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28 July 2021


Competex Pro, a payroll umbrella company for senior independent professionals, has announced that it has achieved approved provider status under the Professional Passport accreditation for payroll umbrella companies. The Professional Passport accreditation demonstrates the high standards that companies adhere to across all their processes, policies and procedures. It shows that Competex Pro is fit for purpose, complies with current government legislation, and adapts to legislative changes.

Investigo Consulting, part of recruitment company Investigo Group, has relaunched as Definia. Definia offers tailored services to “transform and future proof businesses” in the public and private sectors. It deploys teams of subject matter experts to help its clients deliver business initiatives, adopt new technology and bring about transformation. Investigo says the rebrand will “emphasise its own unique identity in the group’s suite of businesses”.

20 July 2021

Hays relaunches IT business as Hays Technology

The Hays Technology brand will operate globally, and has launched in Australia and New Zealand so far.

Since 2008, the Hays IT business has grown from being Hays’ third-largest specialism, generating around 14% of group net fees, to its largest specialism, with annual fees of a quarter of £1bn, a company statement said.

James Milligan heads the company’s global technology business. He is based in Ireland.

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19 July 2021


• Birmingham-based energy recruitment agency Consult Energy has launched a new clean energy division. Extending its services for energy companies in emerging markets, such as clean energy, renewable energy, sustainability and EV, Kevin Tyler and Ashley Pitt will lead this new service for the energy recruitment firm.

Red Diamond Executive Headhunters has launched a new middle market recruitment company called Red Diamond Recruitment. The new company will operate from its head office in Huddersfield alongside the headhunting business, with clients in sectors including manufacturing, accounting, aviation, construction, pharmaceuticals, electronic products and the beauty industry.

• Global recruitment firm Spencer Ogden has opened a new office in Taiwan. The recruitment firm has been working with clients in Taiwan for four years remotely, with demand for recruitment solutions to support clean energy – and offshore wind leading much of the resourcing needs.

TheJobApp has launched to “change the temporary recruitment industry in the UK”, according to a company statement. The app will be available from mid-July and support businesses by sourcing workers quickly and effectively, allowing them to manage their staff requirements, while offering shift workers a chance to be paid immediately after their shift has ended.

15 July 2021


Budweiser Brewing Group is recruiting for 25 roles in the UK throughout its commercial teams, in addition to six apprentices. The available positions range from key account managers to tech sales managers. Other roles include trade marketing executives, as well as various regional field sales positions around the UK.

Budweiser’s six apprentice drinks technician vacancies are within its drinks dispense team. Apprentices will take part in a 12-18-month course to achieve their Level 3 Drinks Dispense qualification.

• Fuze, a cloud-based communications provider, has launched Fuze for Recruiting, a new tailored solution for recruiting agencies and corporate recruiting teams. Fuze for Recruiting enables organisations to address the needs of recruiting professionals by introducing two new packages – Fuze for Recruiting Essentials and Fuze for Recruiting Contact Center.

7 July 2021


Practice to Progress (P2P), an organisation focused on preparing candidates for the police recruitment process, has announced a new scholarship programme in partnership with Motorola Solutions UK to help applicants wanting to join the police service.

P2P will hire 10 successful applicants who will then gain individual support from its team of former senior police officers and staff, to prepare for the three exercises they need to pass at the College of Policing’s online assessment centre. The closing date for applications is Friday 30 July 2021.

• Global workforce and advisory solutions provider Resource Solutions has launched Rejoin, a new community programme to help experienced professionals return to work after a career hiatus.

The service provides candidates with access to exclusive training, wellness partner and coaches, and connects them with Resource Solutions’ client base of global brands and corporates.

Rejoin candidates are provided with training from Resource Solutions to help upskill and prepare for new working environments, as well as personal one-to-one advice from partner wellness coaches on everything from their physical and emotional health, to dealing with the anxieties of returning to employment after time away, and managing a transition of care for dependent family members.

6 July 2021

Levin Group launches new recruitment brand Storm5

A company statement said the new brand’s mission is “to build the most powerful and efficient retailTech and e-commerce talent ecosystem globally” and contribute to creating strong B2B/B2C online customer experiences. The founding team have already been building a network of specialised C-suite and senior talent across data & analytics, engineering & DevOps, product management, and sales & marketing fields, the statement said.

Leading the brand launch is Olivier Kerckhove, previously of SThree. Kerckhove noted that the sector is undergoing “a huge shift, experiencing record funding in the last 12 months due to the [Covid] pandemic’s impact of consumers’ buying patterns”.

The Levin Group’s headcount has reached 180 across three international offices, the statement said.

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28 June 2021


ASK SETH, which stands for Skills, Employment, Training and Help, has launched a new site to provide free advice and support for jobseekers and to help professionals to provide employability support. The site was developed by ERSA, the Employment Related Services Association. It covers England, Wales and Scotland, and support can be accessed via the searcher’s postcode, so information is bespoke to their area.

Change Recruitment Group has launched a digital recruitment firm to support the global requirement for technology-related roles. Change Digital will connect firms with tech talent, specialising in recruiting for roles across cloud operations, cyber security, digital and data analytic skill sets. The firm’s headquarters are in Edinburgh and led by technology and digital director, Andrew Finlayson.

• UK jobs site Indeed has announced a one-day hiring event for hundreds of tech jobs tomorrow [Tuesday 29 June]. Companies such as BT, Asos and HSBC are among the employers interviewing candidates and potentially making on-the-spot offers during Indeed’s ‘Tech Needs Her’ National Hiring Day.

In total, there are some 300 jobs on offer across England, Scotland and Wales and while the hiring event is open to everyone, employers are particularly keen to encour-age women and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds to apply. The event will use Indeed’s interview platform, which allows people to book their own interview slots, meet their prospective employer via videolink and even await their appointment in a virtual ‘lobby’. 

• Jobs site has announced that it will launch a new site built by digital agency Tangent this month. The new site sees the previous site brought together with to create a new multidisciplinary services experience across B2B and B2C recruitment, HR consultancy, project delivery and training.

• Totaljobs has launched a video-first advertising campaign, targeting adults across each corner of the UK. Designed to tackle a lack of confidence in candidates and drive more people to the platform to find their next job, the campaign runs from June until November 2021. TV adverts will air throughout the day on the UK’s terrestrial and digital channels including Channel 4, ITV and Sky, Video-On-Demand platforms and YouTube.

Unizest has launched in the UK to help solve the problem facing UK recruitment agencies when arranging payment for overseas workers, and offer a better start for newcomers to the UK. Unizest allows workers and students coming to the UK to open an e-current account before they leave their home country.

Unizest is working with recruitment agencies such as Response Recruitment, Australasian Recruitment Company and Tri Consulting, and their candidates, to sort one of the causes of friction for people who newly arrive in the UK for work and study – the simple need to open a bank account.

ZoomInfo, an intelligence platform for recruitment professionals, has launched ZoomInfo Recruiter, built for recruitment teams to hire individuals quickly. The company says that with its platform, recruiters can uncover data such as work history, educational background and department organisational charts to better understand candidates’ managerial, functional, and technical experience. Its platform enables recruiters to create automated campaigns to engage candidates and receive higher response rates. They can communicate with candidates through email and mobile phone directly from the platform

22 June 2021

Technology specialist Stott and May opens in Ireland

The move, which reinforces the company’s growth across Europe, includes the appointment of Ellen Byrne as senior manager to head up the Ireland operations. Byrne joins Stott and May from Osborne Recruitment Consultancy. She is a technology specialist in areas including software development, blockchain and cyber security.

A company statement quoted Stott and May CEO Stephen Stott as describing Ireland as “a major hub for high-growth technology-focused businesses”. He went on to say: “More broadly, this step also makes it easier to transact across other European countries where we have a high volume of valued customers.”

Founded in 2009, Stott and May is headquartered in London with additional offices in Reading, Los Angeles and New York.

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