Independent logistics provider, Europa Worldwide Group, is launching a recruitment programme as part of its plans to prepare for Britain leaving the EU.
Between now and the official leave date of 29th March 2019, Europa will hire 40 customs clearance and operational staff at its 1Hub headquarters in Dartford. The company is recruiting for a range of permanent and temporary-to-permanent roles.
Europa will hire advisers with strong customs clearance experience to run a team of operations staff. The roles will require a range of experience including customer service, data entry, processing and sales administrators, covering both day and night shifts. They will also be on hand to guide Europa’s customers through the complex customs process in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Mark Chopping, Internal Recruitment and Acquisitions Manager at Europa, will be managing the recruitment programme. He said: “We’re now in the process of recruiting and would like to get our new team in place as soon as possible, shadowing our current imports staff. We’re in a unique situation where we’re having to plan for vastly different outcomes without a clear idea of which will prevail – we can’t afford not to prepare for a no deal Brexit, but if a last-minute deal is made we might no longer need the roles we’re recruiting for. We’re dealing with this challenge by being completely transparent throughout the recruitment process, making sure all candidates are fully aware of the possible outcomes.
“There will be incentives in place for all our permanent recruits in the event that their role does not continue due to a last-minute Brexit deal.“
Andrew Baxter, Managing Director of Europa, said: “We have plans in place to ensure we’re ready to switch to a full customs clearance from 29th March if necessary, and we’ve been engaging with clients. We have expanded capacity in our 1Hub facility to create space for freight that may become slowed down by the clearance process, and reviewed varied options for alternative shipping routes. We’re facing the possibility of a big change, and a challenging one at that, but we’re doing all we can to be prepared for all outcomes.”