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29 May 2020

DWP's job portal is free-to-post

A statement from the Department of Work and Pensions [DWP] said the Job Help portal is at the centre of a targeted campaign supporting people into work, and provides advice on how to apply for jobs, links to online training and information on financial support.

DWP said more than 146,000 firms are already registered and recruiting through the site. A pool of 1.7m jobseekers have signed up for the services, Davies said.

“While there’s thousands of vacancies already on there, I want more employers to use it to their advantage,” Davies said in a statement.

The call comes as lockdown restrictions start to ease with non-essential shops due to open again from 15 June. 

“By signing up to the service, employers will be able to recruit at no cost from a wide pool of talent, helping support the UK economy and jobs market,” the DWP statement said.

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28 May 2020

ONS joins with Adzuna to launch real-time job vacancy index

As the British economy moves towards recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the index forms part of the ONS’ weekly ‘Faster Indicators’ report, described as an in-depth and up-to-the-minute study of the UK job market and the economic and social effects of Covid-19. 

The index is being powered exclusively by Adzuna data, with over 36m job adverts indexed by Adzuna between February 2018 to May 2020. Adzuna says the report provides insights into how employer behaviour is changing in response to the pandemic. “The ONS are set to publish this new ‘leading indicator’ data on a regular basis, alongside their long-time Labour Market Survey,” Adzuna announced in a statement revealing the partnership.

The live data will include insights from over 50,000 British employers and give a week-by-week and sector-by-sector temperature reading of the hiring activity across the country.

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28 May 2020


• Specialist recruitment firm nGAGE Specialist Recruitment has relaunched its newly joined brand Pace Med Tech, a micro-niche, global recruitment agency operating exclusively in the medical technology sector. Pace Med Tech is headed up by managing director Simon Curtis, who has more than 15 years med tech experience.

Podium, a jobs platform for disabled people, which launched on 21 May to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, is the work of gold medal winning Paralympian Liz Johnson and aims to empower the overlooked talents of the disabled workforce. The platform caters specifically for the needs of disabled freelancers, connecting them to companies who are now realising the potential for remote working and recognising the value of flexible workforces.

• Flexible staffing provider Redwigwam is rolling out its new 24/7 Availability service after a successful pilot with Kellogg Company. The service provides brands with a targeted solution to the key issues that can prevent consumers from getting their hands-on products – problems with distribution, availability and promotion. It has been invaluable during the Covid-19 crisis with the increased pressures on food producers, retailers and other parts of the supply chain.

21 May 2020


• Job board Giig, which connects independent recruiters to employers, launches free recruitment software to support SMEs and start-ups during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Giig’s free ATS launched on 18 May in the UK. The app allows employers to organise your recruitment process by storing all their candidates in the same place, then having the ability to manage the interview pipeline.

21 May 2020

Start-up Spotlight: Pineapple Recruitment

But that is exactly what Marc Linley and Dan Ware, co-founders of Pineapple Recruitment, have done. The Bournemouth-based agency launched on 14 April, before the UK had reached the peak of the pandemic crisis.

“It was an idea that we had a couple of months previously, and it was kind of building in the background well before the Covid-19 outbreak,” says Linley. “Every time I opened up an email it was someone, or a friend of mine, or a colleague that had been made redundant or just lost their job, so quite quickly we thought it might be the perfect time.”

Linley agrees there isn’t currently a massive demand for staff in the contact centre industry in which the new agency specialises, but he is confident that as the lockdown restrictions are eased and people get a better picture of what the next few months look like, demand will increase.

“We have been blown away by the number of people and businesses getting in touch with us,” he says. Although Linley says that in the current climate setting targets is difficult, “if we can launch successfully now, everything we do going forward is going to be a lot easier”. 

12 May 2020


• Cloud computing company Bullhorn is moving its annual international recruitment conference Engage online. Called EngageX, the event will be streamed over two days on 18-19 June at no cost, and will include live and on-demand talks from experts, opportunities for networking, and more.

eFinancialCareers, DHI Group’s financial services careers hub, has launched the eFinancialCareers COVID-19 Resource Centre to advise and enable finance and technology professionals to manage their career, and to provide employers with curated top-notch, industry-specific insights during the ever-changing times of the pandemic.

• Having joined the HR GO Recruitment team in July last year, Red Berry Recruitment has fully rebranded under the national HR GO Recruitment team, helping deliver HR GO Recruitment national contracts for key workers such as those in the NHS, Royal Mail and others.

• Jobs board and career adviser JobsTrackR has extended its help to job hunters during the difficult coronavirus lockdown period, and has launched Job Board Matcher. Job Board Matcher helps candidates to find the best job board for them, based on the inputted search criteria and our global application data. Candidates simply enter the desired industry, location and salary parameters and the Job Board Matcher will match them with the job board that has the most jobs relevant to their search.

4 May 2020


Appcast, a global provider of programmatic recruiting technology, has launched Xcelerate, the next generation of its job ad exchange, Appcast Exchange. Appcast Xcelerate automatically learns where hireable candidates for each employer live, work and hang out online. Xcelerate is available for use by employers and select recruitment advertising agencies in the US, Canada and the UK.

• Investment specialist Blackfinch Group has launched #ISOLATIONINTERN, a platform to enable specialist talent acquisition under Covid-19 restrictions. In partnership with investment industry firms and universities, the initiative aims to supercharge early stage companies and help keep this vital sector of the economy on track. The #ISOLATIONINTERN platform connects data science, marketing and development talent so that start-ups can engage them on a part-time basis.

• LinkedIn is testing a new feature to help talent professionals find and hire quality candidates faster. In a virtual situation, LinkedIn’s ‘video intro’ feature helps recruiters evaluate a candidate’s communication and soft skills before the first interview.

Once talent professionals start receiving applications for a job posting, they can invite the most qualified candidates to answer up to two questions from a list of options, such as, “Tell me about yourself?”, “What is your greatest strength?” and “Describe your most challenging project?”. Candidates can choose to submit answers via a quick video recording or written response.

29 April 2020


• Bournemouth-based Pineapple Recruitment has launched, focusing on delivering customer service and contact centre candidates throughout Dorset and Hampshire across a wide variety of industries including finance, retail and utilities. Pineapple Recruitment is led by experienced recruiter and call centre manager Marc Linley.

The company pledges to help the many businesses and workers affected by Covid-19 in their local area by placing people for free during the coronavirus pandemic. Jobseekers can register with Pineapple at no cost and businesses will be able to use the website to register a vacancy or discuss more in-depth requirements.

• Global technology firm Zoho Corporation is introducing its Vertical Relief Plan (VRP), comprised of programs and tools to assist businesses and organisations in need across three verticals severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis: education, non-profit & government, and retail.

VRP helps non-profits, government bodies and communities execute their mission more efficiently with the help of apps. Organisations place a request, and Zoho builds web and mobile apps for free using Zoho Creator, a low-code application development platform. Zoho can, for example, create tools to help non-profits or community groups organise shelters or distribute food or other essential services.