New to Market

17 May 2022


• Recruitment firm Trinnovo Group has launched Equiris Consulting, a talent consultancy and solutions provider. Trinnovo’s fourth brand, Equiris Consulting offers diversity, equity and inclusion focused solutions across the full talent lifecycle including attraction, assessment, onboarding, learning and development, and retention.

11 May 2022


Indeed Flex, an online marketplace for flexible workers, has launched a new initiative to enable Ukrainian refugees to find work in the UK. It has hired a Ukrainian-speaking onboarding team, based in the UK, to guide refugees through the process. Candidates from Ukraine will not need to fill in long application forms, and can instead talk through their work background, skills and the sort of job they’d like with the onboarding team in an online interview. Indeed Flex’s team will then find them suitable roles in their chosen area of the UK. Indeed Flex has launched its app in Ukraine, enabling those planning to come to Britain to secure offers of work before they even arrive.

• The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and the Fawcett Society, a membership charity campaigning  for gender equality and women’s rights, have formed a partnership to produce a guide for recruiters to end the practice of asking job applicants about how much they earned in previous jobs. The REC and Fawcett Society guide contains information on the workforce issues caused by asking about salary history, and practical tips on how to address these problems.

5 May 2022

Nash Squared is the new name for Harvey Nash Group

The firm says the move to Nash Squared positions it as an integrated technology and talent provider, allowing clients to “build and transform” their technology capability in numerous ways.

It also makes a clear distinction between Nash Squared and Harvey Nash, the company’s global technology talent acquisition brand. With significant growth plans for the business this name change removes any confusion about what the Harvey Nash business does and Nash Squared’s overall purpose.

The name change comes as the company signals its intentions for rapid growth, which will see its global headcount more than double from 2,500 to over 6,000 during the next five years.

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25 April 2022


• Social enterprise Inside Out and LinkedIn have launched an initiative for young prison leavers aged 18-27 to create clothing ranges for Blank Canvas pop-up store in Westfield Stratford, London from 19-28 April. The initial group was taught technical screen printing and design skills, and received training and mentoring. They also developed business skills in sales and marketing, soft skills in teamwork and problem solving, and built their professional profiles on LinkedIn.

19 April 2022


Oakleaf Partnership has opened a new office in Manchester. With more than a decade of recruitment experience, senior manager Lauren Hewlett will lead the new office, OP North. She recently headed up the firm’s financial services team in London.

11 April 2022


ContractorCalculator and tax consultancy David Kirk & Co has set up a managed service company (MSC) Survivors Group in response to HMRC’s investigation into contractors and accountants who are believed to be caught within the MSC Legislation. The MSC Survivors Group says it is urging contractors to establish if their accountants are being investigated by HMRC for the MSC legislation, which could mean they are also under investigation.

• Recruitment agency Elliot Scott Group has announced a rebrand in collaboration with illustrator/designer James Dixon from Lines Behind. The recruitment firm says the rebrand marks the beginning of an important initiative to help re-employ Crawley's growing rate of unemployed people.

• Executive search firm HW Global has expanded its UK offices in Leeds, Manchester and London. The group has relocated its Leeds and Manchester operations to a larger tech-enabled space, allowing the recruiter to accommodate additional members.

• Levin Group has launched its healthTech tech recruitment brand Storm3 in Singapore. Storm3 will support the growth of emerging healthTech start-ups by providing niche healthTech talent.

5 April 2022


• Executive search firm Invenia Group has launched The Simone Taylor Fund to raise money for charities working towards the prevention and treatment of cancer. Further information of the fundraising events can be found here. The fund was set up in memory of Invenia colleague and friend Simone Taylor, who sadly passed away from triple-negative breast cancer at the age of 32 last August.

• Global recruitment software provider JobAdder has partnered with bias-free hiring platform Diversely to roll out a new integration, which will help hiring teams source and secure diverse talent. Users can track five demographics during the hiring process, including gender, race, ethnicity and age. The integration also helps clients with rewriting job ads for cultural sensitivity and identifying job boards that address socio-economic divides. Employers will be able to see if there are traditionally underrepresented elements in profiles, and algorithms can pull skills out of profiles and use them to rank applicants when there are lots of candidates.

• Executive search firm MM Search has launched its IT Tech Exec Search division in Scotland, following increased demand for senior roles in the sector. Douglas Hamilton joins as associate partner to lead the new division. It has also promoted Euan Bodie to business delivery manager. The firm was previously based in St Vincent Street, and has now relocated to 25 Blythswood Square in Glasgow.

• Midlands-based SimkissGuy Recruitment has launched a healthcare division to support a variety of businesses across the UK with their recruitment needs. The roles include mental health support to full-time residential care.

30 March 2022

Lucky Hunter helps IT professionals in politically volatile environments

Headquartered in St Petersburg until the start of the war, IT recruiter Lucky Hunter is now based in London and Armenia. Founder Tatiana Melnichuk and her team have been on the frontline of the situation involving IT professionals from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia who are finding themselves “unofficially blacklisted” or out of work due to their Western-based company moving out of the country – in the case of Belarus and Russia.

She told Recruiter: “Two months ago, the tech market was seriously overheated: candidates asked for high salaries for their services, companies reduced the number of selection stages to a minimum, lowering requirements and competing for a [top] candidate…

“On 24 February, everything changed, especially for specialists from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Candidates from these countries suddenly lost the life they had before the events [that happened]; they no longer feel safe, because the most terrible danger threatened them – a danger to life.”

She continued: “Every day we receive portfolios from specialists. Professionals ask us to find a suitable vacancy for them, and it breaks our hearts when we realise that now it will not be so easy for such specialists to find a new job.”

So why is it difficult for IT professionals from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia to find a new job now? According to Melnichuk, not every IT employer is ready to consider a Ukrainian specialist, “since this is a complicated process, associated with uncertainty, difficulties with relocation, and the need to support the family of the future employee”.

“Regarding specialists from Russia and Belarus, then, of course, the reasons are somewhat different,” she explained. “Despite the fact that ordinary citizens of these countries are not involved in political events, may not agree with the actions of the government and in some cases even left the country, this does not affect the fact that candidates from Russia and Belarus are now added to the unofficial blacklist.

“In our practice, there was even an unpleasant case when a British company closed its office in St Petersburg and immediately fired all employees without paying compensation and without giving them time to look for a new job.”

So to help IT companies and candidates in these situations, Lucky Hunter is collaborating with one of its British clients, who contacted the recruiter back in February with a suggestion to start a joint project aimed at helping candidates from unsafe regions. 

The company decided to share its extensive base of “warm” candidates, who were already prepared for relocation “so that we could distribute this base among our clients. Without hesitation, we agreed to participate in the project”, Melnichuk told Recruiter.

Also, she said the company had launched a new service: “We now officially provide assistance to companies that want to relocate future or current employees to more stable regions.

“All companies that apply to Lucky Hunter for a recruitment service will receive a big discount on our services, provided that the vacancy involves relocation (including a relocation package) for the specialists.

“We believe that only through joint efforts we can help people in trouble, bring back a decent standard of living and a good job. Take care of yourselves and, as clichéd as it may sound, we believe that soon peace will reign in our world.”

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