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17 November 2020

Salt South Africa opens office in Johannesburg

The move comes after Salt – which specialises in creative, HR, people & talent – part-acquired Recruit Digital in March in Cape Town to form Salt South Africa. This expansion makes the Johannesburg office Salt’s 12th global office with offices on every continent, a company statement said.

The Johannesburg office will be located in the Northern Sandton area, which has been described as “the fastest-growing commercial and residential hub”.

To help lead the new venture, Salt South Africa MD Alex Martin has appointed senior principal consultant Tshego Moroka to break into the Johannesburg market.

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10 November 2020


• Financial talent recruiters Finatal has launched Finatal Private Equity, a new division focusing on providing talent for PE funds. Charlie Linacre, who joins from PE search firm PER, will lead the new division. William Weston also joins the team and will support Linacre in establishing Finatal Private Equity division.

• Career specialist Frontline Recruitment is expanding after opening a new office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The recruiter has moved into Suites A & B, Market Hall in the heart of the town centre, marking the company’s seventh UK office. Frontline will service the industrial, driving, engineering, logistics and commercial sectors.

• Data-led recruiter RecruitmentJunky has launched a new #GetHired campaign to tackle mass unemployment and is pledging to find employment for at least 100 people in the next four weeks. The initiative aims to help people get back into work after their careers have been derailed by Covid-19.

To support the #GetHired campaign, RecruitmentJunky is sharing available candidates’ CVs daily through its LinkedIn page. The company has also launched a directory on its website to help match candidates affected by Covid-19 with the right roles. Employers and candidates can learn more about the initiative here.

It was first launched during the lockdown in March and is completely free of charge. In its first phase, the campaign found employment for 250 people who became unemployed or faced redundancy.

2 November 2020


Powell Software, a company creating digital solutions built on Microsoft 365 and tools for the Digital Workplace, has launched new onboarding templates for HR and recruitment teams to create personalised onboarding environments in minutes, within Powell Intranet and Powell Teams. The new technology aims to swiftly onboard new employees, immersing them into the company culture virtually and connecting them with managers, mentors and colleagues, all from a distance.

29 October 2020

Housing recruiter Andersen James launches partnerships service

Also aimed at reducing clients’ overall costs, a company statement said that the new service will involve amplifying its partners’ brands, incorporating technology and methodology to guide more informed hiring decisions and put in place processes designed to improve talent retention.

Andersen James has also announced two major client wins with regeneration firm Urban Splash and housing association Riverside. The long-term, exclusive Urban Splash partnership will involve Andersen James supporting to deliver talent and “overhauling the candidate journey”, the statement said. Its consultancy work with Riverside includes implementing a dedicated BAME talent strategy, as well as planning a wider talent acquisition strategy for the group.

Recent senior appointments include operations director Rick Ollerton, non-executive chairman Alex Arnot and outsourced finance director Dan Cooper of financial consultancy specialists Ryecroft Glenton. It will also work with recruitment trainer Barum Jeffries of reclearn to develop and upskill its sales and leadership team.

The company said it plans to expand in the UK and beyond, as well as increase headcount.

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5 October 2020


Creative Mettle Recruitment has launched a low-cost platform to help marketing teams and creative agencies access high-quality freelance talent with the added benefit of highly relevant industry experience.

Freelance Finder helps customers continue with their digital, marketing and design projects, regardless of budget cuts or lack of internal resources. The system creates access to marketers, creatives, designers, developers and agency client services professionals to work on projects in any industry sector at short notice. Customers can filter search results by experience, campaign audiences, agency type and even by client size.

• Careers specialist Frontline Recruitment has restructured one of its offices and announced two high-profile appointments, signalling an expansion into new territories. Experienced recruiters Sarah Bowater and Lynsey Butler join Frontline as operations manager and regional business manager respectively.

David Essam, operations director at Frontline, also revealed the company will be relocating its Mansfield base and opening a new office in Chesterfield, with the aim of expanding into neighbouring city of Sheffield – especially in logistics/driving and commercial for both temporary and permanent placements. The company, which is headquartered in Nottingham, also has offices in Derby, Hull, Leicester, Mansfield and Weymouth.

MyKindaFuture, a UK underrepresented talent specialists, in collaboration with energy company National Grid, has launched new STEM skills and careers outreach programmes. More than 100,000 pupils in South London, especially from diverse backgrounds, will hopefully be inspired to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), through interactive workshops, an online challenge, form time and assembly takeovers, and digital mentoring programmes.

According to research carried out by National Grid, the energy sector needs to fill 400,000 roles between now and 2050 to meet net zero. This innovative programme will help to support in meeting this target, while at the same time giving students in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas, greater opportunities to learn about the industry and the range of careers they could pursue, even during the pandemic.

30 September 2020

Start-up Spotlight: District4

It’s been said that many people around the world have used the upheavals of 2020 to make significant changes in their lives – from living arrangements to how they spend their free time and careers. James Johnson, former group CEO of The Hive recruitment company (previously known as Nicoll Curtin), is one who opted to change his career path and launch a new kind of start-up.

For three years, he’d been thinking about a different type of recruitment business model. And after taking “a week out just to think” earlier this year, Johnson took the plunge and created District4.  

District4 is based on creating a community of “expert recruiters”, each with their own specialism, who operate as their own boss and their own limited companies out of one membership stable, Johnson explained to Recruiter.

No offices will be required. Support, such as admin, compliance and resourcing will be provided by The Hive, of which Johnson is now a part-time non-executive director. Significantly, Johnson said, members are likely to make a better return for themselves than they do working for a recruitment company, through an improved commission split between the community and the recruiter who has done the deal.

Membership of the ‘member-driven’ collective will be awarded through application, a ‘chemistry’ call, and a meeting with other members, Johnson said.

Johnson will not be billing, he said. Instead, as the community’s founder, he will “help shape the community” and troubleshoot support needs.

There are five founder members: Rob Aitchison, Jamie Archer, Lengwe Kapotwe, Ian McDiarmid and one to be announced soon.

“We’re way ahead of where I thought we would be at this time,” Johnson said. “Our plan is to get 10 founder members by the end of the year.”

He added: “Now is the time.”

Neil Clark is the new CEO of The Hive, which includes Nicoll Curtin, BeecherMadden and District4.

28 September 2020


• Vilnius, Lithuania-based Kloogo, the app that matches talented people with the opportunity of working in a start-up company, launches in London today. Jobseekers can swipe through suitable roles at start-up firms on the go on their mobiles. Swipe through the cards right, indicating interest in certain job offers, or swipe left, meaning that the start-up is not of interest.

Start-up owners or recruiters can upload new job openings and select and manage day-to-day conversations with people that have shown interest in their particular job offer.

My Digital, a quantum employment design company, has launched a real-time digital accounting cloud service exclusively focused on the needs of contractors. People Hub was designed in the Northern Powerhouse for the UK economy’s new workforce made increasingly of employees working and contracting on a part- or flexi-time basis (quantum employees).

Direct employers, umbrella companies, recruiters, lead contractors and professional employer organisations (PEOs) need real-time information on workers’ time, money and tax status. My Digital’s real-time platform centres on contractors with its new People Hub interface and makes functions such as ID and timesheets checks, cash matching and accounting ledger updates straightforward and reliable for organisations.

24 September 2020


• Global talent assessment platform provider Thomas International has launched the ‘Thomas Platform’ in the UK. Comprising two applications – Thomas Perform and Thomas Profile – the platform is designed to make it easier to improve recruitment by making better use of people’s diverse characteristics.

Thomas Perform enables organisations to use a broad range of behavioural, personality and aptitude assessments to see the potential in people beyond just skills and experience. Thomas Profile allows individuals to create their own profile via free access to a suite of assessments, giving them valuable self-awareness through insight into their own behavioural characteristics and personality traits.