New to Market

23 April 2018


• Executive search firm Miramar Global has launched Miramar Talent, which applies the firm’s executive search methodology to the workforce talent process.

The firm, which has offices in London and Philadelphia, says the new product helps businesses to have a greater impact on diversity, meet the demands of digital transformation or simply refresh their high performing teams.

The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) has opened a new office in Gracechurch Street, near Monument tube station after outgrowing its previous London office in King William Street.

The investment in a new office supports the built environment recruiter’s continued expansion of its existing 40-plus strong team.

20 April 2018

Irish minister opens ttm Healthcare’s new Manchester office

The new Manchester office for the Irish international healthcare specialist recruitment company, which is headquartered in Ennis, forms part of a three-year multi-million-euro capital investment by ttm Healthcare.

The investment aims to deliver on its ambition to become the largest provider of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals to UK hospitals and healthcare facilities. The new office will employ 15 people.

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17 April 2018


Airport Placements Ltd (APL) is expanding its recruitment services in Manchester. The airport staffing specialist, based at Birmingham Airport, has opened the new office to serve Manchester and other airports in Northern England and Scotland.

APL, part of the HR GO group of companies, also recently established an operation in Endeavour House, Stansted Airport, in the South-East.

• Global workforce solutions provider Airswift has launched a new model aimed at changing the relationship between operators and companies, known as the Oilfield Service Integration model.

The model aims to provide full transparency into the “hidden” costs associated with third-party services, dramatically reducing total spend. It also allows operators more control over the work carried out on their behalf, from crew size and hours to process and safety.

Arctic Shores, which provides psychometric assessments using game-based technology, is opening an international office in Singapore, and has appointed VJ Posadas as general manager. The new office will serve local clients as well as those in India, Australia and Indonesia.

• Birmingham-headquartered executive search firm Berwick Partners has launched an office in Amsterdam to increase its foothold in the European market, and strengthen links between the UK and the EU.

The firm has also introduced two practices and made three hires (see Appointments, 16-20 April 2018). A dedicated ‘place’ practice will serve the local government sector, while Berwick Talent Solutions will deliver project and volume recruitment of senior and specialist talent for clients as they expand, relocate or undergo change and transformation.

• The founding director of construction recruiter Contract Scotland has launched a new consultancy business – Coresco. Colin Woodward revealed his new firm will work with new and expanding recruitment agencies, as well as employers trying to get the best value for money from their recruitment suppliers.

Woodward said: “Although I’m still the majority shareholder in Contract Scotland, which currently has a turnover of £20m in the technical/professional sector of the construction industry, the day-to-day business has been run by my fellow directors for several years now. I’m keen to use my knowledge and experience to help the next generation of recruitment entrepreneurs achieve their ambitions.”

GBG, which specialises in identity data intelligence, has enhanced its KnowYourPeople employee screening solution with ‘Right to Work’ management functionality. The company says the new feature will help businesses manage their right-to-work checks on new employees, helping them to avoid £20k fines.

• Global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles has launched a disruptive innovators team. The team, led by Tim Alexander Lüdke, will work with developing organisations to succeed in their go-to-market strategies by filling important talent gaps, advising on transformation and change management, and accelerating their growth and development.

• The HR Certification Institute has launched HRCI, a suite of on-demand learning and assessment modules to help in talent management.

HRCI is a suite of on-demand learning and assessment modules aimed at raising the bar on the talent management capabilities of global business professionals – both HR and non-HR – who have responsibility for creating high-performing employees, teams and organisations.

Modules, which can be completed at a user’s own pace, will aim to give users the skills and knowledge needed to help organisations avoid risks, optimise performance, engage employees and enhance business outcomes.

• Global staffing and services company Insight Global has announced the formation of its Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). The WLC is charged with empowering, inspiring and developing the company’s current and future female leaders, as a supplement to the company’s existing broader leadership development.

The WLC is comprised of 17 women in varying levels of leadership. The goal is to create opportunities to observe each other and interact with women outside of their own leadership trees through a mentorship programme.

• Recruitment software provider Microdec has launched a new version of its Profile product, which includes tools to help recruiters manage incoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules compliance.

16 April 2018

Start-up of the Month: Reecru

Launched last month by founder Rishi Kapadia, Reecru is an online recruitment agency providing traditional recruitment agency services, through the use of specialist freelance recruiters.

Kapadia explained the way the platform works is it enables the hiring employer to post their requirements on the platform, which is then picked up by a freelance recruiter of their choice. That recruiter then screens all the applicants and shortlists the top candidates for the employer. The recruiter then uses the platform to manage the scheduling of phone calls or face-to-face interviews, as well as providing feedback to candidates.

According to Kapadia, cost is a big unique selling proposition for the business. “We bring down the commission costs. It works on a fixed fee per job, so we charge £999 for each job on a salary of up to £50k. That’s considerably less that your traditional recruitment model.”

Kapadia added the Leicester-based firm has an eye on developing the platform further to work with larger organisations beyond its current client base of small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs). “We’re looking to work with bigger organisations, which have more complex hiring requirements, and hopefully create a system that helps them streamline their recruitment processes,” he said.

“Companies that are lot bigger tend to have complex requirements, culture issues or very technical roles that they’re looking for. Capturing those requirements is a bit difficult on the platform at the minute, so right now we’re focusing on the SMEs but going forward we want to adapt the platform and improve our candidate search methods.”

10 April 2018


• Assessment specialist cut-e has launched smartPredict, a suite of validated psychometric assessments that uses ‘game-style’ challenges, to engage candidates. 

Covering job-related abilities, including logical, spatial and numerical reasoning, smartPredict can be used as part of the recruitment process for any role and is particularly targeted at early career roles involving millennial applicants.

• International recruiter Devire Group has opened an office in the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague, which will be led by Tomas Surka and Martin Schneide.

• HR tech company mroads has launched Paññã – a hiring and recruitment web video conference platform – with $500k (£352k) angel seed funding and a million-dollar injection. Beta clients include Intuit, iCIMS, MobiTV, University of Texas (Dallas) and Anuta Networks.

• Specialist construction recruiter Orchard Recruitment has moved to new offices in Woodhead House in Providence Street in the centre of Wakefield.

• Enterprise cloud applications provider Workday has opened an office in Milan, Italy.

4 April 2018


• Assessment specialist cut-e has launched an insight guide offering five steps to help contact centres identify, select and retain talented agents.

The guide, ‘Recruiting special agents’, highlights that many contact centres replace a quarter of their staff every year, primarily because of ‘poor job-fit’. It provides advice to help contact centre recruiters differentiate their employer brand, engage candidates, improve the efficiency of their selection process and hire the right people.

• Manchester-based specialist recruitment consultancy MERJE’s London team has moved to new larger offices in Fleet Street. The firm is also building a new purpose built head office in Whitefield, Manchester.

• International recruiter Quanta Consultancy Services has launched subsidiary Quanta Consultancy Services BV, based in Delft in the Netherlands.

Quanta provides staffing services to clients within the life sciences, renewable energy and ICT industries in over 25 countries from its UK-based HQ. The recruiter already deals with clients in the Benelux region, particularly within the pharma and bio-pharma industries.

27 March 2018


• Acas has published a new guide on agency workers after finding one in four calls from agency workers to its helpline revealed they are not being paid correctly.

Workers raised the issue of delays to their wage payments from agencies, of not being paid at all, or not being paid correctly.

The new agency workers guidance aims to help all those involved in this working relationship to understand the rights and responsibilities of agency workers or those using the services of an employment agency.

Tips for agency workers include:

  1. Agency workers are entitled to be paid even if the agency has not received a payment from the employer.
  2. Make sure you know your employment status as this is essential to understand your rights. Whether you are a worker, an employee or self-employed, affects your pay, holidays and other entitlements.
  3. Remember that after a 12-week qualifying period, in most situations an agency worker must receive the same pay as those directly employed.

• International recruiter Harvey Nash Recruitment Solutions has launched the Future Skills Programme. Partnering with professional development experts Corndel, the programme will make use of the UK government’s Apprenticeship Levy scheme to train a new generation of software engineers by bringing high potential talent from outside the sector, and building their skills through the training and development programme.

• Life sciences staffing specialist ProClinical has opened an office in Shanghai, led by client services director Tom Tan. ProClinical has set up in the heart of China’s biggest life science hub to offer its staffing solutions to innovative start-ups looking to expand their workforce with highly-skilled professionals.

• Medical recruiter Remedium Partners has launched Red Carpet by Remedium – a relocation, accommodation and information service. The service, launched in partnership with platform provider Benivo, offers doctors help with rental and property sourcing across the UK, finance arrangements, local property market insights, and education and schooling support for families.

23 March 2018

SThree opens STEM Centre of Excellence in Glasgow

The centre will bring together SThree’s UK support services, creating more than 200 jobs in Glasgow during 2018, and aims to support its global business in the STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] industries.

Recruitment for IT, finance and HR posts is now underway with the company hoping to have more than 200 people in place at its new city centre office by the end of the year.

The investment is supported by £2m regional selective assistance funding from regional development agency Scottish Enterprise, which will see SThree create a total of 314 new jobs in Glasgow over the next three years.

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