Recruiters: are you getting enough sleep to function properly?

On World Sleep Day it appears recruiters are missing out on sleep, if evidence from some of the sector’s leading figures is anything to go by…

16 March 2018

FINANCIALS: SThree sees rise in group profit but fall in UK & Ireland growth

SThree has seen group gross profit rise 8% year-on-year, led by its international operations.

Openreach plans to recruit 3,500 trainee engineers this year

The UK’s engineering sector is to be boosted to the tune of more than 3,000 jobs.

Parliamentary bill raises concerns over recruiters’ liability in unpaid trial shifts

Concerns have been raised over whether recruiters could fall foul of National Minimum Wage rules in future should they organise unpaid trial work shifts on behalf of their clients.

Legislation 15 March 2018

GLAA visits businesses in Cornwall to prevent modern slavery

A number of businesses, including car washes, nail bars and fast food restaurants, have been visited during a four-day operation to tackle modern slavery.

FINANCIALS: InterQuest revenue falls, but NFI rises

Specialist tech recruiter InterQuest has seen revenue fall 5% year-on-year, according to audited results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

Doggie day care café seeks human recruits

Do you like dogs? If our recent coverage of all your canine consultants is anything to go by, then here’s the pawfect role for someone.

Optionis acquires First Freelance and First Umbrella

Provider of professional services to the flexible workforce Optionis has acquired contractor accountancy firm First Freelance and its sister umbrella company First Five Projects, which trades as First Umbrella.


Chancellor’s promise of £80m for apprentices given mixed reception

The Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement of a £80m boost to apprenticeships has been given a mixed reception by recruiters, with one telling Recruiter that more money was not the answer.

FINANCIALS: Empresaria NFI up for 18th consecutive quarter

International specialist staffing group Empresaria grew its net fee income (NFI) for the 18th consecutive quarter as it reported a 14% increase in adjusted profit before tax on revenue that was 28% higher for the full year 2017.

Financials 14 March 2018

Bullhorn acquires recruitment software firms Talent Rover and Jobscience

Cloud computing company Bullhorn has acquired Talent Rover and Jobscience – two of providers of recruitment software built on the Salesforce platform.

ContractsIT/Telecoms, HR 14 March 2018

Recruiters welcome Chancellor’s Spring Budget Statement

Recruiters have welcomed the Chancellor’s Spring Budget Statement in which he revealed the UK is faring better than expected with reduced debt.

13 March 2018

Spurs recruits ex-military to work in its stadium

Tottenham Hotspur is recruiting ex-military personnel to work at its new stadium.

Slow-coach Flippy gets fired for not cooking up enough burgers

While the march of the machine appears to be making great strides, replacing humans as check out operators and warehouse staff, it would appear fast food workers can rest easy for now.

Lighter SideRetail, HR 13 March 2018

Lego offers candidates a building block to a new career

Can you put together a Lego Millennium Falcon or Death Star in your sleep?


This week’s contracts and deals include: Adecco, Adzuna, ClickIQ, CV-Library, de Poel health + care,, NPAworldwide, Templine, Universal Jobmatch

Castlerock Recruitment acquires Healthcare Locums

Healthcare and medical recruiter Castlerock Recruitment Group (CRG) has acquired rival Healthcare Locums (HCL), Recruiter can exclusively reveal.

Three held in human trafficking investigation in North-West England

A husband and wife were among a trio arrested last week as part of investigations into an alleged modern day slavery network in North-West England.

Prudential extends unconscious bias training to close gender gap

Prudential is to extend its roll out of unconscious bias training as part of its drive to increase the number of women in senior leadership roles and close its gender gap.

12 March 2018

London firm recruits for sex toy tester

A London-based company is looking to recruit a tester for its – erm, shall we say – ‘adult’ wares.


This week’s appointments include: Capita, Concept Resourcing, Franklin Fitch, Kelly Services, REC, Resource Solutions


This week’s launches include: breatheHR, Harnham, Hiring Success Company,, Mapped, Morgan McKinley, NC Associates, Neuven Solutions, NonStop Recruitment, PRISM

Two recruiters make the government’s NMW ‘name and shame’ list

Almost 180 employers, including two recruitment agencies, have been named and shamed for underpaying the National Minimum Wage (NMW), according to a government list.

LegislationHR 9 March 2018

Choose your apprenticeship provider carefully, says Recruiter Awards winner

Choosing an apprentice provider you can trust and build a relationship with is a key aspect of a successful apprenticeship programme.

Recruiters call for collaboration to boost NHS staff morale

Recruiters have called for greater collaboration between the NHS, the staffing sector, patient group representatives and government, as well as better workforce planning, to halt plummeting worker morale in the health service.

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