New to Market

24 April 2017

New to the market: 24-28 April 2017

• Multi-sector recruiter C&D Group has rolled out enhanced benefits to its temporary workforce across the UK.

Company benefits include £50k of personal accident insurance, 24/7 GP services, both over the telephone or online eConsultations, medical specialist referrals, and health cash plans for discounts on glasses, dentistry, physiotherapy and chiropractor treatments.

Further benefits include 24/7 access to wellbeing services, fitness and nutrition helplines and advice, and high street discounts.

The firm has also announced it is now offering drivers negligence cover on clients’ fleets of 3.5-tonne multi-drop vans.

• Specialist engineering and manufacturing recruiter Jonathan Lee Recruitment has launched an asset management division, led by associate director Les Hines. The division will recruit across specialist engineering, management and director level positions across private equity, energy and infrastructure markets.

Recruiterater has launched. The site, founded by Tim Consolazio, provides tools to rate, review and compare recruiting experiences.

• Business partners Nick Langley and Sarah Bennett have launched recruitment-to-recruitment agency The Rec2Rec Clinic.

The agency will initially offer training, as well as contingency recruitment services to SMEs across the North-West, Yorkshire, Midlands and South-East, ahead of rolling their services out nationally.

21 April 2017

LinkedIn’s ‘tracking’ feature could prevent candidate stealing

This is according to Mark Jury, a recruitment manager at Bristol-based Parkway Engineering Services, who has been successfully campaigning for the restoration of services lost during a LinkedIn redesign.

Jury was commenting on confirmation from LinkedIn that it is working on a new feature that could be a game changer for recruiters seeking to network with candidates at conferences and events.

In a statement on its site, LinkedIn revealed the feature now being tested would enable users to find other LinkedIn members nearby using their mobile device, providing members with opportunities to network with other LinkedIn members at conferences and events within their proximity.

To address privacy concerns, users would need to opt-in to use the feature and will also be able to control how long their location is shared with other members.

While welcoming the obvious candidate networking opportunities the feature brings, Jury said the service could also benefit recruiters in cases in which clients attempt to steal candidates on an agency’s books.

This happens when the agency has made the initial introduction of a candidate to a client and the client has interviewed the candidate but decided not to take the application further. However, it has then used the contact details on its ATS to get in touch with the candidate, interview them again and subsequently offer them the job without paying the agency a fee. 

The new feature could potentially mean recruiters would be able to see if their candidate has entered the offices of their client at a later date, after being put forward by the agency, Jury says, and challenge the client.

According to Jury, the new feature will be “great” for recruiters in cases in which clients persuade their new hires not to put their new employer on their LinkedIn profile to avoid the agency finding about their new role. He added if recruiters can find out if that candidate has entered the offices of that client at a later date, after being put forward by the agency, it would support their case for an introduction fee from the client.

Commenting on this thorny issue, Christopher Tutton, partner at law firm Constantine Law, advises recruiters to ensure they have a good contract in place with their clients to protect against these types of incidents occurring.

Tutton told Recruiter: “It's most likely to be a breach of contract issue between the agency and the client. Usually the agency will 'own' the candidates put forward and have an entitlement to commission on candidates introduced.

“Without a good contract in place it would be more difficult for the agency to challenge this. Arguably the client is also committing some form of misrepresentation. They might also be in breach of the data protection act.

“However, the best protection for the agency will be to ensure they have good terms of business in place with the client, which prevents this type of abuse.”

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20 April 2017

Investing in Talent award-winner O’Loughlin sets up Summit Recruitment in Switzerland

Speaking exclusively to Recruiter, O’Loughlin, who won the award for most inspiring team leader/manager at Recruiter’s Investing in Talent Awards in 2014, revealed his new business, known as Summit Recruitment, will recruit across finance and technology roles in Switzerland.

O’Loughlin set up Nicoll Curtin’s Swiss office back in 2013, moving out there after joining the agency’s London office in 2010.

He then built the Swiss team up from two to 15 over four years and will now be succeeded by one of his own recruits – Yves Amar, who O’Loughlin says he has groomed to take on the role. Amar has now been promoted from manager to associate director following O’Loughlin’s exit in March.

Commenting on his next venture, O’Loughlin told Recruiter while he had a great time at Nicoll Curtin, he feels there is a gap in the market for an on-the-ground finance and tech recruiter in Switzerland.

“There was definitely a gap in the market for another provider in Switzerland of high quality recruitment services. In terms of my own personal development, [after] nine years working for other companies, I thought it was time to step out and take advantage of that market gap.

“There’s been more competition coming in from UK companies but they’re not really hitting the spot with the Swiss clients because they [clients] do like the personal hands on approach. That’s essentially what I’m trying to give them.

“Some of them [other recruiters] have been successful but a lot of them have been short-term successful rather than building partnerships with their clients. I think even in today’s digital age you still need that personal relationship to really be successful over the long term.”

O’Loughlin adds that a month into the operation, he is already seeking to recruit for his business: “To start with it’s me and one other person we’re interviewing for at the moment. The plan is to grow it out from there. I’m interviewing for that second person right now. Hopefully I’ll have someone in place within a month.”

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18 April 2017

New to the market: 17-21 April 2017

Appcast, a developer of programmatic job advertising technology, has launched Appcast Brand.

The solution uses retargeting and audience extension models to help organisations reach candidates who have previously engaged with a company career site, applicant tracking system (ATS) or job board through display and native social media advertisements, while brand ads are matched with candidates based on their online activity and job interests.

• Online portal for contractors and freelancers ContractorCalculator has published an IR35 guide aimed at helping hirers better understand new IR35 reforms and their implications to secure and retain contractors.

The 18-page guide, ‘Public Sector Off-payroll reform – How to retain your staff and ensure compliant working arrangements’, is available to download for free at

• Google is testing a job applicant tracking system, Axios has claimed. The service enables employers to post job listings, then accept and manage applications, according to job listing links spotted by Axios reader Colin Heilbut. Axios further claims, several tech companies seem to be using (or testing) Google Hire, including Medisas, Poynt, DramaFever, SingleHop, and CoreOS.

A Google Hire page does exist but the login page does not appear to have been made available to the public. Recruiter contacted Google about the new service but had not heard back by deadline.

• London luxury hospitality recruiter The Change Group is opening in Hong Kong. The firm says the launch is off the back of growing demand for skilled talent in Asia both as a result of the rise of local hospitality specialists in the region and to support the overseas expansion of UK businesses.

Suzanna Jones heads up the new Hong Kong operation, assisted by Dan Lam, who has spent many years recruiting in Hong Kong.

• Multi-sector recruiter Quality Service Recruitment has opened a new office in South Yorkshire. The Nottingham-headquartered firm's new office is located on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham and is a five minute drive from the M1 on the Magna 34 Business Park.

The new office is being managed by Anthony Ellis, who said the area has "huge potential" for the firm's main core sectors of logistics, manufacturing and healthcare. "Our research shows significant demand for our services and a large pool of qualified drivers, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour to meet that demand," Ellis said. "We are confident that the new office will flourish and both businesses and workers in the area will benefit from our presence”.

• Job board has been redesigned and relaunched. The redesign ensures users can also browse for jobs from their mobile and tablet devices more easily and gain quicker access to their applications and CVs.

Founded as a public sector specialist job site in 2001 by Newcastle-based Retox Digital, the site now advertises vacancies across all industries within the public and private sector, from Berwick-upon-Tweed to the Yorkshire Dales.

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10 April 2017

NEW TO THE MARKET: 10-14 April 2017

• Accrosoft, parent company of Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software, has launched Accrosoft Connect. The service, which combines existing software with which employees are familiar with new elements on a one cloud-based communications platform, enables direct and indirect employees to collaborate and exchange information – even ahead of a candidate starting work – including HR policies, news, training materials, calendars, work groups, private messages, photos and videos, feeds, training materials and assessments on an app, accessible from via a smartphone or PC/Mac.

• Recruitment giant Adecco’s online staffing management platform Beeple is to extend operations beyond Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

Adecco announced that in Q2 2017, Beeple is to continue its rollout to Italy, France, the UK and Luxembourg.

• Technology recruiter GCS Recruitment Specialists has relocated its New York office from Brooklyn to Manhattan’s financial district.

The firm says that having opened in June 2015 with just one person, it now has a team of 10, and the move to its new office in Broad Street, Manhattan, which can accommodate 25, comes as a result of increased demand for services.

• Canadian recruiter Lock Search Group has launched a new website. The bilingual website features a new design that showcases the firm’s national reach, along with its team’s personality plus original content and a user-friendly interface.

• Professional employment brand Parasol has opened an office in Edinburgh. The office on 116 Dundas Street is led by Bill Brown. Parasol is part of the nationwide professional services business Optionis Group.

• London-based hospitality recruiter Urban People Recruitment is moving to a new larger Central London office. The new office is located at 3rd Floor/10-15 Queen Street, Aldermary House, London EC4N 1TY.

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3 April 2017

New to the Market: 3-7 April 2017

Airswift has launched a new London office. The global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors says the new 1,700-sq ft office on New Broad Street will accommodate the company’s IT, operations and treasury departments. 

In addition, it will also act as the new London office of Airswift-backed executive search firm Ducatus Partners.

Youth job board has launched. Launched by James Horner, the site is aimed at helping young people get a foot in the door and landing their first job following school, college or university.

Jobs placed on the site by employers are required to specify how much experience is needed for the job up to a maximum of six months to ensure that young people are able to find roles they know they’ll meet the criteria for.

• Global resourcing specialist BPS World has opened an office in Belgrade, Serbia. The office, based in the business district in Old Town, Belgrade, will be managed by a team of local and international recruitment professionals.

The firm already has offices in the US, Poland and Czech Republic, as well as UK offices in Warrington and its Maidenhead head office.

Contractor accountancy firm Churchill Knight & Associates has launched its own umbrella company - Churchill Knight Umbrella. 

The firm says the new service will allow Churchill Knight to continue to offer its contractor accountancy service, in addition to providing a compliant solution for those contractors now caught by this month’s IR35 changes in the public sector.

International assessment specialist cut-e and video interview provider ZeroLime have launched a mobile-enabled selection tool. It combines assessments and a competency-based video interview aimed at making it quicker and easier for organisations to recruit new staff. 

Known as VIPA (Video Interview and Psychometric Assessment), the tool creates a short application form, with questions and eligibility checks, that candidates complete on an Apple or Android device. 

Any of cut-e’s personality, ability or situational judgement tests can be included or customised assessments can be created. Candidates record themselves answering competency-based questions, and recruiters can then create a shortlist of those with the right communication skills and motivation. 

International engineering recruiter ewi, part of nGAGE Specialist Recruitment, has launched a new life sciences division. 

In a statement, the company confirmed the move was intended to meet increasing demand from within the medical technology industry. The new division will supply senior professionals across two principal markets – medical devices and pharmaceutical – led by an experienced team to drive growth across Europe. 

Multi-sector recruiter Fuel Recruitment has launched a new division and realigned operations along three business units under the banner of The Fuel Group.

The units include:

•    Fuel Recruitment providing traditional recruitment services with particular focus on IT, consulting, telecoms, marketing and engineering.

•    Pivot RPO, offering tailor-made services to clients who require external support across recruitment, compliance, payroll and brand reputation. 

•    Fuel Professional Services providing digital consultancy and delivery for IT-enabled projects, predominantly in the public service sector through authorised public sector frameworks such as G-Cloud and digital outcomes. 

Government has launched a new Business Leaders Group that will work with the government to challenge issues affecting disability unemployment.

The leaders from a range of sectors, from communications to construction, will use their influential status in their industries to tackle misconceptions around employing disabled people and promote the benefits of having an inclusive workforce.
The group includes: 

•    Tim Fallowfield (chair): Sainsbury’s – company secretary and corporate services director and board sponsor for disability and carers
•    Dan Brooke: Channel 4 - chief marketing and communications officer and head of diversity
•    Mark McLane: Barclays - global head of diversity and inclusion
•    Melanie Richards: KPMG – vice chair and board member for diversity and inclusion
•    Mick Jeavons: Royal Mail - chief of staff and head of diversity
•    Michele Oliver: Mars - UK marketing director

•    Adam Raeburn-James: GlaxoSmithKline - peer member of GSK Global Disability Council
•    Emma Mercer: Carillion – finance director
•    Karen Ann Allchurch: Arsenal FC - people director
•    Chris Vaughan: Whitbread - general counsel
•    Dr. Stephen Duckworth: independent disability consultant and former director – Capita
•    Dr. Hari Sundaresan : BT Group - chief procurement officer & disability sponsor

Talent solutions specialists Nicholas Associates Group has launched new websites for eight of its companies.

They include Nicholas Associates Group, Stafforce, Stafforce Managed Services, Nicholas Associates Professionals, Graduate Talent Solutions, Apprentice Employment Agency, Nicholas Associates Software and Nicholas Associates Consulting.

The new sites, compatible across multiple platforms and devices, features long-form webpages, full width images and parallex scrolling, providing a tool for sharing content.

Newcastle-based Solutions Recruitment Group is opening a new office in Warrington.

The new branch will create up to 15 new jobs and opens on the back of the firm securing a number of new clients in the North West.

CRM software supplier TriSys Business Software has launched TriSys TV, an IPTV channel dedicated solely to recruitment agencies.

Built using TriSys’ customisable API and hosted on its core technology platform, TriSys TV will be viewable from 10 April 2017 at The broadcast will feature an overview of company products, services and technological capabilities, interspersed with content demonstrating how streaming video can help recruiters increase placement quotas.

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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.

• Assessment solutions provider cut-e has launched an instant messaging solution game to engage candidates. The game provides a situational judgement assessment of a candidate’s strengths, personality and abilities, in the style of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

• Online tech career site Dice has launched a search platform for tech recruiters in the UK. The Talent Search product combines Dice’s CV database of profiles from social recruiting tool Open Web, enabling customers to view profiles in one place.

Open Web aggregates publicly available data from over 180 social and professional sites, enabling recruiters to gain a picture of a candidate and understand their suitability for a role. It also provides the ability to craft a tailored message and connect via multiple channels including email and social.

Talent Search also has filters that can be used to improve relevancy on skills, location, contact method available, likely to switch, professional background and more, while profiles can filtered that have a Dice CV attached, enabling recruiters to target active candidates only. The candidate’s range of skills is presented in a ‘doughnut’ visual, providing a view of the candidates experience and capabilities.

• Executive search firm Forsyth Barnes Executive Appointments has moved to larger offices in Old Street, London.

The firm says its new Bevenden Street location is double the size of its previous office in Wharfdale Road in the Kings Cross area of London.

• Bournemouth-based hospitality recruiter Platinum Recruitment is opening a second office in Southampton. The expansion adds four additional roles in Southampton. The recruiter already employs 44 staff in Bournemouth.

• Talent management solutions provider SumTotal has launched new features and additions to its SumTotal talent expansion suite.

The new suite brings talent, learning, recruitment and workforce management into one platform. This includes expanded access to available learning content, enhancements to its user interface, improved browsing and search capabilities, and the ability to use the suite in the cloud and in the office.

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, 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.