03/11/10

By Claire West

The recent snow and cold weather has further highlighted the benefits of both Cloud Computing and flexible working practices report leading IT Recruitment Agency, CV Screen.

Recent news reports have claimed that the adverse weather conditions could cost the UK economy up to £6bn in lost income. “It is clear that so many businesses have been caught out by the cold snap and increased pressure will be put on IT departments to be better prepared for bad weather.” commented Matthew Iveson, CV Screen’s Managing Director.

“Every IT department should have a contingency in place. Those businesses who have embraced Cloud Computing and have a policy in place for flexible working are the ones who have been able to minimize disruption.” Iveson continued; “The technology allows users to use applications and access their personal files from any computer, anywhere in the world.”

Iveson added: “It is vital that staff are fully trained on the use of remote working technologies, so that in the event that they are not able to get into the office, they are able to continue working as normal from home.
The policies and procedures of home working also need to be clearly documented so that staff know exactly what is expected of them.”

“In addition to flexible working, employers should also understand the importance of recruiting locally based staff. Employees who live within a reasonable commute of their workplace are more likely to be able to get to work in adverse weather than those that live further afield. Staff that are local are also more likely to be willing to work longer hours and remain loyal employees, thus reducing staff turnover and increasing productivity”
suggested Iveson.

”With the bad weather set to continue there will be many IT Directors who will be under pressure to fully investigate cloud computing as an alternative to office based working. Employers are eager to reduce the impact of the weather chaos and more are moving away from fixed IT systems to Cloud Computing as amongst other things a safeguard against any unforeseen circumstances.” concluded Iveson.

About CV Screen Ltd

Established in 2000, CV Screen is a leading IT Recruitment Agency which recruits for organisations throughout the UK.

With fees of 12.5% of the basic salary for permanent recruitment, our service enables our customers to reduce their recruitment costs without compromising the quality of candidates they recruit.

As one of the UK’s leading IT Recruitment Agencies, we have an impressive client base including Links of London, Essex County Cricket Club, Hackett Plc and Easy Group. We pride ourselves on our honest, ethical and professional approach and have a wide range of IT Jobs available.

As one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies, we also have new specialist divisions focusing on Accountancy Recruitment and Marketing Recruitment