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22 January 2018


AlgoMe, a London-based start-up using intelligent technology for career development and job placement, has announced the release of its free mobile app for Android and iOS available through Google Play and iTunes.

• Recruitment membership organisation Elite Leaders has relaunched its service offering. Changes include:

  • The introduction of five new principals/directors alongside chairman John O’Sullivan. These are: Tara Ricks (ex-Randstad), Mel Forbes (ex-Guidant), Sue Cooper (ex-Morgan Hunt), Midge Bennett (ex-Rethink Group) and Steve Carter (ex-Morgan McKinley).
  • The introduction of subject matter experts, including Poonam Mawani (finance), Francis West (IT), Robert Woodford (marketing), Katrina Hagan (talent), Ann Bryce (delivery) and Natalie Le Fleur (compliance).
  • Consultancy provided within the membership fee from one of these principals or experts and new meeting formats.

Search Consultancy has opened an office in Ealing, West London. The multi-sector recruiter says the office will meet growing demand for trades and labour staff on construction projects in the City. Six new consultant positions will be created at the new site at Saunders House, 50-53 The Mall.

• Global executive search and consulting boutique SRi’s Asia operations are to expand with the launch of a Shanghai office and new appointments to its Greater China team. Led by Beijing-based partner Ting Zhang, the Greater China team office also welcomes consultant Joshua Liu, who joins SRi from recruitment giant Randstad, where he specialised in the luxury and retail industries.

• Start-up SureCert firm has received a £400k investment to develop and launch an online recruitment platform requiring a high level of verification.

The platform ensures all candidate (candidates opt in to the system and adjust their privacy settings) data visible to employers is pre-verified. This includes proof of qualifications already verified by the universities and awarding bodies, tackling the issue of ‘fake degrees’ and references, which have already been verified by previous employers.

17 January 2018

Nicoll Curtin backs talent-changing District4 recruitment solution

Heading up District4 is co-founder Kyle John Probert (pictured), who tells Recruiter the new business will focus on running a variety of events, open to both clients and candidates, to “build real communities with real people” specialising in DevOps (development and operations) for technology companies. Guests will be asked to bring along another person with them.

The approach is based on Probert’s view that people will secure their next job “by talking to people” instead of relying on traditional “cloak and dagger” recruitment methods. “Transparency is our big offer,” Probert says.

The idea of bringing along another person is not to generate leads, he added, but as part of community building. “We’re facilitating; we’re in the middle,” Probert says. 

Another facet of District4’s transparency will be the early-on sharing with candidates of all of the information the company has about a client. “We send them everything we have,” Probert says.

The company’s name is a nod to the fourth industrial revolution now underway, according to Probert. 

Co-founder James Johnson, CEO of Nicoll Curtin Group, says: “We’re really excited about what recruitment will look like. It’s all part of our strategy to identify the very best recruitment leaders in the industry to drive innovation.”

The other Nicoll Curtin Group brands are Nicoll Curtin Technology, Purple Halo and BeecherMadden.

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16 January 2018


• Student and graduate careers app Debut has launched a digital advertising campaign aimed at distracting the attention of thousands of fame-seeking hopefuls flocking towards to TV’s Love Island application process.
In a bid to divert the attention of 18-25-year-olds, Debut’s new Google advertising campaign is positioned next to the actual Love Island online application story, instead encouraging them to download the Debut app and apply for a ‘real job’ instead.

Debut's quick-win diversion campaign invites 18-25s to a dedicated landing page, where Love Island favourite Marcel invites students to raise a glass to new – work – opportunities.

• Following the recent merger of recruitment technology providers Erecruit and Bond International Software, the firm has revealed it will join together under the name Erecruit, while retaining separate brand identities for its flagship software products.

The combined company aims to serve the entire recruitment lifecycle with Erecruit Front Office, Middle Office, Credentialing and VMS solutions for enterprise staffing firms; Adapt Front and Back Office software for middle market firms; eStaff365 Onboarding; and TempBuddy, a temporary workforce management platform.

• International recruiter ICG Medical has opened an office in Plano, Texas, under its Greenstaff Medical USA brand.

• Business psychologists Psychological Consultancy Ltd (PCL) has launched a new app for HR and recruitment professionals. The Profile:Match2 (PM2) app enables users to manage psychometric assessments through assessing behavioural competencies for recruitment, staff development and 360 deg appraisals on-the-go from people’s mobile phones or tablets.

• Start-up R_Block has launched a blockchain-based decentralised anonymous hiring network and referencing tool. Founded by Luke Shipley, Peter Brooke and Charlotte Hall, R_Block is a decentralised CV/reference network, bringing references and skills into a CV, and enabling workers to own their reference data and monetise it through CV tokens.

According to R_Block, candidate employment history data is a core part of identity verification, while every worker has an employment ‘digital fingerprint’, which can be used to uniquely identify them.

• Accountants Raffingers has launched a free helpline for recruitment agencies. The helpline will offer varied advice ranging from questions on tax returns to looking for funding options or advice on the best IT software.

• Digital recruitment platform Recruit My Job has launched. The platform, launched by CEO James Vercesi, aims to enable clients throughout the UK to find specialist vetted agencies in one place.

• Driving, industrial and healthcare staffing specialist Swanstaff Recruitment has opened two family contact centres in Cardiff. Swanstaff, who took over the contract to run the family Contact Services on behalf of Cardiff Council on 1 May 2016, already runs five other Swan Family Contact services in Bedford, Lambeth, Houghton Regis, Coventry and Greenwich.

The Swan Family services in Cardiff are available to both local authority and private referrals. Services include supervised and supported contact, asylum support, community contact, handover and transport.

12 January 2018

Start-up of the Month: Inside Out

The consultancy, launched late 2017, is led by (pictured above, l-r) advertising professional Mark Gorman, HR specialist Keith Thompson and the agency’s CEO Nicki Denholm and executive chairman John Denholm.

Commenting on the new consultancy’s mission, a spokesperson for the agency told Recruiter its aim is to bring “to life the magic of organisations by clearly articulating and then marketing the employer brand”.

“We spotted a gap in the market, primarily in Scotland, for a fully integrated employer brand consultancy service that combines three core skills: HR and people strategy, branding and recruitment/search. We believe we’re unique in offering all three disciplines, along with creative implementation, media planning and buying both on and offline.

“Inside Out begins the employer brand journey from the inside helping organisations shape and manage their people strategies before communicating the key (differentiating) message first of all within the organisation, creating strong advocacy, and then outside to prospective candidates.”

Looking ahead, the spokesperson said the consultancy, which principally targets the SME market, is looking to expand beyond Scotland.

“We aim to attract forward looking SMEs in all areas of business practice across Scotland and then beyond,” the firm’s spokesperson added.

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8 January 2018


• Creative, marketing and digital talent specialist Aquent/Vitamin T has opened a second UK office. The new Reading office will be led by recruitment manager Jonathan Hill.

Broadstone Engage has launched an online platform and app that enables jobseekers and employers in the private security industry to find each other and communicate about opportunities, as well as offering a fully compliant vetting procedure.

Based in Manchester City Centre and set up last year by Tom Pickersgill, the launch follows Broadstone receiving investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). It received £200k from NPIF – Maven Equity Finance, a product fund managed by Maven Capital Partners, after Pickersgill sought advice with his investor pitch and other strategic matters from Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company.

• University of Nottingham graduate Kike Oniwinde has launched Black Young Professionals Network (BYP Network). The social app aims to bring together ambitious black young professionals, helping them to get ahead in their careers and shatter the so-called ‘glass ceiling’ that prevents many ethnic minorities realising their full potential.

BYP Network has more than 2,000 users and has been described as ‘LinkedIn for black professionals’. 

• Healthcare recruiter Clinical Professionals Group has opened an office in Boston in the US. The office is headed up by managing director Stuart Gilboy.

• Multi-sector recruiter Eden Brown, part of nGAGE Specialist Recruitment, has launched Eden Brown Education – a new division covering additional areas of the education sector.

The business covers education roles of all levels, recruiting within primary, secondary and special educational needs, as well as continuing to support further education providers.

• Scotland-based recruiter HR Consultancy has rebranded with a new name and a new logo. The firm is now known as HRC Recruitment.

• South Staffordshire recruiter Jonothan Bosworth has launched an 8-bit video gaming component on its website in a bid to attract consultants to come and work for the agency.

Company mascot Big JB introduces site users to the Mario Bros-style video game and shows people the business, the agency’s vision and benefits of joining Jonothan Bosworth.

• Global recruiter Phaidon International is to open an office in Berlin, Germany on Monday (15 January). Housing the global recruiter’s DSJ Global and Glocomms brands, the office will be headed up by director for Germany, Paul Norman. 

• Recruitment firm Reed has launched a new advertising campaign but has bid a fond farewell to its ‘James Reed’ character that has fronted the brand for the past six years.

The firm says that after detailed consumer research conducted over the summer, advertising will now focus on the “special” feeling you get when you Love Mondays: the joy of loving your job – and loving the start of every week. The campaign also features a version of the song ‘It Must be Love’ covered by singer Joy Crookes.

3 January 2018


• Careers site CV-Library has announced plans for a renewed outdoor advertising campaign this New Year.
The campaign will target active jobseekers as they work, shop and play, by investing in adverts across roadside formats, rail, gyms, coffee shops located in key cities and towns across the UK, including London, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Sheffield, Cardiff and Exeter.
CV-Library will also return to the airways this New Year, with a radio advert running between January and March across a number of stations, including Kiss, Capital, Magic, Heart and Absolute.

Evolution Recruitment Solutions has opened an office in the centre of Frankfurt. The office is the IT recruiter’s second in Germany, following on from the opening of its office in Magdeburg back in 2010.  

• Specialist insurance recruitment and talent management consultancy IDEX Consulting is to open a new office in central Manchester, which will be headed by Paul Davey, who joins from recruitment giant Hays where he was a business director.

• Multi-sector recruiter NonStop Recruitment has opened an extension to its Prague office. The new office space offers an additional 450 sq m.

The new extension accommodates a training area, lecture hall-style seats, a projector, ‘relax zones’, an area set to be filled with standing desks, a new server room, a new meeting room, two smaller one-on-one meeting rooms, a new kitchen, new bathrooms and another entrance.

Women in Travel CIC, a social enterprise founded by travel industry professional Alessandra Alonso, has launched ‘Women Returners’ a drive to help unemployed women into travel & tourism jobs.
Working with homelessness charity Crisis, Women in Travel will support and train women who have been out of work. Partners include MTR Crossrail, Diamondair and hospitality partners Georgian House Hotel, UnderTheDoormat and digital marketers Digital Dialog. 
Those enrolled on the ‘Women Returners’ will be given a one-week training course where employers can meet and interview the women with the view to providing either full-time jobs or a short-term, paid internship at the end of the programme. The first ‘Women Returners’ programme begins on 29 January and will offer women roles with industry partners. 

Companies who wish to join are asked to pay a membership fee towards the set up and training of women. In exchange companies enjoy benefits including being able to display the Women Returners Logo and getting free mentoring training for employees.
Recruitment fees will eventually be paid when the women are fully employed.

18 December 2017


• Berry Recruitment Group has opened its second office in Southampton.

The new technical branch – specialising in engineering, facilities management and construction ­– will be led by Scott Mills.

The national recruitment group revealed that Berry regional sales director Angela Milne has relocated the firm’s technical branch from Surrey because of the potential growth available in Southampton and the wider region.

• Recruitment sector investor company Bluestones Group has launched a joint venture in the form of MEP Resourcing, a North West-based construction recruitment specialist business.

The firm is led by MEP managing director Ben Leigh.

• IT and technology recruitment specialist Graffiti Recruitment has opened a new office in Belfast as part of a growth programme to enable the company to fill IT specific jobs and bridge the skills gap facing Northern Ireland.

The company is working with the education sector and outreach groups to ensure children are well informed on career choices from an early age.


13 December 2017

Start-up of the Month: Source

According to Hartley, the agency has been launched with the mission of effecting “dramatic” change in the diversity profile at all levels and disciplines within the built environment sector. 

“We collaborate with organisations dedicated to removing barriers to employment for traditionally excluded groups including women, BAME, ex-offenders and ex-service personnel. We provide recruitment services and also directly employ people for placement into projects and organisations. This is across a broad range of roles, skills and levels of experience. 

“Our motivation is to tackle unethical practices and unfair employment conditions. We partner with clients, contractors, labour providers and social enterprises to provide pathways to employment, and training for diverse and local people. We also offer consultancy and advisory services for clients looking for social sustainability requirements, and to contractors and suppliers looking to meet those requirements and perform well.”

Looking ahead, Hartley says the agency is seeking to extend its business model to other sectors including hospitality, care and transport. “We see huge potential for developing a recruitment and employment mechanism that focuses specifically on social sustainability and ethics as this is a new frontier of working.”