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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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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


• Umbrella and accountancy services provider Brookson has broadened its service offering.

Its new services for recruitment agencies include technology-based accountancy with a dedicated accountant, mobile-friendly timesheet management, payroll management, funding through its Boomerang funding proposition and real-time management information.

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.

• Global technical engineering recruiter Fircroft has opened an office in Detroit, Michigan, to support its growing automotive clients in the US ‘Motor City’.

• Specialist finance and accountancy recruiter iMultiply has opened an office in Belfast. The new office will be headed by director Billy McCarthy and supported by a team that includes manager Jamie Watts, who is relocating from Edinburgh as part of the expansion.

• Job board technology provider Madgex is opening a new office in New York City, expanding its North American territory from its Toronto base in Canada.

• 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.

• Print staffing specialist Taylor Higson has moved from a 10-person office to a 2,000sq ft suite on the top floor of Landmark House, Station Road in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.

The new office has capacity for 30 consultants.

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.