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DJS Research Ltd – 2 June 2021
Source DJS News

As a market research agency, it’s important for us to remain progressive, continue to move with the times and seek new ways to drive the business forward. It’s also key that we are able to attract the best research talent - and be an agency where our staff want to work.

Whilst even before the pandemic we had a number of permanent remote workers, during this past year we’ve seen just how effective remote working can be for our industry, and for us as a business. So, in recent months, we have taken the opportunity to recruit even more permanent staff across the UK who will continue to work remotely outside of our Stockport and Leeds offices, even when life begins to return to 'normal'.

Six of the company’s eight recent hires will carry out their jobs remotely across the UK, including Field and Data Services Director, Cara Rodwell, based in Kent, and Glasgow-based Research Manager, Alex Belcher.

Our other new hires will be working out of Devon, Oxfordshire and Birmingham – forming a network, which also includes Leicestershire, East Sussex and Dorset, as well as extending internationally, to France and Italy.

Research Manager, Alex, who joined the company at the start of the year and gives us a presence in Scotland, said: “When I was job-hunting, DJS caught my eye as a company genuinely looking past the confines of a traditional office and actively seeking talent from across the country.”

“Since arriving, so much care has been put into making the home-working experience a smooth, comfortable, and social one, it’s easy to forget the distance between us all. In fact, it’s only the dreich Glasgow weather outside my window that reminds me!”

Having a network of remote workers, alongside staff working on a hybrid basis at both our Stockport and Leeds offices will be hugely beneficial to the company – enabling us to recruit the best research talent in the UK, as well as giving us a presence in many regions of the UK, which clients can make use of should they want to.

Speaking about her new role within the company, Kent-based Field and Data Services Director, Cara, told us that the option to work from home on a permanent basis was a key draw for her when considering a company to work for.

“I think DJS Research recognises the importance of a good work life balance and acknowledges that as long as the quality of work is maintained and communication remains open, it should make no difference where staff are physically located,” she said. “It shows that DJS is a progressive agency with trust in its employees which I think is recognised and appreciated by all staff, whether they intend to return to the office or continue to work from home [on a hybrid basis] after lockdown.”

Managing Director of DJS Research, Danny Sims, said of the remote worker expansion:

“Whilst our core offices are based in Stockport and Leeds, we feel it is important for us as a business to continue to embrace remote working for staff, so we can access the best research industry talent. We have been offering remote working positions ever since Sharon Nichols, Research Director joined the company back in 2007 and has worked from her home in Leicester. Our network has recently grown significantly and it is brilliant to think we now have a presence throughout the UK – from Scotland to Devon and internationally as well.”

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