New to Market

23 June 2020


• US-based Amerit Consulting, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business (SDVOSD), is opening a new office in Sacramento, California, in addition to its corporate headquarters in San Ramon, California.

The Sacramento location will provide support to the area’s diverse and technological talent pool that will accommodate the company’s rapid growth. The new office is Amerit’s 10th US location and will be led by Marcos Codina, senior client program manager.

• Temporary recruitment specialist Arc Recruitment has launched and will operate alongside Arc Hospitality. Arc Recruitment will initially focus on healthcare, industrial sites, offices, and retail but the company hopes to engage with more and more sectors.

9 June 2020


Employertube has joined a list of registered suppliers in the UK government database to support the UK’s businesses in resuming their regular operations after the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the database released recently by the UK government Crown Commercial Service, Employertube will provide a dedicated video interview and screening service to create a transparent recruitment process using technology for recruiters in these difficult times.

Employertube allows recruiters to scale and optimise their recruitment process and will help reduce the costs associated with travel and office space. With candidate management, video sharing, one-way solo interviews and video messaging features it goes beyond video conferencing platforms many employers have had to resort too, according to a company statement from Employertube.

Screenable, a smart video interview platform designed for recruiters to streamline applicant screenings and make the recruitment journey more efficient and effective, has launched. Video interviews are delivered in three simple steps to allow recruiters to identify the most suitable applicants for each role and build a database of candidates for future opportunities.

In the current Covid-19 situation, Screenable eliminates the most time-consuming part of recruiting and delivers a focused and successful process to hiring the best talent. To support recruiters Screenable credits their accounts with 20 free screenings in addition to a beneficial referral scheme.

In addition, the extended area of the platform is entirely free for candidates. They can generate a profile with video interviews that they can then share on professional platforms or with job applications to elevate their applications and help employers notice them.

4 June 2020

Surya Recruitment launches to tackle climate change

Founded by Alka Graham, who has worked in the energy sector for more than 10 years, Surya – which means ‘the sun’ in Sanskrit – is the first business of its kind to be supported by Bristol-based TIMESTWO Investments. TIMESTWO is a start-up and scale-up initiative led by two recruitment entrepreneurs Mike Beesley and Keith Dawe, and was launched last year with the aim of finding the industry’s next big names, according to a company statement.

Graham said that Surya’s business model was based on tackling climate change by resourcing across sector areas, enabling professionals to move from oil & gas to renewables and to identify candidates from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

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4 June 2020

Oyster Recruitment launches service to help redundant workers

According to a press statement, the company is offering support for companies “which have reluctantly had to let people go due to the economic impact of the lockdown”. The bespoke new service provides personal and practical assistance for employees to help them face redundancy and find new jobs.

The service includes video calls and webinars with one-to-one and group sessions along with advice on CV writing, personal branding, mental and physical health, job searches, applications and video interviews.

Located in Poole, Oyster – no relation to Oyster Partnership – is owned and run by (below, left to right) Karen Brodie and Helen Purbrick.

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21 May 2020


• Job board Giig, which connects independent recruiters to employers, launches free recruitment software to support SMEs and start-ups during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Giig’s free ATS launched on 18 May in the UK. The app allows employers to organise your recruitment process by storing all their candidates in the same place, then having the ability to manage the interview pipeline.

21 May 2020

Start-up Spotlight: Pineapple Recruitment

But that is exactly what Marc Linley and Dan Ware, co-founders of Pineapple Recruitment, have done. The Bournemouth-based agency launched on 14 April, before the UK had reached the peak of the pandemic crisis.

“It was an idea that we had a couple of months previously, and it was kind of building in the background well before the Covid-19 outbreak,” says Linley. “Every time I opened up an email it was someone, or a friend of mine, or a colleague that had been made redundant or just lost their job, so quite quickly we thought it might be the perfect time.”

Linley agrees there isn’t currently a massive demand for staff in the contact centre industry in which the new agency specialises, but he is confident that as the lockdown restrictions are eased and people get a better picture of what the next few months look like, demand will increase.

“We have been blown away by the number of people and businesses getting in touch with us,” he says. Although Linley says that in the current climate setting targets is difficult, “if we can launch successfully now, everything we do going forward is going to be a lot easier”. 

12 May 2020


• Cloud computing company Bullhorn is moving its annual international recruitment conference Engage online. Called EngageX, the event will be streamed over two days on 18-19 June at no cost, and will include live and on-demand talks from experts, opportunities for networking, and more.

eFinancialCareers, DHI Group’s financial services careers hub, has launched the eFinancialCareers COVID-19 Resource Centre to advise and enable finance and technology professionals to manage their career, and to provide employers with curated top-notch, industry-specific insights during the ever-changing times of the pandemic.

• Having joined the HR GO Recruitment team in July last year, Red Berry Recruitment has fully rebranded under the national HR GO Recruitment team, helping deliver HR GO Recruitment national contracts for key workers such as those in the NHS, Royal Mail and others.

• Jobs board and career adviser JobsTrackR has extended its help to job hunters during the difficult coronavirus lockdown period, and has launched Job Board Matcher. Job Board Matcher helps candidates to find the best job board for them, based on the inputted search criteria and our global application data. Candidates simply enter the desired industry, location and salary parameters and the Job Board Matcher will match them with the job board that has the most jobs relevant to their search.

4 May 2020


Appcast, a global provider of programmatic recruiting technology, has launched Xcelerate, the next generation of its job ad exchange, Appcast Exchange. Appcast Xcelerate automatically learns where hireable candidates for each employer live, work and hang out online. Xcelerate is available for use by employers and select recruitment advertising agencies in the US, Canada and the UK.

• Investment specialist Blackfinch Group has launched #ISOLATIONINTERN, a platform to enable specialist talent acquisition under Covid-19 restrictions. In partnership with investment industry firms and universities, the initiative aims to supercharge early stage companies and help keep this vital sector of the economy on track. The #ISOLATIONINTERN platform connects data science, marketing and development talent so that start-ups can engage them on a part-time basis.

• LinkedIn is testing a new feature to help talent professionals find and hire quality candidates faster. In a virtual situation, LinkedIn’s ‘video intro’ feature helps recruiters evaluate a candidate’s communication and soft skills before the first interview.

Once talent professionals start receiving applications for a job posting, they can invite the most qualified candidates to answer up to two questions from a list of options, such as, “Tell me about yourself?”, “What is your greatest strength?” and “Describe your most challenging project?”. Candidates can choose to submit answers via a quick video recording or written response.