New to Market

10 July 2018


• Global management consulting and professional services firm Accenture, along with other UK employers and members of government, have launched West Midlands Pilot: ‘Transition to Work’. The programme aims to help young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) by bringing them together with organisations.

The project’s partners include Accenture, Movement to Work, UnLtd, O2, Youth Employment UK and West Midlands Combined Authority with support from the Cabinet Office and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Crown World Mobility has rebranded.

The rebrand includes a new website and visual identity, while the new brand will be rolled out across the company’s 101 world mobility offices across 53 countries.

The global mobility firm also announced the appointments of Liana Ciatto as vice president of account management and Nick Sutton as vice president of global business development.

• Boutique recruiter Dynamite Recruitment has moved from its Langstone Gate offices to Lakeside North Harbour – a 130-acre business office campus in Hampshire.

• Aberdeen-based Engage Talent Partners has launched. The agency, launched by founder and recruitment director Scott Leonard, operates an exclusive partnership model and has already secured projects in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Great Yarmouth and London.

• Back-office software firm ETZ Payments is launching a start-up version of enterprise recruitment back-office software. Startup 20/20, based on ETZ Payments’ back-office technology for large agencies, offers small businesses in the recruitment sector the same features at a fraction of the cost.

The new software enables start-up recruiters to focus on winning clients rather than administrative jobs, by fully automating day-to-day back-office tasks such as submitting and verifying candidate timesheets, chasing invoices, and settling payments.

• Professional and tech recruiter Real Time Consultants has moved to new offices Whitefriars in Bristol to provide more space and support for both its Real Time Consultants and RT Consulting divisions.

3 July 2018


• The Association of Professional Service Companies (APSCo) has announced a three-day trade delegation to Eindhoven in the Netherlands, starting on 9 October 2018.

Sponsored by Taylor Wessing, the delegation will include a programme of specialist briefings from recruitment professionals on the local business opportunities and market trends, along with practical tips on how to set up and grow a business in the region.

• Recruitment investment firm Bluestones Group has launched Bluestones One. Bluestones One brings together a number of the group’s national specialist recruitment and service companies including Bluestones Logistics, Bluestones Retail, Plus Point, Lean Plus, Zebralight and Bluestones Merchandising.

• Recruitment and training provider Bluestones Staffing NI has launched a programme aimed at helping unemployed people into work and tackle the driver shortage in Northern Ireland.

The firm has partnered with Lemis + Belfast Works to launch a training programme in Greater Belfast, giving the unemployed and those working less than 16 hours a week the opportunity to train and work as LGV (large goods vehicle) drivers.

The programme is funded by Lemis + Belfast Works. Lemis + Belfast Works provides free employment support and job opportunities, and is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme.

• Pre and post-employment screening solutions specialist First Advantage has opened an EU data centre in Amsterdam.

26 June 2018


• Energy staffing specialist Cathcart Energy has opened an office in Rotterdam, Netherlands, its third office in Europe after opening in Germany and Sweden.

A subsidiary of Edinburgh-based IT recruitment specialists Cathcart Associates, Cathcart Energy focuses on recruitment within the renewable energy sector. Rotterdam is a key location for building wind turbines and a hub for renewable energy companies.

• National recruitment agency Encore Personnel has launched its e-grads (Encore Graduates in Recruitment Are Destined for Success) graduate scheme. Roles range from sales to admin, while the training scheme is designed to run alongside a graduate’s day-to-day role at Encore.

The scheme includes internal training and a dedicated career development plan, which will aim to foster the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a career in recruitment.

• Technical engineering recruiter Highfield Professional Solutions has moved into larger offices in Durley, Hampshire. Highfield specialises in recruitment for the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure in the South of the UK.

Work180, a new jobs network for women is launching in the UK. The network, which first launched in Australia, connects employers with female talent through a pre-screening process.

Launched by co-founder and CEO Gemma Lloyd, the network assesses employers on a range of criteria from the likes of pay equality, flexible working, paid parental leave and equal opportunities, through to the availability of a breastfeeding room, mentoring schemes or a domestic violence support policy.

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.

• Manchester-based talent-sharing platform Final Stage has launched.

The platform, founded by Eddie De Lewis and Will Morris, aims to reshape the way organisations engage with top talent at the final stages of a recruitment process, by getting companies to share their unused talent.

Final Stage operates a strict invite-only policy for both companies and candidates to join the network. Companies that contribute to the platform also gain access to the shared pre-vetted talent pool, helping them find future talent.

In March, professional services firm PwC selected Final Stage for its Scale Programme, designed to help innovative technology companies scale up. De Lewis and Morris are now raising capital to fuel the next stage of growth.

• 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. 

• Global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has launched a speciality practice in artificial intelligence, led by Ryan Bulkoski.

• Scotland-based recruiter HRC Recruitment has expanded to Dundee, with the opening of a city centre office led by Ian McHardy.

• 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.

• Global recruiter Oliver James Associates has opened an office in Amsterdam. The office is led by Julien Fabius and will serve the Benelux region.

Rota has expanded its operations to Glasgow. The temporary staffing app launched in Edinburgh in October last year.

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.