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3 April 2020


• Job board CV-Library has introduced new functionality for its clients, enabling recruiters to arrange video interviews with candidates, directly through the CV-Library platform for free. Under the free of charge service, to set up a video interview, recruiters need to view a candidate’s profile and select ‘Video interview’ from the ‘Recruiter options’ menu. A unique URL is then generated, which the user can copy and send over to the candidate via email.

• Professional network LinkedIn is offering free hiring resources to companies and organisations in healthcare, supermarket, warehousing and package delivery, as well as disaster relief non-profits, to help find people with the skills and experience to fill critical frontline roles in the light of the coronavirus outbreak. These resources include:

  • Free job posts for frontline roles
  • Connecting medical professionals to urgent healthcare roles
  • Mobilising LinkedIn’s own recruiters to help fill urgent roles
  • Supporting healthcare staffing customers with free insights

Morson Group’s 3D printing facility in Salford has recently been tasked with producing medical visors for the NHS the fight against coronavirus. The global recruiter's Morson Maker Space, a state-of-the art engineering and digital fabrication facility at The University of Salford, powered by Morson International, has developed a prototype medical visor using 3D printing design in direct response to the needs of hospital staff fighting coronavirus, and will now begin producing 75 visors a day, donating the products to the hospital.

The design is also now being sent out to commercial fabricators and other university technical departments in the North-West to scale production and meet the numbers needed for NHS frontline staff.

• Underrepresented talent specialist MyKindaFuture has launched a new version of its online employee engagement platform Connectr to support clients with furloughed employees. The revamped platform ensures that employers can maintain and enhance their relationships with employees who have been placed on furlough.

23 March 2020


• Global freelance platform AnyTask has dropped all fees charged to buyers of tasks due to the coronavirus outbreak in a bid to help all those working from home.

Faxi, a commuter journey sharing app used by hospitals, local authorities and some of the largest employers in the UK, is now actively working with its clients to help them use the platform to recruit trusted volunteers who want to support their co-workers and make them visible in a map-based social network so that support can be provided for those in need.

• Earnings on demand platform Hastee has announced it is now enabling workers like NHS professionals and teachers access their pay when they need it – for free.

HR Heads is offering complementary CV and LinkedIn profile improvement support to workers being let go due to the coronavirus. The specialist HR recruiter is also offering online CV advice slots in exchange for a donation to the British Red Cross.

• Video enabled recruitment platform Hinterview has announced as of today it will be offering 10 free Hinterview licences to any recruitment agency worldwide for one month.

• Special educational needs and disabilities job board Senploy has opened up its platform to recruiters for free in response to the influx of care roles during this pandemic.

• Ireland’s Sigmar Recruitment has launched - an online platform to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities as well as offer upskilling opportunities for the restricted workforce in a bid to ensure a smoother return to the workplace once the isolation restrictions have eased.

• Hiring skills platform Social Talent is offering anyone who has lost their job in the current coronavirus three months free access to the platform.

• Income streaming provider Wagestream has waived all fees to both NHS employers and staff. The firm adds it usually takes Wagestream three weeks to perform a full integration with an employer’s payroll software but as part of emergency measures the firm can now launch the service for any employer in 24 hours.

The firm is also giving all workers who have been furloughed by their employers, instant access to their wages. Employers can sign up to Wagestream and have the service live in 24 hours, and available to furloughed workers. 

19 March 2020


Flexa, a job platform which connects people who want to work flexibly with employers who want full-time, flexible staff, has launched. The site focuses exclusively on full-time flexible jobs, by only working with companies that offer truly flexible roles – either in location, hours or both. Jobseekers can choose from flexible hours, working from home or even whether the workplace is dog-friendly.

12 March 2020

Start-up of the Month: Douglas John Recruitment

Founder Douglas told Recruiter that, while her new agency recruits for roles ranging from researcher to director level for agencies, it also places a special emphasis on at-home remote working positions.

“I worked from home for a recruitment agency as a rec-to-rec for the past two years. I was paid a salary and had all the usual benefits that you would expect to receive in an office-based role. I suddenly realised that other people were doing it, too. I really enjoyed it and I wanted other people to be able to have access to that as well. If you’re an experienced recruiter and you can work autonomously, there’s no reason why you can’t work remotely.”

Douglas explains that part of the job is communicating to agencies the benefits of employing remote staff, one of which is that an agency will incur fewer outgoings as those working from home meet their own internet costs, for example. On the other hand, recruiters occasionally contact her, explaining while they are allowed to work from home one to two days a week, they would like more flexibility.

Looking ahead, Douglas explains that while she is seeking to grow her client base, she is not looking to expand. “I’m aiming to remain a sole trader. I don’t want to employ any staff. I just want it to be me.”

10 March 2020


Tom McNally, former global commercial real estate services organisation Colliers International and CBRE recruitment director, has launched real estate executive search business Madison Lincoln, with the support and backing of Madison Berkeley, a property recruitment company.

2 March 2020


Leah Blanchard has been appointed branch manager of logistics and professional & executive recruiter Aligra’s new Andover branch.

• Staffing and recruitment company ApTask has launched an Amazon Alexa Skill and Google Assistant Action titled ‘Jobs Near Me’. This app helps candidates optimise their job search using the power of voice by receiving a customised list of opportunities in less than 60 seconds. Currently, the app is available for use only in the US.

• Education recruitment consultancy Clarus Education has launched a new website.

• Leicester-based recruiter Daniel Connor has launched DC Personnel in a joint venture with The Recruit Venture Group.

• Marketing automation platform Force24 has expanded into the Dutch market through a partnership with Netherland-based recruitment software specialist Ruben Lamont, who has launched a new business, Recruiter24.

Mitchells & Butlers, which operates restaurants, bars and pubs running across 1,784 locations and whose brands include All Bar One, Browns, Harvester, O’Neill’s and Toby Carvery, have launched a new careers site. The site, designed and built by Attrax, features a more streamlined and modern design, a total search function and artificial intelligence to help candidates find the correct roles, aimed at driving engagement and applications.

• Search firm Norman Broadbent has opened an office in Cheshire. The office will provide a local team to serve clients across the North, as well as in Scotland.

27 February 2020


• Nationwide recruiter Acorn Group has launched new specialist division VORSOR Facilities Services. The division has been created as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acorn following continued expansion in the delivery of facility services and management contracts to a range of blue-chip clients.

• Global talent mobility specialist Topia has launched the Global Talent Mobility Assessment framework. The framework, which evaluates enterprise readiness to deploy and manage talent around the world, scores organisations in four key areas – operational efficiency, data maturity, compliance management and employee experience – providing insight on their current state and recommendations on how to drive improvements in strategy and process.

26 February 2020

Pilot programme aims to get over-50 jobseekers back to work

This is due to the Greater Manchester Employment Support for Over-50s pilot scheme. Jointly launched by The Centre for Ageing Better, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Department of Work & Pensions, the programme is aimed at improving support models for older people.

Research by the Centre for Ageing Better last year found that older jobseekers would benefit from personalised support that could be flexible around caring commitments and health needs.

The pilot will focus on providing employment support that works for older jobseekers, trialling a range of approaches with the aim of finding a successful model that can inform national government policy.

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