Tag: Talent Tech

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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Nick Gallimore, Director of Talent Transformation & Insight of Clear Review – the TIARA 2020 Talent Tech Champion of Champions – explains the impact of lockdowns on performance management and where we go from here…

While 2020 was a year many would rather forget, it was one of crowning achievement for Clear Review, a Saas performance management and engagement solution used by over 300 mid to large global organisations in the UK, US, Europe and APAC.

On 17th September 2020, it won the Customer Service Award at the inaugural TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards and was also voted Champion of Champions for improving productivity and professional development as well as monitoring well-being for a remote workforce. A few weeks later, Clear Review was acquired by Advanced, a global performance management and employee engagement software company, to expand the scope and scale of its solution.

Clear Review has been shortlisted for two TIARAs this year – the Customer Service Award and the Learning Solution of the Year – so TI spoke to its MD Nick Gallimore about what it has learned about the evolution of performance management over the last 12 months.

What performance management trends have you been tracking with clients as they have adapted to new ways of working?

We can certainly see some differences in priorities when we look at the results of our 2019 UK Performance Management Report compared to the 2021 results. This shows us how much has changed during 2020, and how challenges in new ways of working forced a shift in focus. For example, pay and reward as a priority in organisations halved from 18% of HR directors saying this was a main focus in 2019 to only 9% in 2020. A lot of organisations continue to struggle, be it financially or with trying to navigate a new style of working and, as a result, discussions around pay and reward were put on the back burner.

Possibly the most significant take away was that in 2019 managers and staff at over 50% of organisations were only discussing performance twice a year or less. In the 2021 report, 39% of organisations had increased their number of performance meetings since the start of the covid-19 pandemic. This shows us how important it is for managers to keep in frequent contact with staff, especially during unpredictable times.

Why is Continuous Performance Management (CPM) the most important problem for organisations to solve now?

CPM is not only the most efficient way to track the performance of staff, but it’s vital for regularly checking in on their wellbeing as well. This is more important than ever, with people working in different environments, team dynamics changing, and more causes for stress in people’s lives. By having check-ins with employees at least once a month issues can be recognised, and a solution found before the problem starts to effect performance.

Talent shortages have forced employers to focus on retention of talent and internal mobility and continuous performance management is the best way to develop employees. Rather than setting and reviewing development goals just once a year, CPM allows managers and staff to regularly evaluate development and make decisions at any point in the year. This enables organisations to improve productivity, retain top talent by recognising and developing them, improve the quality of performance reviews, and reduce recency-bias in rankings.

Clear Review won the top accolade at the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards last year. Why is awards recognition so important to Clear Review and how does it support its core objectives?

It is fantastic to be recognised for something so near to our hearts here at Clear Review. Our mission is to enable better communication between HR, managers, and staff to help progress people at the right time, make monitoring performance simple and fair, and help keep track of all staff members well-being.

Being recognised by the TIARA awards for the work we do validates our efforts, helps us to spread the word and show more organisations what we can do for them. Ultimately, it amplifies our purpose which is about getting more organisations to stop only checking in on staff once a year for an obligatory check box meeting, and instead encourage more frequent open and meaningful conversations.


Clear Review has since been acquired by Advanced. How will this enable you to develop and scale your solution?
Becoming part of the Advanced family is such a positive step for Clear Review. By using their reach, we can get our message out around why CPM works so much better than annual appraisals – and their views on performance and wellbeing align very well with our own.

Being part of a software company that provides multiple systems to organisations presents us with a new opportunity to understand which factors are driving, or negatively impacting, high performance. Combining data from our performance system with business and finance systems means we can use AI to learn what the causal relationships are – so we can become more predictive.

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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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