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2 December 2020

TIMESTWO launches start-up executive recruiter Maru HR

Maru HR, founded by recruiter Hannah Waddington, is a partner of established networking platform The HR World, also a TIMESTWO enterprise, which focuses on problem solving around topical issues for senior HR professionals.

The team at TIMESTWO and Maru will be conducting a series of investigations into core issues for HR as a result of the pandemic and also seek to provide “disruptive market thinking around pricing and offer”, a TIMESTWO statement said.

The statement went on to say that Maru aims to be able to bring about “real change in the HR space both in an immediate way and for the long term”.

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2 December 2020

Alium Partners rebrands as Valtus UK

The rebrand follows the acquisition of Alium in 2019 by Valtus, a transition management company with headquarters in France. Valtus is part of interim management group Globalise.

Valtus provides companies ranging from start-ups to global giants and their investors with highly experienced interim executives to solve strategic challenges.

Valtus UK works across a broad range of sectors including energy and natural resources, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, technology, telecoms, education and defence.

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25 November 2020

iO Associates announces Europe expansion

The expansion follows several client wins in the European technology and engineering staffing sectors, a company statement said. The firm will focus its initial efforts in the Benelux and DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) regions. 

iO, part of Precision Resource Group, launched its first Americas office six month ago in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Head office headcount at iO is 70 employees.

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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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27 October 2020


• Financial services specialist Citi London has launched its career starter programme. The London Apprenticeship Programme is designed to grow the skills of the future and kick-start careers in financial services. The 13 apprentices, who will start on 9 November, have not been to university but will benefit from a structured and in-depth induction, designed to help them transition in to a corporate environment. Alongside a full-time role they will be completing a tailored programme of professional development and learning delivered over 18 months, in partnership with national charity Career Ready.

• Staffing business for the built environment Daniel Owen has opened and expanded a network of Northern offices. The original hub in Newcastle has quickly outgrown within a year of opening, and has expanded into larger and more prestigious offices in the city. Joining this Northern Hub, two fully staffed offices have been set up in Leeds and Glasgow to regionally provide site staff across their respective locations. 

The announcement joins news of other expansions within Daniel Owen, with the Bristol office expanding into larger office space, as well as the opening of a new Swindon Hub a month ago.

Evie, an AI assistant for recruiters, has been selected to help manage post-Covid-19 hiring for Siemens Mobility. The announcement follows a six month-pilot programme, with Evie engineers working with the Siemens team to refine the assistant. Founded by former engineers and executives from Stanford, MIT and Yahoo!, according to the company, Evie automates every step of interview scheduling, saving talent acquisition (TA) teams time.

• A 20-year-old influencer is hosting free online networking sessions for young people to aid their career progression by raising their confidence and increasing opportunities for personal growth. Alexa Wilkinson, a Leeds-based lifestyle and beauty influencer, has teamed up with online virtual networking firm Meeow to host ‘Late Nights with Lex’ for youngsters every Thursday between 7-8pm.

Through the Meeow online networking platform, Wilkinson will host live sessions, inviting three people at a time to join her to talk about career progression, career options, life skills, confidence and life in general.

“As an influencer with a young following,” Wilkinson explains, “I’m very in tune with how young people are feeling and often get messages looking for support and advice. The pandemic has increased this demand and it was breaking my heart to see so many young people feeling fearful of the future.

“In my eyes, there’s not enough emphasis on networking at school and so when it’s time to leave and enter the big wide world, young people don’t realise its power. If they are aware of networking, they often feel scared and unsure of how to network, which puts them off trying it.”

• New cloud-based, payroll software Octopaye has launched this week. It is an intelligent, secure and scalable payroll software that does the legwork for recruiters, their clients and their temporary or contract workforce.

Octopaye is an extension of the Recruit Payroll brand and software, according to the company, and is an ideal solution beyond recruitment for large accountancy practices and franchise networks. The software received HMRC approval in 2019 and is fully compliant with UK legislation.

Quanta, part of QCS Staffing, a life sciences, renewable energy and ICT & data centre recruitment specialist, is expanding by opening offices in the Republic of Ireland and the US. Its US base is on the East Coast in Boston, which has a particularly strong pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical market. Quanta is already well known in the Irish pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, and so a Dublin office is the obvious choice.