Jobs in the country with Rural Recruitment, East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 13:01 24 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:26 20 February 2013

Jobs in the country with Rural Recruitment, East Anglia

Jobs in the country with Rural Recruitment, East Anglia

Jackie Frost, founder of Rural Recruitment East Anglia, tells us about her business

Jackie Frost, founder of Rural Recruitment East Anglia, tells us about her business

Who started the business? I started the business (we are based at Milden) on my own last October 2010.

Presumably you saw a gap in the market? Yes, when my daughter was looking for a summer job with horses/children. She was inundated with calls and ended up working for three families throughout her holiday from university. When people were still ringing our number looking for staff I found jobs for other university students and it was clear that there was a demand in East Anglia for all types of country staff.

How big an area do you cover? Well, as the name suggests the whole of East Anglia, but I have concentrated mainly on Essex and Suffolk so that I can offer an efficient service enabling me to meet clients and applicants to establish exactly what each requires.

However, now, through word of mouth, I also have clients in Cambridge and Norfolk.

You specialise in rural jobs like housekeepers, gardeners, grooms, etc. Is there a demand for any particular rural job? I have requests for every type of rural job but I think the majority of vacancies have been for mothers helps, housekeepers and grooms.

Any examples of customer satisfaction? I really need to add a testimonial page to my website as I have had so many letters which I would like to display.

Andrea Lewison from Lavender Hall Kindergarten has employed two nursery assistants and one cook through me for her wonderful childrens day nurseries in Hadleigh and East Bergholt. Cyndy Hilton from Priory Hall, Hadleigh has employed Katie as a groom for her daughters showjumpers.

Lucy Bartlett from Polstead has been a great client, taking on a housekeeper and waiting staff.

How do you see the business progressing? Hopefully, if it continues the way it has started, my daughter Becky will work with me when she finishes university, so together we can allow the business to grow and cover a wider area. Word of mouth is a really important part of Rural Recruitment East Anglia and I am amazed at just how much it means for people to use someone they know. I guess being able to talk to the person running the business is always a bonus.

Away from the business what do you enjoy doing? I love anything to do with horses riding, racing, eventing, etc. I also enjoy walking, which is good news as I have two terriers, Harry and Neville, to wear out. I also try to run two or three times a week to keep fit, although I dont like it very much. Luckily I have a wonderful family and great friends so socialising is also very important to me.

How does Rural Recruitment East Anglia work? I charge a small lifetime registration fee, so should clients require further staff at a later date they are already registered and therefore the search for a candidate can begin immediately.

My fees are very competitive and are, in fact, a one-off charge once a successful placement has been made. The fees start as low as 50, with the highest rate being 300 for a full time staff member working more than 30 hours a week. I will source a suitable applicant, obtain all references, organise CRB checks, if required, and arrange interviews, which saves people a great deal of time.

There is no charge for job applicants and my aim is to find them a vacancy that they will really enjoy. I have a lot of people who are returning to work when their children start school, university or have left home. Some take positions where they can earn money from things they enjoy e.g. cooking, childcare or working with animals.

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