Flexible workforce key to future success

12 September 2002

Flexible workforce key to future success

MIDLANDS business chiefs will get an insight into the future demands of their own workforces from a speech delivered by one of the region's most charismatic and successful entrepreneurs.

Tim Watts, Chairman of the UK's largest independent recruitment agency, Pertemps Group Ltd, reveals current and future trends in work patterns in an address at Aston University, 9 October.

Watts' talk is based on recent research commissioned by the Centre for Tomorrow's Company, an organisation he helped set up to 'inspire and enable businesses to achieve sustainable success through a more inclusive approach.'

Watts, the Master Entrepreneur for Central England, 2002, outlines how working patterns have changed in recent years and how businesses and their employees deal with those changes. This includes groups such as the self-employed, part-timers, job-sharers and portfolio workers, those people who work simultaneously for a number of different organisations.

In highlighting the different perspectives of employees and employers, Watts illustrates how new working patterns affect a company's performance.

He believes that the competitive pressures of the 21st century are likely to continue and that companies will need very carefully to plan how they manage their workforce to deal with the additional demands within the workplace.

Whatever the pressures, however, 'recognition of human limitations and how to get workers to reach their full potential are also essential,' thinks Watts. 'Organisations will need to become even more flexible in the 21st century is they are to stay competitive,' he continued.

Asked about speaking at this year's lecture, Watts said: 'I have been aware of the MacLaren Lecture for many years. It had never occurred to me that I would be asked to tread in the footsteps of some very august previous presenters. I feel very honoured and flattered to be included.'


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Notes for editors:

Tim Watts

Since opening the family business' second office in 1970 Watts has expanded Pertemps enormously.

From the modest beginnings of an office in Temple Street, Birmingham, Pertemps now boasts 200 branches in 91 major towns and cities throughout the UK. The company employs over 1500 permanent personnel and around 25,000 temporary personnel a week.

Watts eschews the credit for his company's success, attributing it instead to the loyalty of both his flexible workforce and his own internal employees. Coupled with the ability to form working partnerships with many of the UK's top companies, his 'flexible workforce' helped Pertemps' turnover reach �340 million in 2001. Watts expects to top �400m in 2002.

The MacLaren Lecture is organised in association with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Management Institute and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry, who are handling the administration. Tickets cost �10 (+VAT), including a networking buffet with local professional institutes. To book your ticket for this prestigious event call: Sara Hay on 0121 454 6171 ext 2305 or email: s.hay@birminghamchamber.org.uk

To find out more about The MacLaren Lecture visit the website: www.maclarenlecture.co.uk

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