Former Oakleaf managing consultants Jane Middleton and Harriet Lavender have launched Trapeze HR, a new recruitment firm dedicated to placing HR professionals in flexible working roles.
The launch comes in response to escalating demand from candidates for more agile and flexible working opportunities as well as from employers who are embracing new ways of working to retain and motivate staff who need to balance work with family and other commitments.
Trapeze HR is catering to a growing body of evidence, which suggests that employers who invest time and effort to encourage flexible working boost productivity. It is also consistent with the aims of the Government’s Flexible Working Task Force, set up in March 2018, which is looking to remove the obstacles to greater flexible working. Trapeze HR combines Jane and Harriet’s more than 40 years’ experience in generalist HR and recruiting roles. For the last 10 years, Jane and Harriet have worked flexibly themselves.
Jane said: “Our clients are entrepreneurial, diverse and operate across all sectors. What they all have in common is a dynamic, creative and progressive approach to identifying and hiring talent. The people we work with believe in smarter working practices. They want to hire experienced, discerning HR professionals to drive forward their people agendas.”
Harriet added: “Many of our candidates have taken a career break and are looking to return to work, others are simply looking for a different path. All are looking to achieve a better work–life balance. Our market knowledge and first-hand experience of job-seeking and working flexibly ourselves, means that we understand what our candidates are looking for and it motivates us to help them find opportunities where they can do rewarding work but balance it with the other things in life they love doing.”
Based in central London, Trapeze HR has a large and growing pool of candidates with significant professional experience and skills across the HR sector. The firm is already supporting clients across a range of sectors, including advertising, cybersecurity, retail and financial services, and at all levels, from generalist opportunities through to more specialist roles, including change management, employee relations, HR project management, and systems implementation.
Prior to founding Trapeze HR, Jane and Harriet set up and ran the market leading part-time desk at HR recruitment specialist, Oakleaf Partnership.