Over at The Thinking Policemans blog Lex Ferenda makes a good point and goes someway to explain some of the shit that G4S has found itself in.
G4S spent many months recruiting staff but failed to ensure that they were still available to work. This meant that as Olympic sites were searched and sealed ready for handover to G4S to guard and keep secure, G4S e-mailed staff to attend work and only a percentage of those actually turned up.
If you have a good work ethic (and some of us still do) and were out of work/ been made redundant, you apply for most jobs that you feel suitable for. I have to say that were I still signing on, I’d have gone for a Locog job.
No matter that it was only 2-3 months at £7.50 an hour, a jobs a job and better than £67.50 a week on the Rock n’Roll.
But I wouldn’t have stopped looking for a permanent or better paid position, after all although my application has been accepted, no contract has been signed, I am not on salary. Even then permanent or long term contract over 12 weeks being treated like shit. I know which would swing my vote.
This is not a new thing with the onset of CRB checks for every position although that has made it worse. But from personal experience and from people I know it can be anything from one to three months between job offer and walking through the factory gates as it were. If your currently unemployed and in the meantime if someone says “You start Monday” Well what would you do?
Whilst I am glad the days of ‘hire and fire’ on a whim have gone, the pendulum has swung (as always) too far the other way, it is now practically impossible to get rid of incompetent staff unless you can prove Gross Misconduct. Probation periods are not worth the paper they are written on ( tribunals citing lack of support and of course racism are par for the course) So yes employers are dotting the i’’s and crossing the the t’s before taking anyone on.
My current job was offered on the 9th September , I actually started on 24th October after all the checks. If during that time, one of the other applications I had out had responded with an offer of more money and/or and earlier start date, what would I have done, who knows? but I would have thought about it a great deal and if it had gone the other way my current company would have missed out on a first rate employee.
So in my rambling way, what am I trying to say, to be honest I have no idea. But G4S fucked up big time, they are a large employer how they did not see this coming is beyond me, or like the banks they did, but knew they would be bailed out and just counted the money.
In the words of Lenny Henry [as Chef] ‘I hate you with a passion you can only dream of’