New to Market

5 December 2017


• Networking, systems infrastructure and security recruiter Franklin Fitch has launched a new UK contract team. The team is led by contract practice manager Simon Nicholls and supported by new graduate recruitment consultants Chris Mckenzie and Mahsam Khan.

• Nottingham social enterprise Infused Learning has launched a pilot scheme, funded by the National Lottery, offering free courses to help unemployed local residents access qualifications to get them back into work. The organisation is offering free qualifications for Bulwell residents.

Infused Learning co-founder Natalie Sharpe explains: “In Bulwell [North-West of Nottingham], 37.4% of residents have no formal qualifications – this is against a backdrop of 22% across England. In one of the area’s main academies, 107 out of 166 learners at the end of key stage four were deemed disadvantaged.”

28 November 2017

New jobs as Northern Ireland prepares for gold rush?

Sperrin Mountains: Is there gold in them thar hills?

The Financial Times reports that Dalradian Resources has applied for permission to develop a mine in the Sperrin Mountains, County Tyrone.

And the plans have moved a step closer after two investment groups injected a total of £45m into the project.

If given the go-ahead, the development could help to transform the local area, which is one of the poorest in the UK.

The development faces hurdles, however. The proposed site sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and politicians have raised environmental concerns.

Dalradian CEO Patrick Anderson said he expects the approval process to take about two years.

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28 November 2017


• Marketing recruitment agency Denholm Associates claims it is launching Scotland’s first “employer brand” consultancy. Denholm said the Inside Out venture, headed by advertising stalwart Mark Gorman and HR specialist Keith Thompson alongside Nicki and John Denholm, will help the SME sector stand out when it comes to hiring staff.

Denholm CEO Nicki Denholm said: “Many companies invest heavily in their consumer or trade brand for their products or services but don’t invest at all in their employer brand and this leads to a disappointing employee experience. We’re on a mission to change that.”

• Global cloud and network provider Interoute has launched its 2017 graduate scheme in Nottingham, looking for talented candidates in technology and finance roles.

The 12-month scheme provides science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates with an intensive training programme that builds experience, business acumen and offers the opportunity to progress into technical and managerial roles. There are 10 positions available in total, five in the cloud division and five in finance.

Invenias, a cloud-based platform for executive and strategic hiring, has introduced the Invenias GDPR Module – the latest update to its flagship product Invenias 9.

The Invenias GDPR Module, part of the Invenias Global Data Privacy Framework, allows Invenias customers to manage data privacy in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May next year.

The module comprises of options to globally manage data privacy preferences, manage the requirements to inform, manage consent (if and where required) and to manage the requirement for the right to be forgotten and data subject access requests.

• Wales-based recruiter Sphere Solutions is to open a new office in Calgary, Canada. The Cardiff-headquartered company said it has set its sights on the North America market after reporting considerable growth in demand for its services throughout Wales and the South-West of the UK.

The international move is part of an ambitious three-year strategy, which will see Sphere boost its brand profile and increase its turnover to £40m.

• US Staffing 360 Solutions has announced that its Monroe Staffing Solutions subsidiary will open an office in Fort Mill, South Carolina, one of the state’s fastest-growing cities and a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The new office, which will be operational on Thursday [30 November], will offer light industrial and professional staffing services, in addition to a contingent workforce management programme. It will be the group’s first location in South Carolina and continues Staffing 360 Solutions’ expansion strategy along the US eastern seaboard.

It is also intended to further expand the company’s offering towards the South Carolina city of Greenville, home of the Michelin tyre company’s North American headquarters, and onward to Atlanta, Georgia while providing direct access to Charlotte.

20 November 2017


• Specialist transport & logistics recruiter Driver Hire has launched a campaign to coincide with Road Safety Week (20-26 November), highlighting the dangers of speeding.

During Road Safety Week, Driver Hire will be pushing out the ‘Speed down, save lives’ message on social media, as well as printed resources including an A2 poster on the dangers of speed, which it can share with customers and clients.

• National recruitment firm Encore Personnel is launching ‘Agency Passport’ in response to increased security measures at UK airports. Documentation contained in the Agency Passport includes applicant forms, ID checks, reference files, declarations, aviation clearance and proof of relevant skills and qualifications.

In addition, all Encore Personnel candidates will meet the compliance standards as instructed by the CAA, including a five-year checkable work history, proof of a valid level D certificate (Cargo Operative Course), a DBS check and tamper-proof ID card.

Lucy Dean, senior consultant at Encore Personnel, says: “Each candidate with the potential to work in UK airports requires a set of documents to ensure they have a ‘work ready’ status, completed in line with Heathrow online standards and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) audit status, as well as meeting our own high internal audit criteria.”

Roles where the new system operates include wing staff, ground staff, forklift truck drivers and warehouse cargo operatives. Encore says the introduction of Agency Passport will mean a lower candidate processing time for clients, as candidates will be able to acquire the relevant airside and landside clearance “more quickly and efficiently”.

14 November 2017


CHOOZ, an online marketplace that connects models, promotional staff and hostesses with event organisers, has launched in the UK.

• Technology platform Geektastic has officially launched. The platform is supported by a community of experienced global software engineers who personally review coding challenges to evaluate candidates’ skills, as part of the tech recruitment process.

Completed code challenges are reviewed by the community’s ‘UberGeeks’ – experienced software engineers, who also provide constructive performance feedback to candidates. To join the UberGeek community, developers must excel at multiple coding challenges and also perform ‘dummy’ assessments to ensure their reviewing skills match their coding capabilities.

More than 5,000 developers have joined the Geektastic and 80 developers are now earning a secondary income as UberGeeks by reviewing code challenges. Skyscanner, Accenture, Go Compare and Just Giving are among the organisations already using Geektastic to support their tech recruitment process.

• Online classifieds platform Gumtree has launched Madgex-built jobs board Jobs from Gumtree.

PMP Recruitment, part of Cordant Group, has developed and launched Cordant Connect – a web application that allows candidates to register with the company from home. The app, optimised for smartphones and tablets, aims to speed up the registration process for candidates seeking work placements, while also allowing PMP’s in-branch teams more time to focus on the candidate experience.

The app also gives candidates the option to automatically upload photographic proof of the necessary ID documentation online, rather than photocopying their passports or driving licences in branch. Following the online registration process, candidates will only require a short face-to-face appointment with PMP staff to verify information ahead of any work placement.

Cordant Connect has been initially rolled out for PMP, ahead of a more extensive implementation across Cordant Group at a later date.

• Real estate staffing specialist RealRec has been launched by Henry Taylor. Taylor was previously head of property recruitment at London-based recruiter Osborne Richardson.

• People assessment tool provider Thomas International has launched an online calculator aimed at helping businesses calculate the cost of staff retention and recruitment within their organisations.

Free to use, the Recruitment and Retention Savings Calculator uses algorithms to work out the cost of recruitment and staff turnover and the potential savings that can be made by hiring the right employees. Information on company size, industry sector, employee turnover, average salary and hire costs are used to estimate the average appointment cost per new recruit and the potential savings that can be made.

13 November 2017

Start-up of the Month: CandiRight

Amanda Shand and Amy Scott have launched job-matching platform CandiRight which, by rating compatibility between the companies’ and candidates’ requirements, aims to reduce staff turnover, under-performance and/or misemployment by identifying the most suitable people at the earliest stage.

The platform does this through use of a real-time matching engine, which checks values and attributes supplied against those entered for each job and flags up matches as they occur. 

“Key to CandiRight’s future success is that jobseekers can sign up to the system, whether or not they are actively looking for a job,” said Shand (pictured, above left).

“The platform works for passive job hunters and those who are career-curious as much as those who actively want a new challenge. And because it keeps all details anonymous, no one will even know that they are looking, unless and until they accept an offer for interview.”

The platform removes the need for candidates to have tailored versions of their CV for various applications, while matched candidates are anonymously presented to employers. The system deliberately removes any characteristics that may lead to unconscious bias in the early stages of recruitment, said Shand.

The platform has been launched with future development in mind: “We have made a conscious decision to launch with a lean version of the platform... enabling us to test the market.”

13 November 2017

Recruiters need to rise to the AI challenge

Recruiters must prepare themselves for the rise and rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in recruitment, according to Adecco Group’s global lead for digital transformation and innovation.

Marcus Sawyerr (pictured, above), president at Adecco Group X, told recruiters at the LinkedIn Talent Intelligence Summit in London that in order to be ready for when AI reached “full maturity” across recruitment “in between two and five years”, action was needed both at the company level and at the level of recruiters’ individual skills. 

He explained how Adecco had used a combination of a chatbot overlaid with AI to help a client plan shifts for 40,000 warehouse workers. However, to successfully adopt AI across recruitment as a whole, Sawyerr suggested the following: 

  • Understand AI within the function and how AI could automate existing tasks. An example was writing job descriptions.
  • Have a clear AI strategy, and have it owned by someone in your office. 
  • Deal with potential obstacles, such as skills shortages, and issues of data privacy emanating from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). An important obstacle will be managing staff “who don’t want their job to change”, as a result of AI and automation, he said
8 November 2017

Good news for recruiters as Twitter raises character count

That’s because Twitter has now confirmed in a company blog that it will roll out doubling of its tweet limit from the traditional 140 character limit, with the exception of tweets in Japanese, Korean and Chinese, which will continue to have 140 characters. Apparently Twitter says tweet cramming is not an issue in these languages.

Twitter’s move follows a trial of the change, announced in September. At the time recruitment marketers warned agencies that just because they had double the number of characters they did not have to use them all.

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