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16 October 2017

Nicoll Curtin buys cyber experts BeecherMadden

Led by managing director Karla Jobling (pictured above), BeecherMadden has been in the cyber security market for seven years, with offices in London and New York. Speaking exclusively to Recruiter, Jobling said: “We hit the cyber market at the right time.” The company has a strong presence in the cyber consultancy market, providing cyber specialists to a variety of industry sectors.

Nicoll Curtin CEO James Johnson told Recruiter that he and Jobling were introduced by industry expert Graeme Reid, leading to a year-and-a-half worth of conversations and finally, the acquisition.

“They were the right people in the right market,” Johnson said of BeecherMadden. “It’s a really exciting market,” he went on to say, predicting that cyber security recruitment had not even reached a small percentage of “what it will be in time” across UK and international markets.

Jobling said that her own emphasis on salaries, women and diversity had helped boost the profile of her business. A key talent pool that businesses miss out on is that of people returning to work after career breaks, she said. Given that 50% of jobs in the cyber market go unfilled, she urges employers to look at returners with, for instance, project management skills who can be trained in cyber disciplines.  

Also, she said, greater awareness is needed of the potential in cyber careers. “People are put off by the image of a teenager in a hoodie,” she said.

Jobling is one of a team of 12 that has already moved into Nicoll Curtin quarters.

The deal was executed by the immediate parties, with no external advisers. Jobling said: “I was surprised how easy the process was. The integrity is strong.”

Earlier this year, Nicoll Curtin launched digital recruiter Purple Halo.

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16 October 2017

Hall launches Talent Insight Group

Talent Insight Group will work with clients across the globe delivering real-time research in to the external market for specific insight, recruitment, mapping and future pipelining requirements.

Headquartered at Quorum Business Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Hall will joined by a management team that includes joint managing directors Tim Gleave and David Steel, who were both former senior executives at Write Research Company, now part of business outsourcing provider Capita, and talent director Emma Mirrington, the co-founder of The FIRM.

They are joined by senior non-exec director Dawn Marriott-Sims, who is an operating partner with private equity firm HG Capital and former chief operating officer of Capita.

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16 October 2017


Amanda Shand and chief technology officer Amy Scott have launched cognitive talent matching platform CandiRight. Similar to an online dating site, the platform works by checking and analysing candidates’ values, attributes and insights against each job, and flags up the best-suited candidates who are most likely to succeed in the matched organisation.

All information given by candidates is anonymous. A footnote on the website states: ‘CandiRight is not suitable for those who prefer to be selected according to their gender, age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, looks, shoe size, favourite washing-powder brand, and/or any other basis for discrimination.’

Angela Middleton, chairman of apprenticeships and training provider MiddletonMurray, has launched iwant2ba, a free podcast series that provides real-life careers advice to young people, parents and teachers.

The series of 17 podcasts, available to download, addresses concerns over the cost and quality of careers advice and goes through an A-Z of career options relevant to listeners with Middleton encouraging professionals from a range of fields to share their experience, inspirations and how they got to where they are now.

• Recruiter MSS (Marske Site Services) Recruitment, headquartered in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, has rebranded as MSS People in a move which it says reflects its commitment to placing ‘people’ at the centre of all that they do for their clients.

The firm has also made a number of appointments, with team leader Allan Stevenson promoted to operations manager, occupational psychologist Dona Collingwood joining as a consultant in the Stokesley office, and regional manager Gary Morris joining to head up the firm’s newly launched Scottish office in Glasgow.

MSS People is part of professional services firm MMC Group.

NHS Northamptonshire has launched Best of Both Worlds – a recruitment campaign aimed at tackling the shortage of doctors and consultants across the county.

The campaign unites the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital and St Andrew’s Healthcare (a charity providing specialist mental healthcare). Posts are advertised on the Best of Both Worlds campaign microsite, highlighting the range of career opportunities for doctors and nurses, and the benefits of working and living in the county.

9 October 2017


• Global workforce solutions provider Airswift has opened a global energy workforce solutions office in Nouakchott, Mauritania as well as an office in Kampala, Uganda. The firm says the move comes in response to client demand at a time of rapid strategic growth for its African operations.

• Employee verification app Credas has launched, which has been created to help those who manage construction recruitment. The app uses real-time facial recognition technology to process and verify over 4,000 types of ID.

Credas’ verification process consists of three simple steps: a selfie, a photo of the photo ID and a ‘liveness’ test. The ‘liveness’ tests ensure that the person is present when the verification photo is being taken. The app is compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices.

• Resourcing and consulting business Group8 has launched with funding from James Caan’s recruitment investment group Recruitment Entrepreneur.

The move sees the boutique recruiter, previously known as Spencer Scott Hilton, join Caan’s portfolio of investment-backed business, with its managing director and founder Miranda Hilton assuming the role of CEO. Group8 has offices in Sydney, Singapore, Dubai and now London. The sum Caan invested was undisclosed.

• As revealed by on Friday, Hyper Recruitment Solutions, the life sciences and technology recruiter launched by Apprentice winner Ricky Martin in 2012, is opening offices in Manchester and Edinburgh.

• Scottish headquartered recruiter Livingston James Group has expanded into the North-West of England with the opening of its Manchester office. The office is an arm of Rutherford Cross, its specialist senior finance recruitment business and will be led by Sandra McKinnon. The Group has three other offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Guilford in South-East England.

• Mobile and video interviewing specialist Wepow has launched Wepow Planner. The product, which can be integrated with calendars including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office 365, Google Calendar and Apple iCal, enables recruiters to schedule live video, telephone and onsite job interviews, offering candidates the option of flexible blocks or fixed interview times.

• Recruitment software provider Workday has announced general availability of three of its tools. These are: Workday Data-as-a-Service, including analytical service; Workday Benchmarking, which enables customers to compare their organisational performance to industry peers; and Workday usage.

Workday has further announced that following its 2016 acquisition of data analytics firm Platfora, the firm has announced the availability of Workday Prism Analytics, a solution that enables customers to bring together data – including Workday data and data from any outside source – with analytics tools enabling financial and people decisions.

2 October 2017


24-7 Staffing is relocating two of its branch offices to bigger premises. The Wiltshire recruiter’s Salisbury office is moving from 6 Salisbury St, to the second Floor of Minton House, Minton Distribution Park on London Road.

Meanwhile the firm’s Bristol office is moving from 510, Bristol Business Park, on Coldharbour Lane to the ground floor office of B2 Vantage Business Park on Old Gloucester Road. Each office is about 15,000sq ft bigger than the previous locations.

• The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has launched a new client toolkit to help its members communicate the value of the association to clients and candidates they work with. The offering includes digital marketing tools that recruiters can use to help explain the benefits of APSCo membership.

• Talent acquisition specialist Entelo has launched Entelo Envoy. The new product uses artificial intelligence and deep learning to automatically find, nurture and deliver interested job candidates directly to the email inboxes of recruiters.

• Birmingham-based Culture Recruitment has launched. The marketing, digital and sales staffing specialist, launched by founders Jamie Wills and Laurence Sidwell, is based at Colmore Gate in the central business district of the city.

ESCP Europe Business School has partnered with diversity & inclusion consultancy Frost Included to launch a certified D&I course. The two-day seminar, hosted at ESCP Europe London campus on 7-8 December, sees delegates learn practical strategies for recruiting, building and managing diverse teams, and creating inclusive companies cultures.

Speakers include Stephen Frost, an adviser on D&I to UK government, KPMG, HSBC and who was head of diversity & inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; professor of management Claudia Jonczyk; and several Frost Included Associates, including Manuel Wachter, who has worked on inclusion initiatives with organisations like The World Bank, L’Oréal and the World Economic Forum, and is also managing associate of Frost Included.

• International recruiter Eurostaff, Staffgroup’s technology brand and part of Cordant Group, has opened a new office in Utrecht, Netherlands. Business manager Iwan Elzinga will lead the new office. Staffgroup managing director Saman Tabrizi oversees both of Staffgroup’s companies – Eurostaff and Earthstaff in London, Berlin, Hamburg and now Utrecht.

• Recruitment software provider FastTrack360 has announced the UK launch of its Connect Integration. The integration means FastTrack360 can come in three parts – time, pay, bill, as opposed to four parts – recruit, time, pay, bill. The move also increases flexibility so the product can integrate with leading CRMs (customer relationship management software).

• Artificial emotional intelligence specialist Human has developed new software that it claims has the ability to read candidates’ subliminal facial expressions live during job interviews.

The software, developed by data scientists, then converts these expressions into a range of emotions and specific characteristic traits in real time. CEO and founder of Human Yi Xu revealed the patent-pending software works by using partial facial recognition, camera angles and pixilated raw data to reveal typical personality traits.

• Hospitality job site has launched. The site provides clients with candidate alerts, notifying them when a candidate that meets their criteria has uploaded their CV, and thus is actively looking. The site also sends job alerts by email to all registered jobseekers that have created bespoke search criteria. It also offers clients an area to search CVs from a CV database.

Network Rail has launched a Snapchat filter as part of its campaign to attract talent into the rail industry. The filter, available at stations along the East Coast and Midland main lines, allow users of the social media platform to pose while wearing a blue hard hat when inside Newcastle, Leeds, York, Doncaster and Sheffield stations.

The firm says the move is part of its drive to change the perception of the rail industry among young people and raise awareness of the number of railway apprenticeships available, particularly across the North of the country.

• Global staffing group Phaidon International has launched a new US office in Dallas, Texas. The firm, which already has offices in New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, is moving into 100 Crescent Court, between Victory Park and Uptown Dallas.

The new office will be home to two Phaidon International’s brands – EPM Scientific, which specialises in life sciences niche staffing, and DSJ Global, specialising in professional services, including supply chain, procurement, logistics and FP&A (financial planning and analysis).

Swissstaffing, an industry body that serves the employment and recruitment sectors in Switzerland, has granted ProClinical a quality standard certificate.

The certificate recognises ProClinical as a fully credible Swiss company, compliant with the country’s corporate criteria. As members of Swissstaffing, ProClinical is seen as a specialist recruitment agency of the highest quality, independently certified as a credible and experienced company.

25 September 2017


West Midlands online recruitment advertising agency Candidate Source has relocated to larger premises at its existing home at Chantry House in Coleshill, taking up 1,000 square feet of office space.

Recruitment technology specialist Volcanic has moved to ensure its platform is General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) compliant.

The move ensures that from the middle of next month Volcanic-designed recruitment websites using their platform introduce a candidate dashboard enabling candidates to log in and give their consent using tick boxes to confirm they agree to their data being received and stored by Volcanic.

• Job search engine Adzuna has relaunched its ValueMyCV tool. Originally launched in 2015, the new tool tells candidates what their CV is worth, so they know what salary they should command, helps gets candidates’ CV battle-ready to land interviews and provides career recommendations from more than 1m live job ads.

• Indian job site AasaanJobs has launched a healthcare section to its site. The firm says the launch has been driven by the recent boom in the healthcare sector in the country.

• Technology solutions provider Dillistone Group has launched GatedTalent, a new service designed to help executive recruiters manage GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance. The service also enables users to clean and update legacy data without having to share any data with other recruiters at any stage.

The portal allows users to login, review and update consent with selected single or multiple search firms and create or update their profile in line with best practice defined by authorities, such as the Information Commissioner’s Office, establish ‘consent’ or ‘legitimate interest’ with customisable template text in multiple languages, and allows for the integration with other Dillistone software such as FileFinder Anywhere.

• Global specialist recruiter to the financial services, professional services and commerce & industry sectors Oliver James Associates has opened a Belgium office.

The office is headed up by Thomas Sassi, who joined the firm’s Amsterdam team in 2015 and is now associate director responsible for Belgium and Luxembourg.

• Background check technology company PASS has relaunched under a new management team, led by industry veteran and serial entrepreneur Luke Battah, following its carve out from software company Innovise.

• Construction and rail consultancy One Way is to open larger office in Southampton next week. The move follows the purchase of a 5,000sq ft office, double the size of its previous location at the Basepoint Business Centre.

The firm has also invested £190k in refurbishing the location to bring it up to its required standard and plans to hire around 40 new staff.

• Telephone service company Virgin Media and disability charity Scope have launched ‘Work With Me’, a three-year initiative aimed at understanding and tackling the barriers disabled people face getting into and staying in work.

To support the launch, Virgin Media is funding Scope’s new digital employment support service for disabled people due to be launched later this autumn. The partnership ambition is to reach 1m disabled people with employment information and support by the end of 2020, so they can get into work, stay in work and realise their career ambitions.

After working with Scope, Virgin Media adds it is now looking into how it can better understand and transform the way the company supports disabled employees, including the training it gives to managers to support these colleagues, as well as access to buildings and practical measures such as reasonable adjustments.

The firm has also taken a number of actions to improve the experience of disabled customers, including increasing training for staff so they can offer appropriate help and support, and ensuring accessibility features are built into all new products and services.

20 September 2017

Rethink launches Code Nation to tackle digital skills shortage

The new school, located in the city in which Rethink was founded, is the brainchild of the global talent management and recruitment business’ CEO Andy Lord, who revealed the school’s prime aim is to help recruiters, their clients and businesses train more people to tackle the UK’s digital skills shortage. 

The school, known as Code Nation and which will be a subsidiary of Rethink, will charge no placement fee for businesses hiring its graduates. It has also already secured partnerships with Rethink clients who have pledged to support students trained at the school. Initial supporters of the school include home shopping business N Brown, which has offered students advice, the chance to work on live commercial projects and work placements.

Commenting on how this new school will help tackle the UK’s ever-growing digital skills shortage, Lord said: “Code Nation’s been a big ambition of mine for a few years, especially as I’ve seen that skills shortage become more prevalent and bizarrely fall to the back of the queue in terms of business priorities.

“It’s time to change that and Code Nation students will be a big part of the revolution moving forward. I am also incredibly passionate about breaking down the barriers for great talent entering the workforce – hence the introduction of a fee-free structure for businesses offering job opportunities to our students. It’s a model I fully believe in and something I hope the broader sector will embrace.”

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19 September 2017

Start-up of the Month: Daniel Lewis Law

Daniel Lewis, previously managing director of Longbridge Law, has set up Daniel Lewis Law, an agency that helps clients both recruit and retain clinical negligence and personal injury lawyers. 

Lewis feels he is offering something new by highlighting retention. “What I’m trying to do differently is I’m focusing on two areas – recruitment and retention. I know that sounds strange – most recruiters won’t want firms to retain their staff because they want to headhunt them and they want vacancies. However, I think retention is an important part of recruitment, so I’m going to be running roundtable seminars for clients who want it on how to keep your staff,” he says.

It’s vital to spot signs of discontent in a member of staff early, he says. “It’s so important when someone comes to you and says ‘Look, I’m afraid I’m resigning’, because you’ve already lost them. You want to get to people before that happens.”

Lewis’s agency is a one-man band at present, but he is looking to expand. “It’s just me at the moment. I want to grow to three of us at least,” he says.

“I believe that if you help firms with retaining their good staff, they will remember that you’re not just after money.”