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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.

17 September 2018


• Multinational oil & gas company BP has launched the Skills Refinery, a new global online portal, aimed at improving students’ employability. This initiative will culminate in a global challenge with the winning team of students receiving an exclusive, all expenses paid trip to the 2019 One Young World Summit in London.

The Skills Refinery provides students with the opportunity to test and develop their abilities in five skills areas – critical problem solving, innovation, influence and communication, cognitive flexibility and emotional intelligence. The Skills Refinery will allow students to test themselves, progress their skills by using interactive quizzes, track their own progress and discover what the five skills mean in practice in the professional world. In addition, an annual global challenge will be set for members of the Skills Refinery.

Launching in December, students will be asked to form teams to compete via video submission at a national level. The national winners will go on to challenge each other at a global level, for the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the One Young World Summit next year, for its 10th anniversary in London.

In its first year, the Skills Refinery will be piloted in five regions – Australia, Azerbaijan, Singapore, the UK and the US, with a full global launch planned for 2019. It is open to undergraduate students in their first and second years of study, and is free to join.

Charlton Morris is opening an office in New York at the end of the month. The new office will bring the global executive search and selection consultancy’s locations to three as it also has offices in Copenhagen and in Leeds.

• Construction recruiter Darcy Associates has moved its head office in Bristol to a new central city location at 2-4 Park Street. The move follows on from the construction recruiter’s opening of an office in Central Liverpool.

• UK-based blockchain hiring platform Zinc has launched. The start-up firm aims to simplify, accelerate and reduce the cost of hiring by open sourcing the interview process.

The Zinc ecosystem verifies a candidate’s information on blockchain and enabling workers to securely store it in a distributed network. From there, recruiters can request access to a candidate’s full and verified work history, aptitude and attitude reports on day one of the recruitment process, removing the need for tests and references to be retaken and collected.

10 September 2018


• Students joining and returning to Boston College this year will take part in a pioneering course with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to raise their awareness of modern slavery and labour exploitation.

Since a launch event in June, GLAA has delivered training to over 200 staff at the college who are now equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver tutorials on the subject. All full-time students regardless of their course, will receive a tutorial at some point in the year on workers’ rights and spotting the signs of modern slavery.

E1EW has opened a new office in Peterborough, headed up by consultant Marcin Dombek. The telco recruiter was due to open in Corby but has opted for Peterborough instead.

• Newcastle-based entrepreneur Sophie Milliken, managing director of Smart Resourcing Solutions, has launched new graduate recruitment business

The firm specialises in working with employers, students and universities on specialist solutions supporting graduate and apprenticeship recruitment and employability focusing on early year admissions. The business has also landed its first corporate sponsor in retailer M&S.

• Graduate staffing specialist Graduate Fasttrack has opened a Manchester office located in the WeWork building in Spinningfields, led by new recruit and regional director for Manchester, Dale Wetter.

• Workforce management platform for the US and Canada PGC has opened an office in San Francisco. Whether you’re a local or international agency, company or contractor, PGC specialises in mitigating the liability and employer risk associated with employing a workforce in North America for recruiters, contractors and clients alike.

• The Recruit Venture Group has recently successfully launched three new joint venture recruitment companies. The first was commercial, driving and industrial recruiter Wilson Recruitment, which opened its doors on Monday 13 August. The second is logistics, commercial, hospitality and manufacturing recruiter SaVi Recruitment, which launched on Monday 3 September. The third is Hampshire-based healthcare staffing specialist Recruit2Care, which launched yesterday (10 September).

3 September 2018


• Workplace adviser Acas has launched new advice for recruiters about job references. The advice covers areas such as the definition of an employee reference, whether they have to be provided, what they can include, when they are needed, how they relate to job offers, whether you can give a bad reference, as well as how best to resolve problems with references.

• Executive search firm Amrop has launched a new office in Dublin, led by managing partner David Kelly. Amrop Ireland will focus on providing executive search and related leadership services to clients across a range of sectors, with particular focus on financial services, consumer & retail, and industrial.

• Education staffing specialist Connex Education has opened an office in Northampton. Connex has offices in Nottingham, London, Birmingham and Liverpool among others.

• The Measuring Job Quality Working Group, jointly led by the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) and the Carnegie UK Trust, has launched a report aiming to update the way government monitors the quality of work on offer across the UK.

The ‘Measuring Good Work’ report sets out a clear framework for measuring job quality in the UK by identifying a series of new questions around work-life balance, progression, purpose and involvement, which should be added to the annual official Labour Force Survey.

The working group, formed in response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, seeks to address Taylor’s recommendation that job quality is measured across the country in a bid to deliver work that is fair and decent for workers around the UK.

• The recruitment services of regional publisher Midland News Association (MNA), publisher of regional newspaper the Express & Star, has merged into one brand under the name Star Employment Services.

Previously, MNA operated two recruitment brands – MNA Recruitment and Star Employment Services. MNA Recruitment operated a job board with long-term and short-term vacancies, while Star Employment offered a bespoke recruitment agency service.

Following the merger, the MNA Recruitment brand will no longer exist, with everything now falling under Star Employment Services.

• International executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has opened an office in Kualar Lumpur, headed up by Malaysia country manager Peter Lisney.

28 August 2018


• Technical engineering staffing specialist Advance TRS has opened an office on the South Coast in Port Solent. The office is headed up by water & infrastructure director Rob Kelly. The firm also welcomes Neil Wilkie as training and development director.

• Bath-based software company Cognisess has launched career matching app Yondur. The app assesses user’s values, interests and core attributes through a series of activities and games.

Users create their Yondur Profile allowing them to send to employers and recruiters providing evidence about who they are and where they best fit – even if they have little or no job experience.

• French brasserie and bistro specialist Côte Restaurants has teamed up with people analytics firm ThriveMap to launch a tool that matches candidates’ preferred working styles to those of their best employees.

The tool sees candidates answer a seven-minute questionnaire as part of the recruitment process. Their responses are then compared to a model of Côte’s best performing employees to identify which candidates are likely to be the best fit for the organisation.

This information is then passed on to recruiting managers to be used alongside traditional interviews. This helps highlight not only who has the right skills for the job, but also who is likely to fit in best at the company.

• Derby-based multi-sector recruiter EMBS has moved to a group structure incorporating three subsidiaries: EMBS Engineering, EMBS IT and EMBS Property. The move also sees James Hall appointed director within EMBS Engineering.

• London-based digital agency Mbryonic is launching DELIVR IT, a virtual reality (VR) recruitment tool. Students and jobseekers can experience the different jobs and employment opportunities in the logistics sector in VR.

The project was commissioned by Essex County Skills and Employment Board to boost awareness and increase job applicants within the sector. The app will be launched on the Oculus Store for the Oculus Go headset and be rolled out into schools and job centres around Essex.

• Employment career website VERCIDA has partnered with Irish data science firm to launch a job matching service using artificial intelligence (AI).

The partnership sees VERCIDA integrate’s AI technology into its career website using intuitive searching to help candidates find work that suits their skills and profile.