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19 April 2021

BHI aims to develop a modern, agile labour market

The Better Hiring Institute (BHI) says it will drive development of “a modern, agile UK labour market” and “accelerate the post-Covid economic recovery”.

Part of the purpose of the BHI is “to represent hiring in the UK labour market to government”, organisers say. 

Other elements of BHI’s purpose are to implement digital pathways to modernise hiring, promote safeguarding across all hiring, to develop standards and best practice “to simplify the issue for hirers and workers as well as improvements where necessary” and to offer support and advice to all organisations.

“The absence of an overriding organisation setting standards for hiring across the UK labour market has meant that there is no singular driving force for change to modernise the system and eliminate waste, inefficiency and poor productivity within the labour market,” a BHI statement said.

“Without one unifying voice, a multitude of sector specific, industry level and trade body voices have unintentionally created confusion, crossover and inefficiency within hiring,” the statement went on to say. “This has prevented the UK developing a truly dynamic and modern labour market underpinned by digital technology, best practice and flexibility.”

Governed by an advisory board, the BHI is aimed at serving employers across all sectors, with involvement possible through sectoral subcommittees. There is no fee for the services.

The advisory board consists of Keith Rosser, director of pre-employment vetting business Reed Screening; Mike Haley, CEO of fraud-sharing data base Cifas; Jon Hall, senior academic at the Open University specialising in digital, IT, security and education; and Dr Suzanne Smith, executive director of barring and safeguarding, DBS.

Secretariat is being run by Stacey Wright, also an employee of Reed Screening.

Organisers said BHI will be a non-profit social enterprise. Asked by Recruiter about the legal relationship between BHI and Reed, Rosser said: “The best way I can characterise this is, Reed agreed during the conversations with [the UK government] to support getting the BHI off the ground and provide the secretariat in the short term. The BHI will become a social enterprise, and this is a key part of the advisory board’s early focus – that and the governance of the organisation. Organisations and parts of [UK government] have committed to providing time and content on a voluntary basis.”

The advisory board is working on future funding opportunities, Rosser said. “The BHI already have commitment from organisations and [UK government] to give their time and expertise on the projects and campaigns listed on the web site.”

The projects listed include Fairer Recruitment, Validating Documents Safely, Protecting Work Seekers, A Framework for Social Media Screening and Better Referencing Digital Identity.

Ophelia King, head of market development in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport digital identity team, spoke at the launch, noting that DCMS has taken on “a sort of overarching role in… enabling the digital identity marketing to come into fruition”.

When contacted for their thoughts on the BHI’s creation, recruitment trade bodies the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) both said they welcomed it for aligning with their goals of raising standards and worker protection.

For more information, visit the BHI at

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19 April 2021

Gi Group opens Birmingham branch to help Midlands expansion

The new branch is located on Hastingwood Business Park, Wood Lane, Birmingham. The company said this location places Gi Group “at the heart of an area of key strategic importance for the business”.

Gi Group Birmingham is actively recruiting for over 150 roles ranging from highly skilled positions directly involved in the delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – for which Gi Group is the official recruitment partner – to logistic roles supporting the increase in demand for online retail, as well as a series of opportunities in the care sector.

Branch manager Andrew Page will oversee the new location. 

Gi Group’s Birmingham-area clients include Royal Mail, Parcelforce and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It also provides temporary and permanent staff to a series of major West Midlands-based logistics, automotive, food, pharma, care sector and manufacturing organisations. 

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19 April 2021


Digital 51 is a talent partnership within the digital space, partnering with businesses and people who work across product, creative and technology throughout the UK. Digital 51 is a team of five people, founded by Simon Brown in conjunction with co-founders Alex Hall and Adrienne Howlett.

13 April 2021

SSGC launches WLTS to deliver ex-service personnel to businesses

Swindon-based SSGC, which has mobilised military veterans to staff Covid-19 test centres and provide testing support at under-pressure schools across the UK, has already secured a £40m contract for its start-up business WLTS to provide personnel to Comensura, which manages supplies of temporary, permanent and contract labour. 

According to the company, WLTS specialises in handling complex vetting requirements such as DBS checks, BPSS, the government baseline security standard, and BS7858, the security benchmark approved by the British Standards Institute (BSI), through its bespoke automated solution.

A signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), an agreement to support veterans getting back into ‘civvy street’, WLTS will provide instant frontline services as Britain slowly emerges from lockdown.

David Stubbs, managing director of SSGC, said WLTS was part of the post-pandemic ‘normalisation’ process: “As the national requirements have changed, so has our offering, which is why the services provided by WLTS are focused on helping Britain get back to work. It specialises in trusted and rapid mobilisation of personnel that goes beyond testing for Covid-19 to the heart of what the nation needs to return to a form of normality.”

Stubbs explained that businesses in the hospitality, conference and events market will be needing experienced and vetted marshalling and stewarding personnel, and with the explosion in online sales to corporates upscaling temporary drivers, cleaners and administrators as they reopen, “the WLTS service can provide everything from the background checks to the actual feet on the ground” as the UK reopens.

Pictured above (l-r): David Stubbs, Demelza Staples and Andy McInnes from SSGC, which has launched WLTS

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13 April 2021


• Edinburgh and Glasgow-based executive search firm MM Search has launched its Summer 2021 Executive Intern Programme. MM Search, in collaboration with the Saltire Scholar internship programme, run by Entrepreneurial Scotland, has offered two paid Summer 2021 internships to students from St Andrews University and Herriot Watt. Third-year students Keava Low (International Relations, St Andrews University) and Harry Browne (International Business, Herriot Watt University) will take on intern executive roles within MM Search in May 2021.

6 April 2021


Capital Outsourcing Group (Food), which specialises in FMCG recruitment, has opened new offices in Boston in Lincolnshire after reporting significant growth across 2020. Owned by Birmingham-headquartered Jarell Group, Capital acquired MRN Recruitment in 2019 and after the successful integration into Capital Outsourcing Group, expanded operations throughout its base in Spalding and subsequently into the wider Lincolnshire area.

• Recruitment process outsourcing provider Cielo has launched Cielo TalentCloud, a flexible platform designed to accelerate the recruiting performance. Cielo TalentCloud is an RPO future-proofed, global cloud-based platform.

• Professional services firm KPMG UK has selected global technology recruitment solutions specialist Lorien as its key recruitment partners in the UK. Lorien will deliver an RPO solution for all permanent experienced hires at junior and mid-level grades. The partnership follows Lorien’s appointment as KPMG’s technology RPO partner in 2013. Lorien will be working with its office recruitment sister brand Tate to support non-tech delivery.

• Education recruitment firm Thrive Education has been launched by Ellis Thorne and his partner (a former teacher and supply agency user) to cover supply needs in the South-West. Thrive Education aims to establish and maintain genuine partnerships between the educational establishments and the teachers it places., a provider of primary source verification (PSV) services, has launched an updated blockchain service offering. The new platform brings together verified professionals in an ecosystem of trust, making it quicker and safer for businesses to hire the right people, and empowering individuals to accelerate their own career potential, according to the company.

29 March 2021


• Scotland-based IT recruitment specialist Be-IT has launched a new consultancy division, Be-IT Projects. The new division will use its pool of highly skilled technology professionals to help businesses manage and execute large scale digital transformations.

Bradstone Allington, a specialist recruitment and training provider, has launched a proactive solution to tackle rising youth unemployment figures in the form of remote training and recruitment opportunities. The first stage in that process will see it make a wide range of career mentoring and training courses available remotely to those seeking employment.

Bradstone Allington is urging graduates looking for employment opportunities to take advantage of its Work Placement Programmes. The specialist schemes combine mentorship, practical training and real-life work experience, giving jobseekers a competitive edge in a highly uncertain labour market.

• The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has joined forces with HR tech company MyKindaFuture to launch an innovative mentoring programme designed to help unemployed 18-24-year-olds find work through Jobcentre Plus.

The joint initiative will see MyKindaFuture’s online mentoring platform, Connectr, being used by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to provide jobseekers with the advice, tools and skills they need to secure a job. The project, which offers young people access to mentors from leading local and national employers, aims to tackle the rising issue of unemployment in Britain. The programme will benefit young people looking for all types of work, including apprenticeships and the Government’s flagship £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which offers six-month work experience programmes to young people on Universal Credit.

• Glasgow-based technical recruitment specialist Nine Twenty has transformed its business and operating model by switching to a franchised operation, mainly as a result of the Covid pandemic.

• Venture capital fund Recruitment Growth Catalyst has launched, backed by James Caan CBE’s Recruitment Entrepreneur business. Founded by serial investor and CEO of Kevin Edward Group Kevin Fasting, Recruitment Growth Catalyst backs entrepreneurial recruiters to build their own businesses. Caan who will play a key strategic role as chairman of the new venture.

• Flexible working company redwigwam has launched a dedicated service for the cleaning sector. Red Clean was established in response to the huge demand for cleaning personnel in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Red Clean gives companies instant access to fully managed, flexible cleaning staff, handling all HR, payment and administration, and giving businesses the flexibility to scale up or down subject to their needs. New clients also pay no booking fee for the first job they place with the platform. It is also free to post jobs on the site.

Sixty Eight Jobs is a brand-new hospitality recruitment platform, powered by Sixty Eight People, providing a niche jobs board for hourly paid hospitality roles across Greater Manchester. Founded by Sixty Eight People founder Abi Dunn, Sixty Eight Jobs will look to connecting the most exciting hospitality businesses to the brightest stars in the industry.

• Engineering and construction recruiter VGC has added to its nine UK offices with a facility in Solihull, with an official opening by the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street. The new office is in addition to VGC’s existing base in Birmingham city centre, supporting around 150 local workers.

24 March 2021

Bradford recruiter targets US construction market in Florida

CNM Recruitment has launched a US website. CNM director Chris Mitchell (pictured) said that Florida seemed to be “the best place to introduce our services to the USA”. In providing construction executives, CNM has a niche focus on general contractors and architects’ consultancies.

Mitchell said further that he hoped the expansion will “counter-balance the slowdown we experienced in 2020”.

CNM, based in Bradford’s Eccleshill area, was founded in 2015. Its clients have included Portakabin and Stonehouse Projects.

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