New to Market

18 June 2018


DSJ Global, a Phaidon International brand, has opened an office in Chicago, Illinois.

The office, which will initially focus on placing procurement and supply chain professionals, is led by Christine Corson, who is responsible for the international recruiter’s Midwest operations.

The firm also has US offices in New York, Boston and Dallas.

• The Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers (FIRM) has launched a membership platform aimed at giving in-house recruiters both tactical support and strategic insight.

The platform includes exclusive content from members, templates and downloads from an online library, and monthly insight reports from the FIRM’s strategic partner Talent Insight Group.

The platform also offers access to Talent Data Exchange (TDX), an anonymous and secure system where members can access a range of key benchmarks and compare the performance of all, or any part, of their programmes with other FIRM members and the wider talent acquisition market. 

• Joss Search has launched ‘Hidden Heroes’ Hall of Fame’, a campaign to highlight outstanding personal assistants and executive assistants in all sectors.

The campaign calls on managers to nominate employees whose contribution they feel is worthy of attention. A winner, picked every other month, will receive a gift voucher for a hotel stay and be inducted in the Hidden Heroes’ Hall of Fame.

Joss Search is a secretarial and support staff recruiter operating in private equity and alternative investments.

12 June 2018




• Oxfordshire-based recruiter Allen Associates has launched a London office. Based in West London’s Chiswick Park development, the new office will focus on HR, marketing, PA/administration and temporary roles, and is led by the agency’s founders Kate and Ben Allen.

• The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), in conjunction with recruitment investment group Tempting Ventures, has launched a new Recruitment Director’s Breakfast Club accelerator programme for SME business leaders. The five-module programme, led by industry experts, will take place between September this year and March 2019, with all five events designed to tackle issues that early stage recruitment businesses face.

• Assessment specialist cut-e has launched a new competency model and a package of psychometric tests to assess the ‘digital readiness’ of job applicants.

• IT, software and data analytics staffing specialist Real Time Consultants has launched new brand Real Time Engineering. The new brand will work alongside the existing Real Time Consultants brand, with a focus on automotive, manufacturing, architecture, engineering and construction industries.

• Glenn Southam, the former head of marketing operations at international recruiter Staffgroup, has set up his own marketing consultancy. TwoEnds will focus on supporting recruiters at all stages of the lifecycle – from start-up to scaling and sale of the agency.

• Cloud-based recruitment software provider Vacancy Filler has launched a careers page offering for SMEs. It is aimed at organisations who may not yet want to commit to a full-service ATS but who recruit several times each year and want to promote a strong brand to compete for top talent.

6 June 2018

PepsiCo UK helps returnees with training and skills building

In a statement, the food and drinks giant revealed it is seeking candidates with experience across supply chain, finance and sales to take part in a 10-12-week paid programme, designed to help people who have taken a career break of at least two years.

Participants will benefit from mentoring and coaching support, as well as training to refresh and build new skills. 

Once they have completed the course they will also be considered for PepsiCo jobs matching their skills and capabilities.

Candidates can apply for roles at its company website. Applications close on 22 June 2018.

Explaining the reasons behind the launch of the programme, vice president, HR for UK and Ireland Jesper Petersen, said: “We want to attract and retain the best talent out there and hope that this programme will unveil some strong contenders.”

Following a successful pilot of the programme in the US last year, all pilot programme participants were offered contract extensions, and half are now in full-time posts at PepsiCo.

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5 June 2018


• Early careers recruitment specialist group GTI has launched TARGETconnect, an automated national graduate job distribution service for UK universities. The cloud-based software platform aims to save SMEs and large corporate early talent recruiters time by distributing internship and graduate jobs to multiple university careers services’ job boards.

• Cloud-based business process management (BPM) provider Promapp Solutions is launching an onboarding and training solution. The solution uses role-based process information that is already contained in Promapp’s BPM software, to automatically create an onboarding plan for each new role within an organisation.

• Talent acquisition specialist World Careers Network (WCN) has rebranded as Oleeo.

The rebrand coincides with the firm’s launch of a machine learning and big data-based suite of talent acquisition tools including an applicant tracking system and a new candidate relationship management platform.

The firm says its new services will aim to help employers reduce unconscious biases and enhance diversity by finding strong candidates who may go unnoticed in a manual process.

29 May 2018


James Franklin joins legal recruiter BCL Legal to head up a new permanent division in London, specialising in real estate, corporate, and commercial litigation and arbitration hires.

• The former managing director of executive search firm Robert Half, Mike Lee, and co-founders of Yolk Recruitment, Dale Williams and Duncan Powell, have launched executive search firm City Executive Search.

Operating from London and Cardiff, the firm will cover a number of sectors including financial services, IT, fintech, HR, sales and marketing.

• Digital recruitment company Cogs has rebranded its website and presence on social media under the headline ‘Driven by digital. Powered by people’.

Concept Resourcing is opening a new office in Atterbury Lakes, Milton Keynes. The specialist recruiter supplies business, technical and sales staff to the IT and engineering industries.

• Independent recruiter HRC Recruitment welcomes Andy Mitchell to lead a new specialist division focusing on payroll and outsourced finance appointments.

• Computer and data science expert Emad Mousavi is launching a freelance jobs platform known as QuiGig. A beta version of the mobile app will launch in Q4 2018.

24 May 2018

Start-up of the Month: Red Carpet

Remedium’s co founder Philip Braham (pictured) told Recruiter the new platform provides doctors coming to the UK with information on their destination, how to open a bank account, a rental accommodation service and an interest-free financing option to help with their rent.

A Remedium representative also typically meets doctors at the airport, while a chauffeur is on hand to take them from the airport to their accommodation.

According to Braham, the service has been launched with an eye on ensuring doctors have an “extremely smooth” transition over to working in the UK. “It’s to improve retention rates within the NHS. It’s important to us they have the best possible experience with us as a company. From looking at the market, we haven’t seen another company launch such a product,” he said.

The service is headed by Remedium’s head of care transition Rachel Warner, who has been working with Benivo on the platform for the past six months. As it’s a bespoke platform, it can be tailored to doctors’ requirements, Braham added.

23 May 2018


• Executive search firm Chad Harrison International has launched a global technology division led by new appointment Alison Smith. The technology division will provide talent acquisition services to match various levels, including technical specialists, executive level and board level appointments.

• Automated talent attraction platform ClickIQ has launched new technology enabling users to target specific candidates on Facebook using location, interests, education, behaviour and qualifications. It allows clients to create job-based micro campaigns to automatically reach passive jobseekers on a pay per click (PPC) basis.

• Social careers network Recruitd has announced launch of a platform that uses blockchain technology to pull all of a candidate’s basic employment-related details – identity, right to work, education, references, experience and work history – into one block.

That block is automatically validated by the network and indelibly associated with an electronic signature, with the aim of ensuring candidates, recruiters and employers are spared many of the arduous touchpoints in the screening process.

14 May 2018


LGBT Great, created by Matt Cameron of recruitment and inclusion consultancy The Ocean Partnership, has launched an LGBT+ study examining the experiences of 100 LGBT+ individuals working within the investment industry.

Cameron launched LGBT Great at the end of last year. It aims to drive LGBT+ talent diversity and inclusion across the sector and across the global industry network. This study has been developed in partnership with LGBT Capital which is the first specialist investment firm focused exclusively on the LGBT market.

The study was commissioned as a result of the perceived lack of diversity in the investment industry and because of the fact that many firms are simply overlooking LGBT+ inclusion. In addition, the study examines the perspectives of 100 LGBT+ individuals who are currently working within the sector and is designed to provide useful insights to both investment firms and LGBT+ and individual allies.

The study concluded that that investment firms need to do more for LGBT+ talent and established five insights:

  1. Banter is the number one concern for LGBT+ individuals.
  2. LGBT+ policy formation and implementation is important.
  3. There is a lack of LGBT+ visibility and in particular role models and networks.
  4. LGBT+ inclusion matters in talent attraction and retention.
  5. LGBT+ inclusion is very important to people aged 25-44.

• Professional network LinkedIn is launching two new product features. They are: How You Match, which shows members how they measure up to the experience needed for a specific job; and 1-Click Apply, giving jobseekers the option to save contact information, including a CV, so candidates can apply for a role with a single click.

• Adecco-owned US digital recruitment start-up Vettery has launched in the UK. The platform aims to change the way people are hired by eliminating the need for third-party recruiters. 

The firm, which was acquired by recruitment giant Adecco for $100m (£73m) earlier this year, says 150 businesses are already using its platform, including Vodafone, Bet Fair, Seedrs, Zopa, Lyst and Paddle.