Category: Recruitment Tech

App has placed 100,000 workers in nine months

Jobandtalent, a workforce marketplace that matches workers with temporary roles, has announced that it secured $500 million in equity investment from Kinnevik and SoftBank Vision Fund 2 to facilitate its expansion into the US. The move will significantly increase the size of its tech and sales teams over the next 24 months.

Jobandtalent’s app matches workers with temporary roles at companies in a range of sectors including logistics, e-commerce, warehousing, and manufacturing. As the marketplace grows, the AI learns and makes even more precise matches which means even more workers finding and staying in jobs and reducing a company’s attrition rate.

More than 1,300 companies, including DHL, FedEx, XPO, Ceva Logistics, eBay, IKEA, Kuehne & Nagel, JD Sports, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Argos and GLS make use of the Jobandtalent.

Juan Urdiales, co-founder and CEO of Jobandtalent commented: “With temporary working increasingly becoming the norm, the opportunity to help workers find reliable, consistent jobs is growing by the day. The Jobandtalent platform has found the right roles at the right companies for more than 100,000 workers in the first nine months of 2021 alone, providing them with the benefits and security of full-time employment. We are excited to accelerate the expansion of our team and grow our presence in both new and existing markets – helping more workers find the jobs they want, and helping businesses fill the roles they need.”

Natalie Tydeman, Senior Investment Director at Kinnevik, said: “Jobandtalent’s workforce-as-a-service platform is disrupting the modern labour market and placing people back at the centre of employment. By offering a personalised service driven by data and proprietary technology, Jobandtalent is simplifying the experience of finding work for thousands of people and transforming it for the better. We’re proud to be working with Juan and the team to accelerate the growth of the business.”

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Half of workforce looking to reskill

In the latest survey from CV-Library, it’s been revealed that ‘The Great Resignation’ is set to continue with more than two thirds of the UK professional workforce saying they’ll look for a new role in 2022.

More than half of the workforce (57.6%) is planning to reskill or retrain next year with belief that it will make them more employable.  Other factors driving the reskilling are a desire for a more meaningful career, better long-term job security and being unable to find a suitable job with their current skills.

The top five reasons for moving on in 2022, according to the CV-Library survey were:

  1. 1%: want/need a career change
  2. 3%: higher salary
  3. 7%: the uncertainty of the pandemic delayed an inevitable decision
  4. 9%: more flexible working opportunities
  5. 2%: burnout

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library commented: “Employers can take action to prevent increased staff turnover. Offering top salaries is the obvious choice but investing in training and upskilling, offering remote working opportunities, and building strong internal teams, look to be the smartest moves businesses can take in 2022.”

Ken Brotherston, Managing Director at TALiNT Partners doesn’t necessarily agree. He weighed in: “Whilst I might quibble about the percentage of people claiming they will look for a new job, I do agree that there are a range of underlying challenges for employers which need to be addressed and that there is no single solution.”

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PageUp, the global talent management software company has expanded its UK footprint by its acquisition of eArcu, a UK-based provider of SaaS hiring solutions, it was announced today.

eArcu was founded in 2009, and its talent acquisition suite enables well over 100 customers in the UK and around the world. The combination of PageUp and eArcu’s talent management offerings will allow the PageUp Group to accelerate its presence in the UK and European markets. It will provide existing and new eArcu customers access to an expanded portfolio of recruitment marketing and talent management solutions.

PageUp CEO Mark Rice commented: “We’re excited to bring eArcu into the PageUp family. We look forward to working with the team to build on their well-deserved reputation for innovation and world-class customer service.”

eArcu CEO Andy Randall commented: “After a period of sustained growth, we’re thrilled to join forces with PageUp, a major player in the global talent management space. This will be a fantastic time for our clients who will benefit from the synergies between us, and for our team to bring their thought leadership to an ever-growing audience.”

 

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Hiring teams find better ways to keep candidates engaged 

JobAdder, the global recruitment software provider has released a new integration with LinkedIn Recruiter System Connect (RSC) to improve hiring workflows, time to hire and the candidate experience – at a time when the war of talent is raging.  

The integration provides a seamless process for recruiters and candidates that connects users to the RSC platform and JobAdder without switching platforms.  

This functionality adds to JobAdder’s offering. It allows recruiters to find quality candidates quickly, know instantly which candidates from LinkedIn are already in their JobAdder account and engaged with, see all In Mail messages from both platforms in one place and cross-reference data from both sources. 

Rob Brodie, Head of Corporate Sales at JobAdder believes this new integration will speed up hiring processes at a crucial time for employers. He said: “With skills shortages rife, hiring managers need real time information quickly in order to fill resourcing needs and keep applicants engaged. The challenge for many is that information is often hosted in numerous locations – with communication going out via emails, LinkedIn, company applicant tracking systems and much more. By integrating LinkedIn RSC, we can help save recruiters time in shortlisting candidates, aid the nurturing of a database of high-quality candidates, maximise efficiency across hiring processes and enable hiring teams to continue using the tools they already value, all in one place. This not only improves efficiencies for employers, but also enables hirers to get to the best talent quickly – a critical benefit given the limited availability of top skills at the moment.” 

Adam Gregory, Senior Director, Talent and Learning Solutions at LinkedIn said: “We are delighted with the JobAdder integration into LinkedIn Recruiter. Businesses are looking to fill roles as quickly and effectively as possible, and this integration provides recruiters better visibility across the entire candidate process in a single view and can reduce placement time.” 

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Primis, a new technology recruitment company that will operate out of the UK and the US will focus on improving the D&I landscape in the technology sector. The announcement was made by APSCo member and Managing Director of Premier Recruitment, Ben Broughton. Broughton who assisted in growing the firm to revenues of £30m, said that Primis will also offer D&I and unconscious bias training to the hiring managers of Primis clients and their own employees.

The people-centric approach the business appears to be focusing on comes at a time where D&I is deemed an important factor in talent retention as a sense of belonging is increasingly more important to employees when looking for a company to work for.

Primis’s training solutions is delivered by a team that includes: Faisel Choudhry, a strategic management professional with experience working at The Royal Household and The Bank of England; Chikere Igbokwe, an Executive Recruiter and D&I Leader and Jina Etienne, who became the first national leader for D&I at Grant Thornton, in the USA.

Broughten commented: “We want to educate and expand the views of tech communitites across the UK and US when it comes to hiring diverse teams. We are a growth business and will achieve this through a mixture of senior hires as well as organic growth through a structured training academy.”

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Businesses looking to engage tech contractors may need to rethink their pay rates and conditions, according to new research by Hays Technology.

A survey carried out by the specialist IT recruitment agency in May polled more than 600 contractors and hirers and was used to put together its UK Contractor Day Rate Guide 2021.

The research revealed that demand for technology expertise is increasing, but that skills shortages are hindering many firms’ efforts to hire talent. It reported a 21% increase in demand for IT contractors and a 17% increase in placements from H1 to H2.

Of the organisations polled, 42% said they did not have the required talent to achieve their current business objectives and more than 8 in 10 reported they had found it difficult to recruit contractors over the last year.

This supply and demand mismatch has led to day rate increases for many contractors, with some  project and change managers achieving increases of more than 10%. Overall, data gathered by Hays offices across the UK showed that technology day rates had increased by 0.8% over the last 12 months. Software developers had seen an average day rate rise of 2.4%.

James Hallahan, Director of Hays Technology in UK & Ireland, said: “Skills shortages abound in the technology sector and there are plentiful opportunities for tech contractors to be deployed within organisations that can’t find enough permanent employees with the right skills. Contractors with the most sought-after technical and soft skills, and those with a proven track record for successfully managing projects and leading change are going to expect assignments that deliver on flexibility and terms.”

Beyond pay

However, the Hays research also found that contractors wanted more than just pay increases: the majority now also wanted to be able to work remotely.

Many were already working from home for some of the time and more than half said their work-life balance had improved since March 2020, with almost three-quarters reporting that being able to work remotely was important to them.

Almost half (46%) now want greater flexibility with regard to hours and two in 10 said they wanted to change the expectation for them to work outside of their contracted hours to enhance their work-life balance.

The thorny issue of the IR35 reforms that were introduced in April remains a sticking point between contractors and hirers, found Hays.

“Most contractors want to stay outside of PAYE, presenting a potential shortage for organisations seeking to secure their skills. So, while the increase in activity means there is great demand for tech contractors, organisations are having a difficult time engaging with them. They may need to take an assignment-by-assignment view in order to attract the right skills and work with a recruitment specialist to help them secure the best talent,” said Hallahan.

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People analytics solution will support recruiters managing hybrid & home working teams

Access Recruitment has added to its growing portfolio of staffing industry SaaS solutions with the acquisition of Bristol based NorthStar, whose solution brings appraisal, recruitment analytics and businesses mapping together in one place.

“We are passionate about innovating to help recruiters run and grow their businesses,” said Paul Vogel, MD of Access Recruitment. “The addition of NorthStar to our portfolio of recruitment software allows agencies to translate their data into meaningful action. With many businesses now operating hybrid home/office teams, it has never been more important to have full visibility of your business operations and also critically to support your consultants to develop their skills.

“We have a long history of working together, with NorthStar originally being built around our CRM product, Access RDB. The platform has evolved to support a range of recruitment agencies across the UK and ANZ and integrates with multiple CRMs, including our latest cloud-based offering, Access Recruitment CRM.”

A major challenge for agencies is managing a growing number of consultants as well as tracking key KPIs as they scale. Access NorthStar enables individual consultants to identify where they are performing well and show areas for improvement. Scores can be shared with their peers to create healthy competition and gives team leaders a ready-made appraisal tool to use with their consultants.

APSCO’s UK Recruitment Index, published in October 2020, highlighted that automation and better use of technology was a key area of improvement, with 40% of recruitment firms with net fee income (NFI) greater than £10 million scoring themselves below 7 out of 10 – and 35% of those with less than £2 million NFI scored lower than 5. The report also highlighted that the largest firms with NFI of £50 million+ gave themselves low scores for retaining talent.

NorthStar was created to solve these challenges by automating analytics to enable better staff performance and engagement by highlighting areas where productivity can be enhanced. The platform pulls data from within an agency’s recruitment CRM visualising it across configurable consultant, team and senior leader dashboards.

 

“We are so proud of the Northstar product and where the team have taken it,” said Darren Ryemill, founder of NorthStar. “For us, choosing The Access Group as an acquirer was a no-brainer, because we felt that they would be the best people to take the product even further and fulfil its full potential. We are really excited to see where they take to next.”

To find out more, visit www.theaccessgroup.com/recruitment/software/productivity-performance-software/

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  • 35 top performing talent tech providers shortlisted in 13 award categories  
  • 20 judges will choose the Talent Tech Champion of Champions from all category winners  
  • All winners will be revealed at a live Gala Lunch at the Kings Fund on 2nd July  

TALiNT Partners has today announced finalists for the 2021 Talent Tech Star Awards, which shine a spotlight on the full spectrum of HR and Recruitment technology solutions for employers, recruiters, candidates and contractors.

“All 35 finalists for the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards have been shortlisted in 13 highly competitive categories, from Workforce Solution of the Year to the Innovation Award,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners. “Whilst challenging for everyone, the last 12 months have provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value and impact of their solutions during a time of accelerated digital transformation and the evolution of work. 

 “The TIARAs are distinguished by the rigour of its judging process and the quality of its judging panel,” he added. “A wide range of HR and RecTech have been assessed through five key metrics: employee excellence; innovation; client service; business growth; and purpose.”    

Finalist entries will now be scored by an independent panel of expert judges drawn from HR, Recruitment, Compliance, Investment and Procurement to determine a winner in each award category. All judges will convene to debate and choose the overall Champion of Champions.

This year’s Chair of Judges is Martin McCourt, the former Dyson CEO who is now Chairman and Non Executive Director of companies including Tharsus, Weber, HeadBox, Lightfoot, and FreeFlow Technologies.

“Last winners Talent Tech Star Awards were championing transformation in different parts of the talent ecosystem and showing the impact of technology on everything from candidate experience to learning, onboarding and workforce management,” he said. “As a TIARA judge and investor, I’m looking for big ideas from great leadership and management teams who are achieving great things. With such a strong shortlist, this year’s winners will inspire others to aspire to greater ambition and impact. I look forward to celebrating with them in July.”

New accolades for 2021 include the Talent Tech Scale-Up Award, The D&I Solution of the Year, and the Talent Tech Leader of the Year, sponsored by Optima Corporate Finance. Optima founder Philip Ellis re-joins the judging panel. “It’s great to see so many of last year’s winners defending their title this year against some very strong new contenders,” he said. “I’m excited to see who triumphs in the Talent Tech Scale-Up and Leader of the Year categories and debating this year’s Champion of Champions.”

The Talent Tech Star Awards also recognise tech solutions offered by umbrella companies.  Phil Pluck, CEO of the FCSA joins the TIARA judging panel to review the Workforce, Contractor and Compliance award categories.

The full list of TIARA 2021 Talent Tech Star Award Finalists can be viewed at https://talenttech.tiara.talint.co.uk/2021-finalists/

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Staffing firms made up 10% of the 325 organisations shortlisted across four main shortlists by Best Companies – from the top 100 Small, Mid-sized, and Large businesses to the 25 Best Big Companies to Work For.

Based on an annual survey of employee feedback, the rankings were revealed at the Best Companies Live event, hosted by BBC’s Dan Walker, on Friday 20th May.

Only three staffing firms were shortlisted in the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2021, where organisations must employ between 200 – 1,999 full-time employees and achieve one of the 100 highest BCI scores in the category. These included: Randstad UK (38), gap personnel (56) and Pertemps Recruitment Partnership (93).

Ten made it onto the top 100 Best Mid-sized Companies to Work For 2021, which must have at least 75 full-time employees. These included:

  • LHi Group (6)
  • Premier Group Recruitment (20)
  • Trinnovo Group (27)
  • Roc Search (28)
  • La Fosse Associates (46)
  • Charlton Morris (53)
  • Cook Investment Group (62)
  • MSI Group (90)
  • Prospero Group (94)
  • MCG Group (97)

Apprentice training specialist Educ8 Group took the top spot with another training provider for young talent, MPCT, ranked 13. Human capital investment company Bluestones Investment Group (81) also made the list.

Nineteen recruiters made the UK’s 100 Best Small Companies to Work For with at least 25 full-time employees this year. These included:

  • Oscar (5)
  • Oyster Partnership (12)
  • Eton Bridge Partners (14)
  • Square One Resources (16)
  • SF Recruitment (18)
  • Gleeson Recruitment Group (21)
  • Eames Consulting Group (35)
  • Quanta Consultancy Services (36)
  • deverellsmith (38)
  • New Street Consulting Group (39)
  • Wilton & Bain (41)
  • Prime People Plc (44)
  • Searchability (45)
  • Empiric Solutions (49)
  • Boss Professional Services (51)
  • Optimus Search (54)
  • InterEx Group (56)
  • Franklin Fitch (64)
  • Leathwaite (95)

A number of talent tech and training firms also made the list. These included: AI-powered matching platform SourceBreaker (10); healthcare recruitment investor Hunter Gatherer Group (17); e-learning provider High Speed Training (19); inhouse recruitment tech provider networx (46); re-skilling and upskilling specialist LifeSkills Solutions (52); and employer brand and recruitment marketing solution Talent Works International (93).

“It’s good to see so many staffing and talent tech firms aspiring to be great employers, demonstrating excellence in employee engagement and showing that the sector practices what it preaches,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners and its TIARA awards programme. “Best company to work for awards enable recruitment firms to differentiate themselves from their competitors to not only win new clients but attract the best candidates and consultants in an intensely competitive market.”

Finalists for the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards were revealed last week and entries are still being accepted for the TIARA Recruitment Awards.

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TIARA 2021 Talent Tech Star Finalists Announced 

  •  > 35 top performing talent tech providers shortlisted in 13 award categories  
  • > 20 judges will choose the Talent Tech Champion of Champions from all category winners  
  • > All winners will be revealed at a live Gala Lunch at the Kings Fund on 2nd July  

19th May 2021 – TALiNT Partners has today announced finalists for the 2021 Talent Tech Star Awards, which shine a spotlight on the full spectrum of HR and Recruitment technology solutions for employers, recruiters, candidates and contractors.

“All 35 finalists for the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards have been shortlisted in 13 highly competitive categories, from Workforce Solution of the Year to the Innovation Award,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners. “Whilst challenging for everyone, the last 12 months have provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value and impact of their solutions during a time of accelerated digital transformation and the evolution of work. 

 “The TIARAs are distinguished by the rigour of its judging process and the quality of its judging panel,” he added. “A wide range of HR and RecTech have been assessed through five key metrics: employee excellence; innovation; client service; business growth; and purpose.”    

Finalist entries will now be scored by an independent panel of expert judges drawn from HR, Recruitment, Compliance, Investment and Procurement to determine a winner in each award category. All judges will convene to debate and choose the overall Champion of Champions.

This year’s Chair of Judges is Martin McCourt, the former Dyson CEO who is now Chairman and Non Executive Director of companies including Tharsus, Weber, HeadBox, Lightfoot, and FreeFlow Technologies.

“Last winners Talent Tech Star Awards were championing transformation in different parts of the talent ecosystem and showing the impact of technology on everything from candidate experience to learning, onboarding and workforce management,” he said. “As a TIARA judge and investor, I’m looking for big ideas from great leadership and management teams who are achieving great things. With such a strong shortlist, this year’s winners will inspire others to aspire to greater ambition and impact. I look forward to celebrating with them in July.”

New accolades for 2021 include the Talent Tech Scale-Up Award, The D&I Solution of the Year, and the Talent Tech Leader of the Year, sponsored by Optima Corporate Finance. Optima founder Philip Ellis re-joins the judging panel. “It’s great to see so many of last year’s winners defending their title this year against some very strong new contenders,” he said. “I’m excited to see who triumphs in the Talent Tech Scale-Up and Leader of the Year categories and debating this year’s Champion of Champions.”

The Talent Tech Star Awards also recognise tech solutions offered by umbrella companies.  Phil Pluck, CEO of the FCSA joins the TIARA judging panel to review the Workforce, Contractor and Compliance award categories.

The full list of TIARA 2021 Talent Tech Star Award Finalists can be viewed at https://talenttech.tiara.talint.co.uk/2021-finalists/

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