Havebike fishes for top mechanic talent with sign on bonus

By bike industry standards offering up a sign on bonus when recruiting is not the norm, but that’s the strategy of Havebike as it seeks to attract top tier talent to manage its expansion.

Speaking to CI.N this week, CEO Nick Brown, a former lawyer in London who followed his passion into bikes following the financial crash of 2008, said “It’s a little trick I’m bringing in from my time in the city.”

The vacancies, which can now be applied for on CI.N’s jobs board, carry a £500 signing on bonus for the successful applicant. Furthermore, Brown believes his business to be among London’s best paying workshops.

The positions are:

“We think we are one of highest payers in industry and offer a decent scope of career progression too. A few years ago Serco did a benchmark study on industry salaries as part of its service contract for the London Bike Hire scheme. Ultimately Serco found it paid its mechanics the best and Havebike came second. I think it’s an important issue, mechanics have earned the qualifications and often have years of experience; we should collectively pay better for that knowledge. The only difference really is that I wore a suit as a lawyer while the mechanic has overalls; both are learned and valuable skillsets.

“We’re growing at a rapid rate and looking to work with high level bicycle technicians and mechanics that are willing to uphold our reputation for excellence and professionalism.

“The Golden Hello is a chance for us to capture the attention of the industry’s best and get them to consider working with us. Our mechanics have a great opportunity to work on a range of bikes including high end road bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes as well as being involved in servicing London’s emergency services fleet.”

Havebike are the trusted bike supplier and service provider for London’s Police and Ambulance services.

CyclingIndustry.News’ next Trade Journal will carry a full profile of the Havebike business within which Brown details his ambition to grow the network further into the shires and potentially overseas with further emergency services contracts.