New to Market

19 October 2020


• Independent job board CV-Library is to launch a virtual careers fair for the health and social care sector. The virtual event will enable jobseekers to connect with potential employers, search and apply for jobs, and watch webinars and videos to learn more about the companies and roles they’re advertising.

The Health and Social Care Virtual Careers Fair takes place on Thursday 12 November, from 9am to 8pm. The event will also host virtual exhibitors from some of the biggest companies in the health and social care sector, including Maria Mallaband, Care UK, Mencap & Helping Hands. Register here.

• A new candidate screening costs calculator, which works out how much time your recruitment team spends screening job applications and what this costs your recruitment department, has been developed by pre-hire assessment specialists ThriveMap.

Due to the overwhelming increase in job application volumes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The calculator reveals the time spent on different candidate screening activities including sifting CVs, phone screens and interviews.

12 October 2020


• UK provider of SaaS HR, payroll, recruitment and learning solutions CIPHR is rebranding its HCM platform as CIPHR Connect. According to the company, the new name is designed to emphasise the importance of connectivity between specialist software at the heart of CIPHR’s offering to customers, and create a clearer distinction between the growing activities of the CIPHR Group and the range of products that CIPHR offers.

• Recruitment firm Encore Personnel has relocated to new and larger offices in Spalding, Lincolnshire to serve its expanding client and candidate base in the region. Encore’s expansion in the region has been driven by a strong base of food production and horticulture clients, with support for firms that have faced increased demand for products during the Covid-19 lockdown and well-publicised challenging labour issues.

Hogan Assessments, global experts in personality assessment and leadership development, has launched the Hogan Candidate Assessment Suite. With the assessment suite, hiring can be a fast and valid prediction of performance, identifying the best performers based on millions of workplace performance data points.

7 October 2020

McGinley Group rebrands and relaunches as MCG Group

A company statement said the move will allow the business to simplify its offering and streamline into five specialist sectors under the following company names:

  • Aviation and aerospace with MCG International
  • Primary and secondary healthcare with MCG Healthcare
  • Construction recruitment & logistics with MCG Construction, plus acquired business First Choice Recruitment 
  • Education sector with Simply Education
  • Interactive, digital & immersive technology sectors with Creative Personnel

The 11-year-old group’s new name is intended to reflect its ‘people first’ ethos, the statement said: Making Candidates Great, Making Clients Great, Making Careers Great.

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5 October 2020


Creative Mettle Recruitment has launched a low-cost platform to help marketing teams and creative agencies access high-quality freelance talent with the added benefit of highly relevant industry experience.

Freelance Finder helps customers continue with their digital, marketing and design projects, regardless of budget cuts or lack of internal resources. The system creates access to marketers, creatives, designers, developers and agency client services professionals to work on projects in any industry sector at short notice. Customers can filter search results by experience, campaign audiences, agency type and even by client size.

• Careers specialist Frontline Recruitment has restructured one of its offices and announced two high-profile appointments, signalling an expansion into new territories. Experienced recruiters Sarah Bowater and Lynsey Butler join Frontline as operations manager and regional business manager respectively.

David Essam, operations director at Frontline, also revealed the company will be relocating its Mansfield base and opening a new office in Chesterfield, with the aim of expanding into neighbouring city of Sheffield – especially in logistics/driving and commercial for both temporary and permanent placements. The company, which is headquartered in Nottingham, also has offices in Derby, Hull, Leicester, Mansfield and Weymouth.

MyKindaFuture, a UK underrepresented talent specialists, in collaboration with energy company National Grid, has launched new STEM skills and careers outreach programmes. More than 100,000 pupils in South London, especially from diverse backgrounds, will hopefully be inspired to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), through interactive workshops, an online challenge, form time and assembly takeovers, and digital mentoring programmes.

According to research carried out by National Grid, the energy sector needs to fill 400,000 roles between now and 2050 to meet net zero. This innovative programme will help to support in meeting this target, while at the same time giving students in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas, greater opportunities to learn about the industry and the range of careers they could pursue, even during the pandemic.

16 September 2020

New to the Market – 16 September

Digital platform developer BOOM Software has launched, a website that helps candidates submit video CVs to employers. Candidates can access the platform without any monthly fees with the option to create up to two videos and links with a free account. Premium subscription options are also available for jobseekers to create more tailored videos.

Lee McQueen, Raw Talent leader and a previous winner of TV’S The Apprentice, has this week launched a technology-enabled talent recruitment, assessment and development platform, Phoenix51. The company has already established an advisory board and successfully completed its beta phase. It is working with clients including Reach, IHG, Century Link, Tottenham Hotspur, TP/ICAP and Mediacom. Phoenix51 enables organisations to make data-driven decisions at every stage of the employee journey, from hiring through to benchmarking, training and retention. It creates digital frameworks and scorecards that allow organisations to assess and interview against key behaviours and competencies specific to a job role in both vertical and horizontal hiring. McQueen is joined at Phoenix51 by COO Chris Wimhurst, a business psychologist.

Global technology company Zoho Corporation has announced the launch of Zoho Workplace, a single software platform that brings together collaboration, productivity and communications tools and integrates them into other business processes. The unified platform offers communications such as email, messaging, audio and video conferencing; a cloud office suite with shared file storage; common team and collaboration paradigms built into the products; and artificial intelligence, search and other services.

3 September 2020

Entrepreneur Spencer-Percival moves into life sciences with new venture

Spencer-Percival is the founder of recruitment businesses Huntress and Spencer Ogden. He sold Spencer Ogden last February to private equity firm MML Capital Partners, and previously sold Huntress for a reported £50m. Another of his entrepreneurial efforts was the creation of the botanical drinks company No 1 Rosemary Water. He remains the drinks company’s executive chairman.

According to a press statement, Spencer-Percival’s move to focus on life sciences follows record investment in the sector in 2018/19 and is in response to the rapid technological advances and innovation in both life sciences and “the broader world of work today”.

The statement said that Spencer-Percival’s team are planning ambitious growth with plans for a London office by December. It also said that, in launching Life Science People, he will continue his “commitment to hiring and training graduates”.

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3 September 2020

Encore Personnel to roll out new CRM in October

The national recruitment company has 10 branches across the UK and a network of managed services sites. In a press statement Encore said it had “invested heavily” in the new CRM called Access, with “a massive projected time-saving benefit of up to 3,000 man-hours per year” anticipated with the new system. 

The new software will support Encore’s consultants with the onboarding of new candidates, create a much swifter online registration process and “virtually removing the need for face-to-face form filling and manual documentation”, except for the requirement of providing a physical copy of ID, the company said. Another feature of the mobile and tablet-friendly system is a contract e-signing element.

“The pandemic has seen demand upon [our] food production and horticulture clients soar rapidly, meaning now more than ever the business must provide high-quality candidates in record time,” the statement said.

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1 September 2020


• Property recruitment specialists Rayner Personnel has expanded in the South-West of England as the owners of estate agency business Complete have partnered with Rayner as associates. Jade Boyles-White will continue to run the estate agency business day-to-day, while Will Smith is to move across to the recruitment side of the expanded new group.

Rayner Personnel recently embarked upon a drive to attract associates to work alongside the leading estate agency and property services organisation. Already, eight such partners have joined.

Realday, the workforce management platform specialising in the scheduling, deployment and retention of staff, has had a brand refresh and welcomes Mark Doyle from TempBuddy/Erecruit to head up its official launch into the UK and US.

Since its launch in 2018, Realday has continuously developed, gained feedback and fine-tuned its platform across the DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) region with multiple businesses under the name Tempest. 

• Swedish firm Tengai AB, manufacturers of unbiased interviewer robot Tengai, has released an English version of its automated robot. According to the company, international companies can now lease Tengai and use the blind interview format as part of their unbiased hiring process.