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15 October 2018


• International recruiter Austin Fraser has opened a new office in Dallas, Texas. Team lead Alina Morgan is building the new Dallas team, which will be five by the end of October. The firm also has offices in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas.

• Professional finance and technology recruiter Goodman Masson is opening an office in New York, its first in the US. The office, in the Midtown district of the city, will be led by new appointment, director of technology Lewis Fegan.

• Professional sector recruiter Investigo has launched an executive brand. The brand brings together Investigo consultants in the search and selection field, and recruits across accountancy and finance, business change and transformation, procurement, real estate, facilities & workplace, strategy and technology.

ProJobShare has launched to help tackle gender imbalance in the financial sector. The online platform is for financial sector professionals connecting with like-minded individuals seeking job-sharing opportunities. Candidates register details of their employment history, areas of expertise and desired role. ProJobShare interviews and screens all candidates and then pairs them up with a suitable job-share partner.

According to ProJobShare, this service will be invaluable to companies that are missing out on talent due to a lack of flexibility in their workplaces and allows employers to fill those roles, which require ‘full-time coverage’ with two professionals.

• IT and executive staffing specialist S2 Recruitment (Socially Responsible Recruitment) has opened new offices at Menai Science Park on Anglesey to help with the year-old recruiter’s expansion plans. 

• Recruitment entrepreneur James Caan and partner Jake Tapsell have launched boutique executive search firm Stanford Search. The search firm recruits talent ranging from analyst to senior board level hires for clients in the US and across Europe.

• North-East-based recruiter Westray Recruitment Consultants has opened a new office in Stockton-on-Tees. This is the firm’s second office, with its headquarters in Gateshead.

12 October 2018

LinkedIn launches new tools and upgrades products

These include changes to LinkedIn’s flagship product Recruiter where representative results are reflected when users search for a talent pool. This means, for example, if there are 6,500 engineers (40% women, 60% men), the recruiter will see 40% of women in each page of the search results to more fairly represent the available pool.

New reports and insights have also been added to the product enabling users to see how their jobs and InMail are performing from a gender perspective.

LinkedIn further announced it is building a new version of the Recruiter product that will bring sourced candidates, media leads and job applicants in one place. 

With regards to LinkedIn’s applicant tracking system Talent Hub, users can source candidates via Recruiter search, manage talent pipeline, collect feedback and extend an offer within the same platform.

They can also tap into LinkedIn’s data to get an accurate sense of the available talent pool and to see how candidates are engaging with their company, while the platform features a shared place for hiring notes and feedback aimed at fostering collaboration between recruiters, hiring managers, and others within the hiring team.

Finally, with regard to Skills Insights in LinkedIn Learning, LinkedIn is adding company skills within LinkedIn Learning Pro to help learning and development administrators develop their current workforce by identifying skills gaps within their organisation, and give them the ability to compare their workforce skills with competitors.

Meanwhile, new courses are being added on LinkedIn Learning aimed at helping hiring managers and leaders tackle unconscious bias in their organisations and create the best culture for hiring more diverse teams.

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12 October 2018

Start-up of the Month:

The site complements Smart Resourcing Solutions’ work with employers, students and universities. The firm offers recruitment outsourcing, and designs exercises to test clients’ requirements for graduate vacancies; refreshing or designing scheme content; and training managers on recruitment techniques.

As for, Milliken told Recruiter the site contains free resources for graduates to help them land a job. This includes CV templates, cover letters and an employer insight page, where employers can blog about their industry and graduate schemes. The site also contains a general blog page offering tips on an array of subjects including filling out application forms and taking part in video interviews.

Looking ahead, Milliken said the site would imminently be launching an eight-module online course for students taking them through the entire application process.

“It’s identifying what they want to do in module one…. what it is that they want to apply to all the way through to application form, online tests, CV, cover letter, LinkedIn, through to assessment centre and interview. Then how they would negotiate or manage their offer and then ideas around how to perform well when they start their job.

“That’s a very detailed course – so it’s eight modules long and we’ve had it accredited by [awarding body] AQA at level 3, which students can put on their CVs.”

8 October 2018


• Multi-sector recruiter Berry Recruitment’s Brentwood-based team has moved offices. The team has relocated from Bates Industrial Estate in Harold Wood to 15 The Parade, Brentwood.

Initially it was a specialist agency for providing drivers, but as clients wanted extra services it has opened commercial and industrial divisions, and expanded to a team of six since its launch four years ago.

• Specialist recruitment and training provider Bluestones Staffing NI has opened an office in Mallusk Enterprise Park in Newtownabbey to complement its existing office network in South Belfast, East Belfast and Cookstown.

• Global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has formed a partnership to help female managers working in hospitality and leisure break through into senior executive and board level roles. The search firm has partnered with hospitality trade association UKHospitality and employers BT Sport and hospitality marketing agency elliotts to launch an industry-wide mentoring initiative.

The goal is to provide women who want to be considered for senior management roles with outstanding mentoring, advice and motivation from objective mentors to help them achieve it. This is particularly important for the many women who work in very small companies where formal support may not otherwise be available.

The initiative follows talks between Odgers Berndtson, UKHospitality, BT Sport and elliotts.

• Multi-sector recruiter Search Consultancy has launched an aviation recruitment hub in Manchester Airport. The new hub will enable Search’s team to meet directly with clients and candidates, with the aim of streamlining the recruitment process and enhancing its service offering across Manchester.

The firm, which currently provides staffing solutions to all airports across the North and South of England, has premises in Gatwick and Heathrow airports. The new Manchester Airport hub, located in Terminal 2, is the company’s first North-West site that will be dedicated to filling positions in the aviation sector.

• Information security company Shred-it has launched self-service tool GDPR Manager. The tool is designed to support all HR and recruitment businesses, by providing a clear pathway to achieving GDPR compliance. Developed in collaboration with GDPR legal teams, the software follows guidance from and meets the expectations of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

• Personal profiling assessment tool has launched. The tool has been adapted so it can assess what a great recruiter looks like, with the firm aiming to have 1,200 recruiter profiles completed by Christmas.

1 October 2018


• Multi-sector recruiter Berry Recruitment has rebranded its Express Rail Services King’s Cross branch. Ben Moss has been appointed manager of operation based at King’s Cross, which now trades as Berry Recruitment.

Previously, the King’s Cross team just recruited for the rail sector, but now recruits into office and professional, telecoms, IT, and catering and hospitality.

Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) acquired Express Rail Services in 2014 into which it later incorporated its other rail brand, Mainline Resourcing.

Bond Williams Professional Recruitment has opened an office at the Oxford Science Park in Oxford. The firm has also launched an engineering, science & space division headed up by specialist consultants Peter Knibbs and Laurence Doherty.

• Multi-sector recruiter Essential Recruitment has relocated to larger offices in Mansfield. The agency has moved from Church Street to Acorn Business Park, which will also welcomes new recruit, recruitment consultant Ross Page.

• IT infrastructure staffing specialist Franklin Fitch has opened an office in Austin, Texas. Jordan Guttridge joins Matthew Forshaw in the new location, which will be led by Franklin Fitch director Steven Ewer.

• Finance, HR, marketing and technology recruiter Frazer John Recruitment has moved into larger London offices at WeWork No.1 Poultry, just six months from opening its first London office in Moorgate. The company plans to launch further locations next year.

• Specialist recruiter the Global Accounting Network has moved to refurbished warehouse offices close to London’s Borough Market. The firm also welcomes Elliot Golds as head of permanent recruitment and Alex Sylvester as head of interim recruitment.

Harness, a digital recruitment service aimed at time-short employers and recruitment agencies, has launched. The service allows hiring companies to view prospective candidates on one easy-to-use platform, removing the need for cold calls, meetings and chasing candidates.

Harness works with recruiters, allowing them to upload their candidate’s details, which will then be accepted or rejected by Harness based on their suitability.

The smart platform combines human knowledge and scientific algorithms to match a candidate’s suitability to any given role within the technology sector, meaning only the most appropriate candidates will appear within Harness’s database. Recruiters can then tailor their search by city, salary, skill set and job title. If interested, perspective employers can finally request an interview with a candidate with the click of a button.

• Global recruiter Phaidon International’s flagship financial brand Selby Jennings has opened an office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Alyssa Daugherty will head up the Charlotte office.

• Tech and engineering staffing specialist Roc Search has expanded into new offices on Hardman Street in Manchester’s Spinningfields.

• IT recruiter Church International has launched Talent LifeCycle (TLC). TLC, led by industry veteran Jan Stevens, is a service that aims to integrate with a firm’s existing HR & talent function to support talent attraction, acquisition and retention.

• International technology-focused recruitment business Templeton & Partners has launched a new office in the heart of Zuidas, the main business and financial district of Amsterdam.

• HR tech start-up ThriveMap is launching a new assessment tool to measure how well a candidate might perform in a certain role, how much they want that position and how well they fit that role.

Designed in collaboration with each customer and customised to their requirement, the tool measures real life scenarios – comparing how candidates perform against the results of employees who thrive in that job. If an employer cannot demonstrate how an attribute presents itself in a real workplace scenario, it won’t be measured.

• Former managing consultants at HR staffing specialist Oakleaf, Jane Middleton and Harriet Lavender, have launched Trapeze HR, a new recruitment firm placing HR professionals in flexible working roles.

The firm said the launch was in response to escalating demand from both candidates and employers. Candidates were looking for more agile and flexible working opportunities, and employers were keen to embrace new ways of working to retain and motivate staff who need to balance work with family and other commitments.

24 September 2018


• Psychometric assessments expert Peter Saville has launched 10x Psychology. The company provides assessment tools, predictive analytics and innovative solutions, spanning the entire employee lifecycle from hiring and leadership to employee wellbeing.

The new solution gives businesses the ability to predict the probability of each applicant or employee’s success and identifies where in the business the individual will be most successful and how to sustain their performance over time.

• Sharia-compliant challenger bank Gatehouse Bank has launched an apprenticeship scheme. The ‘Gateway’ Apprenticeship Scheme was jointly developed by Gatehouse Bank and early careers specialists Visionpath.

Six new recruits have joined the bank following a four-month selection process. This involved the bank holding engagement sessions in schools, assessments and Gatehouse Bank staff providing one-to-one mentoring sessions over a five week period to ensure potential apprentices gained a greater understanding of the career opportunities in banking. The apprenticeships will last up to 18 months with the six apprentices joining various departments across the bank including, treasury, risk, specialist finance and marketing & communications.

• Edinburgh-based healthcare recruiter Head Medical has extended its services to include the recruitment of operating department practitioners. Initially, Head Medical will help with placing practitioners (ODP) in Scotland but has plans to expand the roles and regions it is able to recruit for in the future.

Recent hire Katie Campbell will lead a team of recruiters experienced in hiring operating staff. The new division will sit within the UK and Ireland team.

• Short-term staffing specialist RedWigWam is launching a Student Ambassador scheme at universities across the North-West of England. The scheme aims to hire brand ambassadors and build a community of students at the campus where they study. Once recruited, the ambassadors will act as the face of RedWigWam at their university.

Talent Ticker has launched. The solution uses predictive analytics and AI to interpret and analyse data identifying companies who are likely to hire or fire employees. Similar to stocks and shares at the top of Bloomberg, Talent Ticker displays a revolving task bar with a hiring upwards arrow in green and a firing downwards arrow in red for when companies are downsizing.

• Education staffing specialist The Classroom Partnership has opened an office in London, headed up by newly appointed director Jonny Harrison, who joins from Protocol Education.

• Recruitment firm The Jarell Group has chosen Birmingham to be the location of its national headquarters at newly renovated penthouse offices on the top floor of Number 60 Church Street.

• Chester-based invoice finance company Zodeq has launched its new Zodeq 360 service, replacing the business’ current payroll and back office support services. Features available within Zodeq 360 include: invoicing, payroll, credit control, timesheet processing, an end-to-end pension provision service, access to industry leading CRM technology and HMRC administrative management (ie. PAYE, VAT, NI and CIS [Construction Industry Scheme]).

19 September 2018

Client demand for marketing expertise leads to new offering

Client demand for a more flexible chief marketing officer (CMO) resource has led tml Partners to launch a ‘fractional’ CMO element to its service offering, CMOconsultancy.

Simon Bassett (above), managing director at the senior marketing staffing specialist, told Recruiter demand for the new service came from clients who couldn’t necessarily afford a full-time permanent chief marketing officer with typical salaries on such roles ranging from £150k-£250k a year.

According to Bassett, clients told him that when they have hired a permanent CMO, their new recruit carried out the initial strategic marketing work over the first year or so but then sought pastures new. This was a common complaint among mid-sized private equity backed companies in particular, he added.

CMOconsultancy places one of its panel of tml Partners’ board level marketing professionals as a fractional CMO with a client. These professionals specialise in consulting and interim work, directing and advising the client on what their marketing strategy should look like.

Reflecting on his 15 years with marketing recruiter EMR before setting up tml, Bassett explained over his career, CMOs and marketing directors have often told him they feel underserviced by the recruitment sector: “If they go to any of the generalist headhunters or search firms, whether it’s a permanent or interim placement, they’re just that – they’re very generalist.

“The reality is that because marketing has been such an expansive industry and is evolving so much, actually the demand for marketing directors and CMOs is higher than it’s ever been.”

19 September 2018

Start-up of the Month: Detail

Paddison told Recruiter the firm operates a traditional technology recruitment agency model that sees candidates interviewed by consultants who screen them against six characteristics – drive, experience, track record, attitude, integrity and life experiences. Results are then fed into an algorithm that matches suitable candidates with clients.

“We plan to kill the CV. We view it as anathema in the modern world that people are hired for jobs on the strength of a piece of a paper. By thoroughly screening against these characteristics, we are able to better match candidates both on a functional level and in line with the cultural fit of a team or organisation,” he said.

Paddison explained that the machine-learning component of the technology also helps to recognise recruitment trends based on previous interaction with hiring clients. “These technical tools, coupled with our extensive industry knowledge, put us in a position to achieve outstanding results for our clients,” he added.

The firm also offers volume recruitment campaigns, with clients paying an arranged upfront fee for access to an agreed number of screened and interviewed candidates.

Looking ahead, Paddison said the firm aims to gain a strong foothold in the North East’s technology sector before expanding its services to other tech hubs across the UK.