New to Market

27 March 2017

New to the Market: 27-31 March 2017

• Recruitment assessment solution ALC Discovery is to launch at the end of next month.

The solution aims to help agency recruiters and their clients hire staff by providing a robust and accurate profile of a person’s behaviours, values and emotional intelligence, using a science with 94.8 validity, according to the company. 

This profile can then be used to help in the recruitment process for selection, shortlisting and onboarding, increasing retention and reducing cost per hire. It can also help with team dynamics and cultural fit, as well as assisting diversity and inclusion studies.

ALC Discovery was launched through sister company ALC Executive Search, and will be lead by ALC partners Tim Connolly and Alison Hughes. The product received a soft launch earlier this month ahead of an official launch on Thursday 27 April.

13 March 2017

New to the Market: 13-17 March 2017

• Driving, industrial, commercial, and healthcare staffing specialist 24-7 Staffing has opened an office in Bristol.

The branch, on the outskirts of Bristol in Bristol Business Park, Filton, opposite the University of the West of England, will initially be managed by associate director Paul Squires.

• Indian online recruitment marketplace AassanJobs has launched a Quote feature for its associates partners. The function enables consultancies registered with AasaanJobs to submit quotes and bid on selected jobs.

The Quote feature also helps potential employers decide which consultancy to choose based on their performance in the past as well on a recruitment score displayed on the platform.

• Global talent acquisition and management firm Alexander Mann Solutions has launched consulting group brand Talent Collective.

The firm says the launch of its new dedicated consulting brand will formally enable it to provide greater end-to-end talent solutions for clients globally.

Commenting further on the group's move an AMS spokesperson said: “Talent Collective was acquired by Alexander Mann Solutions in 2014 for its specialist capabilities in talent strategy and talent technology consulting, and much of the work of this nature has continued to operate under the Talent Collective banner, while our other consulting practices, assessment, employer branding and creative, diversity and inclusion, strategic workforce planning and our executive search business all used the Alexander Mann Solutions brand.

"While Alexander Mann Solutions is well recognised for its expertise in recruitment process outsourcing, the other consulting capabilities were less understood by the marketplace. 

"As such, we’ve chosen to leverage the Talent Collective brand for all of our consulting capabilities, both for the benefit of our RPO customers but also for the wider market who would benefit from consulting with us even if they have no desire to outsource recruitment.”

• Head hunting professionals Ian Macleod and Paul Atkinson have come together to launch specialist company Atkinson Macleod Executive Search, as a division of Scottish privately owned recruiter Head Resourcing.

The division will place executive and non-executive appointments into private and public sector and government organisations.

Atkinson founded agency Direct Resources, with Gordon Adam, which was bought by consultancy Mastech Systems Corporation in 1999, and job board Recruitment Scotland.com, sold to recruitment advertising firm TMP Monster, before going on to launch Head Resourcing.

Macleod spent 16 years as managing partner with search firm Odgers Berndtson, overseeing their launch into Scotland.

• International executive search firm Carmichael Fisher has opened new offices in both Los Angeles and Zurich.

The Los Angeles office, led by managing director Justin Hobday and supported by regional directors Kimberly Rice and Ciara Kelleher, is on Santa Monica Boulevard and has been launched due to the city’s exposure to the Carmichael Fisher sector disciplines of aerospace, entertainment, and fashion to biomedical services, consumer products, finance and technology.

The Zurich office is the firm’s seventh EMEA location and strengthens Carmichael Fisher’s existing offering. It is located at Herostrasse 9, 8048 Zurich, Switzerland and will focus on pan-European cross-border appointments.

CNA Age Positive, an executive search firm for the over 50s, has launched. The agency, a master franchise with CNA Executive Search, is the brainchild of Duncan Keil, and will also be interacting with its candidate base via online forum The Age Positive Community.

• Technology provider Datek Infrastructure Solutions is expanding into three specific services: infrastructure, and the two new services - consultancy and resource. These services will sit under the new The Datek Group name.

• Midlands-based recruiter Encore Personnel has appointed a team of specialists aimed at ensuring companies do not suffer from employee shortages during their peak trading times.

The firm says the four-strong External Recruitment Team (ERT) has been created in response to a recent decline in the number of people applying for roles, particularly those from other EU countries.

The team comprises Silviu Dolt and Charlotte Harland, led by Nikki Gallier and supported by senior manager Maddy O’Donnell, is now proactively looking to attract candidates who can offer their skills to fill temporary and full-time roles at companies across the country.

• Public sector executive recruitment and people development specialist GatenbySanderson has launched a mentoring scheme aimed at helping people from diverse backgrounds become non-executive directors (NEDs) on NHS boards.

Working under an existing NED at an NHS Trust, aspiring NEDs, including female candidates and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will experience ‘life as a NED’, receiving additional mentorship from the Trust’s chair person.

Participants will attend – and possibly participate in – board and sub-committee meetings, and gain access to the NHS Trust under local arrangements. To aid the learning process, programme participants have no specific legal status or fiduciary liability.

• London-based creative and digital staffing specialist Gemini People has opened an office in Birmingham. The firm described the office opening in England’s second city as a “natural step” with it currently benefitting from a £1bn HS3-fuelled investment and thousands of businesses setting up in the city in 2016.

The office will be led by Claire Summerfield, former managing director of Stratford-upon Avon-based marketing staffing specialist Blue Skies.

• Headhunting firm Goodson Thomas has moved to new premises in Morganstown, North Cardiff. The firm also welcomes new hires consultant Sam Smith and associate consultant Cerys Jones.

Smith joins from executive search business Beresford, Wilson & Partners, and Jones comes from a financial business, having spent five years with search firm The Winchester Partnership.

• Lawspeed, legal and compliance consultants, has launched a fixed price agency fee recovery (AFR) service aimed at helping agencies recover introduction and transfer fees.

The service includes advice and initial contact with the client, through to full court action via recommended litigation solicitors in the event the client doesn’t pay.

• Restaurant chain Nando's is to use company review site Glassdoor's employee critiques as part of a major London recruitment advertising drive.

From today (13 March) and for the next two weeks, Nando's will place over 1,000 adverts across London Underground tube lines, featuring reviews left by employees in the last year.

Commenting on the reasoning behind using the reviews, Nando's head of talent Vicky Quin said: “This is important because we need to hear first-hand from the people that have purchased, worn or worked for a company we're looking to apply to. So, it simply made sense to use reviews from people that actually worked for us.”

• Cambridge-based ThisWay Global has launched its Artificial Intelligence (AI) software platform, GPS, at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

The platform aims to streamline recruitment by matching high-quality candidates to the most relevant job opportunities using machine learning algorithms across a number of sectors, particularly in scientific, professional and technical sectors.

• Job board totaljobs has launched a £3.6m outdoor advertising campaign combined with a multi-million pound online strategy known as #TheElevatorPitch tackling common obstacles around the interview process.

The elevator pitch is commonly used by people in job interviews and sales pitches as a short description to sell themselves or a product to someone they’re speaking to.

The campaign sees outdoor advertising run across London, Manchester and Birmingham, while totaljobs has also reached out to more than 6,000 jobseekers and 150 employers to find out what candidates believe are the biggest interview pressures, which will be revealed in April. In addition, totaljobs will also partner with a number of industry experts to offer advice to candidates on how interview obstacles can be overcome, as well as how employers can get the best out of interviewees.

• Personalised video platform vCreate has launched a new service aimed at the recruitment industry.

Rather than recruiters sending over a CV, the service enables recruiters to send a link to candidates for them to record a brief introduction about themselves, their skills and key achievements in a video, which can then be edited by the recruiter ahead of being sent on to the client.

6 March 2017

New to the Market: 6-10 March 2017

• Job board 1moreJob has added video functionality to its offering. The job board now enables businesses in London to post their jobs and advertise their services using video.

The service is aimed at London high-street shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and other independent shops to get high-quality candidates for their vacancies. Videos will also be posted to 1moreJob social media accounts including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. 

• The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has launched new guidance to help employers and their staff understand the different types of employment arrangements that exist in the modern workplace and their legal entitlements.

The revised guidance follows Matthew Taylor’s review on modern workplaces and reflects changes to the way in which people work, are expected to work in the future as well as recent legal cases about employment status.

• Multi-sector recruiter Berry Recruitment Group has opened an office in Darlington.

The branch, the group’s first in the North-East of England, is managed by consultant Dani Gallone and will initially focus on the industrial sector.

It is located on Woodland Road, near the centre of Darlington.

• Multi-sector recruiter ESA Group has completed its office relocation to Edgbaston, adjacent to the Five Ways area of Birmingham city centre. The firm has now moved from its former head office at One Victoria Square, opposite Birmingham’s town hall, to larger offices in Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston.


• Global IT, sales & digital recruitment company Finlay James is to open a US office in San Francisco next spring (2018). The firm says the move is due to a 72% increase in US placements over the past year and follows a recent trade delegation to New York and San Francisco.

• Professional flexible staffing specialist Flexology is to open its doors tomorrow (9 March).

The Bristol-based agency has been set up by founders Kristal McNamara and Shelley Snelson (below, left-right) to offer more flexible roles to candidates in the South-West.

The new business will provide recruitment, training, events and research services.

Flexology founders (l-r): Kristal McNamara and Shelley Snelson

• Global recruiter G2V Group is to open its third office in the US in Miami. The group, which already has offices in Houston and Los Angeles, will be run by Alfie Long. The group adds plans are underway for a fourth office in an unnamed US location next year.

• Global technology and financial services recruiter GCS has launched a Women in Recruitment forum aimed at helping women in the workplace further their career and achieve a work/life balance.

Launched to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Women in Recruitment forum will offer practical support including:

  • A mentoring programme
  • Confidence in the workplace training
  • Personal development programmes
  • Email group for members of forum

The wider aims of the forum are to increase GCS’ headcount of women, and help tackle how the agency can help to encourage women into the predominantly male sectors they work in, namely tech, finance and engineering.

Later in the year, GCS also plans to host its first Women in Recruitment event coinciding with its annual May Ball.

• Job site Indeed has announced the UK launch of mobile app Job Spotter. The app aims to bring offline local job postings online and help employers increase visibility of local roles.

By downloading app, users can snap pictures of local job ads and upload them to Indeed, while jobseekers can then gain access to roles they may only have stumbled across had they been walking past a shop.

The app launched in the US and Australia last summer, where users have uploaded over 800,000 jobs.

• Talent acquisition software provider Optimize has launched. Optimize’s SaaS software offers applicant tracking, PSL management, electronic timesheet management, video screening, custom data analytics, one-click job posting in a bid to streamline and simplify hiring processes.

• PepsiCo has launched the PepsiCo Go Trendsetter Challenge. The Challenge offers graduates who can turn their ideas into a business plan detailing how they would market their idea and engage customers stand a chance of winning a place on PepsiCo’s graduate programme and a range of digital prizes for those finishing in second and third place.

The competition is split into three stages: an initial stage where graduates register and submit their ideas; a second stage where the most promising ideas are selected and entrants given the chance to join an online mentoring portal and work with a PepsiCo mentor who will help finesse the idea; and a final stage in which the best ideas are presented before a PepsiCo panel.

While the competition is open to graduates from across the European Union, roles on the graduate programme are only available in the UK, France and Spain, and entrants should be eligible to work in at least in one of these countries. 

• Energy and telecoms firm Prysmian Group has launched ‘Sell It’, an international recruitment programme aimed at recruiting 50 sales and marketing professionals.

The new recruits receive a three-year professional development programme in sales & marketing, while candidates need a degree in engineering, chemistry or economics, and three to five years’ work experience in sales within the industrial manufacturing or consumer goods sectors. Successful recruits will work across front-end sales, technical sales, key account, customer care and trade marketing.

• Australian Brisbane-based recruitment industry platform recFinder has launched. The platform creates an area where jobseekers and hiring managers can find and contact a recruiter based on their location and industry. They can then decide on whether to contact a more relevant recruiter for their requirements.

recFinder also uses dashboards to show recruiters feedback from jobseekers and hiring managers while delivering targeted information, courses and products to recruiters.

• IT job board Technojobs has launched Change Manager, a dedicated change management job site. The Change Manager jobs platform focuses on change management roles from popular brands, as well as offering specialist career advice and relevant client advertising and promotion.

3 March 2017

Finlay James opens in San Francisco

The firm says the move is due to a 72% increase in US placements over the past year and follows a recent trade delegation to New York and San Francisco.

The office will serve clients either based in or with satellite offices in the US and will be headed up by Finlay James director of business development Nick Guy.

27 February 2017

Woodrow Mercer Finance launches new division

Sara Clark, who will be based at Woodrow Mercer Finance Leeds head office, has been appointed to lead the launch of the new division, focusing on the search and selection of less senior administrative positions in transactional finance, suited to part and newly qualified candidates and recent graduates.

27 February 2017

Stonewall launches Proud Employers jobs hub

The site, created to enable LGBT jobseekers to find employment with organisations they know respect and embrace their identity, lists jobs at any level across all sectors, and features a Cloud CV application system, search engine optimisation functionality, and new client and candidate administration areas.

Proud Employers directly integrates with the government’s Universal JobsMatch system, which all jobseekers must be registered with ensuring vacancies are being seen by as many candidates as possible.

27 February 2017

Spencer Ogden opens Mannheim office in Germany

Led by the firm’s director of Germany, Thilo Grams, the office will focus on providing contract and permanent recruitment services for the renewables, power, built environment, technology and R&D (research and development) sectors.

27 February 2017

Sidekicks unveils new website and branding

The firm has also added a temporary division to its permanent recruitment business and plans add Sidekicks Private division – providing personal staff to an exclusive clientele.

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