New to Market

19 October 2020


• Independent job board CV-Library is to launch a virtual careers fair for the health and social care sector. The virtual event will enable jobseekers to connect with potential employers, search and apply for jobs, and watch webinars and videos to learn more about the companies and roles they’re advertising.

The Health and Social Care Virtual Careers Fair takes place on Thursday 12 November, from 9am to 8pm. The event will also host virtual exhibitors from some of the biggest companies in the health and social care sector, including Maria Mallaband, Care UK, Mencap & Helping Hands. Register here.

Degreed, the workforce upskilling platform, has launched Degreed Career Mobility to enable both HR leaders and people managers to adapt to market changes and evolving needs by matching people with in-demand skills to projects, assignments and roles. Where skill gaps are identified, Degreed Career Mobility also automatically identifies needed skills and presents relevant learning opportunities.

• Specialist broker Kings Business has introduced a ‘Professional’ division, providing a service in highly specialist sectors, which include recruitment agencies, as well as accountancy, insurance, legal, property and wealth management. has launched Recruitment Solutions, a specialist search division, providing proactive recruitment solutions particularly for accountancy, specialist finance and human resources across the Sussex region.

Georgina Hayes has been appointed to head up the Accountancy, Finance and Human Resource practice. Hayes has more than 15 years’ experience and has specialised in the accountancy and finance sector, working with both SMEs and blue-chip organisations in the South of England. 

• Umbrella employment firm Parasol has diversified its offering with the launch of Parasol Select, a service designed to support agency contractors across the UK. First launched in 2014 for a small number of Parasol’s agency partners, Parasol Select is now being made available to the wider recruitment marketplace.

• A new candidate screening costs calculator, which works out how much time your recruitment team spends screening job applications and what this costs your recruitment department, has been developed by pre-hire assessment specialists ThriveMap.

Due to the overwhelming increase in job application volumes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The calculator reveals the time spent on different candidate screening activities including sifting CVs, phone screens and interviews.

• The Walter James Group has launched Walter James Solutions, which will specialise in recruiting talent for mid to senior professionals in the consumer & retail, and life sciences industries. Walter James Solutions joins the group alongside life sciences brand Euromedica and legal recruitment partner Baldwin Boyes.

The companies are all part of James Caan CBE’s investment firm Recruitment Entrepreneur, which itself has relaunched its website, offering a fully integrated, high-tech refresh.

12 October 2020


• UK provider of SaaS HR, payroll, recruitment and learning solutions CIPHR is rebranding its HCM platform as CIPHR Connect. According to the company, the new name is designed to emphasise the importance of connectivity between specialist software at the heart of CIPHR’s offering to customers, and create a clearer distinction between the growing activities of the CIPHR Group and the range of products that CIPHR offers.

• Recruitment firm Encore Personnel has relocated to new and larger offices in Spalding, Lincolnshire to serve its expanding client and candidate base in the region. Encore’s expansion in the region has been driven by a strong base of food production and horticulture clients, with support for firms that have faced increased demand for products during the Covid-19 lockdown and well-publicised challenging labour issues.

Hogan Assessments, global experts in personality assessment and leadership development, has launched the Hogan Candidate Assessment Suite. With the assessment suite, hiring can be a fast and valid prediction of performance, identifying the best performers based on millions of workplace performance data points.

7 October 2020

McGinley Group rebrands and relaunches as MCG Group

A company statement said the move will allow the business to simplify its offering and streamline into five specialist sectors under the following company names:

  • Aviation and aerospace with MCG International
  • Primary and secondary healthcare with MCG Healthcare
  • Construction recruitment & logistics with MCG Construction, plus acquired business First Choice Recruitment 
  • Education sector with Simply Education
  • Interactive, digital & immersive technology sectors with Creative Personnel

The 11-year-old group’s new name is intended to reflect its ‘people first’ ethos, the statement said: Making Candidates Great, Making Clients Great, Making Careers Great.

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5 October 2020


Creative Mettle Recruitment has launched a low-cost platform to help marketing teams and creative agencies access high-quality freelance talent with the added benefit of highly relevant industry experience.

Freelance Finder helps customers continue with their digital, marketing and design projects, regardless of budget cuts or lack of internal resources. The system creates access to marketers, creatives, designers, developers and agency client services professionals to work on projects in any industry sector at short notice. Customers can filter search results by experience, campaign audiences, agency type and even by client size.

• Careers specialist Frontline Recruitment has restructured one of its offices and announced two high-profile appointments, signalling an expansion into new territories. Experienced recruiters Sarah Bowater and Lynsey Butler join Frontline as operations manager and regional business manager respectively.

David Essam, operations director at Frontline, also revealed the company will be relocating its Mansfield base and opening a new office in Chesterfield, with the aim of expanding into neighbouring city of Sheffield – especially in logistics/driving and commercial for both temporary and permanent placements. The company, which is headquartered in Nottingham, also has offices in Derby, Hull, Leicester, Mansfield and Weymouth.

MyKindaFuture, a UK underrepresented talent specialists, in collaboration with energy company National Grid, has launched new STEM skills and careers outreach programmes. More than 100,000 pupils in South London, especially from diverse backgrounds, will hopefully be inspired to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), through interactive workshops, an online challenge, form time and assembly takeovers, and digital mentoring programmes.

According to research carried out by National Grid, the energy sector needs to fill 400,000 roles between now and 2050 to meet net zero. This innovative programme will help to support in meeting this target, while at the same time giving students in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas, greater opportunities to learn about the industry and the range of careers they could pursue, even during the pandemic.

30 September 2020

Start-up Spotlight: District4

It’s been said that many people around the world have used the upheavals of 2020 to make significant changes in their lives – from living arrangements to how they spend their free time and careers. James Johnson, former group CEO of The Hive recruitment company (previously known as Nicoll Curtin), is one who opted to change his career path and launch a new kind of start-up.

For three years, he’d been thinking about a different type of recruitment business model. And after taking “a week out just to think” earlier this year, Johnson took the plunge and created District4.  

District4 is based on creating a community of “expert recruiters”, each with their own specialism, who operate as their own boss and their own limited companies out of one membership stable, Johnson explained to Recruiter.

No offices will be required. Support, such as admin, compliance and resourcing will be provided by The Hive, of which Johnson is now a part-time non-executive director. Significantly, Johnson said, members are likely to make a better return for themselves than they do working for a recruitment company, through an improved commission split between the community and the recruiter who has done the deal.

Membership of the ‘member-driven’ collective will be awarded through application, a ‘chemistry’ call, and a meeting with other members, Johnson said.

Johnson will not be billing, he said. Instead, as the community’s founder, he will “help shape the community” and troubleshoot support needs.

There are five founder members: Rob Aitchison, Jamie Archer, Lengwe Kapotwe, Ian McDiarmid and one to be announced soon.

“We’re way ahead of where I thought we would be at this time,” Johnson said. “Our plan is to get 10 founder members by the end of the year.”

He added: “Now is the time.”

Neil Clark is the new CEO of The Hive, which includes Nicoll Curtin, BeecherMadden and District4.

28 September 2020


• Vilnius, Lithuania-based Kloogo, the app that matches talented people with the opportunity of working in a start-up company, launches in London today. Jobseekers can swipe through suitable roles at start-up firms on the go on their mobiles. Swipe through the cards right, indicating interest in certain job offers, or swipe left, meaning that the start-up is not of interest.

Start-up owners or recruiters can upload new job openings and select and manage day-to-day conversations with people that have shown interest in their particular job offer.

My Digital, a quantum employment design company, has launched a real-time digital accounting cloud service exclusively focused on the needs of contractors. People Hub was designed in the Northern Powerhouse for the UK economy’s new workforce made increasingly of employees working and contracting on a part- or flexi-time basis (quantum employees).

Direct employers, umbrella companies, recruiters, lead contractors and professional employer organisations (PEOs) need real-time information on workers’ time, money and tax status. My Digital’s real-time platform centres on contractors with its new People Hub interface and makes functions such as ID and timesheets checks, cash matching and accounting ledger updates straightforward and reliable for organisations.

24 September 2020


• Global talent assessment platform provider Thomas International has launched the ‘Thomas Platform’ in the UK. Comprising two applications – Thomas Perform and Thomas Profile – the platform is designed to make it easier to improve recruitment by making better use of people’s diverse characteristics.

Thomas Perform enables organisations to use a broad range of behavioural, personality and aptitude assessments to see the potential in people beyond just skills and experience. Thomas Profile allows individuals to create their own profile via free access to a suite of assessments, giving them valuable self-awareness through insight into their own behavioural characteristics and personality traits.

23 September 2020

Morgan Hunt unveils new branding and website

The website revamp means that a person’s profession will be the main search category, reinforcing the agency’s view that “many skills within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are transferable”.

Morgan Hunt operates in nine key sectors including charity, education, finance, housing, government, professional services, property & construction, social care & health, and technology.