August can always be a challenging month in the recruitment calendar as all and sundry (with ankle biters) head off for their summer holidays. Processes grind to a painfully slow pace, decision makers are away and so delays in outcomes become a matter of course. It can be a frustrating time for all involved.
In August 2017, this annual phenomenon is due to be exaggerated thanks to much needed rail improvement works being carried out across the southern train network. Waterloo station will be undergoing significant improvements and a number of stations on the South West Train lines will be closed or partially closed. Waterloo’s 275,000 a day commuters are being advised to use a different station, travel by a different route, work from home, go on holiday or avoid the peak periods of travel to ease the congestion that is expected. During this time nine of the 25 platforms will close with up to half the usual South West Trains service cancelled on some lines.
To add to this chaos on the week of the August bank holiday (between Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September) there will be no Southeastern trains to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge.
It means that over August anyone commuting in from south London and southern home counties is likely to be heavily impacted in regard to working hours.
There are some obvious implications: