New to Market

15 July 2019


• Cheltenham-based employment law and HR specialist Eight Legal has launched HR Mate, an app that aims to enable HR freelancers to secure new business at the touch of a button. The app is free to download and is available from the App Store for iOS devices and Google play for Android.

• Global IT recruiter Frank Recruitment Group has opened a new US office in Park Tower, on the border of Irvine and Costa Mesa in Orange County. The office is headed up by business manager Taylor Jones.

• Business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK has launched a new ‘Off-Payroll Workers’ (OPW) client solution aimed at helping firms prepare for the extension of off-payroll rules into the private sector. The assessment solution uses artificial intelligence, enabled by the firm’s technical knowledge and experience, to carry out IR35 status assessments of workers.

• Personality assessment solutions specialist Hogan Assessments has launched General Employability in Europe. This is a new streamlined assessment tool that aims to help companies recruit the right people by identifying the personality characteristics that predict employability across a range of jobs.

15 July 2019

Start-up of the Month: Elite Talent Resourcing

De-Lara, who has worked as an internal recruiter, talent acquisition executive and headhunter, told Recruiter the decision to set up her own business followed on from her realisation that in previous roles she built up a loyal client following which had bought into her personally.

“The companies I worked for have given me a safety net that I felt I needed, with a guaranteed income each month, but I know that I can make this work alone and, hopefully, reap the rewards too,” she said.

In terms of standing out in the market, the headhunter revealed 90% of her roles are filled by passive candidates, who are not actively looking for a role. She added she prides herself on being a consultative and honest recruiter, who is straight with clients if they have unrealistic expectations of candidates or if they are paying below market rate, and equally straight with candidates who are asking for remuneration that is not in line with their skills.

De-Lara, who has two children, added that while most of her recent roles have offered some flexibility to do school runs, she wants to be able to be at home in the holidays or when her children are poorly. She added that as the business grows and expands, she wants to offer that flexibility to new staff.

“We have got off to a great start so far, making our first placement in our first month of trading. I need to keep up the momentum.”

10 July 2019


Applied, a recruitment platform that centres around the prospect of blind hiring, has launched. The platform, launched by founders Kate Glazebrook and Rich Marr, can be linked with applicant tracking systems and HR systems for hiring management and enables recruiters and companies to draw on its questions library. 

The platform also employs a job description analyser, which encourages the use of gender-neutral language to attract a representative pool of candidates and an analytics platform, which aims to help recruiters and companies assess the diversity of their candidate pool. 

• Global engineering services, workforce management solutions and consulting services provider Fircroft Group has launched Fircroft Oilfield Services.

Located in Houma, Los Angeles in the US, the new division will provide a range of marine services, including rigging crews, transport, lifting, loading and cargo handling services for offshore E&P projects, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and North America. Planned service expansions in the pipeline include HSSE, training and inspection services.

Judd Bamford has been appointed as managing director of the business.

• Data and analytics recruiter Harnham has opened an office in Berlin, led by senior manager Peter Schroeter, under the guidance of Harnham’s director of Europe, Alex Hutchings.

Holiday Staff, an online jobs board for seasonal staff and holiday job vacancies, has been launched. Devon-based Lucy Baker-Kind designed the online platform, which lists seasonal vacancies across the UK and Europe through which advertisers receive applications direct from interested jobseekers. Users of the platform can also upload their own vacancy details, along with company profile and branding.

• Technology, software and digital staffing consultancy Understanding Recruitment, has opened its first US office in Boston, Massachusetts, led by consultant Matthew Ferdenzi.

Wren Kitchens is launching an IT academy to attract 50 new employees to support the expansion of its in-house IT function. The 12-week initiative is aimed at graduates with IT degrees or motivated individuals looking to diversify into the industry. 

The first-phase of the quarterly programme will see 12 graduates (six PHP developers and six JavaScript developers) start on 5 August based at The Nest, Wren’s contemporary headquarters. However, Wren is also looking to recruit 10 new senior PHP and JavaScript developers with at least three years’ experience in either field.

2 July 2019


• Paris-based recruitment platform AssessFirst is expanding its services into the UK, with the launch of its first office in London.

• US healthcare recruiter Cross Country Healthcare has merged its permanent search brands – Cejka Physician Search, AP Healthcare, StarMed and Cross Country Staffing’s RPO division – under its new Cross Country Search brand. The brand will be led by newly appointed president David Pantano.

Engaging Works has launched jobs features for both individuals and organisations on its platform. The new job features allow employers to post and target jobs, and to promote great places to work to a range of people, including experienced individuals looking for new jobs, as well as students and graduates seeking positions within organisations focused on the happiness and engagement of their employees.

Part of a wider roll out of tools to help people find the right job, build skills, knowledge and connections to help them be happier and more successful at work, the new job services include a range of tools to help individuals decide which job, industry and company is the right fit, including the Happiest Companies to Work for Index and Career Tests. The site also has a CV Generator and interview advice on its Global Hub – a place for online discussion about working life.

• Worcester-based duo, Gareth Matts and Mike Pincott, have partnered with The Jarell Group of companies to launch GMP Recruitment. The new recruitment agency will provide both temporary and permanent recruitment services across Worcester to companies in the industrial, technical, commercial and healthcare sectors.

Michael Duffy Partnership and Emms Gilmore Liberson supported the process through retained financial and legal advice respectively.

• Scotland-based recruiter Meraki Talent is launching an accountancy & finance division serving clients across commerce and industry in the central belt of Scotland.

To support this, the group has appointed Neil Woodley as director in its Edinburgh office and Greg McDermott as senior manager in Glasgow. In a separate move, the group has also hired Craig Rumball as an associate director in its London office.

• Employment background screening company Sterling is opening an office in Amsterdam. The firm adds it also has expansion and improvement plans across locations such as Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Romania.

• The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is running a number of roadshows for unemployed people and those wanting to get a better job. The events in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall will feature staff from colleges, training providers and job advisers, providing information to help people access training, find work or plot a path to a better career and explain what training courses are on offer in the West Midlands as the WMCA takes control of the region’s £126m adult education budget (AEB).

The roadshows will focus on the region’s fastest-growing economies, including digital, construction, advanced manufacturing and engineering, and business and professional services, offering advice on what qualifications are needed to get jobs in these sectors, and how to access the training required.

28 May 2019


BAPN, a membership organisation for nannies, and childcare agency Nannyjob, have partnered to produce a Code of Best Practice for Safer Online Recruitment Processes – ‘The Code’ – a self-regulatory framework for the online recruitment and sourcing of nannies.

Nanny agencies and online specialist nanny websites featuring jobs from both parents and nanny agencies can download a copy of the code here.

• Professional recruitment & talent consultancy Broster Buchanan is opening a new office on Chancery Lane in Central London. Owen Myers, Jenna Mackie and Christopher Batters will oversee the London office. Broster Buchanan has offices in eight other regions in the UK, including the South-West, the Midlands, the North-East and the North-West.

Flime, an Amsterdam-headquartered online management service, which aims to help ease processes between businesses and freelancers and reduce paperwork levels with its cloud-based service, is launching in the UK.

• Technical and engineering recruiter NRL has set up a branch at Quay West Business Village in Sunderland, headed by branch manager Emma Lowden.

• Tech recruiter Talentful, with the help of a psychometric expert, has created a personality-matching platform for jobseekers to find and apply for jobs matched to their personality. The results of the platform’s quiz matches the candidate to the most suitable jobs to apply for based on their ‘cultural fit’ to a company.

23 May 2019

Start-up of the Month: Iconic Resourcing

Iconic Resourcing

Hannah Green and Lauren Jow, who together have 26 years-plus experience in the recruitment sector, have joined forces to launch Glasgow-based professional services staffing specialist and executive search firm Iconic Resourcing.

Speaking to Recruiter, Green said their combined experience would be a unique selling proposition for the business. Green’s career has included eight-and-a-half years at Scottish recruitment giant Search Consultancy, and Jow’s included eight years at global recruitment and talent consultancy firm Hudson.

“We’ve got length and breadth of experience between us so we are using that as a niche,” Green said. “We’ve come from two specialist backgrounds and joined forces. Quite often you get people who have come from one agency who set up together, whereas we have come from two different backgrounds.” Jow added: “We like to think we’re bringing the best of both together.”

Green added Iconic would seek to stand out in the market by offering consultants they hire a relaxed environment and flexible hours. To candidates and clients alike, they offer a true partnership approach to help them meet their goals, while the duo plans to take a hands-on approach to recruiting for their clients.

Looking ahead, Jow revealed the agency would seek to extend its reach beyond the initial sectors of HR, accountancy and finance to legal, sales & marketing and technology. They will also add value for clients through senior leadership consultations, and seminars and coaching in areas such as eliminating unconscious bias in a bid to improve diversity at clients’ organisations.

21 May 2019


• Multi-sector recruiter Acorn has launched a specialist social housing division in response to the increasing demand of its construction sector clients. The division is headed up by consultant Jack Williams.

• Multi-sector recruiter Connect Appointments is expanding opportunities through its equity partnership programme. The EPP was launched four years ago as a way of expanding the brand, while giving aspiring and experienced recruitment professionals the opportunity to further their career by running their own business, without any of the associated risks. There is no monetary buy-in for participants on the programme.

• Global engineering recruitment and workforce solutions agency Fircroft is opening a new office in Port Arthur, Texas. The new office will provide a complete range of contingent and direct hire recruitment services backed up by Fircroft’s global support network and US head office in Houston.

• Construction firms have teamed up with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to produce practical tools aimed at preventing modern slavery and labour exploitation on building sites. The package includes a presentation for new starters, which will be shown at the end of health & safety inductions, along with complementary posters on spotting the signs of exploitation and a toolbox talk aimed at raising awareness of workers’ rights on site.

• Technology, digital and change recruiter La Fosse Associates has launched La Fosse Pro Bono, which recruits cybersecurity professionals into advisory positions at charities and not-for-profit organisations requiring advice and support – for free. Neither La Fosse nor the individuals involved gain any monetary renumeration.

The division has already made five adviser placements at major charities and not-for-profit organisations at the likes of Amnesty International, The Natural History Museum, Comic Relief, United Response and Cancer Research. La Fosse adds that though the practice is currently focused on recruiting cybersecurity advisers, it is hoping to expand to recruiting advisers in data and broader technology, with a focus on bringing more diversity to advisory roles.

• The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and work-placement charity Movement to Work (MtW) have launched a placement programme. This will see more than 1,000 unemployed young people in the West Midlands offered work placements in a bid to cut youth unemployment in the region.

Employers including the British Army, BT, BUPA, Diageo, Marks & Spencer, Starbucks University Hospital Birmingham and the WMCA have already committed to provide the 1,000 work placements for young people – and the WMCA is now encouraging businesses across the West Midlands to get involved.

The WMCA has also teamed up with MtW to deliver the national pilot of the government-led Transition to Work project, which aims to support unemployed young people into work.

• Tech and digital recruiter Talent International has published Human – a book featuring global perspectives on diversity in tech.

• Boutique accountancy recruiter Williams Munroe has officially launched following investment from James Caan’s investment group Recruitment Entrepreneur. The Birmingham-based recruiter, founded by director Phil Evans, will now have access to infrastructure, investment and operational support from the wider Recruitment Entrepreneur group.

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.