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19 January 2021


• Global talent assessment platform provider for the mid-market Thomas International has announced its industry-leading Aptitude assessment has been added to the new Thomas platform. The new platform, consisting of Thomas Perform and Thomas Profile applications, will begin to be rolled out across Thomas’ global markets after the completion of this initial launch phase in the UK.

11 January 2021


• Specialist fintech recruiter Storm2 has launched its second global hub in Singapore to service the APAC region, led by Candy Choong, director of Storm2. Having already hired 10 specialist consultants in Singapore, the team is looking to double its local headcount during 2021.

5 January 2021


• Global executive search firm Amrop has opened a new office in Luxembourg, led by founder and managing partner, Gabriela Nguyen-Groza. According to Amrop, Luxembourg is a strategic hub with a robust economy, thriving research and development, and hosts the EMEA headquarters of many leading multinationals.

GRO.TEAM, a business growth agency, has launched a free online CV maker, which it states leads to an average 300% higher contact rate from recruiters over traditional CVs. Completed CVs are search engine-friendly and hosted on the GRO.TEAM website, making it simpler for recruiters to find and directly contact candidates.

14 December 2020


• Cloud computing company Bullhorn has launched its new messaging platform, Bullhorn Messaging. Powered by TextUs, a text messaging platform for recruiting firms, Bullhorn Messaging helps recruiters communicate faster and build stronger relationships with leads, candidates and customers by reaching them where they are – on their mobile phone.

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.