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20 June 2017

Google for Jobs launches in US

However, the tech giant is hopeful of rollout in territories other than the US in the coming year.

The service, launching today in the US, is an artificial intelligence-powered job search tool aimed at making it easier for jobseekers to find roles.

From today people in the US using the service will be able to see at a glance details about a posting, such as job title, location, whether it’s full-time, part-time or an internship, as well as the opportunity to access detailed information about each job. 

They can also see the how long it would take to commute to the job from their home thanks to Google Maps.

Ahead of launch, Google worked with job board tech provider Madgex to ensure it was capturing jobs from big brands such as The Washington Post. Madgex adds all its job boards now have the ability to integrate with Google’s new search results. 

But as for when we can expect Google to roll out the service to the UK, a spokesperson for Google was tightlipped.

“Google for Jobs is currently rolling out in the US in English across the Google app, desktop, mobile web. We hope to expand further in the coming year but have no plans to announce at this time.”

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19 June 2017


2B Interface, specialist recruiter for trades people and professional staff, is expanding into South-East Asia, with the opening of a new office in Singapore. The launch closely follows its new Polish branch in May.

As well as building on its experience of providing permanent staffing to interior design and trades sectors, 2B Interface also aims to fulfill senior roles in the customer services and financial sectors in Singapore.

Beatrice Bartlay, managing director and founder of 2B Interface, says: “We pride ourselves on the high level of service we provide to our customers and given the economic growth in Singapore – it grew by 2% in 2016 and is due to grow another 2.3% this year – it made sense to expand here.”

The Singapore office will be run by Peck Howe, who has over 25 years’ experience in human resources.

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has launched Recruitment Needs Talent – a campaign aimed at attracting, development and retaining talent within professional recruitment.

The campaign, which will run over the summer, will be supported by integrated communications, PR and social media activity.

• Global recruiter g2 Recruitment has opened an office in Birmingham. Team leader Liam Neal, currently with the firm in Manchester, will relocate to run the office, set to open in September.

• Built environment staffing specialist Peace Recruitment Group has just launched a new website.

The site features a ‘Trip Advisor-like service for the recruitment industry’. The JobCast service has been specifically designed to ensure that all clients receive gold standard customer service.

Peace worked with strategic digital partner Bold Identities to design and develop these new features.

• Driving, industrial and healthcare staffing specialist Swanstaff Recruitment has launched a staff enterprise management incentive share scheme that sees 25% of the company value awarded to full-time employees over the next five years.

Staff that have been employed by the company for a minimum of 12 months as of 1 April 2017 will be offered the opportunity to purchase shares at a set price at a future time when certain conditions, set out in the option agreement, are met.

The exit plan on these options will be the floatation of Swanstaff on the stock market in 2023 when staff can choose to purchase their shares at the price specified. When the shares are sold employees will benefit from any growth in value.

• A former director of executive search and interim management provider Penna has set up Tile Hill, a new provider of interim management and independent consultants for the public sector.

The firm is founded by David Weir, who previously spent 10 years growing and leading a public sector interim team at Penna before launching Tile Hill.

• Global diversity and inclusion recruitment website has launched.

The tech platform, aimed at jobseekers seeking to work for employers that place inclusion and staff wellbeing high on the agenda, seeks to enable employers to attract diverse talent in a pro-active way by demonstrating the benefits and initiatives they offer to candidates.

16 June 2017

Start-up of the Month: Monday at Nine

Currently working on his own, with advice from a former colleague who now owns his own marketing business, Boneham aims to get under the skin of the industry he’s serving.

“We are looking to offer a service where we immerse ourselves in the market in Leeds. We want to understand what marketing agencies are looking for when working with their clients,” he says.

“You are governed by corporate guidelines at companies like Michael Page and I’m looking forward to being more flexible, more bespoke. 

“We will take a different approach, trying to be more marketing, to market our business in a way that reflects the people we want to work with. 

“We will have cards in the style of Guess Who? We have plans for reverse graffiti where you use a stencil and a pressure washer to clean your logo into the pavement. We are thinking outside the box, trying to change the way people think about recruiters. The plan is to grow and bring in specialists in other sub-sectors. We would consider taking on marketing people; if someone comes from recruitment they have a preconception of how it’s done.

“An ex-colleague of mine who went into marketing is a silent partner and he has been great. Without him I could not have done it.”

12 June 2017


• Job board will launch at the beginning of next week (Sunday, 18 June).

The site features video interviewing technology enabling companies to upload their own company introduction video. It will also allow employers to send a list of questions to potential candidates, as well as a recruitment networking platform.

• In-house recruitment specialist JVP Group has launched a new job site,, which is dedicated entirely to the North Wales region.

Based in Bodelwyddan, North Wales, JVP is to double its workforce by bringing on board four new recruits. The company also runs JVP Jobs Online –

• Driving, industrial and commercial staffing specialist Lyons Personnel has launched.

The Taunton-based firm is led by experienced recruiter Vicky Lyons, who has received funding from recruitment finance back-office support provider Recruit Venture Group.

NHS Employers has launched a new briefing document for NHS leaders, aimed at encouraging more investment in the skills of the home-grown population.

Entitled ‘Workforce supply – attracting and retaining local talent’, the briefing highlights the context and policies designed to achieve this, covering the various elements that contribute to a sustainable workforce supply strategy.

The workforce supply guide was launched at the NHS Employers Workforce Summit, held earlier this week, on 13 June.

• Business management consultants Redstone Group has launched Redstone Talent Consulting, a specialist management consultancy dedicated to the recruitment industry.

The division aims to provide specialist process and business improvement services to recruiters and in-house recruitment teams within non-recruitment businesses.

• Rotherham-headquartered recruiter Stafforce has moved its office in Bradford to larger premises on North Parade. The firm attributes the move to increased growth and investment prospects around the region.

• Specialist recruitment agency Woodrow Mercer has moved into larger offices in the heart of Birmingham’s business district in Newhall Street. The new office is about a minute walk away from the IT & healthcare recruiter’s previous premises.

The firm has also appointed eight new hires for its offices in Birmingham, Leeds and London.

7 June 2017

Ex-Randstad manager launches Jigsaw Staffing with Bluestones

Jigsaw Staffing officially launched this week, based in Manchester city centre, and covering a range of sectors including manufacturing, retail and logistics.

Bluestones offers investment and back-office resources to help start-up recruitment ventures.

Barclay – who worked at Randstad for most of 2016, after stints at Impellam Group and Pertemps, according to his LinkedIn profile – said: “I’m thrilled to be working with the Bluestones Group and launching my own recruitment business. I’ve worked for other recruitment companies for many years and always thought this was something I wanted to do.”

Trish Stratford, CEO of the professional division of the Bluestones Group, added: “There are a number of complementary professional recruitment companies in our division, including Blake Chambers and Nixon Caunce, that Jigsaw Staffing can work alongside. 

“We’re continuing to build our portfolio of brands and covering a growing number of sectors and regions.”

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6 June 2017

Ex-Michael Page manager launches new recruitment business

Dan Boneham – who worked for the global recruiter for almost seven years, most recently as manager of Yorkshire and North East markets – officially launched Monday at Nine this week.

Currently working on his own but with advice from a former colleague who now owns a marketing business, Boneham aims to get under the skin of the industry he’s serving.

“We are looking to offer a service where we immerse ourselves in the market in Leeds. We want to understand when agencies are working with their clients, what they are looking for. 

“We will take a different approach, trying to be more marketing, to market our business in a way that reflects the people we want to work with.” 

The company’s name reflects the time of the week Boneham believes workers can be at their unhappiest.

“People often have a Sunday night dread about Monday morning at 9am. I have a good feeling at that time and want it to resonate.”

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5 June 2017


• Executive search and leadership advice firm Adastrum Consulting has launched a tool based on research it carried out with Kingston Business School's Wellbeing at Work Research Group.

Adastrum claims the Leaders with Purpose tool is the first to explore a leader’s sense of purpose, and how their leadership style and organisational context act as a facilitator or barrier to success.

It collates insights and responses from managers, peers, key stakeholders and those directly reporting to an individual based on a range of questions.

• On-demand recruitment software provider Bullhorn has launched a new suite of software for healthcare staffing firms.

The London-based firm said Bullhorn Healthcare Edition would improve efficiencies in candidate and client engagement, credentialing, document management, shift scheduling and workflow automation.

• Midlands-based legal recruiter Bygott Biggs has created a paralegal and support staff division in response to client demand.

The unit, headed by recruitment consultant Mike Green, will focus solely on non-lawyer workers for the legal sector. It will be based at Bygott Biggs’ Nottingham office. The firm also has bases in Leeds and Birmingham.

Green said the new division meant the firm covered the whole spectrum of roles in the legal sector.

“We feel there is a gap in the market,” he added. “There has been increased use of paralegal and support staff in London recently and it is being replicated in the regions.

“At the moment we are using existing staff but there is potential to hire in the future depending on how busy it becomes.”

The Classroom Partnership has opened a new office in Warrington, the sixth office opening in the UK for the education recruiter.

The staffing agency says it sees the North-West as a strategic growth area and Warrington as an ideal location. It will support local authorities in Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington and surrounding areas.

Along with the new office, Gail Andrews has been appointed director. Andrews previously held senior positions within Vision for Education, Axcis SEND Recruitment and ITN Mark Education.

30 May 2017


• Independent job site CV-Library has launched a Republic of Ireland operation. The move also sees sales professional Gavin Smith join the operation. He previously worked at

• Executive search organisation Oceans Group, subsidiary of talent management business Harrier Human Capital, has launched a new executive HR practice. Michael Semark, previously director, executive and permanent at HR recruitment specialist The Next Step has been appointed to lead the new practice.

The firm adds that Semark will shortly be joined by a number of other HR specialists as the firm builds the practice.

• Temporary staffing supplier LOLA Staffing has rebranded and changed name to TempTribe. The firm says the change reflects a desire to retain its core focus as a specialist supplier to the hospitality and events industry, while becoming more relevant to its diverse workforce and client base.

The firm adds the new TempTribe brand reflects the idea of community, with the business planning to use its developing technology to better connect workers with each other, and ensure the best hospitality staff are motivated to remain on its platform.

• Greater Manchester-based contractor accountancy firm Gorilla Accounting has launched a new umbrella business, Gorilla Payroll. The business is aimed at flexible workers, and has been launched in light of recent legislative changes affecting contractors and the self-employed.

• Newcastle-based management recruiter Edward Reed Recruitment has rebranded, launching a new logo and website design featuring iconic imagery associated with the North East.

• Screening software provider IScreenYouScreen has launched. The software works by providing online application forms and reference requests, while letter templates can be branded to suit any company. Users also have access to a database of more than 100,000 employers, with contact details that integrate with automatic letter and email generation in a bid to speed up referencing procedures.

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