New to Market

20 February 2018


• Enterprise cloud applications provider Workday is launching a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

13 February 2018

Start-up of the Month: Talentful

When founders and co-CEOs Chris Abbass and Philip Blaydes launched tech sector recruitment agency Talentful, their aim was to solve the recruitment issues both were experiencing in their respective in-house recruitment roles.

According to Abbass, who previously worked in-house at Shazam and Amazon, he and Blaydes, who worked in-house at several digital agencies, saw a gap in the market for an agency that could offer tech companies a flexible recruitment solution whereby their consultants work onsite and clients are charged a flat fee to recruit for roles across the organisation rather than commission.

“They get a partner, which can really represent the brand, which can contact the teams and really understand the business and the culture, making the process of attracting candidates, finding them and getting them onboard a lot more efficient,” Abbass told Recruiter. “We find that is our big USP [unique selling proposition], and the fact that all of our people come from recruitment backgrounds – in some of the fastest growing tech companies in the world. They’ve got the agency experience but they’ve got the in-house experience as well.”

Looking ahead, Abbass said the firm has one eye on expanding beyond its London and Manchester operations.

“We’re focused on growing our presence in Manchester and London, and then we’re looking further afield to places such as Los Angeles, San Francisco – the West Coast of the US. 

13 February 2018


• The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has launched its ‘Leading the Way’ programme for senior recruitment managers and directors.

The programme focuses on three core areas of organisational growth, looking at best-practice governance, outstanding leadership and business strategy. Mentoring and support is provided by experts including Paul Glynn, Lisa Jones and Kai Murray, while the workshop modules are designed to equip business leaders with the tools and confidence to drive sustainable growth.

The first wave of 11 workshop modules to be delivered between February and December 2018 include ‘Demystifying Finance’, a ‘Digital Marketing Masterclass’ and looking at the ‘Commercial Impact of Culture’.

• Online marketplace ClickMechanic has launched a mechanic in residence programme. The programme enables car mechanics to work from home offering free phone consultations to ClickMechanic’s customers, using their skill set and experience to diagnose any problems with the customer’s vehicle.

• Cardiff-based IT recruitment agency Computer Recruiter has launched TechEvents.Wales, which will provide tech enthusiasts with news and information about all the latest tech meet ups and events in their area.

• Cloud-based web accessibility solution app Recite Me and recruitment outsourcing provider Guidant Group (part of the Impellam Group) have launched a digital inclusion guide for recruiters.

The guide helps recruiters understand how to make the digital and online parts of the recruitment process more accessible for disabled jobseekers.

• Construction staffing specialist ITS has opened three new offices in the UK.

ITS North West office, led by branch manager Jack Birks, is in the Downs Business Centre, Altrincham. He is joined by recruitment consultants Kenny Plumb and Ryan Hegg.

ITS Swansea is on Mansell Street, and is headed up by senior consultant Matt Dyer. He is joined by consultant Jon Young and resourcer Jordan David.

ITS Wiltshire is based in the Manor House Enterprise Centre in Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon. Andy Graham is branch director, and is joined by recruitment consultants Ben Wootton and Dean Roberts.

• Healthcare recruiter TFS Healthcare has taken up an additional floor at its existing Central London home at 2 London Bridge.

• California-based has launched Uncommon IQ – a qualifications-based talent marketplace that aims to connect jobseekers, employers and job sites in a fully-automated, transparent and objective way.

Using a proprietary AI algorithm to analyse career paths, experience, skill level and job interest, Uncommon IQ aims to give recruiters on-demand access to applicants that meet or exceed every job requirement and are ready to be interviewed, eliminating the costly and manual inefficiencies of traditional sourcing.

5 February 2018


• Recruitment investment group Bluestones Group has launched its latest joint venture, a specialist recruitment and training provider operating in Northern Ireland.

Belfast-based Bluestones Staffing NI will provide temporary and permanent personnel to the logistics, retail and manufacturing industry, as well as providing training solutions to companies throughout Ireland.

Debbie McDermott and Kieran Allmark, Bluestones Staffing NI directors, launched the business with the support of the Bluestones Group and have more than 35 years’ expertise in the industry.

As well as providing the investment and aid to launch the new business, Bluestones Group will continue to support Bluestones Staffing NI with its extensive range of services which include marketing, finance, HR, IT and admin.

• Liverpool-based headhunter Chad Harrison International has expanded its European operation with the opening of two new offices in Frankfurt and Brussels.

• Multi-sector recruiter Cobalt Recruitment has launched an office in Vienna, Austria. Managing director Daniel Bauer heads up the new office.

• Assessment specialist cut-e has launched video assessment platform vidAssess. The platform aims to ensure video interviews, which are often conducted early in the recruitment process, are structured and job-related, avoiding unconscious bias so candidates can be fairly and objectively assessed on their merits.

• Global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has launched Heidrick Consulting, a new business combining its leadership consulting and culture-shaping businesses. Managing director Andrew LeSueur, who was previously MD of leadership consulting in the Americas, will lead the new venture.

• Recruitment platform Novacare has launched. The software enables care sector teams to use live data to inform decisions, automate certain processes and interview potential candidates digitally.

• Global recruiter Phaidon International has launched its Phaidon Reward app in the US. The app capitalises on the targeted social networks of consultants across the company, rewarding them for their social influence.

• Bespoke pre-employment screening and vetting service SecureSearch has launched. Managed by a team of recruitment professionals who work alongside clients, SecureSearch is part of Search Consultancy, which employs over 700 people nationally.

Using a new cloud-based platform with banking-level secure encryption, the SecureSearch team researches a range of pre-employment screening requirements to deliver a report on the employment, qualifications and criminal history of prospective candidates.

• Recruitment technology provider Textkernel has launched Extract! 4.0 – a deep learning powered CV parsing solution.

CV parsing is the process of converting an unstructured CV into a structured format that can be integrated into any software system. Deep learning is a set of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that automatically finds patterns in data using brain-like structures called Neural Networks.

Textkernel is using the technology in a bid to help employers and staffing & recruitment agencies to be more efficient in their HR and recruitment processes. The new release of Textkernel’s CV parsing software is currently available in the English languages.

30 January 2018


ALC, the global human capital consultancy for the executive search industry, has launched a new advisory division. The new launch is designed to help hiring organisations build their own high-performing in-house executive search functions.

The firm is part of a portfolio of brands, which includes executive search-to-search and executive assessment solutions. The firm is currently forming an advisory board, which already includes James Gardner, former executive search lead at Dixons Carphone, and Ben Barratt, who previously led and developed Alexander Mann’s executive talent solutions business within financial services and is now director of TMC Search.

• Midlands-based recruiter Macildowie, which also operates across Leicester, Milton Keynes, Derby and Northampton, has now moved to its new premises on the sixth floor of Waterfront House on Station Street, Nottingham.

The group adds its new Nottingham home is nearly double the size of the company’s previous headquarters on Castle Gate.

• Hertfordshire-based marketing and HR recruitment consultancy Mesh Talent has been launched by Suellen Morris and Vicky Langford. The agency, which was formed following the pair’s meeting at a local mother-and-baby group, has committed to donating money from every placement it makes.

nGAGE Specialist Recruitment has launched Ignition People, a start-up that will connect specialist IT development & data talent with opportunities across Europe and the DACH Region. The launch will also see the strengthening of nGAGE’s offering in the STEM sector coinciding with their recent acquisition of GCS Recruitment.

The NQT Partnership has launched.

The newly qualified teacher recruitment agency is founded by managing director and Ashley Atmore with the help of Bluestones Investment Group.

• Commercial recruitment specialist RAW Recruitment Solutions has officially launched in Crewe, Cheshire, focusing on temporary and permanent recruitment in Cheshire and the surrounding areas.

RAW – which stands for Resourceful, Authentic and Well-advised – is the latest company to join the Bluestones Group, an investment company for specialist recruitment businesses. RAW is led by founder and director Fiona Welch.

• Talent assessment provider Talent Plus has launched new analytics-based workforce and succession planning solutions.

• Recruitment specialist TeamJobs and law firm Steele Raymond have launched Connect HR - an academy for HR and business leaders.   The Connect HR Forum is an inclusive meeting place where human resources professionals and business leaders can discuss the hot topics affecting business, from mental health and harassment to data protection.

TeamJobs has been running a smaller scale Human Resources Forum with Steele Raymond for 18 months.

25 January 2018

Graduates take the PepsiCo challenge to win place on graduate programme

Launched last year, the programme was initially available across three regions – the UK, France and Spain – but has now been extended to include Belgium, the Netherlands, Serbia, Romania, Greece, Russia and South Africa.

According to PepsiCo, the company is seeking graduates with a “knack for business” to identify what they believe will be the next food or drink sensation. Applicants are tasked with developing their own unique food or drink product, or developing an existing PepsiCo product, pitching it to PepsiCo and explaining how they would take this to market.

PepsiCo’s industry experts will then whittle down the most promising concepts from these entries, with those chosen given access to a global digital portal where they will work alongside an experienced PepsiCo mentor to develop their idea even further.

The best business minds from this stage will make it through to the final where they will get the opportunity to present their idea to a panel of PepsiCo market experts. All finalists will be given the opportunity to interview for a position on PepsiCo’s competitive graduate programme, either within the digital or insights team. They are also in with a chance of winning a MacBook Air, an Xbox One X or Beats headphones.

• Comment below on this story. You can also tweet us to tell us your thoughts or share this story with a friend. Our editorial email is

22 January 2018


AlgoMe, a London-based start-up using intelligent technology for career development and job placement, has announced the release of its free mobile app for Android and iOS available through Google Play and iTunes.

• Recruitment membership organisation Elite Leaders has relaunched its service offering. Changes include:

  • The introduction of five new principals/directors alongside chairman John O’Sullivan. These are: Tara Ricks (ex-Randstad), Mel Forbes (ex-Guidant), Sue Cooper (ex-Morgan Hunt), Midge Bennett (ex-Rethink Group) and Steve Carter (ex-Morgan McKinley).
  • The introduction of subject matter experts, including Poonam Mawani (finance), Francis West (IT), Robert Woodford (marketing), Katrina Hagan (talent), Ann Bryce (delivery) and Natalie Le Fleur (compliance).
  • Consultancy provided within the membership fee from one of these principals or experts and new meeting formats.

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) is restructuring its membership status from 30 September. From that date, all members of the UK’s independent trade association for professional employment services must be fully accredited members.

The FCSA currently has two types of membership – accredited and associate. Accredited membership is awarded to those professional support companies that have been able to demonstrate certain compliance standards and have been independently audited to confirm that they adhere to FCSA’s rigorous code of practice.

By contrast, FCSA’s associate members have agreed to adhere to the FCSA Charter and have self-certified that their business is run by fit and proper persons.

The decision has been made by the trade body to provide clarity for the industry so that recruiters and others in the supply chain are assured that all FCSA members operate to the same compliance standard.

Julia Kermode, FCSA CEO, said: “The decision to only represent fully accredited members and discontinue associate membership has not been made lightly and has largely come about due to the confusion within the sector regarding our two membership types.

“FCSA membership is perceived by the industry as a mark of excellence that all members have met the FCSA’s high standard of compliance via accreditation, so we have a duty of care to ensure that this is the case. Our decision to introduce one type of membership should provide clarity for everyone.”

• Alex Arnot is making his live and on-demand online recruitment training – Recruiter Club – free. Recruiters simply need to enter their name, company and email address at to receive live and on-demand training for free.

The next free live event ‘Preparing your business today to maximise future exit value and the 10 critical questions you need to be asking’ is this Friday, 26 January. Twelve on-demand sessions are currently available.

• IT, finance, business change, corporate services and government staffing specialist Sanderson Recruitment has opened a new office in Leeds. The new office in the Platform Building on New Station Street will be led by Shane Marriott under the supervision of Alistair Collier, Sanderson’s North England regional manager.

Search Consultancy has opened an office in Ealing, West London. The multi-sector recruiter says the office will meet growing demand for trades and labour staff on construction projects in the City. Six new consultant positions will be created at the new site at Saunders House, 50-53 The Mall.

• Global executive search and consulting boutique SRi’s Asia operations are to expand with the launch of a Shanghai office and new appointments to its Greater China team. Led by Beijing-based partner Ting Zhang, the Greater China team office also welcomes consultant Joshua Liu, who joins SRi from recruitment giant Randstad, where he specialised in the luxury and retail industries.

• Start-up SureCert firm has received a £400k investment to develop and launch an online recruitment platform requiring a high level of verification.

The platform ensures all candidate (candidates opt in to the system and adjust their privacy settings) data visible to employers is pre-verified. This includes proof of qualifications already verified by the universities and awarding bodies, tackling the issue of ‘fake degrees’ and references, which have already been verified by previous employers.

17 January 2018

Nicoll Curtin backs talent-changing District4 recruitment solution

Heading up District4 is co-founder Kyle John Probert (pictured), who tells Recruiter the new business will focus on running a variety of events, open to both clients and candidates, to “build real communities with real people” specialising in DevOps (development and operations) for technology companies. Guests will be asked to bring along another person with them.

The approach is based on Probert’s view that people will secure their next job “by talking to people” instead of relying on traditional “cloak and dagger” recruitment methods. “Transparency is our big offer,” Probert says.

The idea of bringing along another person is not to generate leads, he added, but as part of community building. “We’re facilitating; we’re in the middle,” Probert says. 

Another facet of District4’s transparency will be the early-on sharing with candidates of all of the information the company has about a client. “We send them everything we have,” Probert says.

The company’s name is a nod to the fourth industrial revolution now underway, according to Probert. 

Co-founder James Johnson, CEO of Nicoll Curtin Group, says: “We’re really excited about what recruitment will look like. It’s all part of our strategy to identify the very best recruitment leaders in the industry to drive innovation.”

The other Nicoll Curtin Group brands are Nicoll Curtin Technology, Purple Halo and BeecherMadden.

• Comment below on this story. You can also tweet us to tell us your thoughts or share this story with a friend. Our editorial email is