New to Market

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.

8 May 2019

Joint project offers unemployed lift into logistics jobs

According to a statement from the company, new hires will be selected through a screening and assessment process by Challenge Group’s West Midlands-based training organisation Phoenix Training Services, who will then deliver the Fortec training package at Fortec’s distribution centre in Northamptonshire. 

The aim is for local unemployed candidates to undergo training in a real-time environment, through an eight-day training course – three of them classroom-based and five days’ practical. After completing the course, recruits will receive a Counterbalance Licence, as well as industry-recognised qualifications.

The successful trainees will then have the chance to join Fortec, initially on a temporary basis with a view to making the role permanent after three months.

When recruiting and screening, Phoenix has committed to looking at the wider issues of employment, such as integrating people back into work if they are lone parents, or have issues with transportation or family commitments, and providing support where necessary.

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7 May 2019


• The Association of Professional Staffing Companies has announced a five-day Trade Delegation to New York and Toronto beginning on the 11 November 2019. The event marks the second time the trade association has travelled with members to North America, after a delegation of 28 visited New York and San Francisco in 2017. 

During the trip, delegates will receive access to contacts across the sector, briefings from specialists about business opportunities and market trends and practical advice from experienced recruitment leaders operating in the region.

• Financial services specialist recruitment group BWD has opened a new office on Gray’s Inn Road in London.

• North West-based specialist engineering recruiter Core Talent has launched a staff employee benefits package. The ‘YourCore’ package offers flexitime arrangements to encourage gym breaks and family time; access to a confidential 24/7 employee assistance support helpline; socials to promote inclusion; and holiday vouchers to encourage luxury rest breaks.

The package features an NHS Top-Up Cash Plan benefit, which gives Core Talent employees access to a round-the-clock helpline where they can discuss personal matters from finance through to relationships in confidence. The agency has also appointed a new head of organisational development, Melissa Venner, who is a certified Mental Health First Aider.

• Technology recruitment specialist Head Resourcing has launched a dedicated senior appointments arm, based in the company’s Edinburgh head office. Anna Knight will oversee the new division.

• The government has launched an advertising campaign across three key regions of the UK to raise awareness of the signs of modern slavery.

The campaign will help frontline workers in employment offices, healthcare and financial services to spot the signs of human trafficking and will consist of advertising and social media. It is intended that the campaign will help workers to learn the signs of modern slavery and report potential victims to the modern slavery helpline.

29 April 2019


• UK cyber security firm Beyond Encryption has brought Steve Searle, the co-founder and former managing director of Matchtech, on board to promote its Mailock system to the recruitment industry. Beyond Encryption is looking to provide its Mailock system – a military-grade encryption protection to businesses’ emails – to the recruitment sector through Searle’s appointment as a recruitment industry specialist.

• Global specialist recruiter Michael Page has launched an Inclusivity Mapper, a tool that allows businesses to see how they fare on topics from leadership to culture. To support clients and businesses in creating an inclusive workplace, the tool offers tailored advice to businesses on how to improve their D&I (diversity & inclusion) performance, including a benchmark ranking against the industry standard.

• Graduate career specialist Prospects is to host a new series of Virtual Careers Fairs, bringing together high calibre students and graduates with career, education and lifestyle opportunities. The fair will take place on its site – – at 12-3pm, Wednesday 5 June 2019.

• External talent market data provider Talent Intuition has launched Stratigens, a new platform which pulls together data points from the global talent market.

The technology platform, developed by Talent Intuition’s CEO Alison Ettridge, aims to provide HR directors with a new way of accessing people intelligence to shape strategy and reduce risk.

• Leeds-based finance search and selection consultancy Woodrow Mercer Finance is continuing to expand with the opening of a new office in Hull led by partner Emma Dutton. The move will enable the business to extend its reach into the Humber region from its new offices in Ergo House, Hull’s £4m business centre on the Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle.

1 April 2019


• Recruitment start-up specialist provider 3R has moved into larger offices at the marina in Swanwick, Hampshire. The new address is 12 The Boat Yard, Swanwick Marina, Swanwick Shore Road.

Lauren Jow, previously of Hudson, and Hannah Green, formerly of Search Consultancy, have joined forces to launch Scotland-based HR, accountancy and finance staffing specialist Iconic Resourcing.

• Tech and engineering recruiter Roc Search has appointed Donal Roughneen country manager to lead its new Irish business. Roc’s Irish business will be focused on software development, QA & testing, IT support and project & programme management.

• Technology and business consulting services Sparta Global is opening of a new head office at 125 London Wall in the the City of London. The firm says the new location will offer a single location for its sale, support and development of Sparta Global’s consultancy offering.

Sparta primarily hires recent graduates, who are given free training in areas such as software development, devops, testing, data analysis, business analysis and project management. After graduating as trained technologists, they are known as ‘Spartans’ and are assigned to client sites across the UK.

• Entrepreneur and London-based investor Mike Raitsyn has launched Treylance – a freelance platform that matches designers with specific client specifications.

25 March 2019


• Specialist technology and field engineering recruiter Concept Resourcing has launched a procurement and supply chain division led by senior manager Jonathan Horrocks.

• Manufacturing and engineering staffing specialist Jonathan Lee Recruitment has rebranded its energy division. The division now focuses on five core areas – electrification, renewable energy, water, power generation and nuclear – covering the entire project lifecycle.

• Newcastle-based recruiter Samuel Knight International is to open a new office in Baghdad led by Iraq country manager Haider Kadhim.

• Healthcare recruiter Remedium Partners has launched a CPD-accredited training course aimed at providing doctors who are new to the NHS with a more in-depth understanding of effective communication.

Following a successful pilot with London North West Healthcare NHS Trust in February, the agency has now extended this offering to other Trusts that are seeking to further support newly recruited overseas doctors.

• Multi-sector recruiter Swanstaff Recruitment has launched a new website. The site focuses on the customer journey, providing jobseekers with a streamlined ‘quick apply’ experience and is accompanied by a new tag line ‘for jobs you’ll love’. It is powered by Volcanic Recruitment’s platform, incorporating a job board, career advice and latest industry news.

• Engineering and construction firm The Carey Group is rolling out a new recruitment platform aimed at eliminating the risk of bias in its internal and external recruitment processes. The Applied platform uses behavioural algorithms to ensure that vacancies at the group are filled by the best talent.

22 March 2019


• Talent operating system Beamery has launched Search Assist. Powered by Behavioural Boolean, this allows users to easily combine keywords, geographic and historic data with live behavioural data and candidate interactions into sophisticated search strings that pinpoint highly relevant talent in their CRM database.

11 March 2019

Start-up of the Month: Greywolf Recruitment

Established agency polkadotfrog recruits into professional sectors such as office, commercial, finance and IT, while Greywolf recruits into construction, driving, engineering and industrial sectors, he explained.

The two firms share central services across HR, payroll, marketing, and PR, and offices across East Anglia. “We have been lean in shared costs and shared services, which has given us a good platform,” Skipworth told Recruiter.

But he expects that it’s the firms’ shared commitment to providing a professional service – more commonly associated with white-collar recruitment – that will make Greywolf stand out in the market.

According to Skipworth, blue-collar clients welcome Greywolf’s professionalised approach to blue-collar recruitment, which has involved taking the time for site visits to fully understand client requirements through a one-to-one approach. “The consultants we have taken on so far have all been experienced in their own field, so they can take the time and understand what the client is looking for and fulfil those needs,” he said.

Skipworth’s goals for the next year are to make Greywolf financially independent from polkadotfrog, and to establish Greywolf on all of the polkadotfrog sites, he said. While there is a Greywolf presence in Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich, it lacks a presence in Peterborough. A further goal is to ensure that Greywolf recruits across all four of its disciplines in each of the four locations, he added.