New to Market

23 March 2020


• Global freelance platform AnyTask has dropped all fees charged to buyers of tasks due to the coronavirus outbreak in a bid to help all those working from home.

Faxi, a commuter journey sharing app used by hospitals, local authorities and some of the largest employers in the UK, is now actively working with its clients to help them use the platform to recruit trusted volunteers who want to support their co-workers and make them visible in a map-based social network so that support can be provided for those in need.

• Earnings on demand platform Hastee has announced it is now enabling workers like NHS professionals and teachers access their pay when they need it – for free.

HR Heads is offering complementary CV and LinkedIn profile improvement support to workers being let go due to the coronavirus. The specialist HR recruiter is also offering online CV advice slots in exchange for a donation to the British Red Cross.

• Video enabled recruitment platform Hinterview has announced as of today it will be offering 10 free Hinterview licences to any recruitment agency worldwide for one month.

• Special educational needs and disabilities job board Senploy has opened up its platform to recruiters for free in response to the influx of care roles during this pandemic.

• Ireland’s Sigmar Recruitment has launched - an online platform to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities as well as offer upskilling opportunities for the restricted workforce in a bid to ensure a smoother return to the workplace once the isolation restrictions have eased.

• Hiring skills platform Social Talent is offering anyone who has lost their job in the current coronavirus three months free access to the platform.

• Income streaming provider Wagestream has waived all fees to both NHS employers and staff. The firm adds it usually takes Wagestream three weeks to perform a full integration with an employer’s payroll software but as part of emergency measures the firm can now launch the service for any employer in 24 hours.

The firm is also giving all workers who have been furloughed by their employers, instant access to their wages. Employers can sign up to Wagestream and have the service live in 24 hours, and available to furloughed workers. 

19 March 2020


Flexa, a job platform which connects people who want to work flexibly with employers who want full-time, flexible staff, has launched. The site focuses exclusively on full-time flexible jobs, by only working with companies that offer truly flexible roles – either in location, hours or both. Jobseekers can choose from flexible hours, working from home or even whether the workplace is dog-friendly.

12 March 2020

Start-up of the Month: Douglas John Recruitment

Founder Douglas told Recruiter that, while her new agency recruits for roles ranging from researcher to director level for agencies, it also places a special emphasis on at-home remote working positions.

“I worked from home for a recruitment agency as a rec-to-rec for the past two years. I was paid a salary and had all the usual benefits that you would expect to receive in an office-based role. I suddenly realised that other people were doing it, too. I really enjoyed it and I wanted other people to be able to have access to that as well. If you’re an experienced recruiter and you can work autonomously, there’s no reason why you can’t work remotely.”

Douglas explains that part of the job is communicating to agencies the benefits of employing remote staff, one of which is that an agency will incur fewer outgoings as those working from home meet their own internet costs, for example. On the other hand, recruiters occasionally contact her, explaining while they are allowed to work from home one to two days a week, they would like more flexibility.

Looking ahead, Douglas explains that while she is seeking to grow her client base, she is not looking to expand. “I’m aiming to remain a sole trader. I don’t want to employ any staff. I just want it to be me.”

10 March 2020


Tom McNally, former global commercial real estate services organisation Colliers International and CBRE recruitment director, has launched real estate executive search business Madison Lincoln, with the support and backing of Madison Berkeley, a property recruitment company.

2 March 2020


Leah Blanchard has been appointed branch manager of logistics and professional & executive recruiter Aligra’s new Andover branch.

• Staffing and recruitment company ApTask has launched an Amazon Alexa Skill and Google Assistant Action titled ‘Jobs Near Me’. This app helps candidates optimise their job search using the power of voice by receiving a customised list of opportunities in less than 60 seconds. Currently, the app is available for use only in the US.

• Education recruitment consultancy Clarus Education has launched a new website.

• Leicester-based recruiter Daniel Connor has launched DC Personnel in a joint venture with The Recruit Venture Group.

• Marketing automation platform Force24 has expanded into the Dutch market through a partnership with Netherland-based recruitment software specialist Ruben Lamont, who has launched a new business, Recruiter24.

Mitchells & Butlers, which operates restaurants, bars and pubs running across 1,784 locations and whose brands include All Bar One, Browns, Harvester, O’Neill’s and Toby Carvery, have launched a new careers site. The site, designed and built by Attrax, features a more streamlined and modern design, a total search function and artificial intelligence to help candidates find the correct roles, aimed at driving engagement and applications.

• Search firm Norman Broadbent has opened an office in Cheshire. The office will provide a local team to serve clients across the North, as well as in Scotland.

27 February 2020


• Nationwide recruiter Acorn Group has launched new specialist division VORSOR Facilities Services. The division has been created as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acorn following continued expansion in the delivery of facility services and management contracts to a range of blue-chip clients.

• Global talent mobility specialist Topia has launched the Global Talent Mobility Assessment framework. The framework, which evaluates enterprise readiness to deploy and manage talent around the world, scores organisations in four key areas – operational efficiency, data maturity, compliance management and employee experience – providing insight on their current state and recommendations on how to drive improvements in strategy and process.

26 February 2020

Pilot programme aims to get over-50 jobseekers back to work

This is due to the Greater Manchester Employment Support for Over-50s pilot scheme. Jointly launched by The Centre for Ageing Better, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Department of Work & Pensions, the programme is aimed at improving support models for older people.

Research by the Centre for Ageing Better last year found that older jobseekers would benefit from personalised support that could be flexible around caring commitments and health needs.

The pilot will focus on providing employment support that works for older jobseekers, trialling a range of approaches with the aim of finding a successful model that can inform national government policy.

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17 February 2020


• Sustainability and safety recruitment and talent development specialist Acre has opened an office in Amsterdam. Harco Leertouwer joins the company as managing director for Benelux.

• Back-office to boardroom recruitment specialist Camino Partners has launched an interim recruitment division. The division will be led by experienced senior interim finance recruitment consultant Jack Stuart.

• Global strategic resourcing consultancy Hortor has expanded its office in San José, Costa Rica. Spanish-speaking business development manager Florencia Prato has recently been appointed to lead a team of resourcing experts in the capital city. “With an educated workforce and growing economy, we believe scaling up Hortor’s consultative approach [in Coast Rica] will deliver greater results for companies in this relatively untapped marketplace,” Prato said.

Stanton House has opened a new office in Singapore, its second in the Asia-Pacific region. Laura Taylor has joined the recruiter to build and lead the technology and transformation team in Singapore.

• Staffordshire recruiter Vantage Consulting has rebranded. The rebrand involves the launch of the agency’s four brands, each providing recruitment services across technology, engineering, engineering technology and executive search, as part of the Vantage Group.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is funding a pilot scheme to help the region’s screen industry discover new talent, or to encourage people from other careers to switch to the television industry.

It is working in partnership with Create Central – the new industry-led body set up to turbo-charge the region’s film, TV and games industries. Solihull College & University Centre and Screen Central will provide the skills training.