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13 June 2019

Antal looks to establish bases in Uzbekistan and Ukraine

Goodwin, who spoke to Recruiter following a business trip to Uzbekistan and Ukraine last week, revealed the international recruiter is already operational in Tashkent, Uzbekistan through an ongoing recruitment project, and is exploring either opening offices there or at least making placements in the major Uzbek cities of Samarkand and Bukhara.

But the firm also plans on leveraging its existing branch network to give it a competitive advantage in expanding in the region.

“We have two people currently engaged full time on developing Uzbekistan, with the support and help of 160+ staff and resources in our offices in Moscow, St Petersburg and Almaty in Kazakhstan. We see a lot of synergistic advantages with our clients and candidates from already being present for 25 years in the region. We believe this will give us tremendous leverage into both countries from the client, candidates, brand and infrastructure point of view.”

Goodwin added the whole region is opening up and the group is encouraged by the firm’s success in Kazakhstan led by Anna Kovinskaya, who has established Antal in the region. 

“We believe that we can replicate this success in both Uzbekistan and Ukraine from Almaty… We will open our office for Ukraine in Kiev; this will receive a lot of support from Almaty.”

With populations of 32m in Uzbekistan and 50m in Ukraine, Goodwin contends both countries’ economies are ready and willing to open up to Western products and services.

“There is competition in both markets, particularly in Ukraine, with already at least 400 recruitment companies registered there. So, we are not expecting an easy exercise to take marketshare. We are going to have to be specialists and good at what we do rather than simply relying on our 25-year presence and branding.”

And while there are political challenges in the region that the firm needs to be alive to, such as the ongoing border conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Goodwin added: “That is where our knowledge, experience and brand will give us a distinct advantage from other potential Western entrants into the region.”

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11 June 2019


• Cordant Group division Cordant People has opened a new branch in Aberdeen based in the new Marischal Square Development on Broad Street. The branch will be managed by Claire Buchan, who joins Cordant People from independent HR and employment law firm LAW Empire where she was business development and recruitment manager.

• Bristol-based start-up SaveTrees has launched an updated version of its online service, which enables contractors, recruitment agencies and their clients to submit and approve timesheets. The web-based service is also available to companies with permanent employees who are looking for a simple way to log their hours. It can be white-labelled to the client’s own brand.

6 June 2019

Metro Bank supports ex-prisoners into safe jobs

In a statement released this morning, the challenger bank revealed the initiative – StrongTomorrow – has been independently founded by Metro Bank’s chief commercial officer Paul Riseborough (pictured below) in partnership with UK charity Code 4000, which teaches prisoners to code.

Metro Bank further revealed it supporting the scheme by hiring at least one colleague trained via Code 4000 later this year.

Commenting on the bank’s involvement, chief people officer Danny Harmer said: “Metro Bank has a long track record of supporting social mobility initiatives – from the launch of our apprenticeship scheme in 2012 and signing up to the government’s social mobility pledge, to Metro Bank’s approach to ‘hiring for attitude and training for skill’ in customer facing roles. Our support for the Code 4000 and StrongTomorrow initiatives is another great example of this.”

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3 June 2019


• The CIPD has funding from the government’s Equalities Office to run a new pilot scheme to help parents get back into work in Yorkshire and the Humber. The CIPD Parent Returner Programme will provide free mentoring to 150 parents in the region, while 25 employers will receive training to improve their ‘returner’ recruitment policies and practices.

Once the pilot is completed, the CIPD aims to roll out the programme across the rest of the country. Steps Ahead mentors – HR professionals from the CIPD’s membership network – will use their expertise to help ‘returners’ build their CV, create or update their online profiles, succeed at interviews and boost their confidence. The ‘returners’ will then be supported by CIPD members in a coaching capacity once they’ve secured a job in a bid to ensure a smooth transition back into work.

• Tech recruitment platform hackajob has launched in Amsterdam – the firm’s fourth European office following on from London, Paris and Berlin.

• Recruitment giant Hays has opened new offices in Broad Gate, Leeds to accommodate for future growth plans. The 12,800sq ft space allows for expansion as Hays plans to grow their offering in IT and digital technology, as well as construction and property in the region.

• Payroll and HR solutions specialist Moorepay has launched a solicitor-led employment law advisory service that is SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) approved to give legally privileged advice for a retainer fee. The service enables customers to access advice directly from an allocated solicitor, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and includes a specialist defence employment tribunal preparation and representation service.

• The NHS has released its interim NHS People Plan. The plan, released yesterday, contains details of an upcoming initiative, which sees Health Education Health Careers launch a new marketing campaign, including a partnership with Mumsnet, designed to get more nurses to return to practice, and make them aware of the opportunities and support available.

As part of the full People Plan, the NHS says it will consider what more can be done to encourage everyone completing courses to return to practice in the NHS. The NHS also plans to develop a new procurement framework of approved international recruitment agencies for ‘lead recruiters’ in a bid to ensure consistent operational and ethical standards, to support increased international recruitment.

• Technology giants BT and Avanade have backed an industry-wide mentoring initiative, led by international executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, to fast-track senior women to reach leadership roles in technology. The Rebus Programme, which will begin this autumn, follows a study from Odgers earlier this year showing the extent to which women’s prospects in technology leadership roles still lag behind men.

• European selective recruitment provider for software developers has launched an online recruitment platform dedicated to technology contractors.

• Recruitment software specialist TriSys has launched its new website designer, Platformix. The website hosting platform, which enables users to design their own webpage, features a multi-screen site editor enabling helps users to personalise their webpage and implement changes instantly.

28 May 2019


BAPN, a membership organisation for nannies, and childcare agency Nannyjob, have partnered to produce a Code of Best Practice for Safer Online Recruitment Processes – ‘The Code’ – a self-regulatory framework for the online recruitment and sourcing of nannies.

Nanny agencies and online specialist nanny websites featuring jobs from both parents and nanny agencies can download a copy of the code here.

• Professional recruitment & talent consultancy Broster Buchanan is opening a new office on Chancery Lane in Central London. Owen Myers, Jenna Mackie and Christopher Batters will oversee the London office. Broster Buchanan has offices in eight other regions in the UK, including the South-West, the Midlands, the North-East and the North-West.

Flime, an Amsterdam-headquartered online management service, which aims to help ease processes between businesses and freelancers and reduce paperwork levels with its cloud-based service, is launching in the UK.

• Technical and engineering recruiter NRL has set up a branch at Quay West Business Village in Sunderland, headed by branch manager Emma Lowden.

• Tech recruiter Talentful, with the help of a psychometric expert, has created a personality-matching platform for jobseekers to find and apply for jobs matched to their personality. The results of the platform’s quiz matches the candidate to the most suitable jobs to apply for based on their ‘cultural fit’ to a company.

23 May 2019

Start-up of the Month: Iconic Resourcing

Iconic Resourcing

Hannah Green and Lauren Jow, who together have 26 years-plus experience in the recruitment sector, have joined forces to launch Glasgow-based professional services staffing specialist and executive search firm Iconic Resourcing.

Speaking to Recruiter, Green said their combined experience would be a unique selling proposition for the business. Green’s career has included eight-and-a-half years at Scottish recruitment giant Search Consultancy, and Jow’s included eight years at global recruitment and talent consultancy firm Hudson.

“We’ve got length and breadth of experience between us so we are using that as a niche,” Green said. “We’ve come from two specialist backgrounds and joined forces. Quite often you get people who have come from one agency who set up together, whereas we have come from two different backgrounds.” Jow added: “We like to think we’re bringing the best of both together.”

Green added Iconic would seek to stand out in the market by offering consultants they hire a relaxed environment and flexible hours. To candidates and clients alike, they offer a true partnership approach to help them meet their goals, while the duo plans to take a hands-on approach to recruiting for their clients.

Looking ahead, Jow revealed the agency would seek to extend its reach beyond the initial sectors of HR, accountancy and finance to legal, sales & marketing and technology. They will also add value for clients through senior leadership consultations, and seminars and coaching in areas such as eliminating unconscious bias in a bid to improve diversity at clients’ organisations.

21 May 2019


• Multi-sector recruiter Acorn has launched a specialist social housing division in response to the increasing demand of its construction sector clients. The division is headed up by consultant Jack Williams.

• Multi-sector recruiter Connect Appointments is expanding opportunities through its equity partnership programme. The EPP was launched four years ago as a way of expanding the brand, while giving aspiring and experienced recruitment professionals the opportunity to further their career by running their own business, without any of the associated risks. There is no monetary buy-in for participants on the programme.

• Global engineering recruitment and workforce solutions agency Fircroft is opening a new office in Port Arthur, Texas. The new office will provide a complete range of contingent and direct hire recruitment services backed up by Fircroft’s global support network and US head office in Houston.

• Construction firms have teamed up with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to produce practical tools aimed at preventing modern slavery and labour exploitation on building sites. The package includes a presentation for new starters, which will be shown at the end of health & safety inductions, along with complementary posters on spotting the signs of exploitation and a toolbox talk aimed at raising awareness of workers’ rights on site.

• Technology, digital and change recruiter La Fosse Associates has launched La Fosse Pro Bono, which recruits cybersecurity professionals into advisory positions at charities and not-for-profit organisations requiring advice and support – for free. Neither La Fosse nor the individuals involved gain any monetary renumeration.

The division has already made five adviser placements at major charities and not-for-profit organisations at the likes of Amnesty International, The Natural History Museum, Comic Relief, United Response and Cancer Research. La Fosse adds that though the practice is currently focused on recruiting cybersecurity advisers, it is hoping to expand to recruiting advisers in data and broader technology, with a focus on bringing more diversity to advisory roles.

• The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and work-placement charity Movement to Work (MtW) have launched a placement programme. This will see more than 1,000 unemployed young people in the West Midlands offered work placements in a bid to cut youth unemployment in the region.

Employers including the British Army, BT, BUPA, Diageo, Marks & Spencer, Starbucks University Hospital Birmingham and the WMCA have already committed to provide the 1,000 work placements for young people – and the WMCA is now encouraging businesses across the West Midlands to get involved.

The WMCA has also teamed up with MtW to deliver the national pilot of the government-led Transition to Work project, which aims to support unemployed young people into work.

• Tech and digital recruiter Talent International has published Human – a book featuring global perspectives on diversity in tech.

• Boutique accountancy recruiter Williams Munroe has officially launched following investment from James Caan’s investment group Recruitment Entrepreneur. The Birmingham-based recruiter, founded by director Phil Evans, will now have access to infrastructure, investment and operational support from the wider Recruitment Entrepreneur group.

13 May 2019


BeatMySalary, a new personalised recruitment platform, which uses flash cards instead for senior roles in finance and IT, is launching in the UK later this month.

• Scottish recruitment agency Brightwork has introduced new technology to speed up the complex but legally-required right-to-work in the UK checks.

The Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) system uses machine-learning algorithms to compare a candidate’s image with that of photos on supporting identity documents. Using a standard Android smartphone with the accompanying app, an on-the-spot picture taken of a jobseeker can be immediately compared with identifying information stored in a secure cloud, with results available in minutes.

• Executive search firm Friisberg & Partners International has launched an office in Dublin.

• Tech recruitment platform hackajob has launched a freelance contract service to help businesses recruit the technical talent they need on a freelance basis. The new service is an extension of the platform that matches candidates with roles based on their skills, not their CVs.

• Professional network LinkedIn has revealed a number of new jobs and hiring features. New features for jobseekers include: new instant job alerts; Jobs Home Redesign; Unlocked Salary Insights on Jobs; and Skill Assessments (launching soon). New features for hiring managers include new Recruiter and Jobs and Screening questions.

Odgers Interim, the interim management arm of global headhunter Odgers Berndtson, has launched interim management workshops, to train the next generation of interim leaders.

Odgers Interim will provide these workshops free of charge in order to develop the UK’s interim leadership talent. Tailored to servicing the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors, the workshops will equip early-stage interims with the necessary skills for a successful interim career. This will include guidance on setting up a limited company, how to go to market as an independent professional and how to navigate legislation such as IR35.

• Retail, hospitality, leisure recruiter SPE Resourcing has launched SPE Connect, which focuses on middle management hires.

• Product and technology staffing specialist Xpertise Recruitment, which already operates from offices in both Derby and London, is to open its third office in the centre of Manchester.