nikki’s strong work ethic and ability to adapt quickly to new environments have made her an invaluable asset to our Temping team. Her exceptional communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients have consistently impressed us. Nikki’s commitment to excellence and her unwavering professionalism have not only made our jobs easier, but also brought immense satisfaction to our clients.

A remarkable year.

Katherine had the pleasure of meeting Nikki back in April, when she was exploring opportunities in accounts or office management, both on a temporary and permanent basis. Nikki had some particular requirements for us to consider in her job search. She was seeking work-life balance in her next employment, as well as a positive work place environment. She was also keen to find something either part-time, or an office that would allow her to bring her dog, Bertie.

Her experience in office, accounts and project management is truly outstanding. Katherine quickly secured a temporary assignment for Nikki with one of our local clients using our video platform. And wow, did she excel! Not only did she impress the entire team, but she also demonstrated remarkable competence in her day-to-day tasks. Our client praised Nikki and said she was “a great asset to their team at short notice” when they needed help.

When her temporary role came to an end, Katherine wasted no time in finding Nikki her next assignment. Katherine was fortunate to be working on a placement for a new client, and she immediately thought of Nikki. The timing was fortuitous and Katherine was able to recommend Nikki. Once again, we used our video platform to introduce Nikki’s application and our new client loved her video. They wanted to meet Nikki straight away as they felt confident she would be right for the job and made an offer on meeting her in person. Even better, our client was happy to invite Nikki’s dog Bertie to the office!

Yet again, Nikki has effortlessly integrated into a new team. The Directors have been singing her praises, mentioning how seamlessly she fits into their team and how she quickly grasped the necessary systems and processes to thrive in her role.

Our new Temp of the Year 2023

It was fantastic to visit our client’s office to present Nikki with her award. Nikki is the kind of person who makes our jobs easier, our clients happier, and our days brighter. Its fair to say that we managed to surprise Nikki and put a smile on her face. I loved catching up with Nikki to hear how she had been getting on and how the job had fulfilled her work wishes and given her an extra boost in confidence. It’s no easy thing to jump into a role and make a difference, and I’m always full of admiration that our Temps do exactly that. Nikki has done this with style and grace and it was lovely to listen to Nikki talking about the company with such confident knowledge. A real asset to any team, I’m extremely happy that Nikki chose Octopus to find her a job.

Nikki, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being you. You’re a true inspiration, and we’re incredibly proud to have you as part of our temping team. We can’t wait to see what amazing things you achieve next!

 

Are you looking for work? Has Nikki’s story inspired you to give temping a go? If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

 

Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.

Temp of the Month – December 2023

Kelron is our Temp of the Month!

December’s award goes to Kelron.

I am thrilled to announce and celebrate Kelron as our well-deserved Temp of the Month for December.

This week, Katherine and I had the pleasure of visiting one of our esteemed clients.  In recognition of his exceptional performance, we personally presented Kelron with our Temp of the Month award.

Kelron’s dedication, strong work ethic, and unwavering punctuality have not gone unnoticed. He consistently demonstrates an excellent level of professionalism and efficiency in his work, which has greatly contributed to the success of our client’s production. Moreover, his friendly and approachable manner has made him a valuable asset to our temping team. Kelron is an absolute pleasure to work with.

I am super happy to give our warmest congratulations to Kelron for this well-earned achievement. We are so happy to have him as part of our temping team and I look forward to seeing his continued growth and success.

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

Temp of the Month – November 2023

Nikki is our Temp of the Month!

November’s award goes to Nikki.

I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki back in April, when she was exploring opportunities in accounts or office management, both on a temporary and permanent basis.

Her experience in these fields is truly outstanding. I quickly secured a temporary assignment for Nikki with one of our local clients using our video platform. And wow, did she excel! Not only did she impress the entire team, but she also demonstrated remarkable competence in her day-to-day tasks.

When her temporary role came to an end, I wasted no time in finding Nikki her next assignment. I was fortunate to be working on a placement for a new client, and I immediately thought of Nikki. The timing was fortuitous and I was able to recommend Nikki. Once again, we used our video platform to introduce Nikki’s application and our new client loved her video. They wanted to meet Nikki straight away as they felt confident she would be right for the job and made an offer on meeting her in person. Even better, our client was happy to invite Nikki’s dog Bertie to the office!

Yet again, Nikki has effortlessly integrated into a new team. The Directors have been singing her praises, mentioning how seamlessly she fits into their team and how she quickly grasped the necessary systems and processes to thrive in her role.

Meeting with Nikki is always a breath of fresh air. Her infectious positivity never fails to make an impact. Congratulations, Nikki, and thank you for your unwavering dedication!

 

Temp of the Month

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Katherine Bending

About the author

I oversee the office and work from home jobs here at Octopus, including finance, sales, marketing, buying and admin roles.

The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  I love that the same level of care and support between our team is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions, which is what sets us apart as a brand.

Temp of the Month – October 2023

Ian is our Temp of the Month!

 

October’s award goes to Ian.

I am really pleased that our October Temp of the Month is awarded to Ian.

Katherine had the pleasure of surprising Ian with our Temp of the Month award at our pop-up office in Chantry.

I registered Ian earlier in the year. My first impressions were extremely positive. I thought, “wow, he is just perfect. Not only are his skills so transferrable, he has an amazing attitude – he just wants to work”.

Ian was a delight to meet. He was very honest and open during our meeting, which makes my job a lot easier, as I gained a much better insight in how to help him find work.

We placed Ian with a fantastic client of ours, and have since received excellent feedback about him. Ian is reliable, hard working, flexible and a pleasure to have in the team.

Thank you, Ian, for all of your hard work. It was a pleasure to meet you and I’m so pleased you’ve been recognised as our Temp of the Month.

Congratulations.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.

Temp of the Month – September 2023

John is our Temp of the Month!

 

September’s award goes to John.

Our Mr. September is no stranger to the Temp of the Month awards. John has not only won Temp of the Month twice before in previous years, he was awarded our Temp of the Year in 2018!

John moved into the local area several years ago and registered with Octopus Personnel to find work. At the time, he described the registration process as taking time, ‘not because you were filling in paperwork, but because they wanted to get to know you… to understand what you were looking for… to build that relationship. And it was that process, I think, that really paid off for me.’

John has had a wide range of assignments with Octopus over the years – from a day, to a week, to a month, to a year. What they all had in common was the positive feedback from both John and the clients. I am always super happy to recommend John to a new client. I know he will do an outstanding job, and I always have existing clients asking him back.

This was the first time I had the pleasure of presenting John with Temp of the Month and I was really looking forward to it. I received such lovely words from him after –

‘I’m still reeling from that wonderful surprise this morning. There is some tough competition out there so it’s an honour to receive such an award.

I’ve always been proud of my connection to Octopus Personnel.  Not only have I had the great pleasure of meeting a mighty fine, professional team of people, but I’ve also benefited from working alongside highly knowledgeable and experienced work colleagues who have trained me in my various roles.

Numerous times I have been impressed and amazed by the experiences that have come my way. My time with yourselves has been a notable chapter in the story of my life and has furnished me with memories that will warm me on cold days.

Thank you all so very much for considering me in this way.’

John, it’s an absolute honour to work with you and you deserve every recognition that comes your way. Thank you.

 

Sandra awarding John our Temp of the Year award for 2018.

 

 

 

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

Temp of the Month – August 2023

Graham is our Temp of the Month!

 

August’s award goes to Graham.

A few months ago, one of my client’s was looking for a temp with quite a niche set of skills alongside general admin skills. They needed someone who could build a CRM system for them, as well as offering customer service in this public facing role. Graham came to us after seeing the advert and met with us so we could assess his suitability for the position. I was really pleased that he had all the right skills and experience for the role and recommended him to our client without hesitation.

Since starting, we’ve had feedback both from Graham and our client to say how well work is going. I was delighted to hear from our client that Graham is a great asset to the team.

Congratulations Graham, and thank you for your work.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Katherine Bending

About the author

I oversee the office and work from home jobs here at Octopus, including finance, sales, marketing, buying and admin roles.

The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  I love that the same level of care and support between our team is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions, which is what sets us apart as a brand.

Temp of the Month – July 2023

Seb is our Temp of the Month!

 

July’s award goes to Seb.

Seb’s nomination has been on my mind for a while. Seb has been temping with us since January and has been exemplary during his time with us. He is great at communicating with both us and his line managers, he’s always on time, polite and courteous and is doing really well at his current placement, where we surprised him with his award. Temping works really well for Seb as it gives him the flexibility he needs in his life, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on the team.

Congratulations Seb, and thank you for your work.

 

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

Temp of the Month – June 2023

Lydia is our Temp of the Month!

 

June’s award goes to Lydia.

Lydia came to me in May as she was looking for temp work before her new role started in September. After meeting her, I instantly thought she’d be great for one of my clients, who had a Customer Service summer job available. Lydia took us up on using our video platform, introducing herself and answering a few questions on a short video. Our client loved her answers and booked her for a trial day straight from watching Lydia’s video. It was a real success story of how our video recruiting can speed up the hiring process and find the right person for the job.

Once Lydia had started, I had great feedback from her manager, saying that she is such an asset to their team and settled in so well.

Lydia’s nomination was thoroughly deserved and I was delighted to surprise her with a visit to present Lydia with the award. Congratulations Lydia and all the best for your new job. I’ve loved working with you.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Katherine Bending

About the author

I oversee the office and work from home jobs here at Octopus, including finance, sales, marketing, buying and admin roles.

The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  I love that the same level of care and support between our team is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions, which is what sets us apart as a brand.

Temp of the Month – May 2023

Ryan is our Temp of the Month!

 

May’s award goes to Ryan.

I was super happy to receive Ryan’s nomination for Temp of the Month. Ryan registered with us a few months ago and I was happy to match him with this placement within a few weeks. Ryan is super nice and polite, always on time, and very responsible. He has a great work ethic and is fantastic at communicating with me, which makes my job so much easier!

Ryan’s manager was quick to nominate him for our Temp of the Month, praising him for his motivation and team work.

“Ryan is always on time and ready to start work with a smile on his face. He has progressed really quickly with learning all the standard operating procedures and stacking processes related to his roll. Ryan also gets on well with others members of staff and does as he’s asked without complaint.”

Congratulations Ryan on your win and thank you for all your excellent work.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

Temp of the Month – April 2023

Nina is our Temp of the Month!

 

April’s award goes to Nina.

Once again, we asked our clients to put forward their nominations for our Temp of the Month. I was absolutely delighted to receive Nina’s nomination and it echoed the feedback I had already received.

Nina’s supervisor said, “We have a complex business, with so many systems to train in and Nina is doing so well. Nina’s attitude to the training has been fantastic, always engaged and positive.

She is already part of the team, and showing how much of a team player she is. Nina has taken on many complex tasks, finding out the answers she needs to enable her to provide our customers with a quality and accurate response.”

Nina decided to register with us when she started looking round for a new role. She had worked at her previous position for 22 years, so it had been quite some time since she’d been looking for new roles and obviously searching for a job had changed quite a lot in that time. I was impressed that Nina was doing some additional courses to update her skills and I could see she had great potential for a particular office role I was recruiting for.  She had all the right skills and more, plus a fantastic can-do attitude.  Her supervisor has been nothing short of delighted with her efforts given to the training and Nina is now reaping the rewards of this in her day-to-day role.  She loves it there and they are so thrilled to have her.  Her contract is being extended because of her hard work.

Its been a pleasure to work with you, Nina. Thank you for all your amazing efforts and congratulations on your award.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Katherine Bending

About the author

I oversee the office and work from home jobs here at Octopus, including finance, sales, marketing, buying and admin roles.

The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  I love that the same level of care and support between our team is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions, which is what sets us apart as a brand.

Temp of the Month – March 2023

Gary is our Temp of the Month!

 

March’s award goes to Gary.

I was delighted to receive Gary’s nomination for our Temp of the Month award.

Gary registered with us a couple of years ago and was looking to temp part-time to give him more flexibility and work-life balance.

Gary has made it super easy to work with him – he is very polite and reliable and always makes himself available when our client asks for him. He even bikes to Shaftesbury from Gillingham to get to work, no matter the weather – now that’s dedication!

His manager has been very impressed with his efforts and nominated Gary because he is hard working and dedicated to his job.

Congratulations Gary and thank you for all your super work.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel

 

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Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

Temp of the Year 2022

Big announcement incoming.

Its time once again to announce the winner of our ‘Temp of the Year’ Award. We are extreme proud of our temporary workers who display flexibility, commitment and effort in their temporary assignments.

In this age of rapid change and uncertainty, temporary work has emerged as a valuable tool for both job seekers and employers. Its flexibility and adaptability make it an attractive option for anyone looking to enhance their career prospects or to address their staffing needs.

We have a long standing tradition at Octopus to recognise the work of our Temping team with our ‘Temp of the Month’ Awards. We have had another 12 fantastic winners in 2022 who thoroughly deserved their special recognition for their contributions at work. Out of the fab 12, we have the honour of selecting the winner for our ‘Temp of the Year’.

Here’s a reminder of our 12 worthy winners of ‘Temp of the Month’ in 2022.

 

 

A worth winner.

I am delighted to take this moment to give a big round of applause to our September ‘Temp of the Month’, Miles, for winning the ‘Best Temporary Worker of the Year’ award!

Anna and I had the pleasure of surprising Miles recently on his current work assignment to present his award for ‘Temp of the Year’.

Miles is a real credit to himself and Octopus. I would like to thank him for his hard work and loyalty, and I was absolutely delighted to meet Miles after all the wonderful things I’ve heard about him and present this award personally.

Anna met Miles last year as he was looking for temporary work while he worked through a career application process. Anna was able to find him a temporary assignment and he did such a great job that Miles was top of her list when it came to new temporary vacancies.

Miles has worked for several of our clients, and everyone has loved him. His feedback from clients has always been amazing. He is always responsive, responsible and hardworking and the team have loved working with him.

Anna remarked, “I am super proud of Miles and his journey throughout his time working for us. I have clients that can’t stop singing his praises and it’s been lovely to watch his confidence bloom with each work assignment he has taken.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to Octopus. Your attention to detail, willingness to learn, and your friendly personality have made you an invaluable member of our temping team. Your flexibility and adaptability to new situations have been an asset to your placements, and we appreciate your willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done.

Your hard work and positive attitude did not go unnoticed, and we are grateful for your dedication and commitment to excellence.

On behalf of the entire team, congratulations on your achievement! Keep up the excellent work and continue to shine in everything you do.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

 

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Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.