Thomas Cook redundancies fuel record homeworker recruitment

Thomas Cook redundancies fuel record homeworker recruitment

The closure of Thomas Cook branches as part of the group’s cost-cutting measures has led to a surge in applications from high street agency staff seeking to become homeworkers.

Travel Counsellors says recruitment levels have hit new highs this month, with the company holding extra induction sessions at its Bolton head office to keep up with demand.

Recruitment is up by 75% in the UK so far this year, according to the company.

A record number of new recruits are visiting the company’s HQ in September to start their new roles at Travel Counsellors.

Head of global recruitment Simon Burke said: “Since our inception we’ve enjoyed a steady level of recruitment; however, 2013 is proving to be a fantastic year for us and we believe our highly personal approach has helped us to achieve this.

“Our strong sales growth this year, along with a 12% increase in average commissions per Travel Counsellor has played a part in attracting agents from a number of different backgrounds.

“Many who faced career uncertainty at Thomas Cook have also chosen to join us which has undoubtedly helped to bolster our recruitment figures.”

He added: “Leaving a reliable salary can be a daunting prospect for many, and we understand this so offer the assurance and support needed to take the leap.

“The tools we provide to more than 1,200 Travel Counsellors globally have helped them to build successful businesses, and a large number are enjoying their best year yet.

“It’s not a number’s game for us, we don’t just recruit anyone that’s interested. Instead we select the best agents in the industry and those who, above all, are passionate about providing exceptional levels of customer service. With this in mind, we’re thrilled to be inviting so many of them to induction this month.”

The recruitment process includes personalised ‘discovery days’ and special editions of the company’s weekly webcast.

Burke continued: “The unparalleled level of support we provide our agents on an individual basis extends to their family, and this is central to our proven track record of success.”


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