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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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7 November 2017


• Indian online HR marketplace AasaanJobs has launched a Live Application Tracker. The Tracker is similar to order tracking systems on e-commerce websites, helping jobseekers receive live status and updates on their job applications created on AasaanJobs.

The feature also allows for responding to interview calls and booking slots, informing the employer about availability at particular times and days.

• US developer of programmatic job advertising technology Appcast is expanding operations beyond North America to include the UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

To support the expansion, Tom Chevalier, vice president of product for Appcast, will temporarily relocate to London. The firm adds it will be appointing a managing director to help build its UK presence.

• Blockchain career verification platform APPII is launching verified career profiles, enabling candidates of IT jobsite Technojobs and a strategic partner of APPII, to present verified CVs to employers.

The APPII platform allows individuals to create dynamic career profiles that are verified using blockchain technology. These ‘Intelligent Profiles’ enable candidates to use blockchain technology to verify qualifications, career history, and other career achievements.

• International recruiter Omega Resource Group has opened an office in South Marston, Swindon.

30 October 2017


• Global recruiter Antal International has expanded its operations in China with opening of an office in Guangzhou. The Guangzhou office, which recruits into the automotive, insurance, manufacturing and technology sectors, follows the opening of Dalian and Wuhan offices in October and August 2017.

Antal Dalian covers general insurance, life & health insurance, and reinsurance appointments. Antal Wuhan office helps clients to recruit automotive, IT, property and banking professionals.

Blue Legal has launched its first overseas office, adding New York to its Manchester and London bases. The agency, which serves the legal, accountancy, property and consultancy sectors, said the US operation is an extension of its European and Asia presence to support its global clients.

• Search firm Careers International has opened an office in Hong Kong. Philip Hutchinson, who will also be responsible for growing Careers International’s global banking practice throughout the Asia Pacific region, heads up the new offices.

• The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is to host its first LIVE Virtual Careers Fair. This interactive Careers Fair will be streamed live on CILT’s Facebook page on Wednesday 22 November at 18:00.

The fair will include presentations, live talks and question & answer opportunities. It’s free to register and open to all students looking for a career in logistics and transport.

Students will be able to interact with recruiters, organisations and industry professionals, and learn more about the opportunities available within the sector.

Companies including DHL Supply Chain, Sainsbury’s, Logistics Learning Alliance and XPO Logistics will answer questions directly in real time using online chat technology.

• Procurement and supply chain staffing specialist DSJ Global, a Phaidon International company, has opened an office in Hong Kong. The office, which has its official launch today [1 November], will recruit for procurement, supply chain & logistics, operational excellence, CFO/finance functions and HR roles.

• Technology and professional services staffing specialist Eurostaff is opening its second office in the city of Berlin. The new location is parent company Staffgroup’s third premises in Germany, with the Earthstaff brand based in Hamburg.

Having opened in a three-man office in February 2013, Eurostaff’s Berlin operation is now a 75-person business. The firm says this latest expansion has been driven by demand for talent in the innovative engineering space. Wasilij Korotchenko, who heads up Eurostaff’s engineering team in Germany, will head up this new office.

• Global IT sales and digital recruitment company Finlay James has opened an office in Downtown San Francisco. Vice president of US operations Nick Guy will be spearheading the new venture, based in the WeWork offices at 650 California Street.

• Team GB triathlete Shayne Wilson has launched rec-to-rec Kanso Recruitment. The business is based in Manchester City Centre and supports recruitment business across the North-West and London.

Wilson qualified to represent Team GB in Triathlon earlier this year.

• UK payroll provider RACS Group is divesting from the umbrella model and has launched a new Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) service suite.

PEO, which is fee-free for contractors, streamlines processes and brings together a range of benefits, which sees contractors gain access to their earnings in advance of their scheduled pay day and the real-time matching of contractors’ competencies and availability with suitable temporary work.

23 October 2017


• Specialist recruitment and training agency Acorn has opened a new branch in Bridgwater in Woodlands Business Park. This new branch is one of two new locations in the South-West, with another office set to open in Bournemouth.

Newly appointed commercial development manager Matthew Hastie has been brought in to manage both the Bournemouth and Bridgwater offices.

• Recruitment giant Adecco has joined forces with multinational Microsoft to launch technology start-up YOSS. The freelancer platform, launched this week, has been custom built to specifically facilitate the relationship between freelancers and enterprises.

• Global human capital management solutions provider ADP has rolled out its cloud-based human capital management system ADP iHCM 2 in Germany, Italy, Netherlands and the UK.

The solution aims to simplify and streamline HR processes for pay, talent acquisition, time management, performance management, development and training, as well as tools for HR administration, reporting and analysis.

Kalcrest Site Services has announced its return to Bradford. The construction recruiter launched in Bradford in 2003 before moving to Rotherham in 2011.

• Digital staffing specialist Propel London has moved to larger offices at 55 Greek Street in the heart of the capital’s West End as part of its expansion plans.

18 October 2017

Start-up of the Month: LUCKYLINK's EVA

Recruitment app provider LUCKYLINK has launched EVA (Employment Virtual Assistant) – a recruiter bot hardwired with artificial intelligence, which has the knowledge of a recruitment executive with two years’ experience.

Officially launched in October, EVA can source and present five suitable candidates in less than five days following a 10-minute brief from an employer.

But LUCKYLINK founder Ben Kaminsky told Recruiter EVA doesn’t spell the end for companies using human recruitment consultants. “The idea is to make the consultant role truly relationship driven, to reward behaviours that build and develop deeper connections with candidates and clients. 

“The scalability and cost effectiveness of this platform mean it will very quickly challenge in-house teams for both total cost to hire and longevity of placement. Our algorithms get better the more you use us resulting in higher success rate of placements with clients as the relationship matures.

“It costs the same to recruit a permanent hourly paid worker through us as it does to hire an agency temp for two-and-a-half weeks for the same role.”

EVA has already gained 15 customers to date, however Kaminsky said the aim is to expand its use across the whole recruitment lifecycle. 

“There are huge opportunities for automating the day-to-day tasks carried out by recruiters,” he added.