Tech & Tools: Mar/Apr 2021

A look at some AI services with recruiters and employers in mind

New venture to support work-tech entrepreneurs

Sheffield-based Tribepad, developer of next-generation applicant tracking systems, wants to promote and support other work-tech businesses with the launch of a £1m fund. Tribepad Ventures aims to attract businesses at the incubator and accelerator stages of their lifecycles and will provide them with advice to help refine their ideas, scale the technology and build business plans. They will also have access to seed capital, technical support and coaching. Dean Sadler, CEO of Tribepad Ventures, said the shift from occasional flexible working to full-time hybrid models is throwing up huge challenges in how businesses manage and hire people. “But investment is hard to come by at a time where the economy has contracted,” he said, and added that as well as tech expertise and technology, Tribepad Ventures can provide entrepreneurs with anonymised data on millions of job applications to create the work-tech of the future.

Grading postings for best D&I

Talent acquisition suite provider Jobvite has launched an online analytic tool to review job descriptions and highlight areas that can create more inclusive job postings. The Job Description Grader aims to help recruiters target the areas where bias appears in job ads. It uses AI, data analytics and benchmarks combined with diversity & inclusion (D&I) best practices to analyse job descriptions and identify requirements, experiences and language that may restrict an applicant pool. As well as gender, Jobvite said the tool also takes racial bias, insensitive word use, readability and sentiment into consideration.

Employee experience the Microsoft way

Microsoft has launched an employee experience platform. Microsoft Viva aims to bring together employee engagement, learning, wellbeing and knowledge tools directly into an employee’s workflow, and integrates with 365 and Teams. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company has participated in the largest at-scale remote work experiment the world has seen. “Every organisation will require a unified employee experience from onboarding and collaboration to continuous learning and growth,” he said. Microsoft has also announced an initial set of modules in Viva that will provide built-in capabilities, partner integrations and platform extensibility so that customers can integrate their existing employee experience systems and tools with Viva.

The ‘internet in your database’

Recruitment software specialist Dillistone is launching a proprietary platform that uses Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) to track publicly available global information on executives and the organisations for whom they work. The Talentis TalentGraph contains detailed profiles of millions of individuals and Dillistone claims these include profiles associated with senior executives who may not be found on usual social media platforms. It can also recognise executive information across more than 1bn distinct webpages. It also means users don’t have to add information on potential candidates to their CRM but retrieve it directly from web profiles.

Application-to-interview in one hour?

Robotic process automation company RoboRecruiter is partnering with behaviour-based assessment specialist Arctic Shores, and aims to transport candidates from application-to-interview in “just one hour”. RoboRecruiter’s range of automation tools handle each application and qualify a client’s basic needs while a candidate’s behavioural fit is assessed using Arctic Shores’ technology. Candidates schedule their own interview and all of the relevant information is sent to the applicant tracking system (ATS). RoboRecruiter automatically invites candidates to the assessment via SMS. Arctic Shores claims that its technology is also helping clients to improve diversity by removing unconscious bias. Engineering and manufacturing company Siemens reports that Arctic Shores helped to double the number of women that progressed to the final stages of their process.  

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This week’s new contracts & deals include: BPS World, Copello Global, MM Search, Zest Education

Contracts 27 April 2021

‘Anti-naughty boy’ proposal in Finance Bill to ensure contractors are paid fairly

A proposed “anti-naughty boy” clause is in the works by IR35 specialist and campaigner Dave Chaplin to reform the Finance Bill.

Legislation 22 April 2021


This week’s new contracts & deals include: Avail Technologies, cinch, NSL, Qonnectd, Springpod, Talent Pod, The Curve Group

Contracts 19 April 2021

Blackfinch Ventures investment in Candidate.ID tops £1.3m

Venture capital firm Blackfinch Ventures has invested £700k into recruitment software developer Candidate.ID, a year after investing an initial £630k into the firm.

Financials 13 April 2021