Recruitment Agencies: How are they thriving in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Written on June 19, 2020 by Jonathon Webley

It is fair to say that although the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on many industries across the globe, it has also had a positive effect on some industries. Businesses in the retail, food, supply chain and technology niches have seen a massive up-turn in customers during the lockdown, and this has led to increased investment in recruitment. Therefore, big data recruitment agencies, like ourselves, are not only surviving but thriving in the current climate.

We are not trying to make light of this difficult situation. We know the pandemic has had a devastating effect on people’s lives. One side effect of lockdown restrictions and social distancing is that many people are now working from home. This has resulted in a larger reliance on digital services.

People are unable to visit brick-and-mortar shopping locations, for example, and so there has been a huge increase in online shopping – with Amazon stating that it had to take on an additional 100,000 warehouse workers in order to keep up with demand. There has also been a much greater reliance on streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube as people are unable to attend cinemas or concerts.

The fact more people are working from home has also increased the reliance on cloud applications such as Office 365, Google G-Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud, Slack and so on. This has led to companies realising that they do not have the skillset in-house to manage these apps, which has resulted in an increase in the number of cloud jobs available. Simultaneously, companies are realising that it is more advantageous to stop using their on-site data centres and instead rent space from larger companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

What does this mean for Agile Recruit? Well, as an agency which specialises in big data recruitment, we have adapted our recruitment practices in order to support the companies who are trying to hire during these challenging times. After all, we want to do our best to help them stay afloat while ensuring our candidates and our team stay safe too.

Taking social distancing and the stay-at-home policy into account has meant we are more reliant on digital recruitment practices than we may have been in the past – using tools such as online assessments and video assessments, as well as good ‘old-fashioned’ phone calls. We have also noticed that employers are offering flexible positions, allowing candidates to work different hours than normal, or work from home more often, which is a positive change going forward.

If you are looking for a career in big data, including cloud careers, or have gaps in your business skill sets that you want to plug, then please get in touch with the team at Agile Recruit via email at